5 Stone Buildings achieves top rankings in Legal 500 2020

The newly-published Legal 500 UK Bar directory again ranks chambers and its members highly in various fields of practice. We are grateful to our clients for their recommendations and support.

The directory for 2020 says:
“For some, 5 Stone Buildings is ‘the best Chancery set bar none’. Members have an ‘excellent depth of knowledge on contentious probate, trusts and estates, as well as Court of Protection matters’, along with pensions and art and cultural property issues. ‘Even the most junior counsel provides solid advice and there are some big hitters to utilise for experience’ meaning ‘there is always someone available who can assist and who you can trust to have a good client manner’. In recent news, Toby Bishop joined from Field Court Chambers, while David Rees QC has been elected vice chair of the new Court of Protection Bar Association. The clerks’ room is one of chambers’ greatest strengths, according to solicitors. Senior clerk Paul Jennings is as well-known as his members and is ‘great at maintaining relationships between his barristers and those instructing them’. Jennings ‘runs a tight ship with humour’ and ‘is always available (and commercially realistic) for the discussion of fees’. First junior Dan Coote and second junior Elliott Hurrell are also recommended for being ‘responsive and agile in their approach’; ‘tell them what you need, and they will always find a way to deliver’. Asked how chambers could improve, one solicitor replied: ‘Hard to say when they are so close to perfection’.

This is reflected in chambers’ tier 1 rankings for both Private Client: Trusts and Probate work and Media & Entertainment (including Art & Cultural Property) with many members individually selected in these areas. Chambers is also ranked for Court of Protection & Community Care (tier 2) and Offshore work (tier 3), with further individual listings.

Our specialist barristers are also recognised as leading practitioners in our other key areas of practice:
• Company & Partnership
• Pensions
• Private Client: Personal Tax
• Property Litigation
• Tax: Corporate & VAT.

The Directory also recognises our strength in mediation.

Full details are available here.