South Square

Offshore Department

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Barristers at South Square are equipped to act in a range of offshore jurisdictions, including the Caribbean, in cases relating to insolvency, company law and fraud. Members have recently been instructed in cases such as the Oscatello Investments litigation in the BVI, as well as AHAB v Saad in the Cayman Islands. One solicitor notes that the set has "a very strong bench of extremely good lawyers."

Client service: "The clerks are excellent; they always find someone if we can't get who we want." "The clerks are very efficient and approachable." Mike Killick and Dylan Playfoot are the senior practice managers.

Barry Isaacs QC
Has been instructed in cases in a range of offshore jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands. He is experienced in banking litigation, as well as insolvency cases and corporate disputes.
Strengths: "Very thoughtful and pragmatic." "His depth of knowledge of a case is great and he is very good technically and well respected by judges."
Recent work: Acted in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on behalf of the dissenting shareholders of Eurasia Drilling in an appraisal action regarding a USD2 billion merger.

David Alexander QC
An impressive silk with a broad offshore practice who handles company, restructuring, trusts and general commercial work. He has been involved in major insolvency and shareholder 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: "Very user-friendly and a great addition to a team." "He will get stuck into any piece of litigation."

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 handle cases in Dubai, Guernsey, the Cayman Islands, the BVI and Hong Kong. He frequently appears in liquidation and restructuring cases, and is instructed on behalf of international corporations as well as private individuals. 
Strengths: "He is very nice to work with, analytical and very clever." "He is brilliant – he's competitive and wants to win."
Recent work: Acted for BVI incorporated Oscatello Investments to defend proofs of debt filed in the BVI court for sums in excess of GBP750 million.

Marcus Haywood
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: "Working with him is an enjoyable, amicable experience and he has a profound knowledge of the law." 
Recent work: Continued to act on behalf of the liquidators in AHAB v Saad.

Tom Smith QC
A commercial litigation expert with experience of investment funds disputes and liquidation matters involving a number of offshore jurisdictions. He regularly appears in the BVI and Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "He is very clever, hard-working, efficient and a pleasure to work with. He is very personable and good with clients." "Intelligent, down to earth, calm and understands the bigger picture."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel for Primero Fund in a USD2 billion claim against its former administrator and custodian HSBC. The case was heard in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.