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Elspeth Talbot Rice QC
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Elspeth Talbot Rice QC has a broad commercial Chancery practice and an extremely loyal client base. Clients comment especially on her meticulous eye for detail, particularly well used in cross examination, her clear and robust advocacy in Court and her practical approachable style outside court.
She is recommended in both Legal 500 2015 and Chambers & Partners 2016 for Commercial Litigation, Fraud and Partnership; in Legal 500 also for Private Client, Insolvency, Company and Charities; and Chambers & Partners for Traditional Chancery and Offshore. "A tour de force in her own right", the directories describe Elspeth as "a fantastic advocate and a fighter you would always want in your corner" whose "advice is both technically accurate and tactically astute" and who "fights very tenaciously for her clients".
Recent cases include resisting an English liquidator's application for an anti suit injunction against a German creditor in relation to maritime proceedings in New York, long running litigation arising out of a property-owning joint venture, and the corporate restructuring of that joint venture, a claim challenging the validity of security taken over a solicitor's files under the Bills of Sales Acts, representing a hedge fund in the BVI in relation to issues arising out of redemptions and whether a redeeming shareholder had the right to wind up the hedge fund and leading multi-jurisdictional litigation to recover substantial trust assets which moved through a number of counties before ending up (in part) in, and being successfully recovered in, the USA.
Elspeth is also recommended in the directories for Traditional Chancery and Private Client: Tax Trusts and Probate as well as Charities, being described as an "excellent litigator", and "feisty courtroom performer " She is acting for the RSPCA in the well publicised Gill v RSPCA disputed will/proprietary estoppel case, she acted for charities in a claim to prove a reconstituted will which had been destroyed, for the children in the well publicised Sherrington disputed will case and for the sculpture-owner in the high profile claim against a well known fine arts logistic and storage company for loss of a valuable Anish Kapoor sculpture.
Many of her cases have overseas and international elements. She has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean, has been licensed to appear as an advocate in the Isle of Man in a number of cases and has advised on many cases being fought in the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, the USA, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and other islands of the Caribbean and Hong Kong.
Elspeth regularly provides workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects, details of which can be obtained from the practice management team (firstname.lastname@example.org). For example, Elspeth and Adam Cloherty have produced a podcast available at www.cpdcast.com which sets out what was the rule in Re Hastings Bass and what the decision of the Court of Appeal in Pitt v Holt has done to correct what many perceived to be an anomaly in the law. It also discusses the implications of the decision on the law of mistake and what it means for private clients and their advisors. She has also done a Cpdcast podcast on "Ancillary Relief in Offshore Jurisdictions" which examines the jurisdictions in which free standing freezing injunctions can and cannot be obtained. (Cpdcast.com provide the first podcast free. Thereafter you (or your firm) needs to be a subscriber). Also available is a video by Elspeth dealing with insolvent estates: how personal representatives for estates which turn out to be insolvent should administer them and the pitfalls to look out for and avoid.
Chambers & Partners 2016 recommends Elspeth for Traditional Chancery, Commercial Litigation, Fraud, Offshore and Partnership. The directory comments that 'she is an extremely able trial lawyer who is very good at thinking on her feet and who takes time out to answer knotty questions'. Solicitors comment that 'she has a lovely combination of being both feisty and charming' and praise the fact that 'she has a forceful personality, and clients love her as you really get the sense that she's in your corner and scrapping for you'. 'Phenomenally hard-working and accessible', it is said that 'she gets stuck in and helps solve difficult problems. She gives firm and clear advice'.
Legal 500 2015 recommends Elspeth for Charities, Commercial Litigation, Company and Partnership, Fraud, Insolvency and Private Client (Trusts). Said to be 'a charming, calm and measured performer' who 'combines huge intellect with a user-friendly and practical approach', Legal 500 notes that Elspeth 'remains a stellar advocate'. Clients rate the fact that she 'advises on complicated matters in a client-friendly manner' and that 'her vast experience is especially evident in conference'. She is praised for having 'great familiarity with offshore work, particularly on the trust and contentious probate side'.
She is also recommended in the Citywealth Leaders List 2015 as a Prominent Contentious Trusts Barrister where it is said that she is 'highly responsive, accessible, energetic and incredibly positive'. Instructing solicitors praise Elspeth for her 'intellectual rigour, fierce determination, engagement with the client and the detail of the case, composure under pressure, commerciality and articulate leadership'. It is said that 'this combination of skills and personality is incredibly hard to find in one person and consequently she is much in demand in the big vases, where her sense of purpose and direction are of immense value'.
Chambers Global 2016 recommends her for Offshore and Private Wealth: Trusts. She is said to possess a 'superb legal brain' and to be 'fantastically responsive' with a 'great grasp of the detail', making her 'someone you really want to have on your side'. One instructing solicitor commented: 'I recommend her for contentious work: she can turn a court around'.
Who's Who Legal recommends Elspeth for Private Client.
Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2014 award in recognition of her Commercial Litigation work.
BA (Hons) Durham University
Wigglesworth Scholar of Lincoln's Inn
Consultant Editor and Contributor to Palmer's Company Law Manual
Prosecuting Counsel for the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Council
Elected Bencher of Lincoln's Inn
Honorary Secretary Chancery Bar Association (committee member 1994-1996, 2008 - )
Denning Society of Lincoln's Inn (committee member since foundation)
Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
VAT number: 524388241
Registered name: Elspeth Middleton Talbot Rice