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Three Stone Private Client Seminar

17 February, 2017

After the success of Three Stone’s inaugural seminar on 29th November 2016, we are delighted to announce that Stephen Lloyd (a Deputy Chancery Master) will chair our next seminar on topical issues in Private Client.  The programme is:

Andrew Cosedge: Cough Up or Get Out: grappling with issues of non-doms, residence and tax

Sebastian Kokelaar: Mistake after Pitt v Holt: business as usual?

Kerry Bornman: The Abode of Love and other curious chancery cases: a private client round up

Stephen Lloyd: A View from the Chancery Master’s Bench: a Deputy Master’s guide to practice and procedure

The seminar will last 1 hour with a brief Q&A session followed by a drinks reception. Registration from 6pm onwards for a 6.30pm start.

For CPD purposes, (1) the learning aim is to improve the attendees knowledge and understanding of current trends and important developments in private client work and (2) the learning objective is that the attendees will be able to demonstrate an improved level of competence, knowledge and performance in their core areas of practice.

Full details may be found here.

Numbers for this seminar are limited, so please reserve a place at

Feedback from the previous seminar included:

Excellent, I hope to bring others from the firm next time.” 

 “I learnt a lot today

Excellent speakers, relevant and practical presentations & topics.”

Prof Surya Subedi OBE to be appointed Queen’s Counsel

13 January, 2017

The Lord Chancellor has announced that Professor Surya Subedi OBE is to be appointed Queen’s Counsel (honoris causa) on 13 February 2017. We offer him our warmest congratulations.

The announcement on the Government’s website (which may be found here) describes Professor Subedi as:

“…a distinguished academic who has made a major contribution to international law and human rights. He has published extensively in international law and human rights. He served for 5 years between 2010 and 2015 as a member of the Advisory Group on Human Rights to the British Foreign Secretary.

During his tenure as UN Special Rapporteur for human rights he produced 4 substantive reports published by the United Nations focussing on judicial, parliamentary, electoral, and land reform in Cambodia. A number of his recommendations were implemented by the government. Collectively, these 4 reports provided an analytical point of reference for democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the country and became a primary source of reference for human rights defenders, UN agencies, and donor agencies that continue to be drawn on today. The work he carried out as Special Rapporteur was undertaken in addition to his full-time job at his university in England. It is an appointment based on substantive knowledge and integrity of experts serving in their individual capacities.

He was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to international law, and he has continued to make an exceptional contribution over a sustained period at the international level to develop international law and to advance human rights. He was admitted to the Bar of Nepal in 1981 and called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007. He currently is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds and a member of Three Stone Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London.”

James Couser succeeds in the Court of Appeal

1 December, 2016

couserJames Couser has recently succeeded in Sands v Layton [2016] EWCA Civ 1189 in persuading the Court of Appeal that the correct interpretation of s 375(1) of the Insolvency Act 1986 means that a Judge at first instance has jurisdiction to hear an application to review, rescind or vary an order made by another High Court Judge sitting on appeal. The Court of Appeal reviewed two conflicting decisions of the High Court and adopted James’s reasoning.


Seminar 29 November 2016: Sense and Sensibility in the Commercial Context

11 November, 2016

On 29 November 2016 David Lord QC will chair a seminar presented by members of Three Stone on topical issues in litigation. The speakers and topics are:

Francis Moraes: “Defending Illegality”

Kate Hallet: “Restraint of Petitions: The Practicalities”

Rupert Coe: “Commercial Common Sense and Bad Bargains”

Sandy Joseph: “Fraud Undoes Everything: Hayward v Zurich”

Simon Hunter: “Special Parties in Civil Litigation: Dealing with Litigants in Person”

The seminar will take place in the Large Pension Room, Gray’s Inn starting at 6.15pm. It is accredited for 1.5 hours of CPD.

Numbers for this seminar are limited.  If you would like to attend, please contact the clerks at

Full details may be found here.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2017

The 2017 edition of Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide has been published and we are delighted with the results. Members of chambers have been ranked as leading practitioners in the fields of commercial litigation, chancery, insolvency, professional negligence, partnership, competition law, offshore, insurance, public international law and real estate litigation.

Brexit means Article 50 or does it?

15 September, 2016

In an article published in the Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Finance Law Richard Nowinski  examines three key issues relating to Article 50 TEU: whether the UK government in exercising the Crown’s prerogative powers can give notice of withdrawal from the EU without seeking Parliamentary approval; the voting procedure within the EU on the treaty under which the UK will leave the EU; and whether the future relationship between the UK and EU will result in a “mixed agreement” requiring unanimity of all Member States.

A copy of the article may be found here.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016

The 2016 edition of The Legal 500 has been published. We are delighted with the results. No fewer than 9 members of chambers have been ranked as leading practitioners in the fields of commercial litigation, banking, insolvency, chancery, property, intellectual property and public international law.

The Legal 500 is also highly complimentary about our clerking team headed by Justin Brown who ‘bends over backwards to help balance client needs and demands’. His team is described as ‘approachable and friendly and works hard to help solicitors find the  best alternative barrister when the chosen counsel is busy’.

Launch of Three Stone

19 May, 2016

Three Stone is a merger between the members of 13 Old Square Chambers and 3 Stone Buildings to form one set of chambers called Three Stone. We have 47 members, 7 of whom are silks. We practice from chambers at 3 Stone Buildings and at Thirteen Old Square in Lincoln’s Inn. The merger has been widely reported in the legal press.

We are pleased to announce our new website.

We hope that you will find it informative – it provides details of all members and of the practice areas covered by members.

The photographs were taken by leading photographer Julian Marshall.


Three Stone have taken immediate measures to maintain our impressive chancery commercial services and our clerking team will provide their usual high standard of service whilst ensuring the safety of our clients, staff and members during this dynamic period.