Claire van Overdijk > Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited > Hamilton, Bermuda > Lawyer Profile

Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited
Rosebank Centre, 5th Floor
11 Bermudiana Road
Pembroke HM 08

Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Litigation; Trusts and Private Wealth; Private Client


Claire is counsel in the dispute resolution and litigation team and trusts & private wealth team at Carey Olsen Bermuda.

An expert in cross border disputes and private international law, Claire is recognised as a leading figure in jurisdictional issues both in the public law and private client fields. Claire has extensive experience of private client practice including contentious trust and estates work and her practice has frequently extended to cross border disputes in these fields.

In the public law field Claire has represented individuals and government departments on a wide range of public law issues, particularly those that interface with chancery/commercial law.


Prior to joining Carey Olsen Bermuda, Claire practised as a barrister at Outer Temple Chambers in London. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003 and has extensive advocacy experience before the High Court and Court of Appeal. Claire was shortlisted as “Advocate of the Year” at the 2019/2020 STEP Private Client Awards and was consistently ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners and described as “exceptional in cases involving complex overlapping issues of jurisdiction, finance, or particularly difficult family dynamics” (Chambers & Partners 2020) and “absolutely dedicated to getting the best for her clients” (Chambers & Partners 2021).

While practising at the Bar of England & Wales Claire developed in depth expertise in mental capacity law alongside her other practice areas, and was been described as “go-to counsel for international mental capacity matters”. She is an editor of “The International Protection of Adults” (Oxford University Press), which provides comparative analysis of private international law rules relating to mental capacity law and the Hague Convention on the International Protection of Adults.


Claire is a full member of STEP, Chair of the STEP Mental Capacity Global Special Interest Group and a member of the Chancery Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Bermuda > Trusts/private client

The trusts and private wealth practice at Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited advises on a wide spectrum of trust matters, encompassing both contentious and non-contentious issues, including high-profile proceedings. Leading the practice and recognised as ‘a powerhouse of unquestionable ability,’ Keith Robinson has extensive experience in major trust cases, while Ashley Fife specialises in advising on trust restructurings, trust disputes and trust documentation. Claire van Overdijk KC, who took silk in 2023, is an expert in cross-border trust and estate disputes; and Stephanie Bernard has extensive experience in international and local estate planning arrangements, wealth management structures, and international and local pensions issues. Key senior associates include Laura Kearns, who has experience in lifetime and succession planning work, and Oliver MacKay, who excels in contentious trust matters.

Bermuda > Dispute resolution

From handling multi-party, cross-jurisdictional litigation to domestic claims, the ‘broad and deep’ dispute resolution practice at Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited has expertise in the full range of disputes, with notable experience in insolvencies, employment claims, restructurings and high-net-worth family law disputes. Michael Hanson, who has significant expertise in multi-jurisdictional crisis management work and regulatory investigations, co-heads the practice alongside the ‘incredibly hardworkingKeith Robinson, who is an experienced trust litigator. Regulatory specialist Kyle Masters, multi-national civil and commercial disputes specialist Sam Stevens, and employment expert Jay Webster are also key names to note in the practice, while Claire van Overdijk KC took silk in 2023.