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XXIV Old Buildings

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC

24 OLD BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3UP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7691 2424
Fax:
Fax 0870 460 2178
DX:
307 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.xxiv.co.uk
Geneva, London

Michael Black QC

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

Position

Advocate and arbitrator in international commercial disputes.

Career

Called 1978 Middle Temple; Silk 1995; deputy judge of Technology and Construction Court 1999-2013; member Civil Procedure Rule Committee 2000-04; member Civil Justice Council 2005-09; Bencher, Middle Temple 2006; Deputy High Court Judge 2008-13. Publications: contributor to ‘The Law and Practice of Compromise’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 7th edition 2010); contributor to ‘International Construction Law’ (ABA 2009); contributor to ‘Discovery Deskbook for Construction Disputes’ (ABA 2006).

Member

Bars of the Dubai International Financial Centre, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Isle of Man (ad hoc), the Cayman Islands (ad hoc); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; London Court of International Arbitration; Swiss Arbitration Association; International Council for Commercial Arbitration; Chinese Arbitration Association Taipei; Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration; International Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; COMBAR; Bar European Group; Liveryman or the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. Chartered Arbitrator.

Education

University College, London; Harvard Law School (accredited mediator); visiting professor Manchester University.


London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsApproachable, knowledgeable and a gifted advocate – my first port of call with a complex commercial dispute.

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

XXIV Old Buildings has several barristers who have built up a strong reputation for banking work. The set is especially noted for its expertise in offshore banking and fund-related disputes and insolvencies. Notable highlights on this front include Michael Black QC and Marcus Staff's role in Al Sadik v Investcorp BSC in the Cayman Islands.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAs well as his credentials as a top-notch commercial barrister, he is a leading authority on DIFC Court jurisdiction.

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Company and partnership

Within: Company - Leading Silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis advice is always clear and concise and he is straightforward.

Within: Company and partnership

XXIV Old Buildings is 'one of the standout sets for offshore company law work', which sits beside a strong Chancery practice, but members are also well-versed in partnership disputes, acting in cases domestically and abroad. Alan Steinfeld QC acted in Clean Power Properties Ltd v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, where he is advising Network Rail on the terms and effects of an agreement with the claimant for the acquisition of sites intended to be used as power stations. On the partnership front, he is advising on a large LLP dispute for Boston Consulting. Also on the partnership front, Francis Tregear QC advised Cayman Islands-based Alcontrol LP on the structure and distribution of its equity interests. Meanwhile, Michael Black QC acted for the claimant in Akhmodova v Akhmodov, enforcement proceedings in a $600m divorce settlement across multiple jurisdictions that involved piercing the corporate veil over disputed assets.

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Construction

Within: Leading Silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAnd excellent and thoughtful advocate.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsContinues to impress with the swiftness of his responses, the clarity of his analysis, and the commercial approach he applies.

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Offshore

Within: Leading Silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsApproachable, knowledgable and a gifted advocate.

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United Arab Emirates: The English bar

Commercial

Within: Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe appears in agenda-setting DIFC cases.

Within: Commercial

XXIV Old Buildings has strong links to Dubai, with many of its more senior members instructed in groundbreaking DIFC cases and arbitrations. Michael Black QC and Andrew Holden successfully represented a person seeking an injunction to freeze a superyacht in connection with an English matrimonial case, while Tom Montagu-Smith QC continues to represent the Danish tax authorities in litigation against Elysium Global regarding an alleged $2bn tax reclaim fraud.

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Construction

Within: Leading silks

Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsArbitrator and counsel in heavyweight construction disputes.

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