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XXIV Old Buildings

Offshore (Bar)

13 ranked barristersBand 1UKGlobal 2022 View ranking table

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XXIV Old Buildings maintains a superb reputation for its handling of an array of offshore work, with members frequently appearing in trusts, funds, fraud and restructuring disputes. The set is able to offer significant expertise in the Channel Islands, the BVI and the Cayman Islands, as well as in the Middle and Far-Eastern jurisdictions. An instructing solicitor comments: "It is one of the top sets for offshore commercial work."

Client service:

"The set has excellent clerking, which is always on time and responsive." "The clerks are a very good team and are able to assist with minor queries easily." Paul Horsfield is the head of clerking at the set and "really stands out as excellent."

Strengths:

Adam Cloherty
Adam Cloherty impresses sources with his courtroom advocacy skills, and has particular experience of BVI and Cayman Islands cases. His clients, who include beneficiaries and shareholders, benefit from his extensive trust knowledge. He has also handled matters in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar.
"He is thorough, good to work with and turns things around quickly." "His company knowledge is outstanding."

Strengths:

Alan Steinfeld QC
Alan Steinfeld QC has wide commercial and traditional chancery expertise and a profound knowledge of trust disputes. He has broad offshore experience across the Channel Islands, the Caribbean and Hong Kong. Steinfeld is well versed in hedge fund, investment fund and property disputes. He is also active on behalf of private clients in family and estate disputes.
"Alan is one of the grandees of the Chancery Bar. His advice is incredibly insightful and he's also a marvellous advocate."

Strengths:

Andrew Holden
Andrew Holden receives consistent praise for his deep level of experience in trust litigation work. He also handles pension and liquidation disputes. His experience extends to Bermuda, the Channel Islands, the BVI and the Cayman Islands, among others. Holden acts on behalf of high net worth families and individuals as well as commercial entities.
"He's very intelligent, awesome on strategy, and he is part of the team when working with clients."

Strengths:

Bajul Shah
Bajul Shah has an enviable offshore practice and handles cases in Dubai, Cyprus, the Caribbean and the Channel Islands. He offers expertise in a broad range of commercial chancery areas, including insolvency, trusts, probate and civil fraud, and is frequently called upon by liquidators and trustees.
"He's really bright, incredibly easy to work with and so patient." "He's amazing, capable and delightful to work with. His legal brain has no limits and he's very good at delivering practical advice."
Recent work: Continued to act for the claimants in Al-Thani v Al Thani, a case concerning a gift of 20% under the oral will of a Qatari prince whose estate may be worth a billion US dollars.

Strengths:

David Brownbill QC
David Brownbill QC is a natural choice for the most complex and contentious trusts litigation. He is frequently called upon to handle work in the Channel Islands, the BVI and the Cayman Islands. His specialism lies in multi-jurisdictional and high-value traditional and commercial chancery work. Brownbill is particularly sought after for claims arising out of liquidation and insolvency.
"He is committed, cordial, and it is a fantastic experience working with him." "David is really great. He's been very good at offshore work and legislative changes."

Strengths:

Edward Cumming QC
Edward Cumming QC is highly regarded among peers for his excellent advocacy skills. He frequently appears in trust, company and general commercial litigation. He has a substantial offshore practice and appears in Singapore, South Africa and Mauritius, alongside more traditional jurisdictions in the Caribbean and Channel Islands. Cumming is instructed on behalf of multinational corporates in addition to high net worth private clients.
"He is a go-to contact. He has a very modern approach and he is full of energy." "He has energy as well as bright, strategic thinking and is a delight to work with."

Strengths:

Elizabeth Weaver
Elizabeth Weaver a deeply experienced junior barrister, well versed in professional negligence and general chancery matters. She is routinely called upon for her expertise in international trusts disputes, high-value commercial litigation and asset recovery, and also frequently acts for ultra high net worth families. She has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and has been active in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
"She's a really good advocate and knows her trusts."

Strengths:

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC is a highly regarded and much sought-after expert who handles a full spectrum of commercial and traditional chancery work. She has experience of acting in jurisdictions spanning the BVI, Bermuda and the UK Crown Dependencies, and acts for both claimants and defendants in significant trust and estates disputes. She has particular experience in cases concerning asset transfers and restructuring. 
"Elspeth is great to work with, very responsive and very proactive. She has a knack of describing complex legal arguments in terms understandable to lay clients without appearing patronising." "She has a calm advocacy style which gives judges comfort." "She's first-rate and particulary good in Bermuda cases. She's a very effective advocate."

Strengths:

Francis Tregear QC
Francis Tregear QC is well known for his liquidation work, and he has acted for clients in Bermuda, the BVI and the Cayman Islands. He offers additional expertise in trust disputes and has recently been active in Jersey. Tregear regularly acts for shareholders and liquidators.
"He's good on the technical side and he's someone you like to have as part of your team." "He is brilliant. He's very strategic, very calm with excitable clients, measured and a team player."

Recent work:

Marcus Staff
Marcus Staff is particularly active in the Caribbean jurisdictions, having appeared in the Cayman Islands and the BVI. He is frequently instructed in contentious trust disputes, handling such issues as the removal of trustees and tax-related matters. He has also recently been involved in matters relating to investment funds and civil fraud.
Acted for a claimant in a claim for the removal of a trustee and protector of a Bahamas trust.

Strengths:

Nicole Langlois
Nicole Langlois is a respected junior with considerable credentials in commercial contractual and trust litigation, whose other areas of expertise include insolvency and fraud. She is called to the Bar in both the UK and Jersey. She regularly handles cases with professional negligence and breach of trust allegations.
"She is thoughtful, commercial, approachable, experienced and takes care to consider the practical as well as the pure law aspects."

Strengths:

Robert Levy QC
Robert Levy QC is a leading silk for complex, high-value insolvency claims, particularly within the Caribbean jurisdictions. He has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean in the BVI, and the Bars of Anguilla and St Vincent, and he is also admitted ad hoc in the Cayman Islands. Levy is frequently involved in shareholder disputes.
"He is reliable, a pleasure to deal with, helpful, constructive and knowledgeable." "He's extraordinarily responsive, he's very thoughtful and his analysis is excellent."

Strengths:

Stephen Moverley Smith QC
Stephen Moverley Smith QC is well versed in a range of commercial cases, including those concerning restructuring, fraud and insolvency. He also specialises in fraud and corruption cases.
"He really is responsive and always comes back with very sharp, mindful comments."
Recent work: Acted in a Privy Council appeal in the case of Eurochem v Livingstone Properties, which considered the principles to apply in determining a forum challenge involving foreign law expert evidence.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Offshore (Bar)


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

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