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Chambers of Michael Furness QC
Wilberforce Chambers
8 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QP
England

Position

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. 

Career

Call: 1983, QC: 2006.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; PAIAM (Professional Advisers to the International Art Market); ACTAPS; LCIA.

Education

BA in English, Christ Church, Oxford; Dip. Law, The City University.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

Within: Leading Silks -

Gilead Cooper QC



Wilberforce Chambers



Is the Rolls-Royce silk of the Chancery Bar. He is a master strategist and a star advocate.

London Bar > Offshore

Within: Leading Silks -

Gilead Cooper QC



Wilberforce Chambers



An incredibly quick mind with great intellectual powers, he is an excellent courtroom advocate.

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.

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Art and cultural property - Leading Silks -

Gilead Cooper QC



Wilberforce Chambers



He is an experienced advocate with real knowledge of the art market and its issues.