Maitland Chambers

Offshore Department

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Maitland Chambers is noted for its expertise in a range of offshore work, including civil fraud, insolvency and commercial and partnership disputes. It provides clients with the benefit of extensive experience acting in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, the BVI, the Cayman Islands and the Channel Islands. Members frequently act in high-profile cases, from multimillion-pound claims brought by trustees to highly complex disputes between members of family partnerships. One impressed solicitor remarks: "The set is at the top of its game."

Client service: "The clerking is excellent – the best team we deal with." 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. She has recent experience in significant trusts matters.
Strengths: "She's extremely approachable, very thorough, very good at strategy and very commercially minded."
Recent work: Acted in a multimillion-dollar case in the BVI and Hong Kong regarding part of the sale proceeds of shares in a metal recycling company based in China and quoted on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Christopher Parker QC
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: "A very clever and sophisticated lawyer."

David Mumford QC
Often instructed in matters relating to civil fraud and breach of trust cases, among other complex disputes regarding offshore assets. He has experience working in the BVI, Jersey and Singapore.
Strengths: "Very bright and able." "His advice is very thoughtful."
Recent work: Acted for two Ukrainian oligarchs to defend claims that they fabricated a BVI trust in order to seize control of assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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. He provides additional strength in civil fraud matters.
Strengths: "Matthew is a very entertaining advocate. He is a very clever man who is not to be underestimated."
Recent work: Continued to act in Dorsey Ventures v Xio, a dispute regarding a multimillion-dollar fund in the Cayman Islands.

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. He has recently been involved in contentious probate proceedings.
Strengths: "He is able to be very commercial while being technically excellent." "An extremely good team player and very good at working through what the best angle is."
Recent work: Instructed in proceedings regarding the estate of Vladimir Scherbakov, a Russian businessman who died leaving over GBP100 million in assets in England, Singapore, the BVI and Russia.