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  1. Offshore – Leading sets
  2. Offshore – Leading silks
  3. Offshore – 2017 silks
  4. Offshore – 2018 silks
  5. Offshore – 2019 silks
  6. Offshore – Leading juniors

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Serle Court is β€˜excellent as a whole, and indeed pre-eminent in offshore work, with a large number of highly competent counsel’. Elizabeth Jones QC continues to represent Abdullah Alhamrani in BVI litigation against his brother concerning the ownership of a company and a related winding-up petition. Meanwhile Dakis Hagen QC appeared as lead counsel in Bermuda for the beneficiaries of the "XYZ Trusts"; the trustees seek to reorganise the structure, which owns a well-known British business. The junior ranks include Kathryn Purkis, who was a partner at Collas Crill in St. Helier.

Wilberforce Chambers β€˜has many of the leading barristers in the world for international trust litigation, and many of its silks are involved in the most significant cases’. Gilead Cooper QC provided expert evidence on onshore and offshore trusts law in a Supreme Court of Pakistan case which led the the removal of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister of Pakistan; the matter concerned the beneficial ownership of properties in London owned by BVI companies linked in Sharif’s children. Thomas Lowe QC is representing Saad Investment Company in a case concerning an alleged $9bn AHAB Ponzi scheme.

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜very accessible and visible around offshore Chancery work’. Alan Steinfeld QC continues to advise the Carlyle-related entities in Guernsey’s Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway case, part of a long-running saga concerning the collapse of an investment fund following the 2008 crash. Nicole Langlois, Daniel Warents, David Brownbill QC and Edward Cumming QC advised various parties in Crociani v Crociani, a Jersey case concerning an intra-family dispute of a trust created in the Bahamas in 1987 but subjected to changes of trustee and governing law.

3 Verulam Buildings’s Ewan McQuater QC led the team representing the BVI liquidators in Investec Trust v Glenalla Properties, an appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from the Guernsey Court of Appeal; the case concerned the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust, which is subject Robert Tchenguiz’s long-running legal disputes with both the SFO and Grant Thornton. Meanwhile, David Quest QC represented AHAB in the AHAB v Saad Investments case.

Fountain Court Chambers’s Bankim Thanki QC represents the Turks & Caicos Financial Services Commission in a dispute over the jurisdiction’s insurance regulations. Bridget Lucas QC – who was was appointed silk in 2018 – represented several Cayman companies in AHAB v Saad Investments, which involved over two million disclosed documents and significant Saudi elements; she was initially led by Marcus Smith QC (as was), but took over the lead role after his appointment to the bench.

Maitland Chambers has a lengthy track record in cases in both British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependancies. Jurisdictions of note that its members have appeared in include Cayman, BVI, Bermuda, Jersey, Guernsey and Gibraltar.

South Square is β€˜at the top of its game in insolvency, but strong in other areas too’. Michael Crystal QC represented the liquidators in AHAB v Saad Investments. Tom Smith QC represented Primeo Fund – a "feeder fund" of the Madoff Ponzi scheme – in a claim against HSBC, its custodian; he was up against two juniors from the set, namely Toby Brown and William Willson.

4 New Square’s offshore practice covers a range of work, much of it with a slant towards the professional negligence work that the set is well known for in London. Instructed by a BVI law firm, Justin Fenwick QC continues to represent the liquidators of Stanford Bank in litigation against two US law firms which represented what was described by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a β€˜massive Ponzi scheme’.

Blackstone Chambers, known for such issues in London, has members instructed on significant constitutional issues, often concerning the very governance of offshore jurisdictions. Lord Pannick QC represented the Bermuda Bar Council in the Bermuda Court of Appeal case Bermuda Bar Council v Walkers (Bermuda) in the jurisdiction due to the firm’s international ownership. Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC advises the government of Gibraltar on various matters.

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