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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

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Steven Thompson QCXXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings, in addition to a creditable international arbitration practice, is well-known for its long track record in free zones, with a number of members having lengthy histories in the DIFC Courts tracing back to the drafting of the institution’s very rules. Steven Thompson QC represents litigation funder Burford Capital on its role in the DIFC Courts proceedings that form a part of the global asset hunt following the Akhmedova v Akhmedov divorce in London, and Tom Montagu-Smith QC represents Skat, the Danish tax authority, in litigation concerning what it alleges is a tax reclaim fraud involving search a search order producing millions of documents. Michael Black QC, who is based in the UAE, has a lengthy track record in the DIFC Courts, as well handling international arbitrations with their origins in the region, both as counsel and arbitrator.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Steven Thompson QCXXIV Old BuildingsAn awesome talent. Provides exccellent advice and does not sit on the fence.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Steven Thompson QCXXIV Old BuildingsHard working, a team player and great fun, Steven is highly intelligent and enthusiastic too.

XXIV Old Buildings is one of the premier sets for offshore disputes, and this invariably feeds into its members experience in large-scale civil fraud claims, with silks and juniors both coming highly recommended. Steven Thompson QC has a strong reputation in this area and is facing off against Edward Cumming QC in Kazakhstan Kagazy v Martin, in which the defendant is accused of taking a bonus from money that he allegedly knew was stolen from the claimant.  The set also fields a selection of extremely experienced senior juniors, including Stuart Adair who is representing a shareholder and director, John McCarthy, in the case of Re Emerald Meats (London) Limited, an insolvency involving allegations of fraud, in which Alan Steinfeld QC is on the opposing side, representing another shareholder and director.

London Bar > Aviation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Steven Thompson QCXXIV Old BuildingsA great barrister for any commercial or fraud case, Steven has a particular specialism in aviation, and it shows. One of the absolute best that you can instruct on an aviation case.

Considered a ‘very efficient, personable and helpful‘ set in the aviation sector, XXIV Old Buildings is a key resource for aviation lessors, manufacturers, and airlines, primarily in private law disputes. Steven Thompson QC is considered an ‘excellent advocate‘ by his peers, while juniors Bajul Shah and Arshad Ghaffar are notable for their work on high-value claims. Erin Hitchens focuses primarily on matters in the Commercial Court. Tom Stewart Coats is another key individual. As of April 2021 Philip Shepherd QC is practicing from his own chambers.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Steven Thompson QCXXIV Old BuildingsHas an excellent knowledge of insolvency law and a mastermind in this area.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Steven Thompson QCXXIV Old BuildingsHe balances a direct no-nonsense approach, with full awareness of legal and strategic nuance.