Erskine Chambers

Offshore Department

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Erskine Chambers acts in disputes regarding corporate and banking transactions, insolvencies and fraud in the Channel Islands, Caribbean and Far East. Its recent work includes acting for the defendants in the AHAB v Saad litigation. One interviewee says: "Erskine is a very good set with a great reputation. It's impressive."

Client service: "They are very professional and accommodating to the needs of offshore solicitors." 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: "Very highly regarded as a company lawyer in the offshore market."
Recent work: Acted for Swedish bank SEB to defend a claim brought by the liquidators of a collapsed Cayman hedge fund. The case concerned allegedly preferential payments of USD9 million.

Michael Todd QC
Has vast expertise in company law disputes. He handles matters in the BVI, Bermuda and Hong Kong, and has notable skill in dealing with cases concerning contentious takeovers and corporate restructuring. He has recently been instructed in significant shareholder disputes.
Strengths: "He is very good and does a huge amount of overseas work."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in PT Satria Tirtatama Energindo v East Asia Company, an appeal to the Privy Council from the Court of Appeal in Bermuda to challenge the defendant's refusal to register a share transfer in favour of the plaintiff.

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: "Stephen is a joy to work with. He produces fantastic work product, provides helpful feedback on material that's provided to him and is always level-headed."
Recent work: Advised the liquidators of Pioneer Freight Futures, a BVI company, in a claim against the company's former director and sole shareholder regarding loan repayments to a creditor within six months of the liquidation.