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CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS UK BAR DIRECTORY

2016 DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

XXIV Old Buildings and its members are recommended in all the following areas.

Aviation Mediators
International Arbitration Offshore
Commercial Chancery Partnership
Charities Pensions
Commercial dispute resolution Professional negligence
Company Restructuring and insolvency
Construction Sport
Fraud (civil) Travel

Details of individual members’ recommendations along with the editorial comment are set out below.

AVIATION

Philip Shepherd QC, Steven Thompson QC, Bajul Shah, and Edward Cumming are all recommended.

This set has a broad-ranging aviation practice, acting on regulatory issues, product liability claims, insurance claims and sale and purchase disputes. Recent times have seen the set being active in a number of aircraft leasing disputes, including the landmark ACG Acquisition v Olympic Airlines case regarding an aircraft operating lease.

Client service: “XXIV Old Buildings’ clerking is very good and incredibly commercial in its approach.” “The clerks are outstanding there – a cut above the rest. They provide a very, very good service and really stand out.”  “The clerks are flexible, engaging, responsive, sensible, commercial – all of that.”

SILKS

Philip Shepherd QC

A highly experienced lawyer, frequently instructed in aircraft leasing disputes, product liability and military aviation cases.

Strengths: “He is absolutely superb.” “He’s incredibly experienced and has done lots of ground-breaking aviation cases.”

Recent work: Acted in Jet2.com v Tarom in the Court of Appeal. The case concerned maintenance contracts between Tarom and the airline.

Steven Thompson QC

A highly praised new silk who receives accolades for his meticulous preparation and strong advocacy.

Strengths:  “Gets his hands dirty, is very willing to assist, and offers very good commercial advice. He cuts to the issues very quickly, comes across well and is easy to deal with. A polished advocate in court who is well liked by judges.”

Recent work: Acted in Jet2.com v Tarom in the Court of Appeal. The case concerned maintenance contracts between Tarom and the airline.

JUNIORS

Bajul Shah

A senior junior with a fine reputation who is noted for his knowledge of technical aircraft issues.

Strengths: “He is a very good guy and a highly intelligent junior who will take silk before long. He knows his way around aviation.”

Recent work: Acted in GE Capital v Air Nigeria, an aircraft leasing dispute.

Edward Cumming

A promising junior making a name for himself in aviation cases, who has undertaken a number of aircraft financing and regulatory matters.

Strengths:  “He’s absolutely one to watch; if his star hasn’t risen already, it’s certainly rising quickly.”

Recent work: Acted for AirFrance in a leasing dispute concerning the delivery condition of USD180 million worth of aircraft.

CHANCERY – COMMERCIAL

Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Malcolm Davis-White QC, David Brownbill QC, Robert Levy QC, Michael King, John Stephens, Marcus Staff, Jessica Hughes and Adam Cloherty are all recommended.

This modern and forward-thinking set is a dominant force in the field of offshore work, and has an enviably strong reputation in both commercial and traditional chancery cases.

Client service: “They just get better and better; it is a very can-do, modern set with some very strong individuals.” “We use the set frequently because we find there is a consistency of quality, and because their clerks maintain good relationships.”

SILKS

Alan Steinfeld QC

He enjoys and enviable reputation for his top-quality work, and is regularly seen acting in some of the most sophisticated and valuable disputes.

Strengths: “He is just so intelligent it’s unbelievable.” “He has a fantastic horizon view of trust and chancery matters, and just knows where the court is going.”

Recent work: Acted for the defendants in a USD1 billion Guernsey claim after the failure of a US hedge fund.  

David Brownbill QC

Well known amongst his peers and solicitors alike for his superb ability to handle high value cases regarding trusts.

Strengths: “He is a real technical trusts lawyer.”

Recent work: Acted in Investec Trust v Glenalla Properties, a USD180 million Guernsey claim considering the insolvency of trusts. The case related to the liquidation of Kaupthing Bank.

Malcolm Davis-White QC

Has an established and very strong commercial chancery practice. His work often concerns questions of insolvency and company law.

Strengths: “Charming, energetic and someone with a lovely, self-effacing style.”

Recent work: Acted in a case regarding an alleged VAT carousel fraud.

Stephen Moverley Smith QC

Experienced in commercial chancery litigation, he acts onshore and offshore in a range of cases.

Strengths: “Legally his analysis is very good, and he has very good rapport with clients and witnesses in cross-examination. He’s not a blusterer, being much more subtle than that. It’s a very effective style.”

Recent work: Represented a Russian bank as defendant in a case concerning a loan it made to a Russian transport business.

Robert Levy QC

Regularly handles major matters in UK and offshore courts. His broad commercial dispute practice involves cases regarding conflicts of laws, and he regularly handles insolvency, contract and civil fraud disputes.

Strengths: “He is very, very incisive and pragmatic. With him you get a great deal of intellect, which is packaged in a user-friendly, calm and personable style.”

Recent work: Was involved in a significant claim of breach of fiduciary duty and breach of directors’ duty following the collapse of a Cayman Islands fund that provided UK legal funding.

JUNIORS

Marcus Staff

Notable for his experience in cross-border litigation, he regularly handles sizeable disputes concerning trusts and funds.

Strengths: “He is highly intelligent, utterly dedicated to his clients and has a combative edge that is difficult to beat.”

Recent work: Represented the claimant in a case against former trustees concerning the administration of a significant trust.

John Stephens

A senior junior who brings a huge amount of experience to commercial matters proceeding before courts in the UK and in key offshore jurisdictions.

Recent work: Acted in a multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning the recovery of monies from a French bank’s Gibraltar branch.

Adam Cloherty

Frequently advises and represents clients involved in major cases both on and offshore.

Strengths: “He is certainly very strong on the technical side.”

Recent work: Appeared in Akers v Samba, a major case concerning a £300 million claim following the insolvency of a Cayman Islands company.

Jessica Hughes

Combines a busy traditional chancery practice with a wide and varied caseload of commercial matters.

Strengths: “Ferociously clever.” “Has an absolutely first-rate brain.”

Recent work: Represented two brothers in a Commercial Court case responding to their sister’s attempt to claim a portion of their father’s fortune.

CHANCERY – TRADITIONAL

Alan Steinfeld QC, Francis Tregear QC, David Brownbill QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Michael King, Elizabeth Weaver, Bajul Shah, Jessica Hughes, Adam Cloherty, Edward Cumming and Andrew Holden are all recommended.

This set is deemed to be unparalleled for the scope and depth of its trusts expertise. It has a widely recognised dominance in the offshore world, and continues to flourish in emerging markets such as the Middle East and Asia. The broad base of chancery experts at the set cater to a wide range of commercial and private clients. Commentators are quick to praise them and also applaud the set’s forward-thinking and proactive clerking team.

Client service: “They just get better and better and better; it is a very can-do, modern set, with some very strong individuals.” “The clerking is very good; helpful and responsive. We use the set frequently because we find there is a consistency of quality and because of the good relationship we have with their clerks.”

SILKS

David Brownbill QC

At the top of the list for many solicitors due to his experience of high-stakes international trusts litigation.

Strengths: “He is an extremely thoughtful chap with a very wide knowledge, not just of the technicalities of the law, but also of the commercial considerations at play in cases. He has his finger on the pulse.”

Recent work: Acted in Akers and Others v Samba, a case concerning a £300 million insolvency claim relating to a Cayman Islands company.

Alan Steinfeld QC

A practitioner of superior quality who has a terrific reputation for advising and representing clients embroiled in substantial disputes in the UK and offshore. He regularly acts on behalf of both investment funds and high net worth individuals, and is a recognised expert on pensions and professional negligence issues.

Strengths: “A brilliant advocate.” “He is very knowledgeable and an expert in trusts matters.”

Recent work: Advised Carlyle Capital Corporation in a USD1 billion Guernsey matter concerning the collapse of a hedge fund.

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC

Has established a reputation as one of the finest practitioners at the Chancery Bar for heavyweight trust litigation in the UK and offshore.

Strengths: “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. She is phenomenally hard-working and accessible.”

Recent work: Represented the beneficiaries and new trustee in Walker v Egerton Vernon, a £100 million Jersey breach of trust claim.

Francis Tregear QC

A noted expert on conflicts of law who receives instructions in a number of chancery areas, including professional negligence, asset tracing and recovery, and trusts. He is frequently approached for his advice in relation to cases in offshore jurisdictions.

Strengths: “He is a modest chap in terms of how he presents himself, but he is extremely impressive and user-friendly.”

Recent work: He acted in North Shore Ventures v Anstead, a suit that included consideration of BVI companies being reconstituted as trusts in other Caribbean jurisdictions.

JUNIORS

Michael King

An experienced and well-liked junior with a broad practice that covers the key traditional chancery areas.

Strengths: “He is an excellent negotiator.” “He has a great manner and clients instantly warm to him.”

Recent work: Represented a trustee in a claim alleging that poor investment decisions had been made. 

Bajul Shah

Continues to win plaudits for his substantial trusts practice. He is an experienced offshore operator, and is particularly adept at acting in respect of Beddoes applications.

Strengths: “I have a lot of time for him. He is very sound, very thoughtful, and is a good analyst.”

Recent work: Advised the current trustee of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust in a significant breach of trust and gross negligence claim against the former trustees.

Elizabeth Weaver

Concentrates her practice on matters regarding contentious trusts, wills and probate, as well as related professional negligence disputes. She has additional niche expertise in conflict of laws and is experienced in property work.

Strengths: “She is very solid. She knows what she is talking about.”

Recent work: Represented the defendant in Pittas v Christou & Loizou, resisting a challenge against the will made by an adopted daughter.

Adam Cloherty

A proficient junior with a fine trusts practice. He is also comfortable handling matters involving probate and wills, and is regularly instructed in both the contentious and non-contentious contexts.

Strengths: “He is good commercially and always gives a sensible take on what is achievable.”

Recent work: Represented a principal beneficiary in Connah v Pizzaro, a dispute concerning the control of a USD400 million Nevis fund.

Andrew Holden

Has carved out a noteworthy niche as one of the few genuine experts at the Chancery Bar on trust protectors. He is also a sought-after junior for his broader traditional chancery expertise, and he advises and represents clients in a wide range of probate and succession matters.

Strengths: “Very bright and hard-working, he produces written work of great clarity.” “He is so brilliant. Of all the people of his generation he is the brightest.”

Recent work: He acted for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in a mediation concerning a claim brought under the Inheritance Act 1975.

Jessica Hughes

She is an expert in trusts law and is adept at handling probate disputes regarding Inheritance Act claims and cases touching upon testamentary capacity.

Strengths: “A very good person to work with in difficult situations,” and someone who “shows incredible attention to detail.”

Recent work: She represented two brothers in respect of a claim made by a sister for a portion of their father’s USD600 million estate.

CHARITIES

Michael King

Michael King is recommended as a star individual. He is especially highly regarded for his expertise in relation to probate disputes.

Strengths: “He is an extremely good practitioner with a solid and sensible advocacy style.”

Recent work: He has been involved in a significant number of notable mediations involving charities.

COMMERCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Alan Steinfeld QC, Francis Tregear QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Robert Levy QC, John Stephens, and Edward Cumming are all recommended.

Alan Steinfeld QC

An exceptionally talented senior silk with a vibrant offshore practise.

Strengths: “He has a fantastic depth and breadth of knowledge in complicated and esoteric areas of the law”

Recent work: Appeared on behalf of Jet2.com in its dispute with Tarom concerning the termination of a contract between the two parties for the provision of C-Checks for a fleet of boeing 737 aircraft.

Francis Tregear QC

Accomplished commercial silk highly respected for his work both domestically and offshore. He is notably expert in proceedings turning of issues of company law, and is also an expert in professional negligence matters.

Strengths: “He is immensely clever and very easy to work with. Always responsive, he picks up on very complicated issues very quickly.”

Recent work: appeared in a dispute between Aeroflot and the estate of Boris Berezovsky.

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC

Extremely well known for handling offshore litigation, she is a great expert of trusts and has further expertise in relation to partnership and civil fraud matters.

Strengths: “A charming, calm and measured performer. Her advice is both technically accurate and tactically astute.” “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.”

Recent work: appeared in a dispute concerning the ownership to half to shares in a dentistry that had been saved from insolvency by the father of one or the partners.

Robert Levy QC

Has a well-rounded practise but is well accomplished in handling offshore litigation. He has particular skill in addressing issues relating to share sale agreements, commercial contracts and insolvency.

Strengths: “He is a very good advocate, a very good cross-examiner and is someone with an amazing capacity to pick things up quickly” “A brilliant advocate with an incredible ability to absorb information and to work hard.”

Recent work: Instructed by the state oil company of Azerbaijan in relation to a claim valued at over USD500 million concerning the enforcement of security over shares following default.

John Stephens

Enjoys a strong reputation as an able commercial junior with a great deal of experience appearing in cases in a variety of domestic and international fora.

Strengths: “He is very supportive and willing to go that extra mile. He has great judgement and instinct for what is going on in the case.”

Recent work: Instructed in a case in which the claimant sought the recovery of monies from the Gibraltar of a major French bank.  The matter spanned a large number of jurisdictions including the USA, the Isle of Man, Germany and Greece.

Edward Cumming

Well regarded junior, who has substantial experience handling aviation and company law.

Strengths: “Incredibly bright with a maturity well beyond his years at the Bar.” Ferociously hard-working and always a delight to work with, he’s clever, energetic and good at getting quickly to the nub of the problem.”

Recent work: Instructed as junior counsel for the Libyan Investment Authority in relation to a number of its claims, including a high-profile dispute with Goldman Sachs.

COMPANY

Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Malcolm Davis-White QC, Francis Tregear QC, Richard Ritchie, Edward Cumming and Stuart Adair are all recommended.

Sources praise the responsive and practical advice provided by members of this set on an array of company law matters. It has notable expertise on company law disputes with an international element, and routinely handles shareholder disputes and directors’ disqualification cases. Its members are a popular option amongst solicitors faced with high-value matters.

Client service: “There is a bright bunch of individuals there, who are steeped in the law and have good commercial instincts.”

SILKS

Malcolm Davis-White QC

Enjoys a broad practice handling contentious and non-contentious matters on behalf of prominent companies and banks. He is sought out for his advice on technical points of law and frequently acts in disputes against directors.

Strengths: “Has a huge base of knowledge and a very good instinct for director disqualification matters.” “He understands the client’s position and knows that they want an answer and practical solution.”

Recent work: Represented the ACCA in disciplinary proceedings concerning the duties of officeholders in proposing corporate voluntary agreements.

Alan Steinfeld QC

Frequently acts in company disputes with an international flavour. He has acted on a number of shareholder disputes and cases concerning technical points of company law.

Strengths: “He is incisive, creative and down-to-earth.” “He’s a silky advocate and very much on top of things.”
Recent work: Represented the defendants in a USD1 billion claim concerning the failure of a US hedge fund incorporated in Guernsey.

Stephen Moverley Smith QC

Handles a range of company disputes in the UK, BVI and Cayman Islands. He has particular expertise with international joint ventures and advising on conflict of law issues and interim remedies.

Strengths: “Very polished as an advocate and knows the BVI case law very well, largely as he’s been in most of it.” “As astute as they come, excellent with clients and has a reassuring manner.”

Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a trial in the Cayman Islands concerning an application to wind up a joint venture company on the grounds of unfair prejudice and alleged misappropriation of USD10 million.

Francis Tregear QC

Particular experience with hedge fund-related company work. He has acted in company proceedings in the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands and Cyprus.

Strengths:

“Very good on his feet. He has a very nice easy style and puts up a good fight.” “Very able, very helpful and a pleasure to work with.”

Recent work: Represented the joint official liquidators in an appeal to set aside the winding-up order of a private equity fund.

JUNIORS

Richard Ritchie

With particular experience in shareholder rights and remedies and directors’ duties, Richard Ritchie deals with all aspects of company law. He is frequently sought out for particularly complex disputes involving offshore and restructuring law.

Strengths: “He has very good attention to detail and deals with every point raised, together with some we have not thought of. We hardly ever have to go back and ask supplemental questions as his opinions are comprehensive in the first place.” “He is certainly one of the best counsel we deal with relating to director disqualification cases.”

Recent work: Represented the claimant in a substantial unfair prejudice claim.

Stuart Adair

Enjoys a burgeoning company practice with a focus on highly contentious litigation. He regularly advises on matters in the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and BVI.

Strengths: “A heavyweight and versatile senior junior. Stuart’s procedural knowledge is also excellent.” “He has a lovely way with clients and can disagree with somebody whilst putting his point across very concisely and convincingly.”

Recent work: Represented thousands of shareholders in a high-profile breach of fiduciary duty and negligence dispute against the directors of Lloyds TSB.

Edward Cumming

Handles a range of company matters and is frequently instructed in large-scale disputes. His experience includes unfair prejudice petitions, director disqualification proceedings and derivative actions.

Strengths: “Decisive and robust; strategically strong as well as technically strong.” “He’s very user-friendly and incredibly tenacious in court.”

Recent work: Acted without a leader in a claim to recover £30 million from a former director who now resides outside the jurisdiction.

CONSTRUCTION

Michael Black QC and Tom Montagu-Smith are both recommended.

Michael Black QC

An international arbitration specialist who is particularly notable for his work in Dubai. He advises on very high-value disputes in sectors including infrastructure and oil and gas.

Strengths: “He is extremely bright, very commercial and excellent to work with.” “He is very easy to work with and stupendously hard-working.”

Tom Montagu-Smith

Experienced international arbitrator with a strong reputation for his work in the Dubai International Financial Centre. He also has a practice in arbitration enforcement.

Strengths: “He has a nice, understated advocacy style which judges like.”

Recent work: Acted in Honeywell International v Meydan Group, enforcement proceedings flowing out of an arbitration over construction of the Dubai racecourse. He had previously successfully acted in the arbitration for which the enforcement was sought.

FRAUD (CIVIL)

Martin Mann QC, Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Robert Levy QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC and Steven Thompson are all recommended.

This “top commercial chancery set” has an impressive civil fraud offering. Its members are instructed by major City firms and leading litigation boutiques in significant trust and insolvency-related fraud cases. They are commended for their modern approach.

Client service: “The clerks are flexible, engaging, responsive, sensible and commercial.”

SILKS

Alan Steinfeld QC

A renowned trusts expert who is frequently instructed in civil fraud claims. He is noted particularly for his technical grasp of the law.

Strengths: “Very good on the law and so strong in appeals. He’s extremely bright and commands the respect of the court.”

Recent work: Instructed in Phillips v Symes, a claim concerning assets at the Gibraltar branch of a French bank that involved several elements of fraud.

Stephen Moverley Smith QC

Has a broad chancery practice with a significant focus on offshore fraud claims. He is noted for his expertise in asset recovery.

Strengths: “Very good, very calm.” “He’s hands-on with his work, which isn’t always the case with silks.”

Recent work: Represented the defendant in Re Fortune Nest, which concerned the misappropriation of USD10 million by one of the partners in a joint venture.

Robert Levy QC

A formidable trial advocate with a substantial civil fraud practice. He regularly advises in relation to offshore fraud claims.

Strengths: “A natural advocate.”

Recent work: Instructed in May v May, a partnership dispute which involved serious allegations of fraud.

Martin Mann QC

A distinguished fraud practitioner who is often instructed to handle high-value fraud claims based in offshore jurisdictions.

Recent work: Briefed by the joint liquidators of two hedge fund companies, in connection with an investigation into former controller Helmut Kiener.

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC

Highly sought-after silk who has an impressive breadth of experience, and is an expert at fraud in the trusts and insurance contexts.

Strengths: “She gets stuck in and helps solve difficult problems. She gives firm and clear advice.”

Recent work: Acted in Wood v Add, an asset recovery action brought by a claimant against her ex-boyfriend.

Steven Thompson QC

A new silk whose practice includes a substantial amount of civil fraud claims.

Strengths: “Very smart and very user-friendly.”

Recent work: Represented a defendant facing prosecution by the Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The case related to the acquisition and sale of land.

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION – COMMERCIAL AND INSURANCE

Michael Black QC

Consistently recommended by instructing solicitors as a highly experienced international arbitration silk. His commercial expertise and user-friendly approach ensure his continued popularity in the space.

Strengths: “His knowledge of black letter law is second to none, and he always makes time for those that instruct him.”

Ian Meakin

Has developed a high profile at the International Arbitration Bar thanks to his experience in a broad spread of commercial disputes. He is also well acquainted with sports law cases.

Strengths: “He is solution-oriented, efficient and able to deal with the most complex of issues.”

Recent work: Appointed as arbitrator in Enza Holdings v Banboro Holdings and Yano Holdings, a £7 million LCIA arbitration

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION – CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING

Michael Black QC

Distinguished silk, who has recently been involved in arbitrations in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Abu Dhabi, India, Romania, Trinidad and Dubai.

Strengths: “His advice is concise and always spot-on.”

MEDIATORS

Chancery barrister Michael King is a mediator characterised as being extremely effective when some of the parties need their heads banging together.” 

Michael is charming and empathetic and very much prepared to raise difficult points with the parties in an attempt to achieve a settlement. He has seen it all before; his judgement and instincts are second to none in handling people and their expectations.”

OFFSHORE

Alan Steinfeld QC, Michael Black QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, David Brownbill QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Robert Levy QC, Bajul Shah, Nicole Langlois, Adam Cloherty, Francis Tregear, Edward Cumming, Elizabeth Weaver and Andrew Holden  are all recommended.

Remains at the forefront of the London Offshore Bar, having been one of the first sets to truly recognise the potential of the offshore market. The set is praised by sources for its significant strength in depth, and is active across a broad range of offshore matters. Members have appeared for many years in the more traditional offshore jurisdictions and are increasingly being instructed to act in newer offshore centres such as Hong Kong and Singapore.

Client service: “The clerks are very friendly and helpful, and you don’t get the impression that they are hiding their barristers.”

SILKS

Alan Steinfeld QC

An established figure who maintains one of the broadest practices of any of the Offshore Bar, and acts for clients faced with insolvency, trusts and general commercial cases.

Strengths: “He is a delight to work with, as he is a brilliant strategist and a truly insightful barrister” “He is incisive and down-to-earth.”

Recent work: Acted for Carlyle Capital Corporation, the defendants, in a claim against Conway and others, arising from a failed Guernsey hedge fund.

Michael Black QC

A respected silk who impresses market sources with his broad offshore practise.

Strengths: “He has an amazing eye for detail and a brilliant legal mind, which is a deadly combination in the courtroom.”

Recent work: Acted in Al Sadik v Investcorp BSC, a Dubai-based breach of fiduciary duty claim.

Stephen Moverley Smith QC

Enjoys an outstanding reputation for his handling of commercial litigation, and tackles trusts, company law and insolvency cases.

Strengths: “He is extremely astute at finding good arguments, even in the weakest of cases, and very responsive to solicitors.”

Recent work: Assisted a group of companies resisting winding-up applications made in the public interest and on insolvency grounds by the Financial Services Commission in the Isle of Man. 

David Brownbill QC

Heavily involved in the offshore traditional and commercial chancery field, he is recognised as one 0f the big names in the offshore world.

Strengths: “He has the quiet authority of someone who has thought through all the angles. He puts his tremendous experience to good use.”

Recent work: Acted in Investec Trust v Glenalla Properties, a USD 180 million claim arising from the Kaupthing Bank Litigation.

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC

Advises on almost all aspects of offshore law. Her clients, who include some high net worth trustees, benefit from her deep knowledge of banking and finance.

Strengths: “She is a fantastic advocate and a fighter you would always want in your corner” “She has a lovely combination of being both feisty and charming.”

Recent work: Acted on Walker v Egerton Vernon, a negligent breach of trust claim in Jersey.

Robert Levy QC

Called to the bar in both the BVI and Anguilla, he has a substantial offshore practise and regularly acts for clients on matters in chancery commercial disputes.

Strengths: “He has an amazing capacity to pick things up and is a very good advocate.”

Recent work: Acted for a major accountancy firm in a breach of receiver’s duties claim regarding the Grenadines hotel Friendship Bay

Francis Tregear QC

Specialises in acting for the clients in cases concerning fraud, insolvency, trusts and funds. His broad offshore practices sees him active in many jurisdictions including the Channel Islands and Gibraltar.

Strengths: “He is very bright, calm and measured. He is also a very good team player.”

Recent work: Acted on the First Newland Bank v the WinterBotham Trust Co. & Another, a breach of fiduciary duty claim against a Bahamian bank.

JUNIORS

Bajul Shah

Operates a practise that spans insolvency, company and trusts cases as well as wider commercial litigation. Much of his work is centred around the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands and the BVI, but extends into other jurisdictions.

Recent work: Advised the liquidators of the Herald Fund, one of the largest Madoff feeder funds.

Nicole Langlois

An impressive and dual-qualified junior called to the bar in both the UK and Jersey. Her primary focus is on the field of contentious trusts, an area which forms the basis of most of her offshore work.

Strengths: “She is our go-to advocate thanks to her competence and her discretion.”

Adam Cloherty

A junior with an enviable offshore practise, particularly in the Caribbean, who is called to the Bar in the BVI and the Cayman Islands.

Strengths: “He is very bright and easy to work with. A hard-working junior.”

Recent work: Acted for a principal beneficiary of the Corona trust in Connah v Pizarro, a Nevis litigation case.

Andrew Holden

An eminent junior well known in the market for his profound understanding of trusts and probate disputes.

Strengths: “He is a fantastic and clear draftsman who produces well-reasoned opinions.”

Recent work: Acted for Sublime Land in the Ilse of Man in a claim against a former director.

Elizabeth Weaver

Called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and is an expert in professional negligence and traditional chancery work generally.

Strengths: “She works well in a team and can always be relied upon to get documents back to you.”

Recent work: Acted in the RM Broadhead Family Trusts case in Guernsey, which concerned trustee negligence in relation to investment policies.

Edward Cumming

A hard working a mentally agile junior. He has a strong commercial litigation and chancery practise and has appeared in a number of prominent offshore cases.

Strengths: “He is an outstanding junior who’s one to watch.” “He’s bright and incisive, and he picks things up very quickly.”

Recent work: Acted in Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited and Others v Conway and others, a claim of breach of trust and fiduciary duties heard in Guernsey.

PARTNERSHIP

Alan Steinfeld QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC and Michael King are all recommended.

The set of Barristers act on the fullest range of partnership issues, including those in the farming, film and hospitality sector, as well as in the traditional profession and financial services spheres. The handling of the cross-border mandates involving international partnerships and joint venture agreements is a noted area of specialisation, and the set has also established a reputation for securing out-of-court settlements, of the avoidance of litigation through the provision of specially targeted advice.

Client service: “well handled clerking that poses no problems.”

SILKS

Alan Steinfeld QC

A renowned heavyweight, acknowledged by sources as a formidable opponent with enviably extensive experience.

Strengths: “Superior in terms of intellect and very good on his feet, he’s who you’d bring in on appeal.” “A great practitioner with a broad-based practise who is a master of everything chancery, including partnership.”

Recent work: Retained in Shiraz Boghani v Bashir Nathoo, a complex dispute concerning a partnership which had dissolved before it had completed the sale of two substantial hotel developments.

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC

Wins praise as a notably active and highly skilled partnership silk, known particularly for her mastery- in both contentious and non-contentious contexts.

Strengths: “She fights very tenaciously for her clients.” “A tour de force in her own right.”

Recent work: Appeared in the High Court appeal of Coward v Phaestos & IKOS, a partnership dispute with a strong intellectual property element. The original judgment in her clients favour was upheld.

JUNIORS

Michael King

One of the most respected senior juniors in the partnership sphere, with a noted specialisation in advising individual partners on their potentially contentious departures from partnerships. He is also known for the breadth of his experience in the area.

Strengths: “The sage of XXIV Old Buildings who always manages to lower the temperature so sensible negotiations can happen.” “Very good, very sensible and has a vast knowledge of partnership law.”

PENSIONS

Alan Steinfeld QC and John Stephens are both recommended.

Alan Steinfeld QC

An established figure in the area who is recognised for his technical ability. His recent experience includes disputes concerning the extent of employer obligations under pension scheme rules, and advice on statutory guarantee construction.

Strengths: “He is a compelling advocate and he provides very clear and strong advice.”

Recent work: Acted in Dalriada Trustees v Woodward & Others, a test case concerning early access to pension funds.

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

Alan Steinfeld QC, Francis Tregear QC and Elizabeth Weaver are all recommended.

This renowned commercial chancery set has professional negligence experts who focus on claimant work. They regularly deal with matters involving negligence claims against trustees, financial advisers and other professionals. Important cases handled include Crest Nicholson v Regional, and Phaestos v Ho.

SILKS

Alan Steinfeld QC

A vastly experienced silk with expertise in commercial disputes, fraud and professional liability. Principally acts for solicitors involved in allegations of negligence.

Strengths: “He is a difficult opponent to have in court- very tactical. Definitely a heavyweight.”

Francis Tregear QC

A seasoned authority in the professional negligence field. Handles a high number of claims relating to the financial services industry and often takes on complex international disputes.

Strengths: “He understands the needs of the clients and is prepared to talk about fees. He comes up with arguments that others don’t think of.” “Fantastically imaginative and creative.”

JUNIORS

Elizabeth Weaver

Has over two decades of experience in the field of professional negligence and is highly admired for her expertise in legal and financial claims.

Strengths: “She can be forthright if you need it, but she is also sensible. She is good as part of a team.” “A very safe pair of hands.”

RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY

Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Malcolm Davis-White QC, Steven Thompson QC, Richard Ritchie and Stuart Adair are all recommended.

Recognised as a leading company and commercial chancery practice, XXIV Old Buildings receives instructions on a significant number of insolvency and restructuring cases. It is praised for producing barristers whose work on corporate insolvency cases is highly valued. They are often to be seen handling cases internationally and are noted for their efforts in a host of offshore jurisdictions.

Client service: “They provide a great service and the clerks are excellent at carefully considering who should be instructed on a particular matter.” “They always put forward high-quality people and suggest the best barrister to instruct.”

SILKS

Alan Steinfeld QC

Handles a range of insolvency and restructuring work. He represents clients of all levels of domestic court system, as well as in offshore jurisdictions, including BVI and the Cayman Islands.

Strengths: “He delivers advice in a very authoritative and understandable manner.”

Recent work: Represented the defendants in Carlyle v Conway, a case concerning claims of breach of contract and fiduciary duty relating to a failed US hedge fund.

Stephen Moverley Smith QC

Noted for his expertise in international insolvency work. He is commended for his skilled advocacy and is able to offer clients the benefit of his experience gained through working as junior counsel for HMRC.

Strengths: “He is a polished advocate who gives good advice and is easy to work with.”

Recent work: Acted for the official liquidators of the BT Power Company in connection with liquidation proceedings in the Cayman Islands.

Malcolm Davis-White QC

A silk with significant experience in both corporate and insolvency issues. He receives considerable praise for the strength of his advocacy.

Strengths: “An extremely bright and focused individual. He is great at advisory work and also an extremely able and intellectual advocate.”

Recent work: Successfully represented the ACCA in disciplinary proceedings brought against the former insolvency practitioner appointed to handle the CVA of Miss Sixty.

Steven Thompson QC

Handles the full spectrum of insolvency matters and is particularly noted for his expertise with insolvency issues in the aviation sector.

Strengths: “He is excellent on his feet.”

Recent work: represented Broomfield and Lakeview in resisting a public interest winding up petition.

JUNIORS

Richard Ritchie

An expert in insolvency law on both a domestic and international level.  He is frequently instructed on behalf of BIS and the Treasury Solicitor’s Department.

Strengths: “He has very good attention to detail and deals with every point. When you get advice from him you will have no need to ask supplemental questions- his opinions are comprehensive.”

Recent work: Advised the liquidators of the Puritan International Fund in connection with the breach of fiduciary duty claims against its directors.

Stuart Adair

Has a broad restructuring and insolvency practice which covers both advisory work and representation of litigation.

Strengths: “He is a robust, user-friendly and incisive barrister.” “He is a very good advocate.”

Recent work: Acted in the defence of a former director of HS Works in relation so allegations of wrongful trading and misfeasance.

SPORT

Ian Meakin

Acts on contentious and non-contentious contractual issues on behalf of Formula 1 teams and drivers.

Recent work: Settled a contractual dispute between Sebastian Bordais and his Torro Rosso team.

TRAVEL

Philip Shepherd QC and Bajul Shah are both recommended.

Philip Shepherd QC

Has a strong history of handling complex commercial disputes relating to aircraft leasing contracts, commercial contract cases between airlines and tour operators or airports, and aviation product liability claims.

Strengths: “Powerful and unrelenting in his advocacy.” “He is a creative thinker who delivers pragmatic advice in an understandable manner.”

Recent work: Acted on matters arising out of the high-profile crash in Brazil of Air France flight AF447.

Bajul Shah

Best known for having a commercial aviation practice that take in disputes over aircraft finance and leasing contracts. He also has experience of handling aviation personal injury claims.

Strengths: “He is very knowledgeable on the travel side” and “a good commercial litigator.”

Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Travelworld Vacations v Monarch Airlines, in which it was held that Monarch had no implied agreement to sell seats to Travelworld’s subsidiary Olympic Holidays.