Mr David Brownbill KC > Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC
XXIV Old Buildings
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David Brownbill KC specialises in international trust, company and financial services disputes and advice. His experience covers international trust, corporate and commercial structuring; investment funds, commercial trusts and pensions; political risks, international sanctions, investment disputes and bilateral investment treaties.

David’s litigation work covers all matters within these fields, in both the English and the Commonwealth courts. David has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, has appeared in the courts of the British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Gibraltar, and the Isle of Man and regularly advises on cases in Anguilla, Antigua, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Jersey, Guernsey, Hong Kong, the Middle East and Singapore.

Clients value his ability to manage cases whose size, complexity and profile make them extremely difficult to handle.  David has, accordingly, acted in numerous international and offshore trust, company and commercial disputes, including substantial fraud and asset recovery claims, both in  England and overseas.  David has also acted in various disputes concerning investment funds including a number of Madoff related matters.

David advises on the transactional as well as the litigation aspects of investments funds and commercial trusts generally and is regularly instructed to advise on complex trust and corporate documentation.  David is well known for his ability to devise innovative solutions to problems, particularly in cases where tax and other transactions have gone awry.

David has for many years been concerned in the planning of international estates and family enterprise succession, including devising complex family governance and control structures.

David has also assisted various jurisdictions on the drafting of trust and company legislation and, most recently, has been retained in the Bahamas to advise on and draft legislation to provide for the arbitration of trust disputes, to introduce new features to its trust law and to abolish perpetuities.

David is an editor of International Trust Laws, and a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.


Called 1989; Grays Inn; formerly a solicitor, admitted 1980; Silk 2008.


  • Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), serving on the International Committee


LLB, Nottingham

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Brownbill KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘David is a measured, careful and meticulous leader with a deep understanding of the law and, in particular, international structures and clients.’

XXIV Old Buildings is an ‘excellent set, with first-rate counsel and great strength in depth’ and the ‘first port of call’ for many clients when it comes to complex trust related matters. Elspeth Talbot Rice KC is experienced at handling many complex and high-value Chancery pieces of litigation, particularly those with an international angle. David Brownbill KC has extensive expertise in trust law and focuses mainly on private client cases. ‘Brilliant orator’ Edward Cumming ‘is the absolute best when it comes to commercial Chancery work’ and has experience of cases which reach the final level of appeals.

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Brownbill KCXXIV Old BuildingsDavid is absolutely brilliant in dealing with highly complex and technical legal issues.  His judgment is superb, taking into account not only legal issues but practical client concerns.  You can always rely on his advice.  He is also incredibly diligent and hard-working and a joy to work with.’