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Chambers of Alan Boyle QC

6 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3QS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 6105
Fax:
Fax 020 7405 4004
DX:
1025 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.serlecourt.co.uk

Matthew Morrison

Tel:
Work 020 7242 6105
Email:
Serle Court (Chambers of Alan Boyle QC)

Position

Commercial chancery litigation, with a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company and partnership, insolvency, and trust litigation. Instructed as sole counsel on matters before the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. Regularly instructed as junior counsel in large-scale commercial and chancery litigation both onshore and offshore, with significant experience of assisting advocates in appearances before the Royal Courts of Jersey and Guernsey. Cases include: Re AMT Coffee Limited, IAP v Rosser; Carlyle Capital Corporation; Isis Investments Limited v Kaupthing Bank; BTA Bank v Ablyazov & Ors; Re Alhamrani.

Career

St John’s College, Oxford (Jurisprudence (MA (Oxon.)), BCL); Attorney at Quin and Hampson (now Mourant Ozannes), Cayman (2005-06); formerly Junior Counsel to the SoS for BIS.

Languages

German.

Member

Chancery Bar Association; Commercial Bar Association; Association of Partnership Practitioners.

Education

Weald School, Billingshurst; St John’s College, Oxford (Bachelor of Civil Law, with distinction; MA 1st class, jurisprudence, placed joint 2nd in year).

Leisure

Choral singing and direction, squash, sailing and diving.


London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Juniors

Matthew Morrison - Serle Court ‘ Hardworking, has good judgement, and is excellent with difficult clients. ’

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Company and partnership

Within: Company - Leading juniors

Matthew Morrison - Serle Court ‘ He is extremely bright and works hard, turning things around quickly. ’

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Juniors

Matthew Morrison - Serle Court ‘ A very hardworking junior who provides excellent support and is a good team player. ’

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Offshore

Within: Leading Juniors

Matthew Morrison - Serle Court ‘ One of the finest of his generation: he combines a formidable intellect with a user-friendly manner. ’

Within: Offshore

Serle Court is prominent in the area, with its members handling matters ranging from contemplated disputes over trusts to Privy Council appeals on points on key company issues. Alan Boyle QC, Richard Wilson QC, and Zahler Bryan represented the beneficiary daughter in Gany Holdings v Khan, a Privy Council appeal from the BVI in the wake of a transfer of assets, whose ultimate destination was subject to dispute, as was the distribution of the majority of the trust assets to one beneficiary. Turning to the Cayman Islands, Philip Jones QC  represented the respondent in Shanda Games v Masa Capital Investments, the lead Privy Council case concerning the Cayman Islands' provision for the "fair value" to be determined by a court when a shareholder dissents from a merger. The set is also active in the Crown Dependencies, with Philip Marshall QC and Matthew Morrison having worked with Collas Crill in representing the independent directors in the long-running Guernsey Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway case over the collapse of a fund in the 2008 case – Kathryn Purkis, who is a Jersey advocate, was formerly a partner at the firm Collas Crill providing chambers and clients with   front line Channel Island experience.

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