Chambers & Partners
CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS UK BAR DIRECTORY
XXIV Old Buildings and its members are recommended in all the following areas:
|Art & Cultural Property Law||International Arbitration: Arbitrators|
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|Banking & Finance||Mediators|
|Commercial Dispute Resolution||Sport|
|Company||Travel: Regulatory and Commercial|
ART & CULTURAL PROPERTY
“A superb litigator, who has a brilliant mind and provides quick commercial advice.”
Steven Thompson QC, Bajul Shah, Erin Hitchens and Tom Stewart Coats are all recommended.
XXIV Old Buildings deploys a wealth of expertise across a broad range of aviation matters. The set’s strong silks and juniors are recognised for their handling of complex product liability, negligence and insurance claims in the industry. Members here regularly handle high-value litigation both for and against major operators, airports and owners in matters pertaining to aircraft leases, repossessions and contractual disputes. Barristers at the set are particularly adept at advising airlines on compensation claims and other insolvency issues.
Client service: “Paul Horsfield, head of the clerking team, is very good and understands what we need.” “The clerks are very efficient and appreciate that clients need urgent advice.” “The clerks are very service-focused.”
Steven Thompson QC acts in aviation cases as a significant part of his broader commercial practice, with disputed leases and maintenance contracts forming the core of his workload. He has a wealth of knowledge in relation to insolvency cases in the aviation sector and has notable expertise in handling complex technical matters. “Steven has a scientific degree, which really helps when you’re dealing with technical points.”
Bajul Shah is an experienced junior whose strong market profile is built out of his broad experience in the aviation sphere. He is regularly instructed to handle cases related to leasing, contractual and insolvency disputes, a number of which involve difficult points of law. An impressive client roster includes bodies from across the spectrum of the industry, including lessors, lessees and airlines.” Bajul is one of the leading juniors at the Bar, with great knowledge of aviation. He has a calming presence that sets the courtroom at ease and makes him utterly credible and compelling.”
Erin Hitchens is increasingly sought out as junior counsel in difficult commercial disputes. She has notable experience in complex leasing and insurance matters and is often instructed in significant cases in the aviation sector by aircraft leasing and airline clients.” She is both knowledgeable and user-friendly.” “Calm, a clear communicator with a clear and sensible delivery in court.”
Tom Stewart Coats handles a range of complex disputes in the aviation industry. He is noted for his work defending airlines in claims for compensation for delays and cancellations under EU regulations. “He is enjoyable to work with and a first-choice junior for airline work.”
BANKING & FINANCE
Edward Cumming QC is regularly called upon by banks and other financial institutions to advise on a wide range of financial matters. He advises clients on all manner of cases, including those involving complex derivatives and matters with elements of fraud. “He is the person you want on speed dial. He is super quick, really bright and very good to work with. He brings his sharp analysis to any problem you present. He is not afraid of rolling his sleeves up and he is always sensitive to the client’s commercial needs.”
Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Francis Tregear QC, David Brownbill QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Robert Levy QC, Edward Cumming QC, Marcus Staff, Stuart Adair, Bajul Shah, Adam Cloherty, Daniel Warents, Hugh Miall and Tim Sherwin are all recommended.
XXIV Old Buildings is highly regarded for its expertise in complex cases arising in offshore jurisdictions, earning praise from instructing solicitors who describe it as “a strong commercial chancery set, that is well regarded for offshore work.” The set’s members undertake a wide range of commercial chancery matters, and are frequently instructed in high-value commercial litigation, especially civil fraud and insolvency disputes. The team is also well versed in commercial matters involving elements of professional negligence, trusts and partnership law, drawing on the set’s established strengths in these areas.
Client service: “The clerks are very helpful and pragmatic, and get things done quickly. They are very efficient and a smooth part of the process, proving very good at pointing you in the right direction if you haven’t used someone before.” Paul Horsfield leads the clerking team.
“A really stellar silk with a brain the size of a planet, who is confident in lots of areas. ” “Excellent. He is just incredibly bright and must have swallowed whole books.”
“Clients really appreciate his input and sensible advice. His advice is always tailored to the individual client’s concerns.”
“Absolutely divine. He is a delight to work with as he is so incredibly user-friendly.”
“Has a fantastic knowledge of trust law and offshore jurisdictions.”
“Of the highest quality, she is bright, hard-working and a good advocate.” “Elspeth has a wonderful manner, is committed to her clients and is a really good adviser and advocate.”
“Highly commercial, he understands what is going on in the real word and understands what matters and what doesn’t.”
“Accessible and very hard-working. He’s very sensible and not afraid to tackle serious issues.”
“A very clever guy who uses his intelligence in a practical way.”
“Very thorough and meticulous in his approach to legal and factual issues, he always knows his facts and he drills down into the legal issues. He works hard and is very quick to produce excellent quality written work, making himself available when you need him.”
“An extremely pleasant person to work with, he is very calm and considered, thorough, clear and concise. He takes a very logical approach to things.”
“He is confident, able and technically brilliant.”
“Very committed and very good. He is incredibly assiduous and exceptionally smart.”
“A really effective advocate, who is a very good sounding board throughout the case. He achieves remarkable settlements for clients.”
“Has knowledge and strategic nous well beyond his years.”
Alan Steinfeld QC, Francis Tregear QC, David Brownbill QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Edward Cumming QC, Elizabeth Weaver, Helen Galley, Bajul Shah, Adam Cloherty, Andrew Holden and Tim Sherwin are all recommended.
XXIV Old Buildings is an established and highly respected traditional chancery chambers. “It is a fantastic set that is a premier trusts and estate chambers in London,” comments a source, while another states that “it is an extremely impressive set of practical, knowledgeable and forward-thinking barristers who will always go the extra mile when required.” Chambers is also noted for its depth of expertise in offshore matters and its ability to tackle complex commercial cases.
Client service: “Chambers is extremely professional, helpful and well run. The clerks constitute a very good team and are able to assist with minor queries easily.” Paul Horsfield is head clerk.
Alan Steinfeld QC is frequently instructed in the most high-profile and complex traditional chancery matters, and someone with extensive experience of trust cases. He is also highly sought after for offshore work. “He is a star of the Bar – a real heavyweight who has the ear of the court.”
Francis Tregear QC is a respected silk with a well-established traditional chancery practice. He is a recognised authority on offshore and overseas matters, and has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean. He has an impressive depth of experience in trust and estate matters, and is particularly noted for his expertise in contentious proceedings. “His legal work is fantastic and he has this very light touch with clients.”
David Brownbill QC is a highly respected silk whose broad traditional chancery practice includes frequent instructions in complex matters both onshore and offshore. He is also noted for the depth of his technical knowledge. “Thinks outside the box and brings great creativity to his analysis.”
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC has an exceptional reputation at the traditional Chancery Bar and is also noted for her skilful handling of large offshore matters. She is frequently sought after for the most complex, high-profile and high-value matters. “Very responsive and very proactive, she has a knack of describing complex legal arguments in terms understandable to lay clients without appearing patronising.” “Thoroughly excellent in all things, she really does know her stuff and is very impressive.”
Edward Cumming QC is respected for his handling of high-value cases across the full breadth of traditional chancery law. He regularly acts for very wealthy individuals. His recent work has included complex trust litigation. “Hugely impressive. He is very approachable, technical and knowledgeable.”
Elizabeth Weaver is an eminent junior with a broad traditional chancery practice, who is frequently instructed in high-value matters, including cross-border cases. She handles a wide array of work, including trust disputes. “Her client care is exceptional. She is a complete fighter who never gives up in a difficult case.”
Helen Galley is particularly noted for her work on trusts within a broader traditional chancery practice. She is also experienced in cases with real property aspects. “A very practical, no-nonsense barrister who is always on top of the material.”
Bajul Shah maintains an excellent reputation at the traditional Chancery Bar, regularly assisting charities, trustees and high net worth individuals on a wide range of matters. He is noted for his handling of both onshore and offshore matters. “He’s exceptional. He’s really bright, incredibly easy to work with and so patient and tolerant of people who are less intelligent than him, which is most of us.”
Adam Cloherty is a respected junior with a wide-ranging practice who is frequently instructed in wills, trusts and estates matters. He has established impressive expertise in cross-border funds and charities litigation, and is also known for his work handling financial services and insolvency disputes. “He is thorough, good to work with and someone who turns things around quickly.”
Andrew Holden is noted for his skilful handling of a wide variety of matters, including complex trusts, disputed wills and estates work. He attracts instructions in both UK-based and offshore cases, and is particularly well known for his handling of matters concerning protectors. “He is very intelligent, awesome on strategy and great at working with clients.”
Tim Sherwin has a traditional chancery practice that sees him undertaking contentious trusts, probate and succession cases, as well as Court of Protection matters. He has appeared in a number of important cases of late, some of them stretching in value into the hundreds of millions of pounds. “Great, however complex the case or difficult the client. He has a ready way of conveying complex points to the court.”
Edward Cumming QC is a well-known charities practitioner who undertakes this work as part of a broad chancery practice. His reputation in the area continues to grow, as a result of his advice on some prominent charities disputes. Lately, he has represented philanthropists, charities and other not-for-profit organisations. “He’s a very impressive, forceful advocate.” “He’s at the top of his game, he is very creative and imaginative, and he commands respect for his judgements. I have great confidence in his judgement and advice.”
COMMERCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Robert Levy QC, Steven Thompson QC, Edward Cumming QC, Stuart Adair, Adam Cloherty and Hugh Miall are all recommended.
XXIV Old Buildings possesses significant talent in the commercial litigation sphere at both silk and junior level, and has barristers who are praised by interviewees for being “incredibly bright and a delight to deal with.” It is regularly involved in key cases across the sector. By way of example, recent matters handled by the tenants include Magner v Royal Bank of Scotland, a claim for dishonest assistance against RBS, and Re Sky Stream Corporation, an appeal to the Privy Council concerning the beneficial ownership of the shares in a company holding circa 20% of a Russian airline. Barristers here are not only experienced in handling disputes in the UK, but also frequently act in cases overseas, and have noteworthy experience in jurisdictions in the Middle East and the Caribbean, among many others. Instructing solicitors praise XXIV Old Buildings as “one of the top sets for offshore commercial work.”
Client service: “The clerks are extremely professional and very well organised.” Paul Horsfield is the head of clerking.
“Very, very good and extremely patient even with the trickiest of clients. He’s so clever you can almost hear his brain whirring.”
“A modern QC, who is very involved and engaged; he really gets stuck in. He is calm, assured and someone who instils confidence.”
“A formidable advocate who is very direct in her views – she calls a spade a spade and clients love her for it.”
“Gets stuck in, masters the detail and proves very tenacious in court.”
“Hard-working and motivated, he is someone who is just as keen as you are to win. He is very smart and great to work with.”
“A phenomenal lawyer, who is one of the set’s rising stars.”
“Impressive at advocacy and good on the technical side as well, he is very prompt in all his dealings and a good member of the team. He is user-friendly and provides top-notch advice.”
“He is very pleasant and user-friendly.”
“His advice is very commercial and practical – he distils technical legal issues into clear layman terms.”
Alan Steinfeld QC, Francis Tregear QC, Edward Cumming QC and Stuart Adair are all recommended.
Market sources are quick to highlight the strength of the company offering at XXIV Old Buildings, and reserve particular praise for the strength of its expertise in connection with offshore matters. A number of the market’s leading barristers practice at the chambers, and receive instructions in a variety of company matters. Recent work includes acting in Kernel Holdings v Perryvale Enterprises, a dispute relating to a share purchase agreement.
Alan Steinfeld QC is an impressive practitioner who is frequently involved in high-profile cases. He has a wealth of experience in shareholder disputes, having made appearances in all the UK courts and those of the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the BVI and the Channel Islands. His broad practice also takes in a host of commercial chancery and partnership matters. “Creative, proactive and good value.”
Francis Tregear QC is regularly instructed by well-known City and offshore firms for both litigation and advisory work. He has a specialism in hedge fund and structured investment vehicle-related matters, as well as those concerning cross-border insolvency. His company offering is complemented by his experience in fraud, asset recovery and professional negligence work. “A shrewd operator who is underestimated by the opposition at their peril.”
Edward Cumming QC is an impressive company silk who receives routine instructions from a number of top City law firms. His company work benefits from wider capabilities in commercial chancery and civil fraud. “A very commercially-minded barrister who forges incredibly strong relationships with solicitors.”
Stuart Adair is instructed in a variety of company law disputes, and has strong credentials in minority shareholder actions and claims against directors. His practice is international in scope, and includes further expertise in insolvency and fraud matters. “A good fighter with notable clarity of thought.”
Oliver Assersohn is a highly regarded junior who is an expert at handling complex issues relating to mis-sold investments and breaches of the perimeter. Having been on secondment to the FCA, he has highly valuable insight into the workings of the regulator. “He’s technical but also sensitive to business and commercial implications – he weighs in in a way that furthers business goals.” “An ambitious and skilled advocate.”
Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Robert Levy QC, Steven Thompson and Edward Cumming QC are all recommended.
XXIV Old Buildings is regularly instructed in fraud-related disputes involving offshore jurisdictions such as the BVI and the Channel Islands. The set is also noted for its expertise in domestic disputes, and its members are experienced in the handling of cases involving allegations of conspiracy, misappropriation and fraudulent transactions. The team is also well versed in obtaining and opposing applications for injunctive relief, such as disclosure, freezing and search orders.
Client service: “The clerking team’s professionalism really shines through – they are commercial, pragmatic and know how to negotiate.” “The clerking is really excellent – the senior practice manager James Ladbrook picks up the phone to answer any issues and comes back really quickly with availability and fee estimates.” Paul Horsfield is the head of clerking.
Alan Steinfeld QC is a respected silk well known for his work in the fields of offshore trusts, company law and civil fraud. He has conducted actions in a host of jurisdictions beyond the UK for many years. “Very experienced in this space.”
Stephen Moverley Smith QC handles substantial civil fraud litigation as part of a practice that also covers trusts, finance and insolvency. He has acted in numerous international cases, relating to such jurisdictions as the BVI, Russia and Gibraltar. “An impressive advocate and a heavy hitter.”
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC is effective at dealing with large, multimillion-pound fraud and asset-tracing claims. Her practice also encompasses general commercial dispute resolution and traditional chancery. Many of her instructions have an international aspect. “She is forthright in trials and very straightforward. Her advocacy is excellent and she’s very, very impressive on her feet.”
Robert Levy QC is an experienced commercial silk who has fought and won major civil fraud cases for clients located across the world including in the Caribbean, South America and Russia. He acts for both claimants and defendants. “He has a great manner in the courtroom and judges really like him. He’s a superb advocate who can read the room and is very good in cross-examination.” “A pleasure to work with – he gets stuck in, masters the detail and is tenacious in court.”
Steven Thompson QC has run a successful commercial practice in silk since being appointed in 2015, appearing in cases arising out of fraud in a number of jurisdictions. He has dealt with various allegations including breach of fiduciary duty and dishonest assistance. He is respected for his international experience in such jurisdictions as Russia, China, the BVI and Switzerland. “A real performer in this space – he’s fantastic on his feet and is an impressive advocate.” “A very bright barrister who is great at strategy and lovely to work with.”
Edward Cumming QC is a talented silk with a busy commercial practice, which includes frequent civil fraud instructions. He boasts extensive experience in acting as sole counsel. He is well regarded for his handling of matters involving banks. “A phenomenal barrister who is very sharp, cuts through the waffle to the main issues and is very decisive.”
INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION: ARBITRATORS
Michael Black QC is noted for his experience arbitrating complex disputes in the Middle East. He is well regarded for his ability to master the facts of challenging arbitrations and calm handling of tribunals. He has recently acted as arbitrator in DIFC, LCIA and ICC arbitrations. “He has solid experience in the MENA region.” “He is very organised and efficient. He is a very accomplished and experienced construction specialist.”
INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION: GENERAL COMMERCIAL & INSURANCE
Michael Black QC is known at the International Arbitration Bar for his longstanding experience in different types of disputes including those relating to company law and energy. His expertise in Middle Eastern matters is well recognised within the market, as is his ability to represent national and international clients in arbitrations under the auspices of various arbitral bodies including the LCIA, ICC and DIFC.
Michael King of XXIV Old Buildings is a well-known chancery barrister who brings his vast experience of contentious trusts matters to mediations. A solicitor says that he is “very, very good,” and continues: “He has the technical knowledge and client-handling skills. His judgement is very, very good, and he is highly emotionally intelligent.”
Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Francis Tregear QC, David Brownbill QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Robert Levy QC, Edward Cumming QC, Elizabeth Weaver, Marcus Staff, Bajul Shah, Nicole Langlois, Adam Cloherty, and Andrew Holden are all recommended.
XXIV Old Buildings maintains a superb reputation for its handling of an array of offshore work, with members frequently appearing in trusts, funds, fraud and restructuring disputes. The set is able to offer significant expertise in the Channel Islands, the BVI and the Cayman Islands, as well as in the Middle and Far-Eastern jurisdictions. An instructing solicitor comments: “It is one of the top sets for offshore commercial work.”
Client service: “The set has excellent clerking, which is always on time and responsive.” “The clerks are a very good team and are able to assist with minor queries easily.” Paul Horsfield is the head of clerking at the set and “really stands out as excellent.”
Alan Steinfeld QC has wide commercial and traditional chancery expertise and a profound knowledge of trust disputes. He has broad offshore experience across the Channel Islands, the Caribbean and Hong Kong. Steinfeld is well versed in hedge fund, investment fund and property disputes. He is also active on behalf of private clients in family and estate disputes. “Alan is one of the grandees of the Chancery Bar. His advice is incredibly insightful and he’s also a marvellous advocate.”
Stephen Moverley Smith QC is well versed in a range of commercial cases, including those concerning restructuring, fraud and insolvency. He also specialises in fraud and corruption cases. “He really is responsive and always comes back with very sharp, mindful comments.”
Francis Tregear QC is well known for his liquidation work, and he has acted for clients in Bermuda, the BVI and the Cayman Islands. He offers additional expertise in trust disputes and has recently been active in Jersey. Tregear regularly acts for shareholders and liquidators. “He’s good on the technical side and he’s someone you like to have as part of your team.” “He is brilliant. He’s very strategic, very calm with excitable clients, measured and a team player.”
David Brownbill QC is a natural choice for the most complex and contentious trusts litigation. He is frequently called upon to handle work in the Channel Islands, the BVI and the Cayman Islands. His specialism lies in multi-jurisdictional and high-value traditional and commercial chancery work. Brownbill is particularly sought after for claims arising out of liquidation and insolvency. “He is committed, cordial, and it is a fantastic experience working with him.” “David is really great. He’s been very good at offshore work and legislative changes.”
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC is a highly regarded and much sought-after expert who handles a full spectrum of commercial and traditional chancery work. She has experience of acting in jurisdictions spanning the BVI, Bermuda and the UK Crown Dependencies, and acts for both claimants and defendants in significant trust and estates disputes. She has particular experience in cases concerning asset transfers and restructuring. “Elspeth is great to work with, very responsive and very proactive. She has a knack of describing complex legal arguments in terms understandable to lay clients without appearing patronising.” “She has a calm advocacy style which gives judges comfort.” “She’s first-rate and particulary good in Bermuda cases. She’s a very effective advocate.”
Robert Levy QC is a leading silk for complex, high-value insolvency claims, particularly within the Caribbean jurisdictions. He has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean in the BVI, and the Bars of Anguilla and St Vincent, and he is also admitted ad hoc in the Cayman Islands. Levy is frequently involved in shareholder disputes. “He is reliable, a pleasure to deal with, helpful, constructive and knowledgeable.” “He’s extraordinarily responsive, he’s very thoughtful and his analysis is excellent.”
Edward Cumming QC is highly regarded among peers for his excellent advocacy skills. He frequently appears in trust, company and general commercial litigation. He has a substantial offshore practice and appears in Singapore, South Africa and Mauritius, alongside more traditional jurisdictions in the Caribbean and Channel Islands. Cumming is instructed on behalf of multinational corporates in addition to high net worth private clients. “He is a go-to contact. He has a very modern approach and he is full of energy.” “He has energy as well as bright, strategic thinking and is a delight to work with.”
Elizabeth Weaver a deeply experienced junior barrister, well versed in professional negligence and general chancery matters. She is routinely called upon for her expertise in international trusts disputes, high-value commercial litigation and asset recovery, and also frequently acts for ultra high net worth families. She has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and has been active in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. “She’s a really good advocate and knows her trusts.”
Marcus Staff is particularly active in the Caribbean jurisdictions, having appeared in the Cayman Islands and the BVI. He is frequently instructed in contentious trust disputes, handling such issues as the removal of trustees and tax-related matters. He has also recently been involved in matters relating to investment funds and civil fraud.
Bajul Shah has an enviable offshore practice and handles cases in Dubai, Cyprus, the Caribbean and the Channel Islands. He offers expertise in a broad range of commercial chancery areas, including insolvency, trusts, probate and civil fraud, and is frequently called upon by liquidators and trustees. “He’s really bright, incredibly easy to work with and so patient.” “He’s amazing, capable and delightful to work with. His legal brain has no limits and he’s very good at delivering practical advice.”
Nicole Langlois is a respected junior with considerable credentials in commercial contractual and trust litigation, whose other areas of expertise include insolvency and fraud. She is called to the Bar in both the UK and Jersey. She regularly handles cases with professional negligence and breach of trust allegations. “She is thoughtful, commercial, approachable, experienced and takes care to consider the practical as well as the pure law aspects.”
Adam Cloherty impresses sources with his courtroom advocacy skills, and has particular experience of BVI and Cayman Islands cases. His clients, who include beneficiaries and shareholders, benefit from his extensive trust knowledge. He has also handled matters in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar. “He is thorough, good to work with and turns things around quickly.” “His company knowledge is outstanding.”
Andrew Holden receives consistent praise for his deep level of experience in trust litigation work. He also handles pension and liquidation disputes. His experience extends to Bermuda, the Channel Islands, the BVI and the Cayman Islands, among others. Holden acts on behalf of high net worth families and individuals as well as commercial entities. “He’s very intelligent, awesome on strategy, and he is part of the team when working with clients.”
Alan Steinfeld QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC and Helen Galley are all recommended.
A set that offers a strong bench of partnership practitioners on both the contentious and non-contentious sides. Its members act for financial services clients, property developers and traditional family-owned partnership structures, among others, and have particular strength in partnership cases in offshore jurisdictions.
Client service: “The clerks are all very helpful and friendly.” Paul Horsfield is the head of clerking.
Alan Steinfeld QC commands tremendous respect as one of the London Bar’s most active and redoubtable commercial and chancery silks, being particularly well known for his handling of partnership matters with a strong commercial or financial services aspect. He regularly acts in complex partnership issues considered in the courts of a number of British offshore territories. “Alan is brilliantly good, very bright and an accomplished all-rounder.” “He is a formidable courtroom performer who impresses judges greatly.”
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC is noted for combining a formidable courtroom presence with widely admired clarity of thought when dealing with especially complex and highly contentious partnership matters. Her experience covers the full range of partnership types, and she has particular familiarity with issues affecting commercial, financial services or family-owned structures. “She’s a fiery, passionate advocate who is super bright: the complete package.” “She is that rare combination of a fine advocate who is good with both clients and instructing solicitors. Elspeth is insightful when it comes to the legal issues and always comes up with commercial answers. She is every instructing solicitor’s dream.”
Helen Galley is a seasoned senior junior with a robust practice that covers both general chancery law and partnership law. She is notable for her expertise in property development and farming partnership disputes. Galley also provides advice on partnership dissolution. “Client-friendly, focused and extremely good at cutting through the complexities of a case. She’s straight-talking and a delight to work with on complex claims.”
Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Stuart Adair and Hugh Miall are all recommended.
XXIV Old Buildings offers expertise in both domestic and international insolvency matters, and its members are highly regarded for their handling of cases arising in offshore jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man. Areas of expertise for the team include complex administrations, liquidations and both company and individual voluntary arrangements. The set’s barristers are also well versed in directors’ disqualification proceedings and asset tracing and recovery matters.
Client service: “The clerking service at XXIV Old Buildings is very good.” “The clerks do a good job all around and are always keen to help out.” Paul Horsfield is head of clerking.
Alan Steinfeld QC stands out for his active practice in offshore jurisdictions, notably the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands. He also routinely advises clients in significant domestic litigation. “He’s amazingly insightful and an absolute delight to work with – a marvellous advocate.”
Stephen Moverley Smith QC attracts major international instructions owing to his deep experience in cross-border matters. He frequently appears in courts in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands, as well as the Privy Council. He has a particularly robust reputation in the area of offshore work and trusts. “He’s sensible, measured and approachable.”
Stuart Adair is a popular choice for clients seeking high-quality advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters in the insolvency arena. He is frequently instructed in the most litigious disputes and has expertise in cases concerning claims of misfeasance, fraudulent trading and setting aside prior transactions. “He’s charming and a very good advocate.”
Hugh Miall is a well-regarded junior with a broad insolvency and restructuring practice spanning both contentious and non-contentious work. He is particularly adept at advising on cross-border matters and foreign insolvencies. He also offers expertise in asset recovery after bankruptcy or liquidation, claims involving antecedent transactions and misfeasance, IVAs and CVAs and winding-up proceedings. “His advice is very commercial, he’s practical and he distils technical legal issues into clear layman’s terms.”
Ian Meakin is a Formula 1 expert who frequently acts in highly contentious contractual matters involving the motorsport industry. He has also acted in cases concerning football and a range of high-profile doping cases. “He is excellent in cross-examination.”
TRAVEL: REGULATORY & COMMERCIAL
Bajul Shah is recommended.
Bajul Shah undertakes commercial disputes in the aviation industry, and has substantial aircraft leasing and maintenance knowledge. He also advises on product liability and potential engineering negligence issues. “A very bright and commercial barrister.”
Alan Steinfeld QC is active across a wide array of practice areas and has a substantial focus on trust law. He is experienced in offshore, as well as domestic, trusts disputes, and is recognised for his familiarity with international arbitrations in connection with contentious trust matters. “A class act who is everything you want in a very senior silk.” “He’s very direct and straightforward in the advice he gives. His opinions are always well expressed and well thought through.”
David Brownbill QC is noted for his strong track record in private client litigation and has specific expertise in trust law. He is the editor of leading textbook ‘International Trust Laws’ and is often instructed in high-profile offshore disputes. His expertise also extends to trust issues in the context of investment funds. “He is an excellent technical trusts lawyer who really gets into the weeds of cases. He is very, very good at getting his head across the important detail in a case.”
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC is a widely admired barrister with a very strong track record in trusts litigation. She is frequently instructed by many leading solicitors in this field and often acts in very significant and high-value disputes, both onshore and offshore. Peers recognise her as a leading silk who deals with the most high-profile cases in the trusts world. “She has an encyclopedic knowledge of onshore and offshore trust law, and is a strong strategic thinker who really fights for the client.”
Marcus Staff is a former head of the set’s Geneva office. A man with long experience of handling trusts-related work, he counts a number of key solicitors firms among those that instruct him. He demonstrated his credentials in the trusts sphere by appearing in Schmidt v Rosewood Trustees, the leading trusts case heard in the Privy Council in the last 20 years. “A man of remarkable intellect and great breadth of knowledge.”
Andrew Holden appears in a wide variety of both domestic and international trusts matters, acting both as a litigator and in an advisory capacity. He is an expert in trust structuring and trust protectors. Holden is particularly adept at handling large offshore disputes and often acts in high-profile, multibillion-dollar disputes in key jurisdictions. “A good, strategic thinker whose knowledge of offshore trust law is just phenomenal. He does a lot in Bermuda and Cayman and has written a lot on the subject of protectors.”