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British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands > Dispute resolution Tier 3

With ‘truly global coverage’, the team at Withers ‘has an excellent ability to coordinate between jurisdictions, involving, for example, the BVI, London and Singapore offices‘, acting on the full gamut of constitutional cases, trust and probate claims, and large-scale complex commercial disputes. Leading the team, Sara-Jane Knock is ‘superb with clients, a confident advocate, and approaches legal problems with an abundance of energy’, appearing regularly as an advocate in complex matters, including before the BVI Commission of Inquiry and in the Court of Appeal. London-based Sinead Harris is particularly well-versed in the strategic use of freezing orders, receiverships, and other office holder appointments, while associates Lauren Peaty and Martha Eker-Male, both dual-qualified in England and Wales and the BVI, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sara-Jane Knock


‘Sara-Jane Knock: A brilliant lawyer and excellent leader of Withers’ BVI presence. Sara-Jane is superb with clients, a confident advocate and approaches legal problems with an abundance of energy. An absolute delight to work with.’

‘Lauren Peaty: Lauren is a rising star in the BVI market. Her approach combines intellectual ability with an instinct for the winning argument. She is quick to get to the heart of an issue, yet is able to explain matters with complete clarity, filling clients and colleagues with confidence alike.’

‘Small but mighty! Withers has an extremely well rounded litigation team, who take on cases ranging the full gamut of cases. They are a small team but there is no dead weight, and cases are staffed and resourced economically but effectively. All litigators I have worked with are bright, friendly and commercially astute.’

‘Sara-Jane Knock is charming with clients, who love her, but can hold her own against fierce opponents. She is extremely responsive and hardworking and very well versed in the specificities of BVI law and procedure. Special mention for associate Martha Eker-Male who is diligent and responsive, and impresses beyond the expected.’

‘Lauren Peaty is an accomplished and experienced litigation, who is undoubtedly future partner material.’

Key clients

Zhongshan Fucheng Industrial Investment Company Limited

R&H Restructuring

Goods Technology Starting International Limited and G-Force Investors Limited

Alvarium Pradera Holdings Limited