Keith Robinson > Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited > Hamilton, Bermuda > Lawyer Profile

Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited

Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Litigation; Regulatory; Restructuring and Insolvency; Trusts and Private Wealth; Family Office; Private Client


Keith Robinson is a partner in the dispute resolution and trusts and private wealth practice of Carey Olsen Bermuda. With more than 20 years’ experience in a wide range of commercial litigation, Keith is highly recognised by publications, peers and clients; being described as “extremely well respected globally” and someone who “knows how to handle big offshore disputes”.

Often engaged by clients for “significantly challenging” litigation and high value civil matters where his “wider experience and knowledge gives him a very good forensic edge”, Keith’s dispute resolution practice ranges from corporate and commercial disputes, arbitration, breach of contract and public law to restructuring and insolvency matters.

His restructuring and insolvency expertise includes advising on a number of cross-border insolvencies, asset recovery/tracing cases and receiverships, as well as schemes of arrangement. He regularly advises liquidators and receivers, the boards of distressed entities, investors and unsecured creditors in relation to both contentious and non-contentious insolvency issues. 

In addition, he also has expertise in high-value trust litigation and court approved trust restructurings, often with a multi-jurisdictional element.

Keith represents global businesses, trustees, beneficiaries, settlors and protectors in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious cases before the Supreme Court of Bermuda, drawing on his extensive advocacy experience. Keith has been involved in many of the major insolvency and trust cases in Bermuda in recent years and has written widely and spoken internationally on Bermuda law.

Keith is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer for Dispute Resolution in Bermuda by Chambers Global 2020 and as a leading individual by The Legal 500.


Prior to joining Carey Olsen in 2017, Keith was partner at another offshore law firm in Bermuda having relocated to the Island in 2008.

Keith was called to the Bar in Northern Ireland (1996), Ireland (2000), Bermuda (2009) and England and Wales (2010). He graduated from the University of Oxford with first class honours in Jurisprudence and also obtained a first class Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree from the University of Oxford. In addition he has a Masters of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a Masters of Laws degree in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law.

Keith has written extensively on Bermuda law and is a regular speaker to audiences both in Bermuda and internationally.

He is a member of the Bermuda branch of the Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA). He has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is an elected member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL). He is also an active member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and joined their editorial board in 2020. He has also been elected to the Bar Council of the Bermuda Bar Association.


An elected member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL) and an active member of STEP, currently serving as Chair of the STEP Bermuda Committee. He serves on the Trust Focus Group and the Trust Law Reform Committee of the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA), and is a member of the Bermuda branch of the Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA).

Lawyer Rankings

Bermuda > Trusts/private client

(Leading individuals)

Keith RobinsonCarey Olsen Bermuda Limited

Extremely responsive and attuned to the needs of their clients’, the key team members in Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited’s trusts and private client team are skilled ‘in dealing both with technical trust matters and any Court-related requirements’. Described as ‘a master in trust litigation’, the department is led by Keith Robinson, who also advises trustees, beneficiaries, settlors and protectors on non-contentious Bermuda trust matters. Currently chair of the Bermuda branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, counsel Ashley Fife has particular expertise in private and commercial trusts.

Bermuda > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Keith RobinsonCarey Olsen Bermuda Limited

Jointly led by Michael Hanson and Keith Robinson, the dispute resolution team at Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited attracts an array of instructions from ultra-high-net-worth individuals and multinationals. Notably strong in the insurance sector, Hanson specialises in crisis management issues, corporate cases, employment and regulatory investigations, and executive disputes; while Robinson has considerable experience acting in high-value offshore trust litigation and insolvency issues. Other areas of focus for the department include multi-jurisdictional freezing injunctions, asset tracing matters and cross-border restructurings; counsel Henry Tucker, who divides his time between Bermuda and Hong Kong, specialises in the latter. Counsel Sam Stevens and senior associates Cheri Minors and Kyle Masters are further names to note.

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