South Square

Offshore Department

London (Bar)
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South Square offers great capability across a range of areas with particular strength in offshore insolvency matters as well as trusts, fraud and general commercial disputes. Members are frequently instructed across the range of both traditional and emerging offshore jurisdictions. An impressed instructing solicitor remarks: "They are an excellent chambers with first-class barristers. You know you are getting people at the top of their game."

Client service: "The clerks are very responsive." "The clerking team is professional and extremely responsive." Mike Killick and Dylan Playfoot are the senior practice managers.


Adam Al-Attar

Very well regarded for his handling of insolvency and contested restructuring matters. He is frequently instructed by clients in the Middle East, the Cayman Islands and Asia.
Strengths: "He is incredibly quick, user-friendly, very able and a great guy to work with." "He is highly intelligent and thorough in his approach to a case." "One of the cleverest junior barristers I have ever met."
Recent work: Appeared before the Privy Council in Pearson v Primeo, regarding the liquidator's powers to adjust investors' rights.


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: "He is fantastic - easy to deal with, gives very good advice and a really good operator in court."
Recent work: Acted for the dissenting shareholders of Qunar, in the Cayman Islands, in connection with the take-private transactions of the Chinese online travel agent.


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: "A steady hand in a very emotional set of proceedings."
Recent work: Appeared in a BVI proceeding centred on claims of breach of fiduciary, conspiracy and unjust enrichment.


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 has a very sharp mind, exudes confidence and is clearly a very knowledgeable insolvency barrister." "Very good and exceptionally talented."
Recent work: Represented the joint liquidators of Chesterfield in the BVI in relation to a £400 million claim brought by Deutsche Bank and Kaupthing.


Marcus Haywood

Offers extensive skill in cross-border commercial litigation 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: "Very bright, responsive and just fantastic."
Recent work: Acted for the Limited Partners' Advisory Committee of certain funds in connection with the ongoing provisional liquidation of Abraaj Holdings and Abraaj Investment Management in the Cayman Islands.


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 the Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "Tremendously hard-working and very easy to work with." "A thoughtful and tenacious advocate, he can carve up the most complicated problems and translate them into plain English."
Recent work: Appeared for Primeo Fund in relation to a USD450 million dispute regarding the rectification of the share register of one of the main Madoff feeder funds.