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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

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜top of the class’, with β€˜fantastic depth across the whole range of Chancery work’. It is β€˜clearly the leading set for offshore work’ and β€˜the chambers to go to with particularly tricky trusts issues’. Chambers director Sue Medder is β€˜an incredible asset’ and has β€˜enhanced the set overall since her arrival in 2014’; β€˜she brings added value from a private practice background’, and β€˜really understands what solicitors and clients need’. Medder works closely with the practice managers, who are β€˜uniformly terrific’, β€˜a pleasure to deal with’ and β€˜make solicitors lives easier’. Dan Wilson and James Ladbrook are β€˜responsive and reliable’, Paul Matthews is β€˜faultless’, and Perry Brown is β€˜a godsend with a great can-do attitude’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Aviation
Aviation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings houses β€˜very good breadth of expertise’ and β€˜excellent aviation specialists’. Standout cases include Corporate Oil and Gas v Marshall Aviation Services.

Aviation – Leading silks

Philip Shepherd QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very practically minded and user-friendly and yet, his pragmatism does not detract from his legal expertise.’

Ranked: tier 2

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 5
Aviation – Leading juniors

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has a great deal of aviation experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Hardworking and very able.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 3

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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 is a popular choice, particularly for offshore-related banking disputes. Solicitors also appreciate that the set is β€˜responsive to client needs’. Members appeared on opposing sides in First Newland Bank v The Winterbotham Trust Co.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Notwithstanding his great intellect and experience, he is also a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is exceptionally hardworking, a good team player and leads from the front.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A very able and agile intellect, giving both safe and more adventurous analysis.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Starting to enter star territory; he always does a great job.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A genuine specialist in retail derivatives disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marcus Staff - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Extremely bright, dedicated and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Charities
Charities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

At XXIV Old Buildings, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC appeared in Gill v RSPCA, regarding a challenge to a will whereby a mother left her entire estate to the RSPCA.

Charities – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is a formidable silk, whose advocacy is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 2
Charities – Leading juniors

Michael King - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Thoughtful and experienced.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is an β€˜excellent set’ that provides β€˜great strength in depth in commercial litigation’ and is β€˜full of high-quality individuals at every level’. The set has an excellent track record in offshore and general commercial disputes. Highlights include Carlyle Capital v Conway.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Quite simply a class act; he is superb on his feet and adds great value.’

Ranked: tier 5

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Immensely bright, thorough and analytical, and a superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Perfect for aggressive offshore disputes and he can cross-examine billionaires into the ground.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Cogley QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Commercial, bright, approachable and savvy.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A good team player, who has great wide-ranging knowledge and finds the best in every case.’

Ranked: tier 5

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A first choice for shareholder disputes.’

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An excellent commercial silk, particularly at home in high-value international cases.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜One of the stars of the junior Bar with an enormous appetite for hard work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A great senior junior – thoughtful, good with clients and good value.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicole Langlois - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She gives clear, to-the-point advice and is the go-to person for issues involving Jersey law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Excellent – if ever you have obscure issues involving another jurisdiction, he will know the answer.’

Ranked: tier 5

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An excellent barrister, who gets straight to the point.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has a keen eye for detail and is able to marshal a morass of evidence.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An excellent junior, who has fantastic technical skills and is a superb team player.’

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

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜a reliable set with a good knowledge of offshore work’. Recent work highlights include a shareholder dispute in the Cayman Islands to gain control of China’s largest cement producer, Shanshui Cement, and a billion-dollar claim arising from the failure of a US hedge fund incorporated in Guernsey (Carlyle Capital Corporation and others v Conway and others).

Company – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An intellectual giant; his memory is extraordinary and his knowledge of the law is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Davis-White QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He breaks down complex issues and provides clear, practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A formidable opponent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜One of the stars of the London Bar with an excellent technical ability.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Recommended for his attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Versatile and creative, and a really talented advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Combines real gravitas with sharp analysis.’

Ranked: tier 2

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Tenacious and logical.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He combines excellent technical ability with great strategic thinking.’

Ranked: tier 3
Company – Leading juniors

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Expresses his views in a clear and concise way.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has fantastic technical skills and is a superb team player.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is super-smart and a highly effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Able to grasp particularly complicated matters at a staggering speed.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lyndsey De Mestre - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Excellent at explaining complex technical issues in a clearly understandable way.’

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership – Leading juniors

Michael King - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Highly experienced in breach of trust claims.’

Ranked: tier 2

Helen Galley - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A clever, thorough and reliable lawyer, who is intellectually robust yet practical.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Excellent in unfair prejudice claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has an excellent eye for detail while maintaining a firm grip on the bigger picture.’

Ranked: tier 4
Construction – Leading juniors

Tom Montagu-Smith - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A fantastic junior, who goes that extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Stephen Cogley QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A commercial heavyweight.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜particularly strong on fraud and contentious trust matters’, and β€˜the service provided is of the highest standard’. Significant cases involving multiple members include Arcadia Petroleum v Bosworth and OJSC VTB Bank v Parline.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has great knowledge of all tools in the arsenal and when to deploy them.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very good for fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A superb silk.’

Ranked: tier 4

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A highly effective advocate, a strategic adviser and a real team player.’

Ranked: tier 4

Martin Mann QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A very nice guy with tonnes of authority.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Shepherd QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Highly intelligent and focused – a great advocate with an incisive mind.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜The ideal leader for offshore fraud work.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A formidable cross-examiner, who is helpful, approachable and rolls his sleeves up.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A highly skilled cross-examiner, who is extremely client friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Quickly wins the client’s confidence and his work is first rate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He knows not just what the law is but understands why it is what it is, and in multiple jurisdictions.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings β€˜impresses with its in-depth experience’. Recent highlights include acting for Carlyle Capital in a $1bn case arising out of the failure of a US hedge fund.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He gives sensible and realistic advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Delivers practical advice in an easily digestible form.’

Ranked: tier 4

Malcolm Davis-White QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A gifted advocate, who presents his advice with the sort of calm confidence that instils trust in clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He captures and holds the attention of the court well.’

Ranked: tier 4

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Recommended for his deep expertise in contentious and non-contentious insolvency issues.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A clear and concise communicator.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An experienced senior junior with a strong commercial Chancery practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Impresses with his attention to detail and technical expertise.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is confident and brings a practical approach derived from his accountancy background.’

Ranked: tier 5

Lyndsey de Mestre - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Conscientious, thorough and able to explain the intricacies of technical matters effectively and clearly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah Bayliss - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Technically fantastic and very commercial as well as pragmatic.’

Ranked: tier 5

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Good client handling skills and willingness to listen to alternative viewpoints.’

Ranked: tier 2
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜His legal drafting is thorough and cogent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Meakin - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very international in his orientation with an excellent civil law background.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Montagu-Smith - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very user-friendly, very thorough, professional and good value for money.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A seasoned practitioner.’

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 is β€˜really impressive and has the feel of a modern, forward-thinking and proactive set’. David Brownbill QC was involved in Akers and others v Samba, a Β£300m claim stemming from the insolvency of a Cayman Islands company, which explored validity of trusts, choice of governing law and Hague Convention issues.

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He provides sharp analysis.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A formidable opponent.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Brownbill QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Thorough, knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has excellent technical ability.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A very creative thinker.’

Ranked: tier 3
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading juniors

Michael King - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An expert on large family trusts.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Holden - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has a real depth of understanding in fiduciary matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Commended for her breadth of experience, knowledge and sheer ability.’

Ranked: tier 3

Amanda Harington - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Recommended for large-scale offshore trust disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Known for representing trustees in large-scale disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Hugely proactive, bright and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Galley - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Personable and efficient.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Gadd - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Recommended for high-value estate disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings houses a range of β€˜experienced members’. Case highlights include a number of financial mismanagement cases.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Extremely knowledgeable and able.’

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€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is sensible and rated for her no-nonsense approach.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Sensible and good to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Helen Galley - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜top of the class’, with β€˜fantastic depth across the whole range of Chancery work’. It is β€˜clearly the leading set for offshore work’ and β€˜the chambers to go to with particularly tricky trusts issues’. Chambers director Sue Medder is β€˜an incredible asset’ and has β€˜enhanced the set overall since her arrival in 2014’; β€˜she brings added value from a private practice background’, and β€˜really understands what solicitors and clients need’. Medder works closely with the practice managers, who are β€˜uniformly terrific’, β€˜a pleasure to deal with’ and β€˜make solicitors lives easier’. Dan Wilson and James Ladbrook are β€˜responsive and reliable’, Paul Matthews is β€˜faultless’, and Perry Brown is β€˜a godsend with a great can-do attitude’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading juniors

Ian Meakin - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He demonstrates a level of commerciality that sets him apart from many of the others in the field.’

Ranked: tier 3

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