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Wilberforce Chambers

Offshore

13 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Wilberforce Chambers offers significant strength and depth in all the major offshore jurisdictions, including those in the Channel Islands, the Caribbean and Asia. Members of the set are instructed to act in matters such as trust litigation, high-value commercial disputes and fraud claims. Its barristers continue to appear in a number of high-profile cases. A source says: "It's clearly a leading set with a number of talented barristers at all levels."

Client service:

"They have very good client service and do an excellent series of seminars and the Wilberforce Trusts Litigation Day." "The clerking is very strong. They are all very professional and very commercial and focused on the long-term relationships." Nick Luckman serves as practice director.

Strengths:

Andrew Mold QC
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.
"He is good at getting to grips with different issues and he identified a new angle. He is an intelligent and insightful counsel."
Recent work: Acted for the investment manager of the Torchlight Fund in resisting an application to wind up the fund in proceedings in the Cayman Islands.

Strengths:

Anna Littler
Anna Littler has a strong practice in the offshore world. She regularly undertakes trusts litigation, including in Bermuda. She is well equipped to handle a range of issues trusts and trustees may encounter.
"She is a robust and capable junior on drafting and client interactions." "What impresses me is her attention to detail and her ability to stay on top of a very complex case with multiple strands to it and not lose sight of all the potential avenues."

Strengths:

Brian Green QC
Brian Green QC is 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.
"He is a leading trusts expert in the offshore world." "His ability to take command of very complex cases and lead a judge through it is second to none."

Strengths:

Clare Stanley QC
Clare Stanley QC is 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.
"She is outstandingly good, has terrific insights and is also very user-friendly." "She's really excellent in both her written submission and oral submissions."
Recent work: Acted for the joint official liquidators of Ardent Harmony Fund in relation to claims it has brought against its former auditors, BDO Cayman, arising from a massive fraud perpetrated on Ardent by its New York-based credit advisers.

Strengths:

Gilead Cooper QC
Gilead Cooper QC has a great standing in offshore litigation and has 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.
"He has very in-depth knowledge of the subject matter." "Approachable and hands-on when required."
Recent work: Acted in a Cayman Islands case concerning the estates of a husband and wife worth in excess of USD30 million. A dispute arose as to how USD6.5 million of previously unaccounted funds should be distributed.

Strengths:

Graeme Halkerston
Graeme Halkerston is 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.
"He is very quick, covers ground very quickly and is very hot on his technical detail." "He is absolutely brilliant. He has a lot of relevant experience, and his advice is hugely practical."
Recent work: Acted for liquidators of Global Steel Holding, an Isle of Man company with balance sheet assets in excess of USD1 billion, in recovery investigations.

Strengths:

John Wardell QC
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.
"He is a pleasure to work with and his major strength is cross-examination, where he's proven to be absolutely fantastic." "His courtroom judgement on how to put points across was very adept and impressive."
Recent work: Instructed by AHAB in AHAB v Saad Investments Company Limited, a case regarding one of the largest frauds ever perpetrated involving some 118 banks which together lent a total of USD126 billion over two decades.

Strengths:

Jonathan Hilliard QC
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.
"He is a titan when it comes to anything relating to trusts. He has a real in-depth knowledge of all the case law and he is great to deal with. He has got an incredible brain and can distil issues for the trustees." "He is incredibly sharp and very clever but also incredibly user-friendly and super enthusiastic about everything."

Strengths:

Michael Furness QC
Michael Furness QC is 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 acting in Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal. He also provides counsel on professional negligence claims.
"He has a very good forensic manner. He's got an attractive courtroom manner and is popular with judges."
Recent work: Advised a member of a prominent Hong Kong family in connection with ongoing litigation over a family trust and control of the family company.

Strengths:

Nikki Singla QC
Nikki Singla QC is a highly regarded performer with experience 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.
"He has provided invaluable advice and insight in trust matters, and his grasp of the subject is simply the best. He is very thorough in his research and sharp in his approach in handling complex issues." "He is insightful, persuasive, excellent with clients and has a credibility with the court that is a real strength."

Strengths:

Robert Ham QC
Robert Ham QC is a very highly regarded practitioner 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.
"With Robert Ham QC you get a wealth of experience and value. He's very good at distilling the questions so his opinions are valuable." "He is a rare combination of experience and user-friendliness. He is easy to work with, has superb knowledge and is extremely perceptive."

Strengths:

Terence Mowschenson QC
Terence Mowschenson QC is 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.
"He does high-quality work in the Cayman Islands."
Recent work: Advised on an action for the recovery of money diverted by the director of a company which was the proceeds of a fraud on a third-party oil supplier.

Strengths:

Thomas Lowe QC
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.
"He is a real expert in shareholder disputes, very user-friendly, and his advocacy is second to none."
Recent work: Continued to act for a defendant in the landmark AHAB v Saad case in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Offshore


Andrew Mold QC
Band 3
Brian Green QC
Band 1
Clare Stanley QC
Band 3
Gilead Cooper QC
Band 2
John Wardell QC
Band 2
Jonathan Hilliard QC
Band 2

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