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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.
"The chambers is very well organised and the clerking service runs smoothly." Paul Horsfield is head of clerking.
Alan Steinfeld QC
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.
"An excellent barrister who is charming in court and well received by judges."
Recent work: Appeared in Phillips v Symes, a multi-jurisdictional fraud case in which the claimant sought to recover money from a French bank.
Edward Cumming QC
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.
"He is imaginative and super bright." "A tenacious silk who is very eloquent and meticulous on detail." "He is responsive, clear and shrewd."
Recent work: Acted for one of the largest Russian state-owned banks in Rusnano v Erochkine, a case relating to investments of more than £100 million into problematic funds as a result of the alleged fraud of a former employee.
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC
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 very well regarded, has a good courtroom manner and good litigation instincts." "A ruthlessly good performer who is able to deal with difficult situations and make the absolute best of it."
Recent work: Appeared in Newmarket v Confiance, a conspiracy claim arising out of a successful property development joint venture and the extraction of shares in Guernsey companies from one of the joint venturers.
Robert Levy QC
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.
"A tenacious advocate who gets on top of the detail and is easy to work with."
Recent work: Successfully discharged an interim injunction in a substantial case concerning a limited partnership valued at over USD1 billion.
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.
"He combines a wealth of experience in English and Caribbean litigation, thus making him a perfect counsel for cross-border litigation in the Caribbean region." "He knows the BVI court rules and culture really well."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in Eurochem v Livingstone Properties Equities, a claim brought by Russian and Swiss agrichemical companies to recover USD45 million alleged to have been paid in bribes.
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.
"An understated and very clever barrister."
Recent work: Acted for a singer whose accountant defrauded him, in an action against the accountant and his employer.