Five of the best

Alan Steinfield QC

24 Old Buildings

Called to the Bar: 1968 Appointed QC: 1987

Professional achievements/associations: Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery and Queen's Bench Division) since 1994; bencher, Lincoln's Inn; member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Insolvency Lawyers Association and the Pension Lawyers Association.

Areas of practice: Contract; company; insolvency; partnership; pensions; property law; civil fraud; professional negligence; trust law; litigation and advisory experience in Hong Kong, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

Recent reported cases: Don King Productions v Warren (1999); Pagarani Deceased (1998/9); National Power Grid (1998); Bogg v Raper (1998); Johnson v Gore Wood & Co; Securities and Investment Board (1998).

What they say about him:

“A very approachable, modern silk”; “cuts through the legalese for clients”; “a tenacious advocate”; “he clearly has a tremendously good grasp of law, but he is equally commercially practical”.

Simon Taube

10 Old Square

Called to the Bar: 1980

Professional achievements/associations:

Astbury Scholar of Middle Temple.

Areas of practice:

Chancery; offshore trusts; tax; partnerships; inheritance act cases and professional negligence.

Recent reported cases:

IRC v Berrill; Sinclair v Lee.

What they say about him:

“A very friendly guy, extremely hard working, quite prepared to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in”; “highly intelligent and incisive – although a traditional chancery guy, he can see through a problem in a commercial way”.

Charles Aldous QC

7 Stone Buildings

Called to the Bar: 1967 Appointed QC: 1985

Professional achievements/associations:

Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery Division); junior counsel to the Department of Trade and Industry.

Areas of practice: Contract and commercial disputes; company and insolvency law; professional negligence; oil and gas; general chancery.

Recent reported cases:

MCC Proceeds v Lehman Brothers (1998); Grandmet v William Hill (1997).

What they say about him:

“Very effective in major litigation”; “a serious cross-examiner”; “a little detached, but a very good lawyer”; “knows what he's doing”.

Daniel Hochberg

9 Old Square

Called to the Bar: 1

Professional achievements/associations:

Editor of Phipson on Evidence; contribitor to The Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents; member of Chancery Bar Association and Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

Areas of practice:

Commercial and general chancery; offshore trust litigation; real property; business agreements; professional negligence; succession; securities and loans.

Recent reported cases:

Theodore Goddard v Nationwide Building Society (1998); Co-operative v Tesco Stores (1998).

What they say about him:

“Extremely industrious”; “a first rate lawyer who always does his homework”; “in control – he takes it all in his stride”.

Jules Sher QC

Wilberforce Chambers

Called to the Bar: 1968 Appointed QC: 1981

Professional achievements/associations:

Deputy High Court Judge; recorder; qualified advocate of the South African Supreme Court; Chancery Bar Association member.

Areas of practice:

Commercial and traditional chancery; energy; pensions; heavily involved in advisory work on takeovers and market reconstruction; trust and commercial litigation in Singapore, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.

Recent reported cases:

HIT Finance v Cohen Arnold; Credit Suisse v Allerdale; Neste v Shell.

What they say about him:

“A very senior silk with an established reputation”; “been a star for many years”; “leaves his clients well satisfied”.