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Signature Litigation LLP

Work Department

Litigation, Private Wealth Disputes, international contentious trusts and estates


Elliott is an internationally recognised barrister (qualifying in England and Gibraltar in 2002) and specialises in global commercial litigation, offshore contentious trusts, estates and private wealth disputes.

His practice also includes civil fraud, asset tracing, insolvency (including insurance), and shareholder disputes. Uniquely, Elliott is also able to accept instructions to appear before all Courts in England and Wales.

Primarily based in Gibraltar, Elliott is regularly instructed by leading international firms in which Gibraltar proceedings are issued or where there is a strong Gibraltar connection to the litigation. Elliott has considerable experience in trust disputes and appears regularly before the Chancery Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.  .

Elliott’s cases involve, directions applications, removal of trustees, protectors and executors, challenging trustees’ decisions, breach of trust, advising trustees and beneficiaries on freezing order and Norwich Pharmacal applications in both domestic and in support of foreign proceedings, as well as advising on trusts in the divorce context.

Beyond his chancery/commercial work, Elliott led a team in Gibraltar’s first ever abuse of dominate position claim under the Competition Act 2020 and related regulatory appeals up to Gibraltar final appellate level before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Elliott is also a proponent of pro-bono and has led the advocacy on behalf of many families in the context of inquests involving, health authorities, the Ministry of Defence, the Royal Navy, the Prison Service and law enforcement agencies including successfully securing a verdict of unlawful killing.

Elliott is recognised in the Private Client Global Elite, a global directory of elite lawyers advising UHNW clients. In 2020 he was also recognised by Citywealth’s Leaders List as on of the Top 100 Trust Litigators and Top 35 Private Client Litigators (Europe).

In 2015, Elliott was elected as a Member of Parliament in Gibraltar and served as the Shadow Minister for Justice between November 2015 and November 2017 and as HM Leader of the Opposition from 4 December 2017 to 19 October 2019. Elliott was re-elected in 2019 for a further four years and served as Shadow Minister for Health during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Elliott retired from front line politics in November 2023 after 10 years in public life.


Associate, ISOLAS LLP, 2002; Senior Associate, ISOLAS LLP, 2006; Head of Commercial Litigation, ISOLAS, 2010; Founding Partner, Gibraltar office, Signature Litigation, 2016.


Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.


University of Plymouth.

Lawyer Rankings

Gibraltar > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Elliott Phillips  – Signature Litigation LLP

Signature Litigation LLP has ‘an expert blend of international litigation and Gibraltar Court experience’. It excels in large-scale commercial litigation, advising on cases with novel legal issues or first-of-their-kind matters, demonstrated through its representation of Gibfibre in the market-first litigation under new competition legislation against Gibtelecom and Rockolo. Elliott Phillipsis able to handle a wide range of commercial and private client disputes’, namely civil fraud, asset tracing, insolvency and shareholder disputes. Qualified in four jurisdictions, Lucy Keane is the lead international arbitration expert and is experienced in international trade, construction and insolvency matters. Paul Grant is active in construction, insurance, landlord and tenant, and clinical negligence disputes. ‘Future star’ Colin Grech stands out for his knowledge of maritime and admiralty law.