Legal 500

LEGAL 500 UK LEGAL DIRECTORY
2015 EDITION

XXIV OLD BUILDINGS’ RECOMMENDATIONS

XXIV Old Buildings is ‘well-rounded, with the necessary depth of knowledge in many complex sectors to practise at the top level in commercial litigation’.

The practice management team ‘makes effective use of its time’ and includes Paul Matthews, who has ‘vast experience and an excellent manner with solicitors’. Chambers Director Sue Medder joined in 2014, bringing ‘a refreshing outlook having been a partner in a City firm’, and ‘an understanding of the pressures solicitors and clients face’.

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a top tier set for private client (trusts and probate) and as a leading set for: aviation; banking & finance; charities; commercial litigation; company; fraud (civil); insolvency; partnership; pensions; and professional negligence.

Its members are recommended in the Legal 500 Bar Directory in all the following areas:

Aviation Banking and Finance
Charities Commercial Litigation
Company Construction
Fraud: Civil Insolvency
International Arbitration Partnership
Pensions Professional Negligence
Sport


Michael King
is also recommended as a mediator and Michael Black QC and Tom Montagu-Smith are both recommended in construction.


AVIATION

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a leading aviation chambers (tier 2). Philip Shepherd QC, Steven Thompson QC, Arshad Ghaffar, Bajul Shah and Edward Cumming are all recommended.

A ‘strong group of aviation experts’, XXIV Old Buildings provides ‘first-rate advice’. Travelworld Vacations v Monarch Airlines, ACG Acquisition XX v Olympic Airlines and Jet2.com v Tarom are among the set’s headline cases.

  • Philip Shepherd QC‘A force to be reckoned with.’
  • Steven Thompson QC‘His sharp intellect helps him communicate his points very clearly and with gravitas.’
  • Arshad Ghaffar‘Vast experience in this area.’
  • Bajul Shah‘He has vast knowledge and is an outstanding advocate.’
  • Edward Cumming‘He has fantastic knowledge and is very user-friendly.’

BANKING & FINANCE

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a leading banking and finance set (tier 4).

Michael Black QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Francis Tregear QC, Marcus Staff, Alexander Pelling and Edward Cumming are all recommended in this area.

XXIV Old Buildings is commended for its ‘great depth of knowledge in many complex sectors’, and is strong for banking disputes with an offshore element. Major cases on this front include The First Newland Bank v The Winterbotham Trust Co, and also the Al Sadik v Investcorp BSC case in the Cayman Islands.

  • Michael Black QC‘A first-rate advocate who is thoroughly recommended.’
  • Stephen Moverley Smith QC‘He is innovative, creative, and can often find a way for a client where others cannot.’
  • Francis Tregear QC‘Highly experienced in major offshore banking and hedge fund disputes.’
  • Marcus Staff – ‘Extremely bright, dedicated and hardworking, he generally outshines his leader.’
  • Alexander Pelling‘Highly experienced in banking disputes with a strong niche advising spread betting firms.’
  • Edward Cumming‘Responsive and knowledgeable, he is excellent with clients and his quality of work is exceptional.’

CHARITIES

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a leading set for charities work (tier 3) with both Elspeth Talbot Rice QC and Michael King recommended.

XXIV Old Buildings is praised for its ‘great depth of knowledge’. Elspeth Talbot Rice QC was involved in a claim and appeal by the daughter of a woman who left her entire estate to the RSPCA.

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a leading commercial litigation chambers with individual recommendations for Alan Steinfeld QC, Michael Black QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Francis Tregear QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Robert Levy QC, Steven Thompson QC, Elizabeth Weaver, Stuart Adair, Alexander Pelling, Bajul Shah, Nicole Langlois and Edward Cumming.

XXIV Old Buildings provides ‘a very effective and first-class service’. The set is ‘always responsive and has a good pool of junior barristers who are competitively priced’. The barristers are famous for their offshore expertise, as illustrated by roles on cases such as Al Sadik v Investcorp Bank in the Cayman Islands.

  • Alan Steinfeld QC‘A fantastic depth of knowledge in complicated and esoteric areas of law.’
  • Michael Black QC – ‘His great skill is distilling a huge number of complicated issues.’
  • Stephen Moverley Smith QC‘He is easy to work with and has the confidence of his clients.’
  • Francis Tregear QC‘He is calmness personified and puts in a stellar performance in court
  • Elspeth Talbot Rice QC‘A charming, calm and measured performer.’
  • Robert Levy QC‘The first choice for aggressively fought, high-value offshore disputes.’
  • Steven Thompson QC – ‘Calm, authoritative, pragmatic, commercial and suitably aggressive in court.’
  • Elizabeth Weaver‘A well-regarded barrister for commercial Chancery cases.’
  • Stuart Adair‘A pleasure to work with and particularly skilled in cross-examination.’
  • Alexander Pelling‘A highly experienced and versatile barrister with a strong commercial practice.’
  • Bajul Shah‘He is always calm, never gets flustered and inspires confidence in clients.’
  • Nicole Langlois‘A very focused and diligent barrister, whose dual qualification in Jersey is a great asset.’
  • Edward Cumming‘A superb junior and great team player who combines intellect with great enthusiasm.’

COMPANY AND PARTNERSHIP

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a leading company and partnership chambers (tier 2).

In company, there are individual recommendations for Alan Steinfeld QC, Michael Black QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Francis Tregear QC, Malcolm Davis-White QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Richard Ritchie, Elizabeth Weaver, Stuart Adair, Lyndsey de Mestre and Edward Cumming.

Recommended in partnership are Alan Steinfeld QC, Francis Tregear QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Michael King, Richard Ritchie and Helen Galley.

XXIV Old Buildings stands out for its offshore expertise. Members continue to be involved in several major company law matters including a $1bn claim arising out of the failure of Guernsey-incorporated US hedge fund Carlyle Capital Corporation.

Company

  • Alan Steinfeld QC‘Excellent with clients – concise, confident and authoritative.’
  • Michael Black QC‘He is diligent, very hardworking and a real team player.’
  • Stephen Moverley Smith QC – ‘Very experienced in BVI matters and an extremely user-friendly barrister.’
  • Francis Tregear QC‘A talented tactician and an effective advocate.’
  • Malcolm Davis-White QC‘He gives clear, cogent and easily understandable advice.’
  • Elspeth Talbot Rice QC‘Her vast experience is especially evident in conference.’
  • Richard Ritchie‘He has a very good knowledge of the relevant law and gives crisp, practical opinions.’
  • Elizabeth Weaver‘A popular choice for traditional Chancery and company law disputes.’
  • Stuart Adair‘A truly excellent junior for offshore commercial litigation and company disputes.’
  • Lyndsey De Mestre ‘Excellent – very hardworking, commercial and a pleasure to deal with.’
  • Edward Cumming‘Technically gifted, very approachable and always willing to go the extra mile.’

Partnership

  • Alan Steinfeld QC‘A force to be reckoned with in the area of partnership law.’
  • Francis Tregear QC ‘An instinctive listener and particularly well suited for clients facing tight corners.’
  • Elspeth Talbot Rice QC‘Advises on complicated matters in a client-friendly manner.’
  • Michael King‘Truly an excellent barrister and an absolute pleasure to instruct.’
  • Richard Ritchie‘A highly rated Chancery barrister with a strong reputation in partnership disputes.’
  • Helen Galley‘Responsive, hugely supportive and extremely user-friendly.’

CONSTRUCTION

Michael Black QC and Tom Montagu-Smith are both recommended in construction, particularly for their work in the Middle East.

CIVIL FRAUD

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a leading fraud chambers (tier 2).

There are recommendations for Martin Mann QC, Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Philip Shepherd QC, Francis Tregear QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Robert Levy QC, Steven Thompson QC, Stuart Adair, Alexander Pelling, Bajul Shah and Edward Knight.

XXIV Old Buildings has ‘a great reputation in the Chancery and Commercial Court where many civil fraud claims arise’. The set is recommended for offshore work and general fraud cases such as VTB v Parline and Aeroflot v Berezovsky.

  • Alan Steinfeld QC‘A real star; a great person to instruct who works hard.’
  • Martin Mann QC‘A highly experienced silk with a strong offshore practice.’
  • Stephen Moverley Smith QC‘Superb – extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.’
  • Philip Shepherd QC‘Good at cross-examination.’
  • Francis Tregear QC‘Puts in a stellar performance.’
  • Elspeth Talbot Rice QC‘Her advice is both technically accurate and tactically astute.’
  • Robert Levy QC‘A brilliant advocate with an incredible ability to absorb information.’
  • Steven Thompson QC – ‘An outstanding barrister, who is user-friendly and provides sound strategic and commercial advice.’
  • Stuart Adair‘Able, charming and incredibly responsive.’
  • Alexander Pelling‘A highly active junior with strong experience in fraud cases.’
  • Bajul Shah‘Noted for his strong experience in offshore fraud issues.’
  • Edward Knight‘He always rolls his sleeves up and gets to grips with the figures and the paperwork.’

INSOLVENCY

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a leading insolvency chambers (tier 3).

There are individual recommendations for Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Francis Tregear QC, Malcolm Davis-White QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Steven Thompson QC, Richard Ritchie, Stuart Adair, Lyndsey de Mestre, Edward Knight, Sarah Bayliss and Edward Cumming.

XXIV Old Buildings has a longstanding reputation for offshore work. Stephen Moverley Smith QC was recently instructed in relation to a liquidation in the BVI.

  • Alan Steinfeld QC‘He is down to earth and practical, and has no airs or graces.’
  • Stephen Moverley Smith QC‘For any complex insolvency matter, no-one is more able.’
  • Francis Tregear QC‘A highly capable insolvency silk.’
  • Malcolm Davis-White QC‘An extremely gifted advocate, and also a genuinely nice person.’
  • Elspeth Talbot Rice QC‘Combines huge intellect with a user-friendly and practical approach.’
  • Steven Thompson QC – ‘He has natural advocacy skills, commands the respect of the bench, and is an excellent draftsman.’
  • Richard Ritchie‘He has a wealth of experience, so you know you are getting a reality check built into the advice.’
  • Stuart Adair‘A heavyweight and versatile senior junior, with excellent procedural knowledge.’
  • Lyndsey de Mestre‘Very hardworking and commercial; a pleasure to deal with.’
  • Edward Knight‘A pleasure to deal with, and his advice is clear and well-written.’
  • Sarah Bayliss‘Thorough in her consideration of the issues, and clear and concise in her advice.’
  • Edward Cumming‘User-friendly as well as bright.’

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

Michael Black QC, Ian Meakin, Arshad Ghaffar and Tom Montagu Smith are all recommended.

  • Michael Black QC‘Extremely responsive, a pleasure to work with and great with clients.’
  • Arshad Ghaffar‘A highly effective barrister with a strong analytical mind and astute advocacy.’
  • Ian Meakin‘A truly international lawyer handling English and Swiss law matters on a daily basis.’
  • Tom Montagu Smith‘He is top notch: bright, articulate, very hardworking and the go-to junior for cases in Dubai.’

MEDIATORS

Michael King is recommended as a leading mediator.

 

PENSIONS

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a leading pensions set (tier 4) with Alan Steinfeld QC and John Stephens both recommended.

XXIV Old Buildings features members who handle both the regulatory and Chancery aspects of pensions disputes.

  • Alan Steinfeld QC‘Brilliant in court.’
  • John Stephens‘Experienced in matters involving nine-figure shortfalls.’

PRIVATE CLIENT: TRUSTS AND PROBATE

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a leading private client chambers in tier 1.

There are individual recommendations for Martin Mann QC, Alan Steinfeld QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC, Francis Tregear QC, David Brownbill QC, Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Michael King, John Stephens, Michael Gadd, Elizabeth Weaver, Helen Galley, Amanda Harington, Bajul Shah and Edward Cumming.

XXIV Old Buildings is ‘a slick operation’ with a strong reputation for Chancery and offshore work. Stephen Moverley Smith QC successfully acted in relation to the revocation of a $30m Cayman Islands trust, while Elspeth Talbot Rice QC represented the beneficiaries and new trustee of a Jersey trust in a £100m claim for breach of trust.

  • Martin Mann QC‘Vastly experienced.’
  • Alan Steinfeld QC ‘He has the ear of the court, and is imaginative in his arguments and his deployment of them.’
  • Stephen Moverley Smith QC‘An exceptional advocate.’
  • Francis Tregear QC‘Extremely bright, a very able advocate and a pleasure to work with.’
  • David Brownbill QC – ‘Very knowledgeable on trust law and the offshore world, and very pleasant to work with.’
  • Elspeth Talbot Rice QC – ‘She has great familiarity with offshore work, particularly on the trust and contentious probate side.’
  • Michael King‘A trusts and probate expert.’
  • John Stephens‘He is wise and commercial and his knowledge instils complete confidence in clients.’
  • Michael Gadd‘A solid performer.’
  • Elizabeth Weaver‘A good, solid, hands-on senior junior counsel.’
  • Helen Galley‘Consistently able to provide excellent advice in a charming and friendly style.’
  • Amanda Harington‘Experienced in contentious trusts and probate.’
  • Bajul Shah‘Bajul is bright, charming and helpful; he knows his trust law, and his happy to engage in careful analysis.’
  • Edward Cumming ‘A human dynamo – always available for a call and ready to assist.’

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

XXIV Old Buildings is recommended as a leading professional negligence chambers (tier 4).

The members of XXIV Old Buildings provide ‘sound advice’ and ‘excellent expertise’. Key cases included Jackson & Money v Gershinson and others.

SPORT

Ian Meakin‘Extremely commercial, user-friendly and a pleasure to work with