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Firm Profile

XXIV Old Buildings

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 24 Old Buildings
  • Lincoln's Inn
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3UP

Firm profile submitted by XXIV Old Buildings

THE CHAMBERS XXIV Old Buildings is a specialist commercial and chancery chambers. Based in London, and with a permanent office in Geneva, the members of XXIV Old Buildings have an unrivalled reputation for their commercial and chancery work both internationally and domestically. Members frequently advise and appear in the courts of other jurisdictions, with individual members called to the Bars of Jersey, the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Dubai (DIFC) and many other leading international financial centres. XXIV Old Buildings is also regarded as a prime set for international arbitration, with individual members acting as arbitrators or appearing as counsel in large-scale disputes – often with a cross-border or multi-jurisdictional element – in all of the major arbitral centres. Recognised as one of the most forward-thinking and innovative sets at the London Bar, and with very highly ranked members across all of its fields of expertise (Chambers & Partners 2016 recognised the set as the leading commercial set for traditional chancery and offshore work), XXIV Old Buildings provides a full suite of legal advice and advocacy services for individuals and companies in the UK and globally.

Head of Chambers Alan Steinfeld QC
Chambers Director Sue Medder
Tenants 42

  • Martin Mann QC (1968) (QC-1983)
  • Alan Steinfeld QC (1968) (QC-1987)
  • Michael Black QC (1978) (QC-1995)
  • Stephen Moverley Smith QC (1985) (QC-2002)
  • Philip Shepherd QC (1975) (QC-2003)
  • Francis Tregear QC (1980) (QC-2003)
  • David Brownbill QC (1989) (QC-2008)
  • Elspeth Talbot Rice QC (1990) (QC-2008)
  • Robert Levy QC (1988) (QC-2010)
  • Stephen Cogley QC (1984) (QC–2011)
  • Steven Thompson QC (1996) (QC-2015)
  • Tom Montagu-Smith QC (2001) (QC-2017)
  • Michael King (1971)
  • Richard Ritchie (1978)
  • Michael Gadd (1981)
  • Elizabeth Weaver (1982)
  • Helen Galley (1987)
  • Amanda Harington (1989)
  • Ian Meakin (1991) (Geneva)
  • Arshad Ghaffar (1991)
  • Marcus Staff (1994)
  • Stuart Adair (1995)
  • Alexander Pelling (1995)
  • Bajul Shah (1996)
  • Jessica Hughes (1997)
  • Nicole Langlois (2008)
  • Lyndsey de Mestre (1999)
  • Edward Knight (1999)
  • Sarah Bayliss (2002)
  • Oliver Assersohn (2003)
  • Adam Cloherty (2005)
  • Edward Cumming (2006)
  • Erin Hitchens (2006)
  • Andrew Holden (2007)
  • Owen Curry (2009)
  • Daniel Warents (2009)
  • Hugh Miall (2009)
  • Heather Murphy (2009)
  • Harry Sharpe (2010)
  • Matthew Watson (2012)
  • Robert Avis (2013)
  • Timothy Sherwin (2014)
  • Tom Stewart Coats (2014)
  • Graham Virgo QC (1989) *
  • Dr Matthew Conaglen (1995) * (New Zealand)
  • * Door Tenant

WORK UNDERTAKEN The members of XXIV Old Buildings undertake litigation, arbitration and the provision of advice across the full range of commercial and chancery work, from UK commercial litigation and insolvency work to truly international litigation and arbitration involving large-scale business disputes, fraud and asset tracing, and cross-border insolvency and restructuring; and to ‘traditional’ chancery matters such as private family trust and succession disputes. This broad base of expertise is supplemented by members’ specialist experience in fields such as hedge funds/SIVs; financial derivatives (including spread betting/CFDs); and aviation. Members are also highly experienced arbitrators (arbitrators.xxiv. and mediators (

The calibre of XXIV Old Buildings’ practice is demonstrated by the cases in which members are routinely instructed. In cross-border insolvency and fraud this includes the major matters arising out of the financial crisis: Lloyds, Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs and Property Alliance Group Ltd v Royal Bank of Scotland; in trusts, it includes defining decisions such as Crociani v Crociani and Re Z Family Trusts. In commercial disputes, members are involved in cases in the Supreme Court, such as IPCO, Patel v Mirza and Wood v Sureterm Direct, and in arbitration, members are currently instructed in leading cases concerning the recognition of arbitration awards in the DIFC, including the landmark case on enforcement of arbitral awards DNB Bank ASA v Gulf Eyadah. Members of chambers edit the loose-leaf International Trust Laws, and are responsible for a range of leading practitioners’ works, including Kerr and Hunter on Receivers and Administrators and Trust Protectors.

XXIV Old Buildings adopts a commercial approach to instructions, and members have a great deal of experience working in close-knit teams with firms in London and elsewhere in the UK; with offshore advocates; with attorneys in other jurisdictions; and with liquidators, trustees and other professional service providers. More detail on members’ expertise and profiles is available from the practice management team (clerk[email protected], 020 7691 2424, out of hours 07792 382627) and on the website:


  • 24 Old Buildings,
  • Lincoln's Inn,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3UP
  • Tel (020) 7691 2424
  • Fax (0870) 460 2178
  • DX 307 Chancery Lane
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Website :