Elspeth Talbot Rice QC
XXIV Old Buildings
Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite 2018:
What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?
I was fortunate enough to be in the Privy Council in London on two occasions in the last 12 months, since appeals from the offshore Courts of the BVI, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda still go to London. There is something truly magical about walking along Bird Cage Walk, St James Park to the Privy Council before a hearing. You feel a heady mix of trepidation and excitement, and the walk through the park helps to calm the nerves.
What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?
There is no rush. Take the time to do private research on the law and become an expert.
What is your favourite quote?
If I had more time, I would have written something shorter.
Elspeth Talbot-Rice, of XXIV Old Buildings, is well known and very highly regarded for her international trusts expertise. She acts in international trust matters for private clients and commercial enterprises across the globe. She combines a wealth of knowledge and experience with clarity of expression, practicality and supreme approachability. She is highly sought after for her incisive legal analysis, the depth of her experience, her ability to present complicated law and facts in a simple and clear way, the energy and zest she brings to the cases with which she deals, her strong court presence and her superb advocacy. Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global and Legal 500 as well as Citywealth Leaders all recommend her as a leading silk. Citywealth Leaders quotes a referee as saying " Elspeth embodies all of the qualities we look for in our leading counsel: intellectual rigour, fierce determination, engagement with the client and the detail of the case, composure under pressure, commerciality and articulate leadership. She manages also to be highly responsive, accessible, energetic and incredibly positive. This combination of skills and personality is incredibly hard to find in one person and consequently she is much in demand in the big cases, where her sense of purpose and direction are of immense value."