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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 ‘top of the class’, with ‘fantastic depth across the whole range of Chancery work’. It is ‘clearly the leading set for offshore work’ and ‘the chambers to go to with particularly tricky trusts issues’. Chambers director Sue Medder is ‘an incredible asset’ and has ‘enhanced the set overall since her arrival in 2014’; ‘she brings added value from a private practice background’, and ‘really understands what solicitors and clients need’. Medder works closely with the practice managers, who are ‘uniformly terrific’, ‘a pleasure to deal with’ and ‘make solicitors lives easier’. Dan Wilson and James Ladbrook are ‘responsive and reliable’, Paul Matthews is ‘faultless’, and Perry Brown is ‘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 ‘very good breadth of expertise’ and ‘excellent aviation specialists’. Standout cases include Corporate Oil and Gas v Marshall Aviation Services.

Aviation – Leading silks

Philip Shepherd QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery practically minded and user-friendly and yet, his pragmatism does not detract from his legal expertise.’

Ranked: tier 2

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old BuildingsExceptional.’

Ranked: tier 5
Aviation – Leading juniors

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a great deal of aviation experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old BuildingsHardworking and very able.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old BuildingsWell 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 ‘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 BuildingsNotwithstanding his great intellect and experience, he is also a great team player.

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is exceptionally hardworking, a good team player and leads from the front.

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA 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 BuildingsStarting to enter star territory; he always does a great job.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old BuildingsA genuine specialist in retail derivatives disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

Marcus Staff - XXIV Old BuildingsExtremely 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 BuildingsShe is a formidable silk, whose advocacy is second to none.

Ranked: tier 2
Charities – Leading juniors

Michael King - XXIV Old BuildingsThoughtful 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 ‘excellent set’ that provides ‘great strength in depth in commercial litigation’ and is ‘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 BuildingsQuite simply a class act; he is superb on his feet and adds great value.

Ranked: tier 5

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsImmensely bright, thorough and analytical, and a superb advocate.

Ranked: tier 5

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old BuildingsPerfect for aggressive offshore disputes and he can cross-examine billionaires into the ground.

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Cogley QC - XXIV Old BuildingsCommercial, bright, approachable and savvy.

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA good team player, who has great wide-ranging knowledge and finds the best in every case.

Ranked: tier 5

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA first choice for shareholder disputes.

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAn excellent commercial silk, particularly at home in high-value international cases.

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old BuildingsOne of the stars of the junior Bar with an enormous appetite for hard work.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old BuildingsA great senior junior – thoughtful, good with clients and good value.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicole Langlois - XXIV Old BuildingsShe gives clear, to-the-point advice and is the go-to person for issues involving Jersey law.

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old BuildingsExcellent – if ever you have obscure issues involving another jurisdiction, he will know the answer.

Ranked: tier 5

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsAn excellent barrister, who gets straight to the point.

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Knight - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a keen eye for detail and is able to marshal a morass of evidence.

Ranked: tier 5

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old BuildingsAn 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 ‘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 BuildingsAn 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 BuildingsHe breaks down complex issues and provides clear, practical advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA formidable opponent.

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsOne of the stars of the London Bar with an excellent technical ability.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsRecommended for his attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVersatile and creative, and a really talented advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsCombines real gravitas with sharp analysis.

Ranked: tier 2

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsTenacious and logical.’

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe combines excellent technical ability with great strategic thinking.’

Ranked: tier 3
Company – Leading juniors

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old BuildingsExpresses his views in a clear and concise way.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has fantastic technical skills and is a superb team player.

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsShe is super-smart and a highly effective advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old BuildingsAble to grasp particularly complicated matters at a staggering speed.

Ranked: tier 3

Lyndsey De Mestre - XXIV Old BuildingsExcellent at explaining complex technical issues in a clearly understandable way.’

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership – Leading juniors

Michael King - XXIV Old BuildingsHighly experienced in breach of trust claims.’

Ranked: tier 2

Helen Galley - XXIV Old BuildingsA clever, thorough and reliable lawyer, who is intellectually robust yet practical.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old BuildingsExcellent in unfair prejudice claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe 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 BuildingsA fantastic junior, who goes that extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Stephen Cogley QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA 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 ‘particularly strong on fraud and contentious trust matters’, and ‘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 BuildingsHe has great knowledge of all tools in the arsenal and when to deploy them.

Ranked: tier 2

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery good for fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA superb silk.

Ranked: tier 4

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA highly effective advocate, a strategic adviser and a real team player.

Ranked: tier 4

Martin Mann QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA very nice guy with tonnes of authority.

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Shepherd QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHighly intelligent and focused – a great advocate with an incisive mind.

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old BuildingsThe ideal leader for offshore fraud work.

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Edward Knight - XXIV Old BuildingsA formidable cross-examiner, who is helpful, approachable and rolls his sleeves up.

Ranked: tier 3

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old BuildingsA highly skilled cross-examiner, who is extremely client friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old BuildingsQuickly wins the client’s confidence and his work is first rate.

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old BuildingsHe 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 Buildingsimpresses 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 BuildingsHe gives sensible and realistic advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsDelivers practical advice in an easily digestible form.’

Ranked: tier 4

Malcolm Davis-White QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA 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 BuildingsHe captures and holds the attention of the court well.’

Ranked: tier 4

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsRecommended for his deep expertise in contentious and non-contentious insolvency issues.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old BuildingsA clear and concise communicator.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old BuildingsAn experienced senior junior with a strong commercial Chancery practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old BuildingsImpresses with his attention to detail and technical expertise.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Knight - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is confident and brings a practical approach derived from his accountancy background.’

Ranked: tier 5

Lyndsey de Mestre - XXIV Old BuildingsConscientious, thorough and able to explain the intricacies of technical matters effectively and clearly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah Bayliss - XXIV Old BuildingsTechnically 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 BuildingsGood client handling skills and willingness to listen to alternative viewpoints.

Ranked: tier 2
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old BuildingsHis legal drafting is thorough and cogent.

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Meakin - XXIV Old BuildingsVery international in his orientation with an excellent civil law background.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Montagu-Smith - XXIV Old BuildingsVery 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 BuildingsA 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 ‘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 £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 BuildingsHe provides sharp analysis.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA formidable opponent.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Brownbill QC - XXIV Old BuildingsThorough, knowledgeable and pragmatic.

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has excellent technical ability.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA very creative thinker.’

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

Michael King - XXIV Old BuildingsAn expert on large family trusts.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Holden - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a real depth of understanding in fiduciary matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsCommended for her breadth of experience, knowledge and sheer ability.

Ranked: tier 3

Amanda Harington - XXIV Old BuildingsRecommended for large-scale offshore trust disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old BuildingsKnown for representing trustees in large-scale disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Cumming - XXIV Old BuildingsHugely proactive, bright and approachable.

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Galley - XXIV Old BuildingsPersonable and efficient.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Gadd - XXIV Old BuildingsRecommended 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 ‘experienced members’. Case highlights include a number of financial mismanagement cases.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsExtremely knowledgeable and able.’

Ranked: tier 3

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery able.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Michael Gadd - XXIV Old BuildingsExcellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsShe is sensible and rated for her no-nonsense approach.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Knight - XXIV Old BuildingsSensible and good to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Helen Galley - XXIV Old BuildingsHighly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

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

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Sport
Sport – Leading juniors

Ian Meakin - XXIV Old BuildingsHe demonstrates a level of commerciality that sets him apart from many of the others in the field.

Ranked: tier 3

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