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XXIV Old Buildings

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC

Work 020 7691 2424
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Geneva, London

Edward Cumming

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


Edward is a barrister specialising in most areas of chancery and commercial litigation. He particularly relishes advocacy, appearing frequently before a range of courts and tribunals, and has extensive experience of international and multi-jurisdictional disputes. This particular international emphasis was further enhanced when he was retained for a substantial period to advise a leading offshore firm on a number of business and trust matters involving Guernsey and the BVI. Edward’s breadth of expertise is recognised by the leading directories. He is not only recommended in the chancery sphere for traditional chancery litigation, private client disputes (trust and probate), company disputes and insolvency disputes, but also for commercial dispute resolution, banking and finance, and aviation.


Called 2006, Middle Temple; Queen Mother’s Scholar and Harmsworth Exhibitioner; expert contributor to ‘Tolley’s Insolvency Law’; general editor of ‘International Trusts Law’.


French, basic German.


Chancery Bar Association; Guernsey International Lawyers Association; COMBAR.


Downing College, Cambridge (2004 BA Hons Law); president of the Cambridge Union; University of Pennsylvania (2005 LLM); Thouron Fellow.

London Bar


Within: Aviation – 2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsTechnically excellent.

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA superstar in the making and one of the youngest ever commercial silks.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsIs punching the lights out as he proceeds on his meteoric rise.

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Company and partnership

Within: Company – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery knowledgeable and not afraid to make his views very clear to difficult clients.

Within: Company and partnership

Able to field talent at all levels’, XXIV Old Buildings is one of the ‘go-to sets’ for offshore company work. Members also act on a variety of partnership disputes across industry sectors. In Re Oakhurst Property Developments, Alan Steinfeld QC successfully acted for a company pursuing claims against the beneficiaries to recover costs associated with after-the-event insurance premiums. Drawing on significant expertise in the jurisdiction, Francis Tregear QC was instructed on several Cayman Islands partnership matters. Edward Cumming QC andLyndsey De Mestre QC took silk in 2018.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsCombines superb advice with excellent legal knowledge and bucketloads of charisma.

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Within: Insolvency – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is so bright, you get the feeling that there isn’t anything he doesn’t know.

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 – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsThe antithesis of an inaccessible advisor in an ivory tower.

Within: Offshore

XXIV Old Buildings is ‘very accessible and visible around offshore Chancery work’. Alan Steinfeld QC continues to advise the Carlyle-related entities in Guernsey’s Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway case, part of a long-running saga concerning the collapse of an investment fund following the 2008 crash. Nicole Langlois, Daniel Warents, David Brownbill QC and Edward Cumming QC advised various parties in Crociani v Crociani, a Jersey case concerning an intra-family dispute of a trust created in the Bahamas in 1987 but subjected to changes of trustee and governing law.

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Private client: trusts and probate

Within: Private client: trusts and probate – 2018 silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is so bright you get the feeling that there isn’t anything that he doesn’t know.

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