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3 Verulam Buildings

Offshore (Bar)

4 ranked barristersBand 3UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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3 Verulam Buildings offers noteworthy expertise across a range of offshore work including trusts, insolvency, civil fraud, restructuring and commercial cases. Members are frequently called before the courts in the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, Dubai and Hong Kong. Its barristers are experienced in appearing in high-value disputes, including Meridian Trust Company v Eike Batista and Others, a multibillion-dollar fraud case heard in the Cayman Islands. A source comments: "The set's barristers are very helpful and very commercially switched on."

Client service:

"The clerks are very helpful, responsive and understanding of the needs of the solicitor." "The clerks are very professional, helpful and very responsive." Stephen Penson and Stuart Pullum are the senior practice managers.

Strengths:

David Quest QC
Devotes a large part of his work to international arbitration matters and offshore litigation, and has particular expertise in Cayman Islands proceedings. His broad commercial practice encompasses fraud, finance, insurance and professional negligence disputes, and he also handles government investigations. He has particular expertise in the banking sector.
"He is a very calm, cerebral and persuasive advocate." "His greatest strength is his raw intelligence."
Recent work: Represented the investors in Pioneer Recover Fund v Crescent Advisers, where the claimants contend the fund's assets that were sold were deliberately undervalued.

Strengths:

Ewan McQuater QC
He has a strong commercial chancery practice and is noted for his strength in banking disputes. McQuater frequently acts for BVI liquidators and has substantial experience of handling high-profile cases.
"He has the raw intelligence, confidence and assertiveness that make it very hard to out-muscle him in court."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Meridian Trust Company v Batista, a case alleging large-scale money laundering and fraud via the Cayman Islands.

Strengths:

Matthew Hardwick QC
A seasoned commercial litigator with extensive experience in the BVI. He is called upon for his expertise in commercial fraud and insolvency litigation. Hardwick regularly receives instructions from liquidators and creditors in insolvency procedural disputes.
"He cuts through detail like a knife through butter." "He is effective in court, has a very nice manner and is persuasive."
Recent work: Represented dissenting investors in a USD25 million 'fair value' case following a merger in the Cayman Islands.

Strengths:

Matthew Parker QC
A respected new silk with experience in a broad spectrum of commercial litigation. His areas of expertise include fraud litigation and financial services, and he has recently represented clients in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas and Anguilla. Parker is noted for his skill in dealing with freezing injunctions.
"He is very able and an excellent cross-examiner." "He demonstrates a real command of the files and documents."

Offshore (Bar) Department

3 Verulam Buildings

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3 Verulam Buildings

Gray's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC1R 5NT

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Silks (QC)

UK

Offshore (Bar)


David Quest QC
Band 2
Ewan McQuater QC
Band 2
Matthew Hardwick QC
Band 3
Matthew Parker QC
New Silks