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Serle Court

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14 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Serle Court is highly renowned for its extensive expertise in offshore trust matters, and has comprehensive knowledge of an ensemble of jurisdictions including the Channel Islands, the BVI and the Cayman Islands. The set offers further expertise in Asian jurisdictions. Its barristers are frequently instructed by firms from across the globe. Members continue to act in some of the most substantial cases in offshore jurisdictions, including Wong v Grand View in Bermuda. An instructing solicitor says: "It is one of the go-to chambers for trust litigation originating in the Cayman Islands." Another source describes the set as "a huge player in the offshore market."

Client service:

"The clerks can be relied upon for recommendations and are always responsive and commercial." "Nick Hockney, senior clerk, is talented, very helpful and very proactive. The clerks give you a call when they can see something coming up and they are on top of diaries." Steven Whitaker is the head clerk.

Strengths:

Dakis Hagen QC
Dakis Hagen QC has a strong reputation for handling international trust, fraud and asset-tracing matters. He regularly appears in Bermuda and Jersey, as well as the Caribbean jurisdictions. Hagen is highly experienced in regulatory proceedings and is noted for his skill in handling trustee applications and jurisdiction challenges.
"He is very personable and he is also a brilliant advocate. It's a true joy to watch him in court." "Dakis is really charming and user-friendly, but with such an impressive intellect and work ethic."
Recent work: Continued to act in the long-running Crociani & Another v BNP Paribas & Others, now set to be heard in the Privy Council. One of the issues in the appeal is the scope of the court’s discretion to grant equitable compensation for breach of trust.

Strengths:

Elizabeth Jones QC
Elizabeth Jones QC excels in complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation and has in-depth expertise in company and commercial law generally. Her areas of expertise include financial services, contentious trust matters and civil fraud cases. She regularly advises on disputes in the Channel Islands and is also called to the Bar of the BVI. Jones has recently been engaged in significant proceedings in Bermuda and the Bahamas.
"She is fantastic - a phenomenal advocate in court."
Recent work: Instructed by New Zealand businessman and philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn in various proceedings relating to a BVI joint venture company, Spartan Capital.

Strengths:

Emma Hargreaves
Emma Hargreaves is frequently instructed by top solicitors in complex offshore trust disputes. She has acted in several high-profile cases, both as sole counsel and led by notable silks.
"A tremendous junior. She's hard-working, smart and easy to work with." "She is brilliant. She comes across as more senior than she is."
Recent work: Assisted in the landmark Z Trusts litigation, the first case to consider the issue of how the court and/or a trustee should administer an insolvent trust.

Strengths:

Giles Richardson
Giles Richardson is a key player in contentious international trusts cases, who has acted for both trust companies and personal trustees in places as far-flung as the Channel Islands, the BVI and St Kitts & Nevis. He specialises in real estate-focused trust funds and regularly acts for fund liquidators.
"He doesn't beat around the bush, and his answers are always spot on. He gets to the meat of the case within seconds and he acts quickly." "Giles is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in offshore contentious trust work, with none of the stuffiness."
Recent work: Acted for Vistra as former trustee facing claims of negligence by a hedge fund principal.

Strengths:

James Brightwell
James Brightwell is acclaimed by market sources for his work in trusts and estates litigation. He is frequently called upon to represent clients in the BVI and the Channel Islands, and continues to garner accolades for his role in the Tchenguiz trust litigation. He is further noted for his non-contentious trusts work.
"He is exceptional in every way. James stands out as one of the most able and knowledgeable contentious trusts practitioners currently practising in England." "He's incredibly bright, his intellect is razor sharp and he knows the law inside out."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning the will of a prominent Guernsey figure, involving a claim under the Guernsey Inheritance Act, and further proceedings regarding the construction of the will are imminent.

Strengths:

John Machell QC
John Machell QC has a wide range of offshore expertise, regularly handling major trusts cases as well as general commercial disputes. He is frequently sought out by clients in Jersey and the Cayman Islands.
"His advice is really good and really pragmatic." "He's a fantastic silk who is easy to work with, responsive, knowledgeable and not afraid to get stuck into the detail."
Recent work: Appeared before the Bermuda Court of Appeal in an appeal concerning the court’s supervisory jurisdiction over trusts and the application of the rules of natural justice.

Strengths:

Jonathan Adkin QC
Jonathan Adkin QC is highly regarded in the area of contentious trust work, with additional experience in civil fraud, insolvency and partnership matters. His expertise is sought after for non-charitable purpose trust and company matters, including shareholder disputes. He is called to the Bar in Gibraltar, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
"He is one of the leading minds in the trusts space at the Bar." "He's recognised as a top dog. He can keep complicated things quite simple and form a rapport with the judge."
Recent work: Acted in Winston Wong v Grand View PTC & Others, an action in the Supreme Court of Bermuda in which it is alleged that five Bermuda purpose trusts worth over USD15 billion are invalid.

Strengths:

Kathryn Purkis
Kathryn Purkis has experience acting as a solicitor in Jersey and as a result enjoys a strong practice in the Channel Islands. She regularly advises on trust disputes and fraud matters, as well as property cases.
"She's thorough and bright." "She is excellent. She's a very strong advocate, and she has good drafting and written work and an excellent knowledge of trust law."
Recent work: Acted for the plaintiff, Kea Investments, in the Jersey limb of long-running English litigation between Sir Owen Glenn and Eric Watson. The issue is the domestication of a £29 million English judgment against three Jersey discretionary trusts set up by Eric Watson.

Strengths:

Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison acts in a range of offshore cases, including trusts and liquidation disputes. He regularly appears before courts in the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas.
"He's superb - user-friendly, he comes up with creative ideas and clients love him."
Recent work: Acted for JJW Limited in its appeal against a winding-up order made by the Royal Court of Guernsey.

Strengths:

Nicholas Harrison
Nicholas Harrison has experience of practising in Bermuda, the Bahamas, the BVI, Jersey and the Isle of Man, among other jurisdictions. He has had notable roles in several high-value, cross-jurisdictional disputes. His work in this area predominantly focuses on alleged fraudulent misappropriation and breach of trust litigation. 
"He can bridge the gap between two jurisdictions, and his ability to understand a novel system is mind-blowing."

Strengths:

Philip Jones QC
Philip Jones QC advises on the whole range of offshore matters, including investment fund litigation, trust disputes, fraud and tax avoidance. His clients include high net worth families and company directors. He has been called to the Bar of the BVI, the Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man.
"He's my favourite advocate to use. He has a subtle style and is very good at persuading a judge; he can take very difficult points and turn the mind of tribunal around."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute heard in the Privy Council between two shareholders in a BVI company which owned a Hong Kong ship-broking business.

Strengths:

Philip Marshall QC
Philip Marshall QC demonstrates strong credentials in asset recovery and civil fraud cases, and has additional strength in restructuring and insolvency disputes. His clients include international banks and high-profile directors. Marshall has appeared or advised in courts in jurisdictions including the Channel Islands, Hong Kong, Bermuda and the BVI. 
"He is an incredibly tough opponent and very fair."
Recent work: Acted in Emmerson v Renova Industries,a major claim in the BVI for over USD1 billion arising out of a failed energy joint venture in Russia.

Strengths:

Richard Wilson QC
Richard Wilson QC enjoys a strong reputation in traditional and commercial chancery litigation, and has particular expertise in trusts, probate and partnership disputes. His practice also encompasses private international law. Although particularly noted for his presence in the Channel Islands, he has also appeared for clients in Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
"He has impressively broad international experience throughout the offshore trust space. He attracts many compliments from clients for his solution-focused approach and ability to clearly articulate even complex advice." "He's engaging and bright, and not afraid to stick to his guns on certain points."

Strengths:

Ruth Jordan
Ruth Jordan offers noteworthy expertise in a range of offshore commercial work, including shareholder and investment disputes. She is particularly adept at handling litigation in the Bahamas.
"She is a brilliant tactician who never loses sight of the overall strategy."
Recent work: Acted for the applicants in a judicial review challenge to an exploratory oil drill in the Bahamas and a challenge to oil exploration licences granted to the Bahamas Petroleum Co.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Offshore


Dakis Hagen QC
Band 1
Elizabeth Jones QC
Band 2
John Machell QC
Band 3
Jonathan Adkin QC
Band 1
Philip Jones QC
Band 1
Philip Marshall QC
Band 1

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