In Listening Inn Episode 3: Elspeth Talbot Rice KC speaks about the importance of truth and integrity, her career as a Chancery Barrister and the significance of the history and continuity of Lincoln’s Inn.
Elspeth was born Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1967 and her father was a provincial solicitor with a practice in Sunderland. After taking a Law Degree at Durham University, Elspeth was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1990. She shares her memories of her time as a pupil and her observations on the pupillage experience today. As a Wigglesworth Scholar, she also talks about some of the ways in which the Inn supports and nurtures the careers of barristers, as well reflecting on the importance of equality, inclusion and diversity in the Inn. Elspeth joined XXIV Old Buildings as a second 6 month pupil in April 1991 and became a tenant there on completion of her pupillage in October 1991. She took Silk in 2008, became a Bencher of the Inn in 2012 and became head of her chambers in 2022. She has a broad commercial Chancery practice, with many of her cases having overseas and international elements and she is experienced at handling complex and high-value pieces of Chancery litigation. She has won accolades from the legal directories over the years, being praised as having a great combination of technical skill, judgment and practicality as well as being a great team player.