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Alan Steinfeld QC
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"Star of the Bar" Alan Steinfeld QC is a very experienced commercial lawyer with extensive experience, both as counsel and arbitrator, of large scale, high value and often high profile arbitrations usually of an international nature.
An acknowledged leader of the Bar, the scale and variety of his experience makes him a natural choice, particularly in those areas in which he is expert (see list below). He is recommended by the legal directories for: commercial disputes and civil fraud; trust and probate work; company and partnership; insolvency; offshore; pensions; private client and professional negligence.
Alan sits as a Deputy Judge in the High Court and is available to sit as an arbitrator.
The majority of his matters are necessarily confidential but the following give a flavour of the types of arbitration in which he has acted:
- Alan is the Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal appointed under the LCIA rules in an arbitration concerning a dispute between the parties to a joint venture agreement involving Russian property.
- Alan sat on an arbitral tribunal in a complicated and bitterly fought dispute between two major computer software companies.
- A case in which the Court of Appeal held that a party who had brought an application for a stay of proceedings pending an arbitration had not taken a step in the action within the meaning of s.9(3) Arbitration Act 1996 if, either simultaneously or subsequently, he invoked or accepted the court's jurisdiction bringing a further application for summary judgment, provided that he only did so conditionally on his stay application failing.
- Alan has acted as arbitrator and counsel in several partnership disputes.
Alan appears in not only all the UK courts including the Privy Council, but also regularly advises and appears in the Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, the BVI, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and Hong Kong.
The legal directories rightly identify him as "simply in an entirely different category to most". With "a reputation as something of a miracle worker", clients comment on the fact that he is "simply one of the cleverest members of the Bar" and that "his intellect and judgment are impeccable". They also refer to the fact that he "instils absolute confidence with great style and gravitas and is a pleasure to work with".
Areas of experience
Legal 500 2015 describes Alan as 'a real star' and recommends him for commercial litigation, company and partnership, civil fraud, insolvency, pensions, private client (trusts and probate) and professional negligence. Clients praise his 'fantastic depth of knowledge in complicated and esoteric areas of law' and say that 'he has the ear of the court, and is imaginative in his arguments and his deployment of them' as well as being 'excellent with clients - concise, confident and authoritative'. Alan is also said to be 'down to earth and practical, and has no airs or graces', 'brilliant in court' and 'highly skilled and very thorough'.
Chambers & Prs 2016 gives Alan "Star of the Bar" status for his impressive tally of recommendations in 10 categories: commercial and traditional Chancery, commercial dispute resolution, company and partnership, fraud, insolvency, offshore, pensions, professional negligence, restructuring and insolvency, and trusts. Noted as 'a great practitioner with a broad-based practice who is a master of everything chancery', Alan is said to have 'a fantastic horizon view of trust and chancery matters, and just knows where the court is going'. Clients praise him for being 'incisive and down-to-earth', Alan 'delivers advice in a very authoritative and understandable manner'. Opposing counsel say Alan 'is a difficult opponent to have in court - very tactical' and he is lauded as being 'just so intelligent it's unbelievable'.
Alan is also recommended in Chambers Global 2016 for dispute resolution (commercial chancery), offshore and private wealth (trusts). Described as 'the Godfather of offshore work' with a 'mega brain' and 'experience of appearing in every court imaginable', instructing solicitors recognise his 'tenacity and enthusiasm'. One client comments: 'he is absolutely brilliant and my first choice for really complez, high-value work'.
The Citywealth Leaders List 2016 recommends him as a Prominent Barrister for Contentious Trusts, saying he is 'one of the "giants" in the field of trust litigation' and 'an immensely charming and courteous individual'. He is endorsed for being 'able to respond to tricky legal questions from the bench with a consummate ease as he really knows his stuff'.
He is recommended as a leading lawyer for company and partnership, civil fraud, insolvency and restructuring and private client work by Who's Who Legal 2016. He is recognised for his "vast experience", "encyclopedic knowledge" and "vision and gravitas". He is considered "one of the big names in the area" for civil fraud and has a "formidable reputation in the market" for insolvency and restructuring.
Chancery Silk of the Year 2008 - Chambers & Partners Awards. Shortlisted in 2010 and 2011.
International Trust Barrister of the Year: UK - Acquisition International Legal Awards 2013.
Consultant Editor of Palmers Company Law Manual
Contributor to LLP's Professional Negligence and Liability
Editor of Blackstone's Guide to the Companies Act 2006 (OUP)
1994: Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery and Queens Bench Division)
1996: Bencher of Lincoln's Inn
1997: Bar Council
CEDR qualified mediator
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
Chancery Bar Association
Commercial Bar Association
European Circuit of the Bar of England and Wales
Hong Kong Bar Association
Insolvency Lawyers Association
VAT number: 233070602
Registered name: Alan Geoffrey Steinfeld