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. Members appear in high-profile cases including Wong v Grand View. One source highlights: "All the lawyers at the set are brilliant in what they do. Their offshore practitioners are leaders in their field." A solicitor comments: "XXIV Old Buildings have exceptional barristers who we can always match to our particular needs."
"It's always a pleasure dealing with the clerks at XXIV Old Buildings. James Ladbrook, senior practice manager, and Paul Horsfield, head of clerking, are always prepared to go the extra mile."
"The clerks are a really great bunch. They are pragmatic, sensible and nice to chat with. James Ladbrook is a standout clerk, but in general they are all great."
"Perry Brown, senior practice manager, is an amazing clerk with incredible communication skills."
Elspeth Talbot Rice KC 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.
"Her knowledge is second to none. She commands the courtroom and goes the extra mile for her clients every time."
"As a team leader she has an amazing ability to get the best of everyone around her and has the most incredible work ethic. She leads by example."
"She is incredibly sharp in her approach and really thinks about things commercially."
David Brownbill KC 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.
"David Brownbill is a very forceful advocate and has a strong reputation in the offshore jurisdictions."
"He is a hands-on advocate with a seemingly tireless strive to achieve a positive result for the client."
Edward Cumming KC 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 hard-working and has tons of trial experience. Clients enjoy his advocacy."
"He is our go-to KC. Edward Cumming is exceptionally bright, affable and a team player."
"He is fantastic. He is pragmatic and advises on what we should do strategically and what the most sensible approach may be."
Stephen Moverley Smith KC 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 is one of the most experienced offshore lawyers. Stephen is particularly good for difficult cases because he is very creative with his strategy and gives practical and expedient advice."
"He is a legend in the offshore world."
"He brings a kind of assured gravitas to the courtroom. Barristers and judges who are looking for someone to say something sensible will look to him."
Adam Cloherty KC 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.
"Adam Cloherty is excellent. He comes up with new points and is not afraid to argue them. A valuable addition to any team and has real expertise in fraud."
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.
"Andrew Holden is a promising advocate with strong legal and advocacy skills."
"He does a good and very sensible job for his clients."
Francis Tregear KC 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 been active in Jersey. Tregear regularly acts for shareholders and liquidators.
"Francis Tregear is well regarded in the traditional chancery space and is a name in the offshore market."
"He is very strong and great to work with."
Elizabeth Weaver is 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.
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 a very good advocate."
"She is well regarded for Channel Islands work."
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 been involved in matters relating to investment funds and civil fraud.
"Marcus Staff provided clear and concise advice in technically tricky cases."
"He is knowledgeable, user-friendly and client-focused."
Daniel Warents is highly regarded for his expertise in handling chancery and commercial cases. He is instructed on a range of issues including fraud, company wind-ups and trust matters. He is called to the BVI Bar and has extensive experience in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the Isle of Man.
"He is highly rated and an utter pleasure to work with."
"Daniel Warents is very clever, has a good manner and is down to earth whilst also being intellectually rigorous."
"He is a real workaholic. Daniel Warents is fantastic and works tirelessly."
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.
"Bajul Shah has encyclopedic intelligence and he will see through the cracks to tell you the route you should be taking. He is a very soothing and eloquent advocate and judges just love him."
"He is a superb barrister, who always gets things done and is always on top of the detail."
Alan Steinfeld KC 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.
"He is highly regarded and well known."
"Alan Steinfeld is always someone I would consider for difficult, challenging trusts matters. He is one of the most respected and talented senior barristers in practice."