Elspeth Talbot Rice QC > Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC
XXIV Old Buildings
24 OLD BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3UP
England

Position

Described by opponents as “the smiling assassin”, and crowned Legal 500’s Trusts and Probate Silk of the Year 2019, and Chambers and Partners’ Chancery Silk of the Year 2018, Elspeth is a highly sought after court advocate who commands a wealth of international trusts and commercial chancery expertise and experience. She acts in international matters for private clients and commercial enterprises across the globe, combining her knowledge and depth of experience with incisive legal analysis, clarity of expression, practicality, supreme approachability, energy and zest, a strong court presence and superb advocacy. Her meticulous eye for detail is used particularly well in cross examination. She is respected by judges, peers and clients alike. She wins the confidence of her clients with her clear, practical and straight forward analysis of issues and their solutions. A market source described her as embodying “all of the qualities we look for in our leading counsel: intellectual rigour, fierce determination, engagement with the client and the detail of the case, composure under pressure, commerciality and articulate leadership. She manages also to be highly responsive, accessible, energetic and incredibly positive. This combination of skills and personality is incredibly hard to find in one person and consequently she is much in demand in the big cases, where her sense of purpose and direction are of immense value.”

Career

Called 1990, Lincoln’s Inn; Wigglesworth Scholar; Silk 2008; bencher of Lincoln’s Inn 2012. Elspeth is regularly asked to speak at conferences and to record podcasts, dvds and webinars on a variety of topics. 

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association (honorary secretary 2009-12); ACTAPS; Denning Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

Education

Roedean School; Durham University (1989 BA Hons).

Leisure

Lacrosse, horse riding, music.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Charities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Elspeth Talbot Rice QCXXIV Old BuildingsIs fiercely bright, hardworking and responsive.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

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

London Bar > Company and partnership

(Company - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

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

(Partnership - Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 2

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

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

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

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

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

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

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

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Elspeth Talbot Rice QCXXIV 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.