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XXIV Old Buildings
11, rue du Général-Dufour
CH - 1204, Geneva
Tel: +41 (0)22 322 2500
Fax: +41 (0)22 322 2515
XXIV Old Buildings
Lincoln's Inn
London WC2A 3UP, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7691 2424
Fax: +44 (0)870 460 2178

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 (  For example, Elspeth and Adam Cloherty have produced a podcast available at 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.   ( 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.



Areas of experience

+ Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery
+ Banking and Financial Services
+ Hedge Funds & Structured Investment Vehicles
+ Partnership and Joint Ventures
+ Professional Negligence
+ Arbitration
+ Commercial Litigation
+ Company
+ Insolvency
+ Real Estate Litigation
+ Trusts, Probate & Estates

Related events

XXIV Geneva Conference 2015
16 Sep 2015

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC co-chairing at Transcontinental Trusts Forum
16 Jun 2015

David Brownbill QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC & Andrew Holden speaking at Transcontinental Trusts: Bermuda Forum
27 Apr 2015

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC and Andrew Holden speaking at International Trusts & Private Client Forum
21 Apr 2015

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC drafts case scenario for forthcoming Legal Week conference in Provence
12 Mar 2015

Stephen Moverley Smith QC and Andrew Holden co-chair IBC Protectors event
26 Feb 2015

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC speaking at the Global Law Summit 2015
22 Feb 2015

XXIV involvement in STEP Jersey Conference
20 Nov 2014

XXIV Caribbean Litigation Seminar 2014
6 Nov 2014

Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC and Andrew Holden speaking at the Bermuda Bar Association
31 Oct 2014

Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC and Andrew Holden speaking at STEP Bermuda Trust Litigation Seminar
30 Oct 2014

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC and Andrew Holden speaking at IBC conference on Asset Tracing - Strategies to Attack and Defend Trusts and Offshore Structures
20 Oct 2014

Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC and Andrew Holden speaking at STEP Isle of Man
8 Oct 2014

XXIV chairs International Trust Litigation Day - Transcontinental Trusts 2014
18 Jun 2014

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC speaking at the Law Society's Cross Border Private Client Conference
19 Mar 2014

David Brownbill QC and Elspeth Talbot Rice QC speak at Legal Week Trust and Estates Forum at
13 Mar 2014

XXIV provides 3 speakers at prestigious IBC Trusts and Companies in Divorce conference
31 Oct 2013

IBC International Trusts and Private Client Forum in the Isle of Man - Elspeth Talbot Rice QC speaking
8 Oct 2013

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC speaking at Butterworth's Trust & Estates Litigation Seminar
30 Sep 2013

XXIV Geneva Conference 2013
12 Sep 2013

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