About XXIV Old Buildings
Who are we?
XXIV Old Buildings is a commercial chancery chambers of 46 barristers with an emphasis on international work.
Members are instructed in a wide range of traditional and commercial chancery matters, with particular emphasis on trust, commercial and other business disputes. Specific areas of expertise include civil fraud, company and financial services, insolvency, property, trusts and probate and professional liability, particularly in relation to solicitors, accountants, professional trustees and financial managers and advisors. Much of the work carried out by members has an international or offshore dimension, often relating to trusts and offshore structures and the closely associated fields of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and asset recovery.
What makes us different?
- We are particularly respected for our practice in the international and offshore fields, covering both traditional chancery work as well as major commercial litigation. Many of us frequently advise and appear in other jurisdictions (such as the BVI, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man).
- Uniquely for a London chambers, we have a permanent office in Geneva, which deals almost exclusively with offshore disputes.
- We also have a niche practice in aviation and travel law, specialising mainly in aircraft leasing and insurance/reinsurance issues.
We like to recruit our junior members from those who have undertaken pupillage with us. We are therefore careful that our pupils acquire all the skills necessary to make them successful commercial chancery barristers. During a 12-month pupillage, a pupil will have, on average, four pupil supervisors with whom they will spend the majority of their time. Each year we are looking for up to three pupils with a first or 2.1 degree, though not necessarily in law, who have an enthusiasm for the type of work we do, sound judgment and the application required to succeed in a very competitive and intellectually demanding environment. Each pupil will be paid at least £65,000 and one quarter of the award may be drawn down prior to pupillage.
Please see our website for details of the application process for pupillages commencing October 2023. The timetable for the application process will match that which applies to the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway application platform.