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Offshore Overview

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 2018

Barristers at Serle Court offer market-leading expertise in international trusts litigation, and the set is also justly celebrated for its counsel on asset recovery and civil fraud matters. Members are sought after for work across the offshore jurisdictions, and regularly appear in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey. Recent cases handled by members include Carlyle Capital v Conway & Ors, a Guernsey-based claim in excess of USD1 billion. 

Client service: "The clerks are always very quick and helpful. Are they responsive? Always." "Serle Court is a top-quality set and that quality is not confined to the barristers. The clerks are responsive and attentive." Steve Whitaker is head clerk.  


Jonathan Adkin QC
Highly regarded in the area of contentious trust work, with additional experience in civil fraud, insolvency and partnership matters. His expertise is sought after for non-charitable purpose trust and company matters. He is called to the Bar in Gibraltar, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "He is an outstanding advocate, a very hands-on silk and an extremely pleasant counsel to work with." "He is very good and a very hard worker."    

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 among other things. He provides counsel on BVI, Cayman and Bermuda matters and serves as head of chambers at Serle Court. 
Strengths: "He has gravitas and is very much in the front rank. He is the master of his area." "He is a very effective advocate, who grabs the attention of the court when he is standing up." 

Dominic Dowley QC
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. 

Dakis Hagen QC
Took silk in 2017 and has a 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: "Knows everything there is to know about trust law. He is very thoughtful and comes up with great off-the-wall solutions. Very enthusiastic at all times, he's very good in court, very persuasive, highly eloquent and he puts his point across forcefully and clearly." "He is hugely able, enormously productive, and very engaging and charming." 

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. Clients seek out his trusts expertise. 
Strengths: "He has a terrific intellect and is very responsive. He is a good strategist whose preparation is meticulous. He's highly effective and he doesn't miss a thing." 

Elizabeth Jones QC 
Excels in complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, and has in-depth expertise in company and commercial law generally. Her areas of expertise include financial services, contentious trust matters and civil fraud cases. She regularly advises on disputes in the Channel Islands, and is also called to the Bar of the BVI.  
Strengths: "She is exceptionally good and reviews documents like a machine. A true commercial litigation heavyweight." "Fantastic and very user-friendly, she's just the person you want on your side."

Philip Jones QC
Advises on the whole range of offshore matters, including investment fund litigation, trust disputes, fraud and tax avoidance. His clients include high net worth families and company directors. He has been called to the Bar of the BVI, the Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man.
Strengths: "He will roll his sleeves up and get stuck into the documentation." 

Philip Marshall QC
Demonstrates strong credentials in asset recovery and civil fraud cases, and has additional strength in restructuring and insolvency disputes. His clients include international banks and high-profile directors. Marshall has appeared or advised in courts in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Bermuda and the BVI.
Strengths: "He is a big gun who will do almost anything." "A very strong, highly diligent litigator." 

Richard Wilson QC
Enjoys a strong reputation in traditional and commercial chancery litigation, and has particular expertise in trusts, probate and partnership disputes. His practice also encompasses private international law. He has appeared for clients in Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Very creative in contentious trust scenarios." "Nothing fazes him and he is really good in court."


James Brightwell
Acclaimed by market sources for his work in trusts and estates litigation. He is frequently called upon to represent clients in the BVI and the Channel Islands, and has garnered accolades for his role in the Tchenguiz trust litigation. 
Strengths: "An extremely able, very gifted and stunningly bright barrister." "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of trust law and is very easy to work with." 

Nicholas Harrison
Has experience of practising in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jersey and the Isle of Man, among other jurisdictions. He has had notable roles in several high-value, cross-jurisdictional disputes. His work in this area predominately focuses on alleged fraudulent misappropriation and breach of trust litigation. 
Strengths: "He's bright, he's very punchy and he gives strong advice."  

Giles Richardson 
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. He specialises in real estate-focused trust funds and acts for fund liquidators.
Strengths: "Charming and engaging." "A fantastic barrister, who is bright and enthusiastic." 

Legal 500 2017


Dominic Dowley QC
"A great tactician, who really rolls his sleeves up."

Alan Boyle QC
"An experienced tactician at the top of his game."

Frank Hinks QC
"One of the most able counsel out there."

John Machell QC
"He is popular with clients as he can unravel complex arguments and to get right to the heart of the problem."

Richard Wilson QC
"He is reliable, makes himself available and engages with clients."



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