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XXIV Old Buildings

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC

24 OLD BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3UP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7691 2424
Fax:
Fax 0870 460 2178
DX:
307 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.xxiv.co.uk
Geneva, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜solid’ XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜a strong commercial chambers’ and β€˜a premier offshore set’ with β€˜a good choice of top-flight barristers’. With β€˜clear strength in depth’, counsel are always β€˜available and ready to muck in’. Its β€˜down-to-earth’ clerking operation, which is β€˜in touch with the detail of the particular case and what they promise to do and when’, is helmed by the β€˜always helpful’ chambers director Sue Medder, who β€˜adds a depth of understanding to the whole support team that you don't get at many other chambers’. The β€˜thoroughly professional’ team includes senior practice managers Paul Horsfield and James Ladbrook (β€˜offer a great service supported by their teams’), and Daniel Wilson (β€˜always a pleasure to deal with’). At practice manager level, Tommie Drury is singled out for β€˜not shying away from dealing with difficult issues’. Offices in: London

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Aviation
Aviation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings houses β€˜exceptional’ members who are rated as β€˜experts’ in aviation disputes. The set is involved in lease liability disputes in connection with Malaysian Airlines Berhad, the new entity resulting from restructured former Malaysian Airlines. Ethiopian Airlines v Honeywell is also a key case highlight.

Aviation – Leading silks

Philip Shepherd QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He offers pragmatic advice, while still providing a detailed knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Strong on aviation cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Aviation – 2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Technically excellent.’

Ranked: tier 1
Aviation – Leading juniors

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is excellent and provides robust legal analysis.’

Ranked: tier 1

Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Really gets into the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings has β€˜a strong group of silks and juniors’ who are β€˜reliable, sound, down to earth and very accommodating’. The set has a strong pedigree in banking litigation, particularly with an offshore angle.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A savvy tactician and excellent at carrying clients with him.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An enormous help on complex multi-jurisdictional issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Great knowledge of security law, very hands on.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A superstar in the making and one of the youngest ever commercial silks.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Oliver Assersohn - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Collaborative and helpful.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Recommended for banking disputes with an offshore element.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marcus Staff - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Particularly good on banking disputes and has very detailed knowledge of industry practices.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Charities
Charities – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Excellent, concise, heavyweight advice and good with lay clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is praised for its β€˜strength and depth in numbers of counsel’. Its traditional strengths in Chancery and offshore work have increasingly seeped into the world of big ticket commercial litigation. Carlyle Capital v Conway, Arcadia v Bosworth, and Al Sadik v Investcorp, each required the expertise of multiple barristers within chambers.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Razor sharp, his analysis is crisp and clear and he articulates it with passion and commitment.’

Ranked: tier 4

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜The most intelligent person in every room; an outstanding advocate but also user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Excellent technically, always makes time to speak, and very commercially aware.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A good all-round commercial silk, both with clients and on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Cogley QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Indefatigable, resilient, and has a good courtroom presence.’

Ranked: tier 5

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A committed and calm advocate.’

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜World class; a gifted advocate and extremely bright.’

Ranked: tier 6

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Always gives very clear and concise advice and is easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Is punching the lights out as he proceeds on his meteoric rise.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Strong for offshore commercial disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Has an unflappable courtroom manner and strong written skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicole Langlois - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Great ability to breakdown matters and explain complex issues in a familiar way to lay clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very commercially minded, no nonsense and practical, he is a brilliant advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Cloherty - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very bright, very easy to work with, very good indeed.’

Ranked: tier 5

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A very talented Chancery all-rounder who is really good in conference with clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A hugely personable individual, which makes him a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

Partnership – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

β€˜Able to field talent at all levels’, XXIV Old Buildings is one of the β€˜go-to sets’ for offshore company work. Members also act on a variety of partnership disputes across industry sectors. In Re Oakhurst Property Developments, Alan Steinfeld QC successfully acted for a company pursuing claims against the beneficiaries to recover costs associated with after-the-event insurance premiums. Drawing on significant expertise in the jurisdiction, Francis Tregear QC was instructed on several Cayman Islands partnership matters. Edward Cumming QC andLyndsey De Mestre QC took silk in 2018.

Company – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is extremely clever; makes very complicated things sound very simple.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is fearless and determined to get the best for her clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Has particular expertise in Cayman Islands company matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of BVI law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is never bamboozled by years of historical dealings and able to distil matters to the key essentials for trial.’

Ranked: tier 3
Partnership – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Clients love him because he can make very complicated things sound very simple.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She inspires confidence and is a skilled and tough negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is very clever, diligent and incredibly user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3
Company – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very knowledgeable and not afraid to make his views very clear to difficult clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lyndsey De Mestre QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Significant experience in international and offshore matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company – Leading juniors

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Highly experienced litigator.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A brilliant advocate who is quick on his feet and exudes confidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An impressive litigator.’

Ranked: tier 2
Partnership – Leading juniors

Helen Galley - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is a very strong lawyer who deals with cases in a practical and client-focused way.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is knowledgeable in the spectrum of partnership disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A strong strategic thinker, rarely bamboozled, and able to distil matters to the key essentials for trial.’

Ranked: tier 4
Construction – 2017 silks

Tom Montagu-Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Recommended for energy, oil and gas instructions.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Stephen Cogley QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Excellent on his feet, and can master a subject in a very short space of time.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading juniors

Oliver Assersohn - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Highly recommended for financial regulatory issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is an β€˜outstanding set’ for fraud, β€˜particularly where there are offshore trust issues’. The chambers has β€˜excellent strength in depth’ and is singled out for its β€˜strong bench of juniors’. Recent highlights include Arcadia Petroleum & others v Bosworth & others, and Aeroflot v Beresovsky.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A class act who has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜One of the most seasoned QCs on the offshore circuit, he’s seen every type of dispute many times before.’

Ranked: tier 2

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An excellent tactician; makes the very best of her material and leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 3

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Clever, diligent, user friendly, and flexible in his outlook.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Shepherd QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Straightforward, clever, extremely user friendly and client focused.’

Ranked: tier 4

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A real fighter and an astute advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Combines superb advice with excellent legal knowledge and bucketloads of charisma.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Quick on his feet and exudes confidence – always calm, composed and natural in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An excellent communicator with a superb legal brain, cuts to the core of a case extremely quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Highly experienced in fraud litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A very good junior and very pleasant to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

β€˜Well-managed’ XXIV Old Buildings has β€˜a good depth in insolvency’. The set is most active in the area of cross-border disputes arising out of insolvencies, aptly demonstrated by Stephen Moverley Smith QC’s successful representation of two large shareholders opposed to the appointment of provisional liquidators of Shanshui Cement Co. Francis Tregear QC is currently instructed by the additional liquidator in Re Herald Fund SPC. Both Edward Cumming QC and Lyndsey de Mestre QC took silk in 2018.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An outstanding silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A savvy tactician who is excellent at carrying clients with him.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Quick thinker, hardworking, can turn around documents quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She has a strong work ethic combined with an incredible intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A real fighter and an astute advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is so bright, you get the feeling that there isn’t anything he doesn’t know.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lyndsey de Mestre QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very clear in her advice and is approachable.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A trustworthy advisor in insolvency matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is eloquent and fully engages with the judge.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Adept at balancing the interests of a variety of stakeholders in situations requiring diplomacy.’

Ranked: tier 5

Hugh Miall - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very clever; very capable.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah Bayliss - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A robust advocate and has good client care skills.’

Ranked: tier 5

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A talented and experienced advocate who is truly at home with MENA-related matters.’

Ranked: tier 2
International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks

Tom Montagu-Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has a superb manner, he makes it clear and simple in an approachable way.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A thoughtful and careful junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Meakin - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An excellent barrister familiar with the practice and expectations of civil law practitioners.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜very accessible and visible around offshore Chancery work’. Alan Steinfeld QC continues to advise the Carlyle-related entities in Guernsey’s Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway case, part of a long-running saga concerning the collapse of an investment fund following the 2008 crash. Nicole Langlois, Daniel Warents, David Brownbill QC and Edward Cumming QC advised various parties in Crociani v Crociani, a Jersey case concerning an intra-family dispute of a trust created in the Bahamas in 1987 but subjected to changes of trustee and governing law.

Offshore – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He offers instant solutions to complex problems others have spent months pondering.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Incisive and focused, with a clear view as to what the right answer is.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He appears in challenging BVI and Cayman cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Brownbill QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He handles work regarding offshore companies and trusts.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He handles offshore liquidation cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜His work includes Cayman and BVI cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜His practice includes Cayman funds cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Offshore – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜The antithesis of an inaccessible advisor in an ivory tower.’

Ranked: tier 1
Offshore – Leading juniors

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A junior called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicole Langlois - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Also qualified as a Jersey advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Holden - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Both academic and user friendly, which is a rare combination.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Cloherty - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Dual-called in BVI, his work also includes Gibraltar cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He appears in BVI, Cayman and other offshore disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Warents - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜His work includes advising on Crown Dependancy cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marcus Staff - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜His work includes Cayman, BVI and Bahamas trust cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Bayliss - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Her work includes Caribbean cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A tough and responsive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings has β€˜some very well-known figures, especially in the offshore world, with deep expertise at all levels in trust and estate litigation’. Highlights included Stephen Moverley Smith QC advising on a challenge to the validity of an Isle of Man trust by a US government agency. In another matter Elspeth Talbot Rice QC advised on applications for Beddoe relief and the striking out of a claim against trustees.

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An original and creative thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is incredibly bright and has everything covered.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Brownbill QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is excellent at creating novel solutions for thorny problems.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Highly recommended.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Has a great ability to absorb a large quantity of material and get on top of the issues quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3
Private client: trusts and probate – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is so bright you get the feeling that there isn’t anything that he doesn’t know.’

Ranked: tier 1
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading juniors

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is a very talented Chancery all-rounder.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Holden - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is very clever and practical.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Cloherty - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is very clever and really knows his stuff.’

Ranked: tier 3

Amanda Harington - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An experienced Chancery barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Experienced in offshore disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Galley - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Provides sensible and direct advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Gadd - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is regularly instructed in professional negligence cases involving lawyers, accountants, auditors, surveyors, valuers and trustees, and it is noted for its β€˜thorough and responsive’ approach.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very experienced.’

Ranked: tier 3

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Michael Gadd - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Thorough and experienced.’

Ranked: tier 4

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Extremely knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Impressive.’

Ranked: tier 5

Helen Galley - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜First rate.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜solid’ XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜a strong commercial chambers’ and β€˜a premier offshore set’ with β€˜a good choice of top-flight barristers’. With β€˜clear strength in depth’, counsel are always β€˜available and ready to muck in’. Its β€˜down-to-earth’ clerking operation, which is β€˜in touch with the detail of the particular case and what they promise to do and when’, is helmed by the β€˜always helpful’ chambers director Sue Medder, who β€˜adds a depth of understanding to the whole support team that you don't get at many other chambers’. The β€˜thoroughly professional’ team includes senior practice managers Paul Horsfield and James Ladbrook (β€˜offer a great service supported by their teams’), and Daniel Wilson (β€˜always a pleasure to deal with’). At practice manager level, Tommie Drury is singled out for β€˜not shying away from dealing with difficult issues’. Offices in: London

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