Maitland Chambers

Offshore Department

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Maitland Chambers is recognised for its strength across a range of offshore matters including cross-border fraud and insolvency proceedings, particularly in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands. Its members have further expertise in shareholder disputes and breach of trust matters as well as general commercial litigation. Barristers at the set are well known for representing the liquidators of Fairfield Sentry, a Madoff feeder fund.

Client service: "I have a strong relationship with the set primarily because of the quality of the clerking. I think they are particularly good at fostering long-lasting relationships as the clerking team is friendly, approachable and their pricing is spot-on." John Wiggs is the senior clerk.

Catherine Newman QC
A practitioner with over 35 years' experience who has noted ability in company, banking and insolvency cases and business disputes generally. She is a senior and much-respected figure at the Bar who is much in demand both at home and abroad. She regularly appears before the Privy Council and the courts of the BVI and the Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "Responsive, accessible, commercial and someone who knows how to put up a fight."
Recent work: Appeared in Re Tina Solar, a case following the merger and private acquisition of the company, where dissenters from the merger price argued that the company was undervalued by USD184 million.

Christopher Parker QC
Maintains his premier standing in offshore dispute work and regularly handles insolvency and company litigation, including shareholder disputes and breach of fiduciary duty claims. His other strengths include trust litigation and asset recovery. He has been called to the BVI Bar, and also has experience of court proceedings in Hong Kong, Bermuda, Dubai and the Channel Islands.
Strengths: "Very intelligent, articulate and well organised." "He's both hard-working and very good."
Recent work: Acted in Ronald Ming v J F Ming, a shareholders' unfair prejudice application in the BVI.

Matthew Collings QC
Regularly appears for clients in both initial and appellate proceedings across the BVI, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. He is skilled in a diverse array of company, insolvency and company litigation matters.
Strengths: "Consistently outstanding, he has very sound judgement on tactics and works well within the team."
Recent work: Acted in Matsuura v A&S Company, a trial in the BVI concerning a minority shareholder claim.

Thomas Fletcher
A junior who specialises in trust disputes, including breach of trust, gross negligence and trustee removal. He has been instructed in commercial and trust litigation in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. He also provides advice on non-contentious trust administration issues.
Strengths: "He does a fantastic job in getting up to speed on all the information. His expertise and his ability to explain complicated issues are invaluable." "He's really impressive and does a great deal of research."
Recent work: Instructed in Investec Trust and another v Glenalla Properties and others, a long-running dispute concerning trustees' personal liability pursuant to the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust.