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XXIV Old Buildings

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC

24 OLD BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3UP, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7691 2424
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Fax 0870 460 2178
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307 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.xxiv.co.uk
Geneva, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

A ‘terrific’ Chancery-commercial chambers, XXIV OLD BUILDINGS is ‘one of the standout sets for offshore trust work’ and ‘going from strength to strength’ when it comes to Middle East-related matters. Members have ‘a rare balance of intellectual excellence allied to an ability to explain complicated legal principles in simple terms’. In recent news, Steven Thompson QC has been appointed chair of the International Committee of The Bar Council. ‘Wonderful and formidable’ chambers director Sue Medder has announced her retirement, effective August 2019, after five years in chambers during which time she led a ‘fantastic, highly responsive, and approachable’ clerking team which ‘matches the quality’ of the set’s members. The team includes ‘impressive’ senior practice managers Paul Horsfield and James Ladbrook, who are ‘straightforward to deal with’ and ‘very competitive’ on fees. Offices in: London and Geneva

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London Bar

Aviation
Aviation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is a set that is 'going from strength-to-strength' and is an 'excellent choice for aviation matters'. The leading case on economic duress, Times Travel Limited v Pakistan International Airlines Corporation, was a notable highlight for Philip Shepherd QC, where the airline was held to have used illegitimate pressure to force an IATA agent into agreement to abandon claims for commission.

Leading Silks

Philip Shepherd QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a natural gravitas combined with an instinctive sense of the commercial realities of a dispute.

Ranked: tier 1

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has good aviation knowledge and is very capable on large complex cases.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is very commercial and is extremely responsive.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old BuildingsA very capable barrister who has real expertise in the aviation sector; he takes a commercial and pragmatic approach and is a very good team-player.

Ranked: tier 1

Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old BuildingsHas excellent knowledge of aviation matters.

Ranked: tier 2

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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 has several barristers who have built up a strong reputation for banking work. The set is especially noted for its expertise in offshore banking and fund-related disputes and insolvencies. Notable highlights on this front include Michael Black QC and Marcus Staff's role in Al Sadik v Investcorp BSC in the Cayman Islands.

Leading Silks

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery strong and very easy to work with from a client perspective.

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsApproachable, knowledgeable and a gifted advocate – my first port of call with a complex commercial dispute.

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsGuided the case through the Commercial Court with astonishing aplomb.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA very personable silk who is great with clients and gives commercial, direct advice.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Oliver Assersohn - XXIV Old BuildingsVery responsive and hardworking, his input is always measured and valuable.

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old BuildingsClever, imaginative in solving problems, hardworking, and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Marcus Staff - XXIV Old BuildingsA very bright barrister who has excellent technical skills.

Ranked: tier 4

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Charities
Leading Silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsIs fiercely bright, hardworking and responsive.

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsIs extremely hardworking and provided clear and commercially astute advice.

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings has an excellent reputation for acting on hard-fought offshore disputes, and is also a popular choice for commercial claims before the London courts. Recently, several members, including Alan Steinfeld QC  and Edward Cumming QC, acted on Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in liquidation) and others v Conway & others, while Stephen Moverley Smith QC and Hugh Miall acted on Société Générale v Goldas, a dispute relating to gold bullion consignments.

Leading Silks

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery smart as well as an excellent communicator – she is a brilliant advocate and clients love her.

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA first-class silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis advocacy is tremendous and he really does have the ear of the court.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHas an excellent manner with clients and is very good at general commercial work.

Ranked: tier 4

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has first-rate analytical skills and is a powerful and persuasive advocate to have in your corner.

Ranked: tier 5

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis advocacy was superb and his drafting and insight into the intricacies of the case were exceptional.

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAs well as his credentials as a top-notch commercial barrister, he is a leading authority on DIFC Court jurisdiction.

Ranked: tier 6
2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA top-class lawyer, excellent orator and advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old BuildingsAn incredibly safe pair of hands who never lets you down.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old BuildingsA really great member of the Bar to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Cloherty - XXIV Old BuildingsNot only does he really know his stuff, he's also easy to work with and a nice guy.

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old BuildingsExtremely congenial to work with and he's a very smooth advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsExtremely tenacious in court, she has extremely good judgement and has excellent insight into how a case will play out.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicole Langlois - XXIV Old BuildingsVery bright and perfect for anyone dealing with issues that straddles English and Jersey law.

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Knight - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a great eye for detail, and is adept at marshalling swiftly voluminous documentation and preparing forceful submissions.

Ranked: tier 5

Hugh Miall - XXIV Old BuildingsHe manages to combine a robust style with considerable expertise and brain-power, and is a star to watch for the future.

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 'one of the standout sets for offshore company law work', which sits beside a strong Chancery practice, but members are also well-versed in partnership disputes, acting in cases domestically and abroad. Alan Steinfeld QC acted in Clean Power Properties Ltd v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, where he is advising Network Rail on the terms and effects of an agreement with the claimant for the acquisition of sites intended to be used as power stations. On the partnership front, he is advising on a large LLP dispute for Boston Consulting. Also on the partnership front, Francis Tregear QC advised Cayman Islands-based Alcontrol LP on the structure and distribution of its equity interests. Meanwhile, Michael Black QC acted for the claimant in Akhmodova v Akhmodov, enforcement proceedings in a $600m divorce settlement across multiple jurisdictions that involved piercing the corporate veil over disputed assets.

Company - Leading Silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis analysis is crisp and clear and he articulates it with passion and commitment.

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsShe is fiercely bright, hardworking and responsive; quite simply a superb lawyer and a great person to have on your team.

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsIntellectually adept, a pleasure to deal with, prompt with advice, navigates complexity and is very user friendly.'

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is an extremely experienced QC who is well versed in offshore litigation and has seen just about every type of dispute under the sun.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis advice is always clear and concise and he is straightforward.

Ranked: tier 3
Partnership - Leading silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis analysis is crisp and clear and he articulates it with passion and commitment.

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsShe is fiercely bright, hardworking and responsive; quite simply a superb lawyer and a great person to have on your team.

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsIntellectually adept, a pleasure to deal with, prompt with advice, navigates complexity and is very user friendly.'

Ranked: tier 3
Company - 2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is always willing to provide guidance and consider options outside of the box.

Ranked: tier 1

Lyndsey De Mestre QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery clear in her advice and is approachable.

Ranked: tier 1
Company - Leading juniors

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old BuildingsHis grasp of detail is excellent and his cross-examination can be described as “legendary”.

Ranked: tier 1

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old BuildingsA fearless lion fighting for the client; he stands his ground.

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsPractical, sensible and comparable to a QC.

Ranked: tier 2

Hugh Miall - XXIV Old BuildingsTerrific advocate, immaculate written work.

Ranked: tier 3
Partnership - Leading juniors

Helen Galley - XXIV Old BuildingsShe approaches cases very sympathetically, but also in a pragmatic and no-nonsense way.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old BuildingsHis grasp of detail is excellent and his cross-examination can be described as “legendary”.

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Leading Silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAnd excellent and thoughtful advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Montagu-Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHugely talented barrister, always impeccably prepared.

Ranked: tier 5

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Financial services regulation
Leading Juniors

Oliver Assersohn - XXIV Old BuildingsBright, well informed and has good judgement.

Ranked: tier 2

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is 'very competitive on rates' and 'great on Chancery matters'. The set fields an impressive range of barristers, and its junior silks are particularly well regarded by instructing solicitors. Members also have an excellent track record in offshore and trust matters, which inevitably feed into the fraud work. Steven Thompson QC and Hugh Miall are representing the defendant in the high profile Arcadia Petroleum & Ors v Bosworth & OrsStephen Moverley Smith QC and Alexander Pelling also had signficant roles in RAK Investments v Bestfort Development.

Leading Silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a fantastic range and depth of experience which sets him apart from other silks.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA talented and hardworking silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsShe cuts straight through complex and messy facts to the crucial issues, and I have no desire ever to be against her.

Ranked: tier 3

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis work is of the highest order.

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old BuildingsDid a splendid job and really put his back into making sure our applications went in on a sound basis.

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAn excellent silk – refreshingly energetic and optimistic in an increasingly cynical and crowded civil fraud market.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Shepherd QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a natural gravitas combined with an instinctive sense of the commercial realities of a dispute.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsApproachable, detail-conscious and commercially-minded.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has the ear of the judge no matter who his opponents are.

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Knight - XXIV Old BuildingsGives firm advice and gets to the heart of the matter quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old BuildingsClients cannot recommend him enough.

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old BuildingsA very thoughtful and considered lawyer, blessed with deep knowledge of the law.

Ranked: tier 4

Hugh Miall - XXIV Old BuildingsA prodigiously hard worker, he turns around big pieces of work in the blink of an eye.

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings has members dealing with all aspects of international and domestic insolvency law. Multiple members, including Alan Steinfeld QC and Edward Cumming QC, are acting in Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in liquidation) and others v Conway & othersStuart Adair is acting in Orexim Trading Limited v Mahavir Port and Terminal Limited, while, in Caymen Island proceedings, Robert Levy QC is acting for the liquidators in Re Caledonian Insurance.

Leading Silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a real courtroom presence and an ability to convince the court of the correctness of his analysis.

Ranked: tier 1

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis work is of the highest order, his advocacy is superb and his drafting and insight into the intricacies of the case are exceptional.

Ranked: tier 2

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsShe has real gravitas about her and is a formidable advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAn extremely experienced silk who is well versed in offshore litigation and has seen just about every type of dispute under the sun.

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is excellent on his feet and highly persuasive in his oral and written arguments.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is an absolute star performer and stands out as one of the best junior silks.

Ranked: tier 1

Lyndsey de Mestre QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery clear in her advice and approchable.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old BuildingsA fearless lion fighting for the client and standing his ground.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Ritchie - XXIV Old BuildingsHis grasp of detail is excellent and his cross-examination is legendary.

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Knight - XXIV Old BuildingsAs an advocate he is quick on his feet and knows when to be tenacious and when not to be.

Ranked: tier 5

Hugh Miall - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has excellent judgement and a most incisive and agile mind.

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah Bayliss - XXIV Old BuildingsShe is easy to work with, practical, and excellent at focusing on the parts of a case which really matter.

Ranked: tier 5

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International arbitration: counsel
Leading Silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsContinues to impress with the swiftness of his responses, the clarity of his analysis, and the commercial approach he applies.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Ian Meakin - XXIV Old BuildingsAn exceptionally prominent practitioner, his deep understanding of arbitration is strongly appreciated.

Ranked: tier 2

Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old BuildingsExperienced in energy, infrastructure and aviation disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

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Offshore
Offshore - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

XXIV Old Buildings

'A top set for trusts matters', XXIV Old Buildings has members involved in 'elite cases'. Alan Steinfeld QC and Edward Cumming QC were successful in assisting the defendant Carlyle companies in the Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway litigation in Guernsey. Robert Levy QC  is instructed in numerous Cayman Islands section 238 cases. Also of note, the highly regarded Nicole Langlois, a former Carey Olsen partner, is a Jersey advocate.

Leading Silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe contributes clarity of thought and unrivaled intelligence.

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHer guidance on strategy in complex, multi-national litigation is second-to-none.

Ranked: tier 1

David Brownbill QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA fantastic, focused and technically gifted lawyer.

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregar QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a track record of the top CIS cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old BuildingsParticularly strong in fraud matters, where he is a fearless and effective cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAn extremely experienced QC who has seen just about every type of dispute under the sun.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsApproachable, knowledgable and a gifted advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA good choice when a difficult call needs to be made – decisive and clear in his advice.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA lively and brilliant young silk.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsInstructed on a range of advisory matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicole Langlois - XXIV Old BuildingsExtremely effective on her feet, and practical and pragmatic for strategic matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Holden - XXIV Old BuildingsA silk in waiting – he has incredible technical knowledge combined with a very dry sense of humour.

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Warents - XXIV Old BuildingsA very intelligent and thoughtful lawyer.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Cloherty - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is undaunted by a challenge – instead he seems to thrive on them.

Ranked: tier 3

Bajul Shah - XXIV Old BuildingsInstructed in a range of jurisdictions.

Ranked: tier 3

Marcus Staff - XXIV Old BuildingsA very bright barrister who has excellent technical skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Bayliss - XXIV Old BuildingsEasy to work with, practical and excellent at focusing on the parts of a case that really matter.

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Leading Silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis advocacy is tremendous and he really does have the ear of the court.

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 a ‘high-quality set of chambers’ with an established reputation in the areas of trusts, private client, and probate work, as well as Chancery and offshore disputes. In a recent instruction of note, Alan Steinfeld QC advised the trustees of a Cayman trust about potential claims against a third party and in relation to obtaining Beddoe relief from the Cayman Court.

Leading Silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSHas the ear of the court and has a real courtroom presence as he can convince the court of the correctness of his analysis.

Ranked: tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSCombines incredible energy and levels of availability with the necessary length of experience that makes her an obvious choice for the biggest and most complex disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

David Brownbill QC - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSA silk who is adept at finding solutions.

Ranked: tier 2

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSIs a highly intelligent and diligent silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSIs bright, has an impressive ability quickly get on top of his material and has a persuasive and forceful advocacy.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Edward Cumming QC - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSA stellar new silk who can take the pressure of a high-value disputes as well as anyone.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Adam Cloherty - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSIs a formidable advocate, tremendously bullish, and someone to have on your side – and not on the other side!

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Holden - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSIs an accomplished advocate and equally at ease onshore and offshore – he gives concise and clear advice promptly.

Ranked: tier 2

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSHer advice is always practical, straightforward and she has a particular skill at cutting through knotty problems with a well-considered and pragmatic strategy.

Ranked: tier 2

Amanda Harington - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSIs hardworking, easy to work with, supremely clever and expresses herself superbly in writing and when advocating.

Ranked: tier 4

Bajul Shah - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSHas a deep knowledge of the area and will often pick up points others miss or overlook.

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Galley - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSIs extremely knowledgeable in cross-jurisdiction and trust work.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Gadd - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSHas an excellent grasp of the detail.

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings handles a range of complex professional negligence cases involving lawyers, accountants, auditors, surveyors, valuers and trustees. The set is 'experienced' and has 'excellent individuals' for such disputes. Jackson & Money v Gershinson & Others was a key case for Francis Tregear QC, while Helen Galley appeared in Southwark Living v Cramer Pelmont, a claim against solicitors which alleged failure to protect the client's position.

Leading Silks

Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is first rate.

Ranked: tier 3

Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is experienced in professional negligence disputes.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Michael Gadd - XXIV Old BuildingsHighly intelligent and an excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsShe is excellent.

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Knight - XXIV Old BuildingsA very able junior barrister.

Ranked: tier 5

Helen Galley - XXIV Old BuildingsExceptional.

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

A ‘terrific’ Chancery-commercial chambers, XXIV OLD BUILDINGS is ‘one of the standout sets for offshore trust work’ and ‘going from strength to strength’ when it comes to Middle East-related matters. Members have ‘a rare balance of intellectual excellence allied to an ability to explain complicated legal principles in simple terms’. In recent news, Steven Thompson QC has been appointed chair of the International Committee of The Bar Council. ‘Wonderful and formidable’ chambers director Sue Medder has announced her retirement, effective August 2019, after five years in chambers during which time she led a ‘fantastic, highly responsive, and approachable’ clerking team which ‘matches the quality’ of the set’s members. The team includes ‘impressive’ senior practice managers Paul Horsfield and James Ladbrook, who are ‘straightforward to deal with’ and ‘very competitive’ on fees. Offices in: London and Geneva

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