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XXIV Old Buildings

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC

Work 020 7691 2424
Fax 0870 460 2178
Geneva, London

Stephen Moverley Smith QC

Work 020 7691 2424
XXIV Old Buildings (Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC)


Barrister specialising in international litigation and arbitration in the fields of commercial, company, trusts and business law. A QC since 2002, has developed an extensive practice in the fields of hostile corporate and trust litigation, insolvency, civil fraud and joint venture disputes (in both a corporate and partnership context), often for private clients. Recent and ongoing cases include a successful proprietary claim against a French bank (in the Privy Council), a SCC arbitration concerning a Pakistani joint venture, the successful defence of a fraud claim brought by a major Russian bank, asset recovery proceedings in the Cayman Islands and the BVI against a prominent Saudi family. Has an extensive offshore practice, particularly in the British Virgin Islands (since 1995), the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar and is an expert on conflict of law issues. Regularly acts in international commercial arbitrations both in the UK and overseas.


Called 1985, Middle Temple; junior counsel to the Crown, Chancery; called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean; Queens Counsel 2002.


Chancery Bar Association; Insolvency Lawyers Association.


Reading School; Oxford (MA).

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsGreat knowledge of security law, very hands on.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA good all-round commercial silk, both with clients and on his feet.

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Company and partnership

Within: Company – Leading silks

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of BVI law.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

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

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Within: Insolvency – Leading silks

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsQuick thinker, hardworking, can turn around documents quickly.

Within: Insolvency

Well-managedXXIV Old Buildings has ‘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.

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Within: Offshore – Leading silks

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe appears in challenging BVI and Cayman cases.

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Private client: trusts and probate

Within: Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHas a great ability to absorb a large quantity of material and get on top of the issues quickly.

Within: Private client: trusts and probate

XXIV Old Buildings has ‘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.

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