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XXIV Old Buildings

Chancery: Traditional

11 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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XXIV Old Buildings is an established and highly respected traditional chancery set. "They are the gold standard. Barristers and clerks alike are all very easy to deal with," comments a source, and another states that "it is a very good chambers, which gives me confidence that my clients will receive a very good service." The set is also noted for its depth of expertise in offshore matters and its ability to tackle complex commercial cases.

Client service:

Sources are particularly impressed with the clerking at XXIV Old Buildings, which is led by head of clerking Paul Horsfield. "It's a really smooth and professional operation. The clerking is responsive and helpful - it's an excellent set," says a source, while another notes: "The clerking is so good, because the clerks are so commercial in their attitude and they're incredibly easy to work with. It's excellent clerking."

Strengths:

Adam Cloherty
A respected junior with a wide-ranging practice who is frequently instructed in wills, trusts and estates matters. He is establishing impressive expertise in cross-border funds and charities litigation, and is also known for his work handling financial services and insolvency disputes.
"Someone I would go to for complicated or unusual points. Someone for the niche points." "He has a very good way about him, he is very easy to work with and he provides opinions which are straightforward and easy to understand."

Strengths:

Alan Steinfeld QC
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 knows everything there is to know." "A very smooth advocate and a very nice chap." "He is a real class act," and "a top-class trusts litigator. Clients single him out; he has a great reputation and it is well deserved. His knowledge is superb."

Strengths:

Andrew Holden
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.
"Fantastic to work with, he's an exceedingly brainy man, who grasps legal concepts very quickly, makes himself available and is very impressive on client calls." "His written and oral advice are both excellent."

Strengths:

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.
"Really good at trusts with an offshore element and financial services work. He's an extremely bright lawyer, who just gives you immediate confidence that he understands the issues."

Strengths:

David Brownbill QC
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.
"A highly intelligent individual who can see straight to the heart of a matter and easily deal with it. His advocacy skills are also impressive, and he helps judges understand the issues in a case in the most clear and efficient way." "It is a great pleasure to work with him."

Strengths:

Edward Cumming QC
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.
"Both delightful and brilliant - he's just relentlessly good and relentlessly charming." "Just one of the best around." "He gets to the bottom of extremely complicated cases so quickly. He's approachable, friendly and good with clients - such an amenable man."

Strengths:

Elizabeth Weaver
An eminent junior with a broad traditional chancery practice. She is frequently instructed in high-value matters, including cross-border cases. She handles a wide array of work, including trust disputes.
"She's just brilliant. She's very clear-thinking and very good to deal with." "Her skeleton arguments are a model of clarity. She is truly excellent - a first-class barrister."

Strengths:

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.
"Outstanding." "She is the doyenne of the trusts Bar." "Not a single word is wasted."  "She writes the most extraordinary papers and is a terrific cross-examiner. She knows exactly what she's doing, and is also a lot of fun. A real star, and brilliant at handling clients."

Strengths:

Francis Tregear QC
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.
"Tremendously careful and elegant in court."

Strengths:

Helen Galley
Particularly noted for her work on trusts within a broader traditional chancery practice. She is also experienced in cases with real property aspects.
"She's a very practical lawyer who cuts straight to the issues." "She's very good when it comes to advising on ambiguous clauses in wills and trusts."

Strengths:

Tim Sherwin
A barrister of the rise whose traditional chancery practice 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.
"Really good to work with," he is "knowledgeable and very commercially minded," as well as somebody who is "able to make commercial calls as well as legal ones." A solicitor who has worked with Sherwin recently says: "He is absolutely brilliant - super bright, very quick and very responsive and someone who did a great job for us. His written work was excellent." Others praise Sherwin's "easy-going" style, explaining that he is "not pompous - he's direct, tells it like it is, distils complex things into clear English and is very personable."

Chancery: Traditional

XXIV Old Buildings

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24 Old Buildings

Lincoln's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Chancery: Traditional


Alan Steinfeld QC
Band 1
David Brownbill QC
Band 1
Edward Cumming QC
Band 2
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC
Star Individuals
Francis Tregear QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Chancery: Traditional


Adam Cloherty
Band 2

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