Robert Levy KC > Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC
XXIV Old Buildings
24 OLD BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3UP
England
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Position

Robert specialises in substantial commercial litigation. His cases frequently span international borders, with litigation in many jurisdictions (with associated forum challenges), often involving issues of foreign law.

In recent years he has had numerous successes in a large number of cases/applications in the Cayman Islands acting for dissenting shareholders seeking fair value in “squeeze-out” cases under s238 of the Cayman Islands’ Companies Law (notably Shanda Games).  He is engaged in numerous, possibly the majority, of cases currently being litigated under s238.

He has a great deal of experience in joint venture disputes, cases involving the enforcement of security for financial transactions/joint ventures and insolvency matters.

He regularly appears in court in offshore jurisdictions, notably in the Caribbean (with instructions coming from lay and professional clients in Russia, Hong Kong and China) and is an acknowledged expert in British Virgin Island’s company law, his evidence on this having recently been accepted, ‘without hesitation’, both at first instance and on appeal in proceedings in Guernsey. The bulk of his work is litigious and although mainly international, he maintains a substantial practice within England.

Recent examples of his work in Cayman include Re Caledonian Insurance (a Berkeley Applegate case), In the matter of Shanda Games, numerous ground-breaking interlocutory matters in s238 cases (Re Homeinns, Re Qihoo, Bona Films, Mindray). He obtained the first injunction in Cayman in aid of foreign proceedings (in Hong Kong) in the China Hospitals litigation where he acted for the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.  In the BVI he acted in  – The Estate of the Late Badri Patarkatsishvilli v ACG Ltd & Ors for a subsidiary of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, and successfully defended substantial claims (valued in hundreds of millions of dollars) arising out of security taken in relation to an oil terminal on the Black Sea.   He has also been involved in numerous forum challenges in the BVI, such as Bascunan v Elsaca, Re Akolyn Ltd as well as a number of joint venture cases emanating from China, Russia and the CIS. He acted in the Axiom proceedings in the Chancery Division, in which a Cayman based legal funding fund seeks substantial damages arising from alleged improprieties in the administration of its assets. 

His workload includes heavy arbitration matters (both in London and abroad).

Career

Called to Bar of British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St Vincent, Cayman (on an ad hoc basis) and the DIFC.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association; Commercial Bar Association, INSOL; British Azerbaijan Lawyers Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Robert Levy KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘An excellent advocate, very persuasive with the court and one of the best cross-examiners. He is a delight to work with.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Robert Levy KCXXIV Old BuildingsAn excellent advocate. Very persuasive with the court and one of the best cross-examiners. Robert makes the complex simple and an ability to present a case which is highly persuasive through a combination of intellect and character.’

XXIV Old Buildings is a ‘top-quality set with ability across the board, good strength in depth and a user-friendly approach‘. It is considered ‘a go-to for trust and fraud litigation‘ and is an undoubted leader for the full range of Offshore matters. Recent matters include Capital WW v Paysafe & Ors in which Robert Levy KC led Bajul Shahfor the claimant in its applications for Norwich Pharmacal relief concerning unpaid dividends from a gambling business. Several senior juniors regularly act unled in significant cases, including Adam Cloherty and Hugh Miall; the latter represented the claimant, a property consultancy company, in Burbage Realty Ltd v RJ 15 Ltd & Ors, a dispute over fees for the introduction, negotiation and development of a warehousing and logistics site next to the M1.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Robert Levy KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Robert can be relied on to fight hard and get into the nuts and bolts of a case. Hugely commercially literate whilst really understanding what it takes to win a case, he can be relied upon completely, and brings a great deal more skill to cross-examination than many of his contemporaries.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Robert Levy KCXXIV Old BuildingsRobert is one of the pre-eminent silks for hotly contested and complex offshore litigation. He is an outstanding trial advocate, fights to the last inch, and really understands the nuances of the Cayman court.’