Steven Thompson > Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC
XXIV Old Buildings


Barrister specialising in corporate and personal insolvency, company law, aviation law and commercial disputes; experience in commercial disputes in both the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court; appears in the High Court of the British Virgin Islands and before the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal.


Called 1996, Inner Temple; called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court 2000; Queens Counsel 2015.


Spanish (conversational).


Chancery Bar Association


St John’s College, Cambridge (1990 BA Hons Natural Sciences).

Lawyer Rankings

United Arab Emirates > The English bar > Commercial

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Steven Thompson QCXXIV Old BuildingsHe handles commercial disputes in free zone courts.

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

London Bar > Aviation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

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

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

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

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.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

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

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

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

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

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