Erskine Chambers

Offshore Department

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Barristers at Erskine Chambers handle insolvency, fraud and asset recovery actions across the traditional offshore jurisdictions and the Far East. Its members are noted for their contribution to the development of offshore company law in a variety of territories. They are also particularly well known for advising stock exchanges and regulatory bodies. Recent work includes the Walkers Bermuda appeal before the Bermuda Supreme Court which considered issues of general importance pertaining to the Companies Act.

Client service: Mark Swallow and Chris Reade are the senior clerks.

David Chivers QC
Boasts a strong following in the Caribbean, having been called to the Bar of the BVI and ad hoc to the Bars of the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. His practice comprises a great deal of corporate and company litigation, and he regularly acts in restructuring and insolvency cases. Chivers also demonstrates expertise in trusts disputes.
Strengths: "He makes a strong impression wherever he goes." "His company law knowledge is second to none."
Recent work: Appeared in the Privy Council in DD Growth 2X v RMF, a case concerning maintenance of capital issues under Cayman legislation.

Michael Todd QC
Extremely highly regarded for his cerebral approach and vast expertise in company law disputes. He handles matters in the BVI, Bermuda and Hong Kong, and is noted for his skill in dealing with cases concerning contentious takeovers and corporate restructuring.
Strengths: "His advice carries all the clout that one would expect of someone with his experience and expertise, and is delivered in a manner that can be readily understood by clients."
Recent work: Acted in Crociani v Crociani, a long-running dispute about a Bahamian trust worth USD200 million.

Stephen Smith QC
Offers clients almost unparalleled expertise in civil fraud litigation and asset-freezing matters. His offshore practice incorporates work in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Bahamas and UK Crown Dependencies. He has substantial experience in cases involving breach of fiduciary duties, and is well versed in asset tracing and recovery procedures.
Strengths: "An excellent trusts and fraud lawyer - there are few with his depth and breadth of experience. He is fantastically well qualified and good company too."
Recent work: Acted in PT Ventures v Tokeyna Management, an important decision of the Commercial Court in the BVI which significantly restricts the perceived scope of the Black Swan Principle regarding freezing orders.