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Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC
XXIV Old Buildings
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Advocate and arbitrator in international commercial disputes.


Called 1978 Middle Temple; Silk 1995; deputy judge of Technology and Construction Court 1999-2013; member Civil Procedure Rule Committee 2000-04; member Civil Justice Council 2005-09; Bencher, Middle Temple 2006; Deputy High Court Judge 2008-13. Publications: contributor to ‘The Law and Practice of Compromise’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 7th edition 2010); contributor to ‘International Construction Law’ (ABA 2009); contributor to ‘Discovery Deskbook for Construction Disputes’ (ABA 2006).


Bars of the Dubai International Financial Centre, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Isle of Man (ad hoc), the Cayman Islands (ad hoc); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; London Court of International Arbitration; Swiss Arbitration Association; International Council for Commercial Arbitration; Chinese Arbitration Association Taipei; Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration; International Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; COMBAR; Bar European Group; Liveryman or the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. Chartered Arbitrator.


University College, London; Harvard Law School (accredited mediator); visiting professor Manchester University.

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Michael Black QCXXIV Old BuildingsMichael is a truly exceptional advocate who combines persuasive argument with superb tactical awareness.  He is also a pleasure to work with and he makes every team member feel comfortable.’

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 > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Michael Black KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘He is always very well prepared, clear in his thinking, concise, drafts beautifully and has great clarity of thought.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Michael Black KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘An excellent arbitral advocate with great experience both as a member of Tribunals and appearing for one of the parties.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Michael Black KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Clever and well prepared.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Michael Black KCXXIV Old Buildings