Ms Sarah Bayliss > Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC
XXIV Old Buildings
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Sarah has a well-established commercial and modern chancery practice and takes a particular interest in domestic trust/estate work, fraud and company/insolvency cases.  She also has a niche practice in art and media disputes.

Sarah has extensive experience of complex offshore disputes in jurisdictions including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the BVI, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and the DIFC.


Qualified 2002; Middle Temple


  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Bar of Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (2003)
  • Registered Legal Practitioner – Dubai International Financial Centre (2015)


  • BA (Hons) Cambridge (English)
  • Scholar of Christ’s College
  • Diploma of Law, City University

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Sarah BaylissXXIV Old BuildingsA strong detail-orientated junior.’

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.

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Sarah BaylissXXIV Old BuildingsExcellent with complicated Chancery claims, especially with challenging or particularly sensitive client issues. She takes clients along with her brilliantly through very complex issues.’

XXIV Old Buildings are well regarded for this ‘historical strength in overseas work,‘ with a number of leading silks among its ranks who engage with various major offshore disputes in a wide variety of regions such as the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. Members of chambers engage in a selection of different areas, such as corporate and commercial matters, trust related work and financial based cases. Alan Steinfeld KC is regarded as a ‘true star of the Bar‘ and is a popular advocate, with cases such as Perry v Lopag Trust Reg and Ors whereby he acted for the opposing counsel in a significant case on the law of equitable mistake in the Cayman Islands. Stephen Moverley Smith KC ‘s recent highlights include Al Thani v Al Thani, an attempt to enforce a Qatari judgment, validiating an oral will, in the BVI despite the BVI not permitting oral wills. Sarah Bayliss  is noted for her strong presence in appearance in high value cases in Gibraltar, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and the BVI including complex offshore trust and investment structures, fraud, banking and insolvency.