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Wilberforce Chambers is a high-quality offshore set with expertise across all the major offshore jurisdictions. Members act in high-value cases, including commercial disputes, professional liability claims, and fraud and trusts litigation. The set was recently instructed in AHAB v Saad, a Ponzi scheme case which is the largest trial ever heard by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. One impressed solicitor states: "It is a stellar chambers. It does both commercial litigation and contentious trusts matters to an excellent level."
Client service: "The clerks are friendly, efficient, accommodating and receptive to a client's needs in terms of fees." "The clerks always do their best to find availability and get matters in front of counsel." Nick Luckman is the practice director and is described as "hands-on, efficient and committed to offering great service."
Has a strong offshore practice and noted experience of handling civil fraud and trusts matters. He is also involved in asset transfer disputes and is active in Guernsey and the Cayman Islands. Child has further expertise in private client matters including estate management and family disputes.
Strengths: "Extremely tough and very bright."
Recent work: Continued to act in the Lo litigation, a family dispute regarding interests in a leading Hong Kong property company valued at USD3.55 billion.
Andrew Mold QC
Adroitly handles a diverse range of traditional and commercial chancery matters, demonstrating considerable strength in cases concerning trusts, professional liability and company law. His practice has led him to litigate or advise on matters in the Cayman Islands, Jersey, the Isle of Man, Bermuda and Singapore. He is experienced in intra-family disputes including high-value divorce proceedings.
Strengths: "He works extremely hard and is all over the detail of the matter."
Recent work: Acted in Re Star Poland, a case involving claims made by a liquidator in Gibraltar against the directors of a company within a Gibraltar-based trust structure.
Brian Green QC
A market leader in chancery work who is regularly instructed by solicitors due to his ability to handle the most complex and high-profile litigation. He has a wide-ranging practice but proves particularly adept at cases concerning trusts and pensions. He has recently handled matters in Bermuda, Hong Kong and Jersey.
Strengths: "He is my top trusts barrister. He is incredibly clever, has a good court manner and will see the problems in a situation that lesser mortals haven't spotted." "He has an extraordinary mind and is focused and extremely persuasive on his feet and in conference."
Recent work: Continued to act for a branch of a family in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal, advising on disputes relating to the adminstration of the estate of a wealthy family member.
Clare Stanley QC
Noted for her commercial and company law practice, encompassing the likes of insolvency and fraud matters. She is well versed in the intricacies of acting in a number of offshore jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "She is very thorough and imaginative in the points she can come up with." "An extremely user-friendly, very thorough and effective advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Argyle Funds SPC in an attempt by BDO to restrain Argyle from suing BDO for audit negligence. Stanley successfully overturned the anti-suit injunction awarded to BDO at first instance.
Gilead Cooper QC
Has a great standing in offshore litigation, and noted ability in trusts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence disputes. He also handles property disputes. Cooper has appeared in court proceedings in the BVI, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.
Strengths: "A brilliant advocate and a thorough practitioner. He is very hands-on and responsive." "He has a great strategic mind."
Recent work: Continued to act for the defendants in CMC v Forster, a claim in Jersey regarding an allegation that the purpose of a trust was to siphon assets out of a company and that the trustees are liable for knowing assistance in a breach of trust.
Very well acquainted with the offshore market, having worked for several years as a partner in a leading firm in the Cayman Islands. The bulk of his work is BVI or Cayman Islands based. He maintains a diverse and dynamic commercial litigation practice and has strengths in banking and financial disputes, restructuring proceedings and cross-border fraud.
Strengths: "He knows his stuff as a technical lawyer extremely well." "He is very imaginative and a deep thinker with extremely good understanding of cross-border laws."
Recent work: Appeared before the Cayman Islands Grand Court and as an expert witness in court in New York regarding USD100 million proceedings brought by a shareholder in a Bermuda reinsurance company.
A talented up-and-coming junior with a strong practice in the offshore commercial space. He has particular experience of acting in the Cayman Islands in a range of disputes, including civil fraud, trusts, breach of fiduciary duty and property cases.
Strengths: "Provides excellent written work and is really good with clients." "He is very thorough and commercially-focused."
Recent work: Appeared as sole counsel in Richards v Bodden, a case heard in the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands relating to a failure to complete an instalment contract for the purchase of a property.
John Wardell QC
Has a strong commercial and company law practice and a broad range of expertise, including in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty cases. He is admitted to the Bar in the BVI and has further experience in the Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "John is very responsive, incredibly thorough and an extremely commanding advocate." "He is very approachable and easy to talk to."
Recent work: Acted in the high-profile AHAB v Saad litigation, a USD4 billion fraud case heard in the Cayman Islands.
Jonathan Hilliard QC
Has an excellent reputation for trusts and commercial litigation work. His practice has led him to act in the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, the Channel Islands and the BVI, among other jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Jonathan is an extremely commercial and savvy trusts operator. He's really passionate about his subject and knows it inside out." "He's a creative thinker and very clever."
Michael Furness QC
An impressive silk who is especially knowledgeable in trusts and tax disputes, as well as contentious and non-contentious pension scheme work. His practice regularly leads him to appear in Bermudian trust cases, and he has experience of acting in Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal. He also provides counsel on professional negligence claims.
Strengths: "Michael is focused, driven, highly intelligent and wears his learning lightly."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in litigation regarding a Hong Kong family trust.
Nikki Singla QC
A highly regarded performer with experience of appearing for clients in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Dubai and the Channel Islands. Solicitors turn to him for advice on a wide range of commercial and business cases, and admire him for his specialist trusts expertise. His clients include high net worth families and trustees. He regularly handles shareholder disputes, negligence and joint venture ownership disputes, among others.
Strengths: "He is very down to earth, commercial and gets to the points very quickly." "He takes a very practical and adaptable approach and is very user-friendly and responsive."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Pavilion v Radcliffes LeBrasseur, a case regarding allegations that Radcliffes breached its retainer in failing to retire the claimants from three family settlements.
Robert Ham QC
A star of the trusts world who receives effusive praise for his outstanding efforts in private client work, tax law and pensions. He acts in cases in Guernsey, the Caribbean and the Isle of Man, among other jurisdictions.
Strengths: "He has a lovely manner and is incredibly easy and straightforward to work with." "He is technically very good and good to bounce ideas off. He is also very pragmatic as he doesn't see a case through the lens of a dry trusts law problem, but as a problem that the client needs to have solved."
Terence Mowschenson QC
A popular and much-admired chancery silk who has undertaken a range of banking, finance, company and insolvency cases worldwide. His practice also encompasses joint ventures and partnerships. He has appeared in a wide range of jurisdictions, including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Cayman Islands and the BVI. He has additional expertise in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Strengths: "Technically very good, very commercial and no-nonsense. He is also extremely user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in a breach of fiduciary duty case which involved complex limitation period issues under Jersey law.
Thomas Lowe QC
Has a wealth of experience of appearing in the Cayman Islands and the BVI, acting in a wide range of private client disputes and contentious trust matters. He has a particular forte in handling litigation following the collapse of investment structures, and regularly acts in disputes between fund managers. Lowe is frequently called upon by commercial clients including banks and insurance companies. He also provides expertise in matters relating to fraud and insolvency.
Strengths: "He is very technically able and goes down well with the Cayman courts." "He is very knowledgeable on the law and very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for defendant in AHAB v Saad, the biggest trial every heard by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.