“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“.