Wilberforce Chambers

Offshore Department

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Wilberforce Chambers is an established offshore presence, well known for its high-level capability across the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda and the BVI, as well as the Isle of Man. Barristers at the set are regularly instructed in fraud, asset tracing and good faith related proceedings, frequently representing private clients, liquidators and trust companies. Members were involved in the Cayman Islands in the matter of Torchlight, which related to the winding up of a successful investment fund.

Client service: "The clerks are probably the best in London in terms of their knowledge of the market and their efficiency." "Their clerks are very easy to deal with. Head clerk Mark Rushton is an excellent operator who has clear global reach and an understanding of key offshore markets."

Andrew Child
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.
Strengths: "Really good on the detail, he can work out the best strategy and help you implement it."

Andrew Mold
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 has recently been active in a number of intra-family disputes including high-value divorce proceedings.
Strengths: "Extremely clever, extremely good at client handling and very responsive. He is someone who goes the extra mile."
Recent work: Instructed in follow-on proceedings concerning enforcement actions against offshore trusts and overseas assets following the death of Dr Walid Juffali. Dr Juffali had died before payment of a large lump sum awarded to his ex-wife following their divorce.

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. Of late he has handled matters in the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.
Strengths: "Incredibly intelligent, but also down-to-earth and sensible. He has just the sort of attitude you need."
Recent work: Advised one branch of a family on strategic matters relating to the administration of the estate of a deceased high net worth individual in Hong Kong, against a backdrop of a family dispute.

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: "QC must mean quintessential counsel in Gilead's case; he blends gravitas and commerciality with intellectual rigour." "He comes up with novel arguments that require creative thinking."
Recent work: Acted for the settlor and beneficiary of a Bermuda trust in Re Eaglehill Trust, a dispute which arose following an action by the trustees who sought approval from a Jersey court to sell the trust's principal assets.

Graeme Halkerston
Very well acquainted with the offshore market, having worked for several years as a partner in a leading firm in the Cayman Islands. He maintains a diverse and dynamic commercial litigation practice and has strengths in banking and financial disputes, restructuring proceedings and cross-border fraud.
Strengths: "Has an amazing capacity for detail and his advice is always spot-on, both legally and commercially. In court he is both authoritative and appealing."
Recent work: Acted in Meridian Trust Company and others v Eike Batista. The case concerned a fraud claim made by investors in bonds in a Brazilian oil company. The allegation was that the chair of the company, Eike Batista, had intentionally misled capital markets in a fraud that led to losses of USD60 billion.

James Ayliffe QC
A very strong chancery commercial performer who is proficient in banking, civil fraud, partnership, real estate and trusts cases. He frequently acts for trustees and high net worth individuals. Truly international in his scope, Ayliffe has handled matters in many offshore jurisdictions, as well as in a host of countries such as South Africa and the USA. His recent work has included BVI joint venture disputes.
Strengths: "He's very user-friendly, very knowledgeable and someone who provides clear advice."
Recent work: Appeared in Tawney Assets v East Pine Management, a dispute in the BVI. He acted for a Russian joint venture partner defending a claim to set aside a joint venture agreement for the sale of agricultural machinery in the former Soviet Union.

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 and the BVI, among other jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Very dependable and really knows his stuff. He's on the ball and deeply analytical in his approach to complex matters."

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: "A really bright guy who is extremely quick-witted. He has a manner about him that inspires confidence." "Michael is an expert at handling legal issues which require detailed and painstaking analysis."

Robert Ham QC
Robert Ham is a star of the trusts world and receives effusive praise for his outstanding efforts in private client work, tax law and pensions.
Strengths: "He is absolutely fabulous. He's incisive, commercial and brilliant with clients. His addresses in court combine great sophistication with elegant simplicity of language."

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: "Experienced, knowledgeable, responsive and clear-thinking."
Recent work: Acted in Alexander Pleshakov v Sky Stream Corp and Linkov and another, a dispute over the ownership of 20% of the shareholding of Transaero Airlines heard in the BVI.

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.
Strengths: "An excellent operator who understands the market and is incredibly user-friendly." "He's very effective on his feet."
Recent work: Acted in Re Torchlight EP, a Cayman Islands matter concerning the winding up of an exempt limited partnership in Australia. Additional issues included a conspiracy claim and restraint on exercise of commercial discretion.