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XXIV Old Buildings

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC

Work 020 7691 2424
Fax 0870 460 2178
Geneva, London

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC

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


Described by opponents as "the smiling assassin", and crowned Legal 500's Trusts and Probate Silk of the Year 2019, and Chambers and Partners’ Chancery Silk of the Year 2018, Elspeth is a highly sought after court advocate who commands a wealth of international trusts and commercial chancery expertise and experience. She acts in international matters for private clients and commercial enterprises across the globe, combining her knowledge and depth of experience with incisive legal analysis, clarity of expression, practicality, supreme approachability, energy and zest, a strong court presence and superb advocacy. Her meticulous eye for detail is used particularly well in cross examination. She is respected by judges, peers and clients alike. She wins the confidence of her clients with her clear, practical and straight forward analysis of issues and their solutions. A market source described her as embodying “all of the qualities we look for in our leading counsel: intellectual rigour, fierce determination, engagement with the client and the detail of the case, composure under pressure, commerciality and articulate leadership. She manages also to be highly responsive, accessible, energetic and incredibly positive. This combination of skills and personality is incredibly hard to find in one person and consequently she is much in demand in the big cases, where her sense of purpose and direction are of immense value."


Called 1990, Lincoln’s Inn; Wigglesworth Scholar; Silk 2008; bencher of Lincoln’s Inn 2012. Elspeth is regularly asked to speak at conferences and to record podcasts, dvds and webinars on a variety of topics. 


Chancery Bar Association (honorary secretary 2009-12); ACTAPS; Denning Society of Lincoln’s Inn.


Roedean School; Durham University (1989 BA Hons).


Lacrosse, horse riding, music.

London Bar


Within: Charities – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsExcellent, concise, heavyweight advice and good with lay clients.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsThe most intelligent person in every room; an outstanding advocate but also user friendly.

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Company and partnership

Within: Company – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsShe is fearless and determined to get the best for her clients.

Within: Partnership – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsShe inspires confidence and is a skilled and tough negotiator.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAn excellent tactician; makes the very best of her material and leaves no stone unturned.

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Within: Insolvency – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsShe has a strong work ethic combined with an incredible intellect.

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Within: Offshore – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsIncisive and focused, with a clear view as to what the right answer is.

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Private client: trusts and probate

Within: Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsShe is incredibly bright and has everything covered.

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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