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South Square is home to barristers with significant expertise across a wide variety of offshore matters, who display particular excellence in insolvency disputes. Individuals here also handle fraud claims, breach of trust litigation and misrepresentation disputes, among a host of other matters. The set is especially well known for its presence across the Caribbean. Members have recently been involved in the high-profile AHAB Litigation, as well as a number of Privy Council appeals and appraisal actions.
Client service: "Very client-focused and businesslike, the clerks are excellent at interacting with solicitors." Mike Killick and Dylan Playfoot are the senior practice managers.
David Alexander QC
An impressive silk with a broad offshore practice who handles company, restructuring, trusts and general commercial work. He has recently been involved in major insolvency litigation. His practice takes him to the Caribbean, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar. Alexander regularly acts on behalf of liquidators and other financial institutions.
Strengths: "A brilliant trial lawyer who is excellent at cross-examination. He does a fantastic job and really understands trust issues."
Recent work: Instructed in Kathryn Ma Wai Fong v Wong Kie Yik, an unfair prejudice petition relating to a BVI company called Successful Trends Investment Corporation.
David Allison QC
A seasoned litigator with considerable strength in company and insolvency law, who often handles high-value claims with multi-jurisdictional implications. His thriving offshore practice has seen him handling cases in Dubai, Guernsey and the Cayman Islands, to name but a few jurisdictions. He frequently appears in liquidation and restructuring cases, and is instructed on behalf of international corporations as well as private individuals.
Strengths: "A very effective operator." "He really is exceptionally good."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Chesterfield in a trial arising from a challenge to set aside a decision to reach a compromise with Deutsche Bank and Kaupthing in relation to a GBP400 million claim.
Offers extensive skill in cross-border commercial litigation covering cross-border issues, and is particularly adept at insolvency and restructuring. He has been called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands, and also regularly handles disputes in Gibraltar and the BVI.
Strengths: "He's very bright, attentive and capable of taking on challenging work."
Recent work: Successfully acted in the highly publicised AHAB v Saad litigation, a USD9 billion case centring on substantial fraud and misappropriation of funds allegations.
Richard Hacker QC
Amasses accolades for his work in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Bermuda, the BVI and the Cayman Islands. He specialises in commercial dispute resolution, and tackles shareholder disputes, fraud, asset tracing and insolvency work.
Strengths: "He is very pleasant and his written submissions are first-rate."
Recent work: Acted in Re Fortuna Development Corp, abreach of duty/shareholder agreement dispute relating to the ownership and control of a Cayman Islands incorporated holding company worth in excess of SGD1 billion.
Robin Dicker QC
A staple of the Offshore Bar who has outstanding credentials in financial and restructuring litigation. His distinguished insolvency background led to him acting for the now-defunct Lehman Brothers and the Icelandic commercial bank Landsbanki in restructuring and insolvency disputes.
Strengths: "Fantastically able, extraordinarily bright, very careful and thoughtful." "One of the most talented barristers in the company commercial field."