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Essex Court Chambers

Offshore

6 ranked barristersBand 2UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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Essex Court Chambers offers substantial expertise in a variety of offshore commercial disputes including fraud, shareholder actions, contentious liquidations and complex civil fraud matters. Its barristers act in some of the most high-profile and high-value offshore disputes, including such matters as Renova Industries v Emerson International. Members have particular experience of acting in the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Channel Islands.

Client service:

Joe Ferrigno is the senior clerk.

Recent work:

Ciaran Keller
He has been called to the Bar of the BVI and is a noted presence in other offshore jurisdictions. He is an expert in cases involving breach of trust, insolvency and freezing order proceedings, and has a strong client roster that includes a number of international financial corporations.
Represented the claimant in a claim for fraudulent breach of trust regarding the USD100 million Al-Bader fraud.

Strengths:

James Collins QC
An established financial services and company lawyer who is especially active in BVI proceedings. He handles a broad range of commercial cases including those relating to fraud, unfair prejudice and share transfers.
"He is excellent."

Strengths:

James Willan QC
He has been called to the Bar of the BVI, and is also admitted in the DIFC, the Isle of Man and the Cayman Islands. Willan is particularly adept at unfair prejudice claims. He has recently acted in asset recovery cases.
"He is excellent and a very, very good advocate." "An incredibly clever barrister who is much in demand."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays Bank against Saad Investment Company in fraud proceedings in the Cayman Islands.

Strengths:

Joe Smouha QC
Has a wealth of experience in international commercial litigation. His offshore portfolio includes cases in the BVI and the Cayman Islands. Smouha is an expert in fraud, money laundering and joint venture ownership disputes, to name but a few.
"He is my silk of choice and he is just brilliant."
Recent work: Represented law firm Paul, Weiss in Hong Kong defending allegations of professional negligence.

Recent work:

Paul McGrath QC
Often appears in, or advises on, high-value commercial claims, and is also highly adept at international arbitration. His recent instructions include a substantial fraud case with cross-border regulatory implications. His offshore practice includes work in the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Dubai and Singapore.
Acted for Renova Industries in discharging a USD3 billion WFO obtained by Emerson International from the BVI courts.

Strengths:

Richard Millett QC
Boasts an excellent track record in commercial litigation and arbitration matters, and is good at financial services and banking work. He is admitted to the Bars of the BVI and Anguilla, and is also called ad hoc to the Bars of the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Nevis, the Isle of Man and the Bahamas. Millett has significant experience acting in breach of trust disputes. His client base includes everyone from infrastructure developers to hedge funds and financial institutions.
"Very good, very approachable and easy to work with."

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Silks (QC)

UK

Offshore (Bar)


James Collins QC
Band 3
James Willan QC
New Silks
Joe Smouha QC
Band 2
Paul McGrath QC
Band 2
Richard Millett QC
Band 1

Juniors

UK

Offshore (Bar)


Ciaran Keller
Band 3