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 2010 and Chambers & Partners 2011 for Commercial Litigation, Restructuring/Insolvency and Partnership; in Legal 500 also for Private Client, Civil Fraud and Charities; and Chambers & Partners for Traditional Chancery and Offshore. She is described as a "fantastic all-rounder "an absolute favourite with many solicitors", as being "always one step ahead of the game, all over the detail, as well as the bigger picture. She is formidable in court but very approachable outside it"" and as "one of the most efficient barristers", a ""great cross examiner" who has a "meticulous eye for detail". Robust and tenacious in court, she is "mustard at both commercial and trust-related matters"".
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 sucessfully 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.