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Mr Donald Lilly
Barrister specialising in corporate insolvency, commercial, company and trust litigation, with a particular emphasis on international and offshore disputes. Recent reported cases include: Faulkner v Vollin Holdings Ltd  EWHC 787 (Ch), Maso Capital Investments Ltd v Shanda Games Ltd  BCC 466, Patel v Iqbal  EWHC 1174 (Ch), Gany Holdings (PTC) SA v Khan  UKPC 21, Re Baxendale-Walker  EWHC 3423 (Ch), Nagi v Nagi  EWHC 90 (Ch), Re Meem SL Ltd  BCC 652, Crowden v QBE Insurance (Europe) Ltd  PNLR 9. He was also instructed with Jonathan Crow, Q.C. and Richard Hill, Q.C. by Victor Pinchuk in respect of his claim against Igor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Bogolyubov, one of the largest pieces of litigation in the Commercial Court in 2016, and from 2012 until 2015 (with John Brisby, Q.C.) in respect of a minority shareholder’s oppression petition presented in Bermuda in respect of a multi-billion dollar company incorporated there (it being one of the largest minority shareholder disputes ever litigated in that jurisdiction). He continues to be instructed by the trustees in bankruptcy for the estate of Boris Berezovsky in respect of the matters arising out of that insolvent estate, including a dispute in Gibraltar for which he was called to the Gibraltar Bar (on a case specific basis) in 2019.
Called 2006; Middle Temple. Called to the BVI Bar in 2013 and the Gibraltar Bar (on a case specified basis) in 2019. Publications of note: contributor to Oxford Journal of Trusts & Trustees; Tolley’s Company Law Service; and Butterworth’s Journal of International Bank and Financial Law.
“Investigations by BIS”, Tolley’s Company Law Service
“It’s a real privilege: common interests in trust disputes”. Trusts and Trustees, T. & T. 2013, 19(1), 68-78.
“A Tale of Two Insolvencies”, Butterworth’s Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, (2012) 6 JIBFL 348.
Featured in The Lawyer, “Judgment Call”, 21 May 2012.
Chancery Bar Association and COMBAR.
Called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands (2013)
Called (on a case specific basis) to the Bar of Gibraltar (2019).
Wadham College, Oxford (MA, BCL), Scholar.
Classical music, classic cars and wine
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5 (Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5 (Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5
Donald Lilly – 4 Stone Buildings ‘Donald is a supremely confident, assured and persuasive advocate who is held in high regard by his peers and the court. His strategic guidance is always on point, his written and oral advice is accurate and compelling, and he always gives commercial and pragmatic advice.’
4 Stone Buildings is an ‘outstanding Chancery set‘ which is ‘highly reputable for offshore commercial matters’. Clients note that the ‘juniors, in particular, are of a consistently high calibre‘. Richard Hill KC is leading a large team, including fellow member Andrew de Mestre KC, for the claimants in Travelport and Ors v WEX Inc, concerning two joined claims arising out of WEX’s proposed acquisition of eNett and Optal. Another major mandate has been Faulkner v Vollin Investments Limited, in relation to a dispute between 70 shareholders in a projector technology company and its funder, in which Donald Lilly and, at an earlier stage, Orlando Fraser KC, represented the respondents.