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New Square Chambers is a well-regarded set regularly called upon for advice and representation throughout the traditional offshore jurisdictions. Members here also have expertise in Hong Kong, Anguilla and Gibraltar among other newer areas. Barristers at the chambers offer notable competencies in fraud, insolvency and property claims. An example of the leading work its barristers are instructed in is the USD1 billion Bitel Litigation, the largest fraud case litigated in the Isle of Man.
Client service: Phil Reeves is head of clerking.
A respected and seasoned litigator with a wealth of experience in trust law, who has an offshore practice encompassing work across the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands, the BVI and Hong Kong. He is also instructed in company law disputes and has a wealth of regulatory experience.
Strengths: "A barrister who shows amazing clarity of thought and has a good way of expressing himself. He is absolutely superb on trust issues."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the plaintiff in Campbell v Campbell, a case concerned with the application of the common intention constructive trust principle in Jersey in relation to assets other than Jersey immovable property.
Has a wide-ranging offshore practice, and displays considerable skill handling trusts, company, civil fraud and insolvency litigation. He frequently acts for private individuals in estate disputes. The Bahamas, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are jurisdictions he has particular experience of practising in.
Strengths: "An enthusiastic, forthright and accurate barrister."
Recent work: Instructed in Marr v Collie, a Bahamian appeal looking at the application of the law of resulting trust to co-owned investment properties acquired in the context of a same-sex relationship.
Nicholas Le Poidevin QC
Considered one of the standout names at the Offshore Bar, he has outstanding capabilities in contentious trust, estate and probate work. Cases with a financial services element are a particular strength. He has been active in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man and throughout the Caribbean, and has recently handled trust disputes in Bermuda.
Strengths: "He has superb drafting skills and a miraculous ability to explain very complex ideas in a way that is clear to comprehend." "We use him for the difficult issues as he is incredibly bright and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in the case of Meritus Trust v Butterfield Trust, which reshaped the rights of outgoing trustees.
Robin Hollington QC
His offshore practice encompasses work in jurisdictions across the western Atlantic, and he has made appearances in the BVI, the Cayman Islands and New York, while also acting in Hong Kong and Singapore. He has a wealth of knowledge of company and insolvency litigation, and is often sought out for his expertise in shareholder disputes. Hollington often appears in arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "A very impressive barrister, he is a walking brain."
Recent work: Acted in Re Yingde Gases Group Company, a shareholder dispute relating to a Hong Kong listed company which was one of the major suppliers of gas in China.