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Highly regarded set that handles major pieces of commercial litigation in numerous offshore jurisdictions. Of late it has been engaged, on both the traditional and commercial chancery fronts, in a number of high-value instructions coming out of the Far East. It has also been active in a number of shareholder disputes, relating to Bermuda and BVI domiciled companies. Members here have notable capabilities in cross-border insolvency work.
Client service: "Senior clerk David Goddard is very switched-on, and has lots of fingers in lots of pies. He's exactly what you want in a clerk."
John Brisby QC
John Brisby's busy commercial practice sees him tackle work in Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, among other jurisdictions. He has attained a fine reputation for his excellent courtroom advocacy, and has acted in cases relating to the collapses of Enron, Barings, Maxwell and Barlow Clowes. His primary expertise is in fraud, insolvency and company law, including shareholder disputes.
Strengths: "Very senior and experienced. If you want a secure pair of hands John is your man."
Recent work: Instructed in Jinpeng group v Peak Hotels, a contentious matter relating to a creditor's ability to seek a winding-up order and the enforceability of arbitration clauses.
Jonathan Crow QC
A formidable offshore advocate with an outstanding track record in heavyweight commercial, company and public law cases. The broad geographic spread of his work takes him to Hong Kong, the Channel Islands and several Caribbean jurisdictions. He is sought after for his knowledge of trusts disputes and he also frequently appears before the Privy Council.
Strengths: "Eminent and very bright, he is in a totally different league to most other practitioners." "Very popular with clients and judges alike, he is everything you want in a barrister and the very best at everything he does."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in IAMC v Swiss Forfaiting, a dispute concerning the proper purpose for which directors may exercise their powers.
Orlando Fraser QC
Has a great reputation for commercial litigation, having appeared in disputes concerning fraud, trusts, insolvency and company law. His offshore practice incorporates work in the BVI, Dominica, Nevis and the USA. He acts for trust companies, directors and liquidators. His trust experience extends to administration and asset distribution proceedings.
Strengths: "A good and confident advocate who is very comfortable in court, user-friendly, thoughtful and a good team player." "He's very enthusiastic about the law and always looking to make the client's arguments stronger."
Robert Miles QC
Prized by solicitors for his expert ability in offshore financial, commercial and corporate disputes, he has advised on, or appeared in, high-profile financial services litigation throughout his distinguished career. He is admitted ad hoc in the Isle of Man, the Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, and is also a member of the BVI Bar. Miles is particularly experienced at managing significant fraud cases.
Strengths: "Robert is exceptional." "He's very clever and a true leader at the Bar."
An eminent junior with a background as a former derivatives trader. He delivers standout performances in financial services litigation, and has a highly international practice that sees him work in places such as Dubai, the BVI and Trinidad & Tobago. He has recently been involved in significant fraud and insolvency cases. Shivji is well known for his private client work including high-value divorce agreements where he advises on trust-related issues among others.
Strengths: "Impresses with both his written work and advocacy, and is very approachable. He is really up there in terms of responsiveness and proactiveness, and he always provides watertight legal advice."
Recent work: Instructed in Akhmedova v Akhmedov, a case concerning a contentious divorce and whether a superyacht moored in Dubai fell under the jurisdiction of the court.