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XXIV Old Buildings

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC

Work 020 7691 2424
Fax 0870 460 2178
Geneva, London

Stephen Moverley Smith QC

Work 020 7691 2424
XXIV Old Buildings (Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC)


Barrister specialising in international litigation and arbitration in the fields of commercial, company, trusts and business law. A QC since 2002, has developed an extensive practice in the fields of hostile corporate and trust litigation, insolvency, civil fraud and joint venture disputes (in both a corporate and partnership context), often for private clients. Recent and ongoing cases include a successful proprietary claim against a French bank (in the Privy Council), a SCC arbitration concerning a Pakistani joint venture, the successful defence of a fraud claim brought by a major Russian bank, asset recovery proceedings in the Cayman Islands and the BVI against a prominent Saudi family. Has an extensive offshore practice, particularly in the British Virgin Islands (since 1995), the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar and is an expert on conflict of law issues. Regularly acts in international commercial arbitrations both in the UK and overseas.


Called 1985, Middle Temple; junior counsel to the Crown, Chancery; called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean; Queens Counsel 2002.


Chancery Bar Association; Insolvency Lawyers Association.


Reading School; Oxford (MA).

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsGuided the case through the Commercial Court with astonishing aplomb.

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Commercial litigation

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Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHas an excellent manner with clients and is very good at general commercial work.

Within: Commercial litigation

XXIV Old Buildings has an excellent reputation for acting on hard-fought offshore disputes, and is also a popular choice for commercial claims before the London courts. Recently, several members, including Alan Steinfeld QC  and Edward Cumming QC, acted on Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in liquidation) and others v Conway & others, while Stephen Moverley Smith QC and Hugh Miall acted on Société Générale v Goldas, a dispute relating to gold bullion consignments.

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Company and partnership

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Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is an extremely experienced QC who is well versed in offshore litigation and has seen just about every type of dispute under the sun.

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Fraud: civil

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Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA talented and hardworking silk.

Within: Fraud: civil

XXIV Old Buildings is 'very competitive on rates' and 'great on Chancery matters'. The set fields an impressive range of barristers, and its junior silks are particularly well regarded by instructing solicitors. Members also have an excellent track record in offshore and trust matters, which inevitably feed into the fraud work. Steven Thompson QC and Hugh Miall are representing the defendant in the high profile Arcadia Petroleum & Ors v Bosworth & OrsStephen Moverley Smith QC and Alexander Pelling also had signficant roles in RAK Investments v Bestfort Development.

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Within: Leading Silks

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAn extremely experienced silk who is well versed in offshore litigation and has seen just about every type of dispute under the sun.

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Within: Leading Silks

Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAn extremely experienced QC who has seen just about every type of dispute under the sun.

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Private client: trusts and probate

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Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV OLD BUILDINGSIs bright, has an impressive ability quickly get on top of his material and has a persuasive and forceful advocacy.

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