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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 including AHAB v Saad and Torchlight Fund. A source comments: "The set is a mainstay in the offshore world."
Client service: "The process is very seamless and the clerks are very supportive." "The clerking team is responsive and helpful." Nick Luckman serves as practice director.
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.
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 is disarmingly clever." "Exceptionally able and a very nice guy."
Recent work: Represented the investment manager in resisting the application to wind up an investment fund in proceedings in the Cayman Islands.
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: "So incredibly brilliant and so incredibly practical. He cuts through all the noise and always gets to the crucial central issue." "A very bright advocate who is very easy to get on with."
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: "Very accessible and very talented. An excellent team member and someone on whom you can rely."
Recent work: Acted for the widow of a high net worth Caymanian individual in a dispute with the residuary beneficiary of the deceased's estate, centred on claims to the subsequent increase in value of the estate.
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: "He is personable, responsive, and surgically incisive in getting to the heart of the issues." "Very bright, thorough and accommodating."
Recent work: Acted in the Zhao litigation matters in the BVI, two related cases involving a dispute between Chinese nationals over the beneficial ownership of shares in a group of companies valued at over USD1 billion.
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: "Very user-friendly, detail-oriented and knows Cayman procedure very well indeed."
Recent work: Represented the investors in Meridian Trust v Eike Batista, a fraud claim with proceedings in both the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas.
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: "An impressive advocate and pleasant to deal with." "He is very bright and a brilliant advocate." "To say he is unflappable is an understatement."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in proceedings brought in the BVI relating to the ownership and control of a valuable group of companies in Ukraine.
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: "He is very talented and an exceptional litigator." "His intelligence and knowledge is astonishing."
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: "Happy to get his hands dirty and into the detail of the case."
Recent work: Acted in a Guernsey breach of trust case regarding the alleged failure to distribute assets and failure in reporting IHT charge.
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 absolutely fantastic. His mannerisms and approach are brilliant, and his knowledge of international law is spectacular." "An extremely effective orator."
Recent work: Continued to act in Pavilion v Radcliffes LeBrasseur regarding claims of breach of retainer.
Robert Ham QC
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.
Strengths: "Top-notch trusts silk." "Fantastically knowledgeable and provides very clear and concrete advice on trust and other matters."
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: "Hugely experienced, knowledgeable about Isle of Man law. Extremely responsive and clear."
Recent work: Acted for the respondents in O'Keefe v Caner regarding breach of fiduciary duty claims.
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: "A devastating cross-examiner. A real iron fist in a velvet glove." "Very creative and an intellectual powerhouse." "He is excellent and knows the Caymans inside out."
Recent work: Acted in a case revolving around the contentious winding-up of an investment fund.