Gilead Cooper > Chambers of Michael Furness QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Chambers of Michael Furness QC Offices
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Gilead specialises in complex, high-value disputes, often involving allegations of fraud, breaches of trust and fiduciary duties, and professional negligence. He also has a notable specialism in matters involving art and antiquities.
Gilead’s practice has a strong international element. He has appeared in the courts of Hong Kong, the BVI, Bermuda, Cayman and Nevis, and has been involved in litigation in Jersey, Guernsey and Gibraltar.
Call: 1983, QC: 2006.
Chancery Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; PAIAM (Professional Advisers to the International Art Market); ACTAPS; LCIA.
BA in English, Christ Church, Oxford; Dip. Law, The City University.
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Wilberforce Chambers continues to be ‘a go-to set for trust disputes‘, with members instructed in all manner of Chancery matters across the Caribbean and in other common law-based jurisdictions. Numerous members of chambers were involved in the high-profile AHAB v SAAD case in the Cayman Islands: Tom Lowe QC and Jack Watson represented SIFCO 4, one of the defendant companies; John Wardell QC is instructed to represent AHAB in appeals. In another Cayman highlight, Graeme Halkerston secured the jurisdiction’s first statutory ex-parte global freezing order for investors in a collapsed commodity company; the investors alleged fraud by the company’s manager, Eike Batista, a Brazilian ex-billionaire who was sentenced to prison in 2018 for a separate bribery matter. Moving to the Channel Islands, Gilead Cooper QC is advising the defendants in the long-running CMC Holdings v Forster case in the Jersey Royal Courts, a case in which the claimants allege the local directors (who include high-profile Kenyan political figures) of a business importing cars to eastern Africa operated a Jersey trust as a slush fund.