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Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC
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 BuildingsSteven is supremely knowledgeable and has excellent analytical skills.  He is creative, commercial and always gets the very best result for his clients.’

XXIV Old BuildingsMichael Black QC has a well-established presence in the Middle East and showcases in-depth expertise across the oil and gas, shipping, leisure and retail, banking and insurance sectors; prior to his appointment to the DIFC Court of Appeal (which he combines with an arbitrator practice), he represented Credit Suisse in making a claim against Gulf Petroleum in relation to alleged fraud and against directors under personal guarantees. Steven Thompson QC is another key individual to mention. Key changes in the set include the departure of Tom Montagu-Smith QC who joined 3 Verulam Buildings in 2021.

London Bar > Aviation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Steven Thompson KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Steven has a strong intellect and gives clear and robust advice. He knows the aviation field better than almost anyone else at the Bar.’

XXIV Old Buildings is a ‘great aviation and commercial litigation set’ which frequently acts for aviation lessors, airlines and manufacturers. Steven Thompson KC is well-known for handling aviation maintenance, lease, sale and purchase agreements. Arshad Ghaffar  is a popular choice for aircraft lessors, while Bajul Shah  deals primarily with disputes relating to dry leasing, mortgages and forfeiture issues. Erin Hitchens has appeared in various interim matters in the Commercial Court and Tom Stewart Coats is instructed in regulatory matters.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Steven Thompson KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Steven is highly experienced in this field and with his offshore expertise is a great asset on any case involving aspects of insolvency.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Steven Thompson KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Steven is a truly brilliant advocate. He is always meticulously prepared and is an immaculate court room performer. Exceptional in every way.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Steven Thompson KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Steven is real heavyweight in this area with a razor sharp eye for detail and a no nonsense approach. He has a great advocacy style and his written work is excellent.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Steven Thompson KCXXIV Old BuildingsRobust advocacy, not easily fazed, makes difficult concepts simple to understand, stands up well under pressure even at the highest levels of the court system.’