Francis Tregear KC > Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC
XXIV Old Buildings
24 OLD BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3UP
England

Position

Francis’ practice focuses on business disputes, company and insolvency matters, funds and financial products, trusts, professional negligence and property litigation. Recent work includes: advising and appearing on contentious matters in relation to Cayman Islands based Funds including funds with exposure to the Madoff fraud. He was also engaged in the litigation surrounding the world wide freezing order obtained by the liquidator of JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank against Sergei Pugachev. He is also involved in major litigation brought by Aeroflot against Boris Berezovsky and companies related to him.

Career

Called 1980 Middle Temple, Lincoln’s Inn; member of the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean; Queens Counsel 2003; recorder 2004; accredited mediator 2004.

Languages

Fluent French.

Memberships

The committee of the Chancery Bar Association; Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; Professional Negligence Bar Association; COMBAR.

Education

St Paul’s School; St John’s College, Cambridge (BA).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Francis Tregear KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Very sharp brain, can translate complex issues and theories into easily understandable and digestible for the client. Excellent rapport with judges who respect his straightforward approach.’

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Francis Tregear KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Francis is an excellent advocate and is highly persuasive in court.His written work is excellent, and his legal opinions carry real weight when a trust application requires such an opinion. He is a very good leader of a team for instructing lawyers, junior counsel and the client.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Francis Tregear KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Very sharp brain, can translate complex issues and theories into easily understandable and digestible for the client. Excellent rapport with judges who respect his straightforward approach.’

XXIV Old Buildings is ‘a strong set for banking‘, offering ‘brilliant minds and real strength across the board‘. The set’s members have particularly good expertise in offshore, fraud and insolvency related banking disputes. A major ongoing case is Ivanishvili v Credit Suisse Life (Bermuda) before the Bermuda Commercial Court, in which Stephen Moverley Smith KC and Sarah Bayliss  are acting for the defendant life insurance company, a subsidiary of Credit Suisse, in a claim linked to an alleged investment fraud brought by Bidzina Ivanishvili, a former president of Georgia. Edward Cumming KC is representing the claimants in Elite Property Holdings v Barclays Bank Plc regarding an alleged unlawful means conspiracy between Barclays and a leading accountancy firm to place the claimants into administration. Members such as Alexander Pelling  and Francis Tregear KC have good expertise in Middle Eastern related banking disputes.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Francis Tregear KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Great and clear advocate. Very commercial. Extraordinary mind and very focused.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Francis Tregear KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Frances is calm and measured, independent-minded and thoughtful. As an advocate (both orally and in writing), his work is very poised and attractively presented. He has real intellectual fire-power.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Francis Tregear KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Very user friendly and easy to work with. Excellent practitioner.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Francis Tregear KCXXIV Old BuildingsFrancis has a wonderful demeanour and is easy to work with. He is also responsive and a great leader to have on your matters. He is a team player and the clients all like his style and approach.’