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Chambers of Michael Furness QC

8 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3QP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7306 0102
Fax:
Fax 020 7306 0095
DX:
311 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.wilberforce.co.uk

Graeme Halkerston

Tel:
Work 020 7306 0102
Email:
Wilberforce Chambers (Chambers of Michael Furness QC)

Position

Graeme practices across a wide range of chancery commercial work and is consistently recommended in the leading directories for Chancery Commercial, Professional Liability, Offshore and Company Law. He is noted for ability to work with clients and as part of a litigation team with instructing solicitors, calling on his experience as a former partner in a leading offshore law firm.

Career

Called: 1994; Middle temple; tenant 1 Essex Court 1995-2007; partner Appleby, Cayman Islands 2007-2012; tenant Wilberforce Chambers 2012.

Member

Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Education

Oxford University (BA Jurisprudence), Law School, University of Pennsylvania (LLM).


London Bar

Company and partnership

Within: Company - Leading juniors

Graeme Halkerston - Wilberforce Chambers ‘ Noted for his intellect and responsiveness. ’

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Offshore

Within: Leading Juniors

Graeme Halkerston - Wilberforce Chambers ‘ Instructed on complex civil fraud matters. ’

Within: Offshore

Wilberforce Chambers continues to be 'a go-to set for trust disputes', with members instructed in all manner of Chancery matters across the Caribbean and in other common law-based jurisdictions. Numerous members of chambers were involved in the  high-profile AHAB v SAAD case in the Cayman Islands: Tom Lowe QC and Jack Watson represented SIFCO 4, one of the defendant companies; John Wardell QC is instructed to represent AHAB in appeals. In another Cayman highlight, Graeme Halkerston secured the jurisdiction's first statutory ex-parte global freezing order for investors in a collapsed commodity company; the investors alleged fraud by the company's manager, Eike Batista, a Brazilian ex-billionaire who was sentenced to prison in 2018 for a separate bribery matter. Moving to the Channel Islands, Gilead Cooper QC is advising the defendants in the long-running CMC Holdings v Forster case in the Jersey Royal Courts, a case in which the claimants allege the local directors (who include high-profile Kenyan political figures) of a business importing cars to eastern Africa operated a Jersey trust as a slush fund.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Juniors

Graeme Halkerston - Wilberforce Chambers ‘ Very knowledgeable. ’

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