“Star of the Bar” Alan Steinfeld QC is recognised in the legal directories for his impressive expertise in commercial and traditional chancery, commercial litigation and fraud, company, partnership, insolvency and business restructuring, private client including in particular international trusts, professional negligence and pensions. A CEDR qualified mediator, he also has extensive experience in international arbitrations, both as a popular and experienced arbitrator as well as advocate.
Alan appears in not only all the UK courts including the Privy Council, but also regularly advises and appears in the Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, the BVI, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and Hong Kong.
The legal directories rightly identify him as “a brilliant strategist and a truly insightful barrister“. Clients comment on the fact that he is “superior in terms of intellect and very good on his feet“ and that “he is a silky advocate and very much on top of things“. They also refer to the fact that “he’s extremely bright and commands the respect of the court“.
Areas of experience
Lifetime Achievement Award – Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019
Insolvency ‘Silk of the Year’ 2018 – The Legal 500 Awards
Legal 500 2020 describes Alan as having a ‘fantastic range and depth of experience which sets him apart from other silks’ and recommends him for commercial litigation, company and partnership, civil fraud, insolvency, offshore, pensions, private client (trusts and probate) and professional negligence. Clients praise his ‘fantastic depth of knowledge in complicated and esoteric areas of law‘ and say that ‘he has the ear of the court, and is imaginative in his arguments and his deployment of them‘ as well as being ‘excellent with clients – concise, confident and authoritative‘. Alan is also said to be ‘down to earth and practical, and has no airs or graces‘, ‘brilliant in court‘ and ‘highly skilled and very thorough‘.
Chambers & Partners has previously given Alan “Star of the Bar” status for his impressive tally of recommendations in 10 categories: commercial and traditional Chancery, commercial dispute resolution, company and partnership, fraud, insolvency, offshore, pensions, professional negligence, restructuring and insolvency, and trusts. Noted as ‘A leading silk at the Chancery Bar who’s confident, authoritative and decisive‘, Alan is said to be ‘Brilliant – he’s very, very bright and you can feel his brain whirring. He is very good, very patient and communicates well with very bright clients.’ Clients praise him for being ‘incisive and down-to-earth’, Alan ‘delivers advice in a very authoritative and understandable manner‘. Other commented saying ‘He has an uncanny ability to make the extraordinarily complicated seem perfectly straightforward.’ ‘A heavyweight. If you really need a big gun, you’re not going to get better than Alan. He commands the utmost respect in the court, has an incredible brain and his manner and presentation in court is excellent. He can pull rabbits out of hats’.
Alan is also recommended in Chambers Global 2020 for dispute resolution (commercial chancery), offshore and private wealth (trusts). Described as ‘the Godfather of offshore work‘ with a ‘mega brain‘ and ‘experience of appearing in every court imaginable‘, instructing solicitors recognise his ‘tenacity and enthusiasm‘. One client comments: ‘Alan has a razor-sharp intellect and can cut right to the heart of the matter. Every word he utters is perfectly measured’.
The Citywealth Leaders List 2019 recommends him as a Prominent Barrister for Contentious Trusts, saying he is ‘one of the “giants” in the field of trust litigation‘ and ‘an immensely charming and courteous individual‘. He is endorsed for being ‘able to respond to tricky legal questions from the bench with a consummate ease as he really knows his stuff‘ and ‘Alan is an old pro who still has the energy for a fight. The distinctive Steinfeld qualities are speed and instinct and, on hard trust and company matters, one learns to trust Alan’s penetrating glance above hours of others’ reflection’.
He is recommended as a leading lawyer for company and partnership, civil fraud, insolvency and restructuring and private client work by Who’s Who Legal 2020. He is recognised for his “vast experience“, “encyclopedic knowledge” and “vision and gravitas“. He is considered “one of the big names in the area” for civil fraud and has a “formidable reputation in the market” for insolvency and restructuring.
Chancery Silk of the Year 2008 – Chambers & Partners Awards. Shortlisted in 2010 and 2011.
International Trust Barrister of the Year: UK – Acquisition International Legal Awards 2013.
Downing College, Cambridge (BA Hons LLB)
1994: Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery and Queens Bench Division)
1996: Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn
1997: Bar Council
CEDR qualified mediator
- Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
- Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
- Chancery Bar Association
- Commercial Bar Association
- European Circuit of the Bar of England and Wales
- Hong Kong Bar Association
- Insolvency Lawyers Association
- Chambers Legal Practice Guides – Litigation (2014): Editor of the UK section
- Consultant Editor of Palmers Company Law Manual
- Contributor to LLP’s Professional Negligence and Liability
- Editor of Blackstone’s Guide to the Companies Act 2006 (OUP)