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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€˜one of the go-to sets in London’ and β€˜a top choice for Chancery and offshore disputes’, where β€˜counsel are not only highly talented but also adept at responding to client needs’, working β€˜hand-in-hand with solicitors’. The practice management team is also β€˜a great asset to chambers’ and β€˜will move heaven and earth for clients’ to provide β€˜a helpful and responsive service’. Key clerks include Daniel Wilson and James Ladbrook, who are β€˜a pleasure to deal with’, and Perry Brown, who is β€˜efficient and user-friendly’. Sue Medder β€˜does an outstanding job as chambers director and has shaped the set into one that is capable of meeting the demands of clients in the modern legal world’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Aviation
Aviation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings houses β€˜a number of impressive barristers for aviation cases’. Involvement in Ethiopian Airlines v Honeywell, Instrumar and Ultralife, a claim relating to lithium battery fire on new a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at London Heathrow, was a notable case.

Aviation – Leading silks

Philip Shepherd QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is a team player and is happy to get into the nitty gritty of the case.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 5
Aviation – Leading juniors

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is clever and a good person to have on your team.’

Ranked: tier 1

Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is quickly able to ascertain the main issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is smart and willing to get his hands dirty in cases.’

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 has β€˜quality running through it’, and is a popular choice for funds thanks to being β€˜one of the leading sets for offshore disputes’. Highlight cases include the epic Al Sadik v Investcorp Bank, which is the longest trial to be heard in the Cayman Islands.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very persuasive and effective at carrying the client through difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Particularly good at strategy in big-ticket disputes.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A quality barrister.’

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

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Unbelievably hardworking and responsive, one of the best senior juniors.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜His advocacy is first-rate and his grasp of the facts is fantastic.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marcus Staff - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has very good legal analysis and is excellent at finding the best way to pitch a case.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Charities
Charities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜a renowned set with strength in depth’. Elspeth Talbot Rice QC acted in Gill v RSPCA; a challenge to a mother’s will that left everything to the RSPCA, brought by the daughter on grounds of lack of knowledge and approval and undue influence.

Charities – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜When you instruct her, you know she is going to fight tooth and nail every step of the way.’

Ranked: tier 2
Charities – Leading juniors

Michael King - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A seasoned Chancery practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜a top Chancery set’ with a β€˜fantastic group of barristers at all levels, covering all disciplines such as offshore and domestic trust-based advice and litigation’. Several members are representing Lloyds shareholders in their claim against the directors and the bank concerning its HBOS takeover.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜His intellectual ability is quite extraordinary, as are his brilliantly compelling oral submissions.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An excellent advocate and specifically a fantastic cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 4

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She has a razor-sharp intellect that cuts to the problem and solution very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Cogley QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has a great courtroom presence and a superb intellect.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An extremely calm and effective leader.’

Ranked: tier 5

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Calm, unflustered, very user-friendly and always on the ball.’

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Incredibly hardworking, a real team player and a fantastic cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Recommended for his broad commercial practice and client skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A clever barrister, who is quick to grasp and articulate an argument.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicole Langlois - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is pragmatic, unfailingly courteous and never takes a bad point.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A very innovative barrister, who is able to quickly review a heavily documented case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Definitely one to have on your side in a scrap.’

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€˜The quality of counsel at all levels is outstanding’ at XXIV Old Buildings. Members are particularly well known for their expertise in company disputes with an international dimension, and four were recently involved in the Carlyle Capital Corporation litigation arising from the failure of a US hedge fund incorporated in Guernsey.

Company – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has a wonderful client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A formidable silk with second-to-none advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Always on the ball and recommended for big-ticket litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is engaging and able to hold the judge’s attention.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Recommended for his international expertise.’

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is extremely clever and knowledgeable on partnership law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is a real expert on partnership law and can offer a judicial perspective.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He gets right to the heart of the matter very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3
Company – Leading juniors

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Noted for his speed of response, legal knowledge and practical approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An immensely hardworking and sound practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is tenacious and a formidable opponent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He think very commercially and is highly rated.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lyndsey De Mestre - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is very clear in her advice and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership – Leading juniors

Michael King - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜His strengths are his firmness, wisdom and great experience.’

Ranked: tier 2

Helen Galley - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She does not pull punches in her advice, which clients respect and appreciate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is diligent, thorough and extremely knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Particularly good in advocacy and cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4
Construction – 2017 silks

Tom Montagu-Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An extremely able advocate, who has a full command of the fact and an attractive manner with judges.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Stephen Cogley QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has a solid track record in the oil and gas sector.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜an excellent set’, where the β€˜barristers are both highly talented and adept at responding to client needs’. The set is particularly strong on trust and offshore-related fraud disputes. Highlights included Arcadia Petroleum v Bosworth and Aeroflot v Berezovsky.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is very commercial and strategic.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A master tactician, who guides clients through incredibly difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A fearless advocate; she is extremely persuasive and invariably has the tribunal’s ear.’

Ranked: tier 4

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has a great client manner and is astute.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Shepherd QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He provides pragmatic advice and has a detailed knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very user-friendly, approachable and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is utterly charming and lures witnesses into his traps.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Exceptional – he gets to grips with cases extremely quickly and considers every angle.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Very effective and good value on a heavy case when the cost of a silk isn’t justified.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An unusually slick and charismatic senior junior.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings has β€˜first-class advocates who set the bar, and clients love working with them’. Multiple members are involved in Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway, reported to be the largest piece of litigation ever brought in Guernsey. Indeed, the set is particularly noted for offshore work, also demonstrated in Stephen Moverley Smith QC’s involvement in the Shanshui Cement Group case.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜One of the leading barristers, who is streets ahead in terms of brain power.’

Ranked: tier 2

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A forceful advocate, who is honest and straightforward with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Calm and unflustered, his emotional intelligence sets him apart from other silks.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has the ability to find a successful strategy in even the most hopeless of cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A very capable barrister, who is diligent, thorough and extremely knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He works incredibly hard with great humour and is a joy in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A formidable opponent, who is masterful in designing strategies to maximise return in negotiations.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is adept at balancing the interests of a variety of stakeholders.’

Ranked: tier 5

Lyndsey de Mestre - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She gives very clear advice and is approachable.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah Bayliss - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Particularly good at offshore company and insolvency regimes.’

Ranked: tier 5

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has a real talent for bottling a case down to its core and presenting it in a compelling manner.’

Ranked: tier 2
International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks

Tom Montagu-Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A pre-eminent practitioner in Dubai arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is very bright and sees the core points clearly through the jumble of facts.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Meakin - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He provides a very good service, has strong views and stays loyal to the right cause.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜an all-round very strong set’ with a long-established profile in jurisdictions such as BVI and Cayman, as well as a growing reputation in Cyprus, Hong Kong, Singapore and Anguilla. Members also handle commercial and traditional Chancery work involving Middle Eastern parties. Three members are acting in Al Sadik, a large Cayman dispute involving a $100m claim for recovery of losses caused by breach of fiduciary by an international bank. Stephen Moverley Smith QC is instructed by the claimants in Michailidis v Credit Agricole, a claim against the bank for the proceeds of stolen antique furniture.

Offshore – Leading silks

David Brownbill QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A real star of the offshore world.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She won’t give up easily.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Excellent and innovative.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is calm, unflustered, very user-friendly and always on the ball.’

Ranked: tier 2
Offshore – Leading juniors

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is a formidable advocate and masterful in designing strategies to maximise the return in negotiations.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is extremely bright and very quick at absorbing complex facts.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He makes very difficult concepts sound easy and is approachable and responsive.’

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

β€˜An all-round strong set with a commercial approach’, XXIV Old Buildings has β€˜great depth, and is effectively and pleasantly managed’. Members have an established reputation in the trusts and probate space, particularly in offshore jurisdictions. Indeed, Akers and others v Samba Financial Group is a recent case highlight relating to the insolvency of a Cayman Islands company and raising fundamental issues on trust law.

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She gives clear, robust advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Brownbill QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A star in his own right.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He deploys enormous intellect and is very user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is able to come up with novel and creative arguments that can transform cases.’

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

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Clients adore working with him; he fights to the bitter end and his thoroughness is first class.’

Ranked: tier 2

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜A first-class barrister at the top of her game.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael King - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is a great authority.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Cloherty - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is excellent, and gets to the nub of important issues quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Holden - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is very bright, quick and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Amanda Harington - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Highly recommended for matters surrounding complex trusts.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He always makes himself available and has excellent technical knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Galley - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜She is bullish when she needs to be, which sets her apart from the rest.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Gadd - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He is a punchy and tenacious advocate, and is enjoyable to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings’ β€˜impressive’ barristers typically handle cases involving claims against trustees, fiduciary and legal advisers, and other professional advisers. Jackson & Money v Gershinson and others, a case alleging breach of fiduciary duty, is a notable highlight.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜First-rate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Michael Gadd - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜He has longstanding experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Excellent experience.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜User-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Helen Galley - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜Brilliant experience.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜one of the go-to sets in London’ and β€˜a top choice for Chancery and offshore disputes’, where β€˜counsel are not only highly talented but also adept at responding to client needs’, working β€˜hand-in-hand with solicitors’. The practice management team is also β€˜a great asset to chambers’ and β€˜will move heaven and earth for clients’ to provide β€˜a helpful and responsive service’. Key clerks include Daniel Wilson and James Ladbrook, who are β€˜a pleasure to deal with’, and Perry Brown, who is β€˜efficient and user-friendly’. Sue Medder β€˜does an outstanding job as chambers director and has shaped the set into one that is capable of meeting the demands of clients in the modern legal world’. Offices in: London

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