Chambers has a strong reputation for litigation and work in offshore jurisdictions, including a number of international financial centres. Our members are instructed in cases arising in (amongst others) Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Middle East, Panama, Russia, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Singapore, and the United States of America.
This work is wide ranging covering contentious and non-contentious trusts and probate work, complex commercial litigation, international fraud and asset tracing, insolvency and financial services litigation.
Our clients include leading offshore and UK based law firms. Chambers also hosts conferences in the UK, the Cayman Islands and Jersey.
Chambers & Partners 2017
Serle Court offers unrivalled expertise for those with cases in the Channel Islands and is also a key player in Bermuda and the wider Caribbean offshore jurisdictions. Its top-drawer silks and juniors are often to be found acting for high net worth individuals and multinational companies in a wide array of commercial and chancery disputes. They are at a set that is hailed for having "a strong, positive reputation." It is "a definite go-to chambers for contentious trust work."
Client service: Steve Whitaker is head clerk at the set. "A good clerk knows when to say, 'No, we can't do it.' Most clerks only say yes, but Steve is refreshingly honest in his views."
Alan Boyle QC
Widely praised as a leading light of the Offshore Bar, Alan Boyle is highly sought after for trusts, insolvency and probate litigation amongst other things. He serves as head of chambers at Serle Court.
Strengths: "A true grandee of the Chancery Bar and an absolute pleasure to work with. He has unparalleled experience in trust, company and commercial cases and brings genuine gravitas."
Recent work: Acted for a private individual in a ten-week trial in the Cayman Islands. The case concerned an alleged breach of trust following the restructuring of a major trust fund.
Frank Hinks QC
Has long-standing experience of handling litigation across numerous offshore jurisdictions, having appeared in a wide range of locations both across the Caribbean and in Hong Kong. He is particularly adept at co-ordinating complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation.
Strengths: "Very experienced and a tremendously hard worker who is detail-oriented. He is willing to think creatively to solve problems."
Elizabeth Jones QC
Excels in complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, and has in-depth expertise in company and commercial law generally. She regularly advises on disputes in the Channel Islands, and is also called to the Bar of the BVI.
Strengths: "She's fierce on her feet and the clients absolutely love her. She gets to grips with the intricate detail of a case in a short space of time."
Jonathan Adkin QC
Highly regarded in the area of contentious trust work, with additional experience in civil fraud, insolvency and partnership matters. He is called to the Bar in Gibraltar, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "Remarkably confident on his feet and a young silk who punches well above his weight."
Recent work: Acted in Al Mojil v Protiviti, a claim in the DIFC surrounding the IPO of a Saudi Arabian company.
Philip Marshall QC
Demonstrates strong credentials in asset recovery and civil fraud cases, and has additional strength in restructuring and insolvency disputes. He has appeared or advised in courts in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Bermuda and the BVI.
Strengths: "One of the best strategists at the Bar. He constantly thinks of new angles in a case and is good at fighting the client's corner in the face of real adversity."
Recent work: Acted in ISIS Investments v McHarrie, representing directors alleged to have breached their duty following the collapse of Icelandic bank Kaupthing.
A commercial chancery expert, with a deep level of experience of contentious trust and investment structure disputes. He is active across the BVI, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
Strengths: "He's commercial, reliable and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in Salem v Salem, a major international trust dispute in Guernsey.
Richard Wilson QC
Enjoys a strong reputation in traditional and commercial chancery litigation, and has particular expertise in trusts, probate and partnership disputes. He has appeared for clients in Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Well-known trusts specialist who continues to impress with his service delivery and skill set."
A junior with an outstanding reputation for handling international trust, fraud and asset tracing matters. He regularly appears in Bermuda and Jersey, as well as the wider Caribbean jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Incredibly polished and very easy to work with. He's obviously immensely smart, but also very straightforward and his advice is always user-friendly and clear."
Recent work: Advised the YT Charitable Foundation on the proposed winding-up of its USD500 million charitable fund.
A key player in contentious international trusts cases, who has acted for both trust companies and personal trustees in places as far-flung as the Channel Islands, the BVI and St Kitts & Nevis.
Strengths: "An outstanding tactician, who is charming, very easy to work with and technically very gifted."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays Wealth Trustees against Equity Trust. This matter concerned £50 million worth of claims against the former trustees of property unit trusts.
Has experience of practising in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jersey and the Isle of Man, amongst others. He has had notable roles in several high-value, cross-jurisdictional disputes.
Strengths: "He is wonderful to work alongside if you're a solicitor, and his written work is exemplary."
Recent work: Acted in the Wang probate litigation in Bermuda, which involved claims upon assets valued at up to USD17 billion held in Bermuda trusts.
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