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Commercial Dispute Resolution

10 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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The set possesses significant talent in the commercial litigation sphere at both silk and junior level, and has barristers who are praised by interviewees for being "proactive and collaborative." It is regularly involved in key cases across the sector. By way of example, it acted for the Property Alliance Group in its test case against RBS arising out of the rigging of LIBOR, and also successfully acted for Goldas in striking out a USD500 million claim brought by Société Générale concerning gold bullion consignments. Other matters undertaken include the United Company Rusal Plc dispute, which concerned one of the largest aluminium companies in Russia. 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 such as the Middle East and the Caribbean, among many others.

Client service:

"The clerks, led by Paul Horsfield, are responsive and friendly." "They are all very quick to reply to queries and highly efficient."

Strengths:

Adam Cloherty
"Has a very good understanding of international law and is easy to work with." "He is just so efficient and effective."
Recent work: Acted for the Property Alliance Group in its claim against RBS arising out of the rigging of the LIBOR benchmark.

Strengths:

Alan Steinfeld QC
"Incredibly intelligent and absolutely charming, he is a fantastic barrister."
Recent work: Defended Carlyle-related entities against a USD2 billion claim arising out of the failure of a US hedge fund incorporated in Guernsey.

Strengths:

Edward Cumming QC
"Very easy to work with, very responsive, very pragmatic and very committed." "He gets to grips with things easily, is tenacious and really fights your corner."
Recent work: Acted for Elite Property Holdings in its case against Barclays. Elite claimed that it had been placed into administration by alleged unlawful means conspiracy between the bank and a leading accountancy firm.

Strengths:

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC
"She is incredibly successful, has razor-sharp analysis and is really good at strategy." "You can't throw a situation at Elspeth that she hasn't seen before, and she is always able to predict how strategies will play out."
Recent work: Acted in MMD v Lang, a case involving claims in England, the PRC and the Isle of Man arising out of a joint venture.

Strengths:

Hugh Miall
"He is just brilliant; he explains things in a pragmatic way and he is really good at providing support to the client." "Hugh is hard-working and will go the extra mile."
Recent work: Successfully instructed as sole counsel for the first respondent in Richard George v Robert McCarthy & Goss Interactive Ltd, a case involving an unfair prejudice petition.

Strengths:

Robert Levy QC
"He argues very passionately and is fantastic." "Robert is easy to work with and gets on top of the detail."
Recent work: Acted in the case Re International MR Pty Ltd, regarding an application for extensions of time for service of defence in a case concerning breach of directors' duties.

Strengths:

Stephen Moverley Smith QC
"Has a wealth of experience of dealing with both English and Caribbean litigation, and is the perfect counsel for cross-border court proceedings." "He has very good client-handling skills."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the defendant, Goldas, in striking out a USD500 million claim brought by Société Générale concerning gold bullion consignments.

Strengths:

Steven Thompson QC
"Knowledgeable, commercial and astute." "He is very good with words, in both the written and verbal form, and is a beguiling presence in court."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant, International Holdings, in a USD340 million fraud claim brought by Iraq Telecom arising out of West African oil trading.

Strengths:

Stuart Adair
"A very good advocate who is aggressive when you need him to be and really good at thinking on his feet." "He develops tailor-made legal strategies and thinks out of the box."
Recent work: Acted for Orexim Trading in relation to claims it made against Mahavir Port and Terminal Private for damages for breach of contract. Adair obtained a judgment in excess of USD8 million, plus interest and costs.

Strengths:

Tom Montagu-Smith QC
"A lawyer with a very high success rate, he keeps himself up to date on case law and has a brilliant way with judges." "He is excellent and rightly has a very good reputation for his work in the Middle East and DIFC courts."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the claimant in Amira C Foods International DMCC v IDBI Bank Ltd and Another, securing a USD12.6 million judgment against the Indian bank for failure to honour a credit agreement.

Commercial Dispute Resolution Department

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24 Old Buildings

Lincoln's Inn

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Greater London

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London (Bar)

Commercial Dispute Resolution


Alan Steinfeld QC
Band 2
Edward Cumming QC
Band 3
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC
Band 2
Robert Levy QC
Band 4
Stephen Moverley Smith QC
Band 4
Steven Thompson QC
Band 4