Mr Alexander Pelling > Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC
XXIV Old Buildings
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Alexander Pelling has very substantial experience in commercial and business disputes of all kinds.  His cases frequently have an international and/or offshore element and have been before the courts and arbitrators.

Alex has particular expertise in banking and bank payment cases (including debt factoring cases), in civil frauds and asset-recovery, and in cases involving the breach of fiduciary obligations. He is regularly involved in obtaining freezing orders and related disclosure orders against banks and other third parties.

He has also for many years acted in cases involving financial/capital markets. He has substantial experience of cases that turn on the contractual, fiduciary and regulatory duties relevant to firms and individuals operating in them. Another major area of expertise is financial derivatives (including spread bets and other contracts for differences), foreign exchange and hedge funds. He has drafted terms and conditions for spread betting and forex trading businesses.

His other areas of expertise include insolvency and related property disputes, product liability cases and all kinds of contractual disputes.


Qualified 1995, Middle Temple.


Chancery Bar Association.


  • Dundee University, MA (Hons)
  • D Phil, St Edmund Hall, Oxford
  • City University, Dip Law


Fishing, wine.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

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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 > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

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London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Alexander PellingXXIV Old Buildings