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XXIV Old Buildings

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC

Work 020 7691 2424
Fax 0870 460 2178
Geneva, London

Michael Black QC

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


Advocate and arbitrator in international commercial disputes.


Called 1978 Middle Temple; Silk 1995; deputy judge of Technology and Construction Court 1999-2013; member Civil Procedure Rule Committee 2000-04; member Civil Justice Council 2005-09; Bencher, Middle Temple 2006; Deputy High Court Judge 2008-13. Publications: contributor to ‘The Law and Practice of Compromise’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 7th edition 2010); contributor to ‘International Construction Law’ (ABA 2009); contributor to ‘Discovery Deskbook for Construction Disputes’ (ABA 2006).


Bars of the Dubai International Financial Centre, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Isle of Man (ad hoc), the Cayman Islands (ad hoc); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; American Bar Association (international associate member), American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry; London Court of International Arbitration; Swiss Arbitration Association; International Council for Commercial Arbitration; Chinese Arbitration Association Taipei; Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration; International Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; COMBAR; Bar European Group; Liveryman or the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.


University College, London; Harvard Law School (accredited mediator); visiting professor Manchester University.

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

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

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAn enormous help on complex multi-jurisdictional issues.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsWorld class; a gifted advocate and extremely bright.

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Company and partnership

Within: Company – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is never bamboozled by years of historical dealings and able to distil matters to the key essentials for trial.

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Within: Construction – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA strong strategic thinker, rarely bamboozled, and able to distil matters to the key essentials for trial.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA talented and experienced advocate who is truly at home with MENA-related matters.

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Within: Offshore – Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis work includes Cayman and BVI cases.

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United Arab Emirates: The English Bar


Within: Leading Silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is particularly good at presenting a case and in cross-examination.

Within: Commercial

For many, XXIV Old Buildingsremains the number-one set for Dubai arbitration and DIFC court work’. Michael Black QC is representing the Kurdistan regional government (which controls Iraqi Kurdistan) in the defence of an application to enforce a $2bn arbitral award in the DIFC; Tom Montagu-Smith QC is representing the claimant, Dana Gas.

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Within: Leading Silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis experience gives him a considerable edge on difficult issues.

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