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Lawrence Cohen QC

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Wilberforce Chambers (Chambers of Michael Furness QC)


Barrister specialising in corporate and business law matters, particularly with an international/cross-border and offshore bias; practice area includes equity and offshore trust matters, including major civil fraud by fiduciaries and professional negligence, distinguishing features are: large-scale, complex and long-running case – clients are often investment bands or funds, institutional trustees, listed or multinational corporations, foreign governmental organisations or professional litigants such as liquidators; transactional work using extensive experience of financial markets in Europe and the US and of many aspects of financial accounting and reporting; this requires commercial acumen and sensitivity, as well as technical expertise in company, trust and insolvency law and practice; significant cross-border or international cases requiring private international law expertise (including tracing type claims, conservatory measures, recognition of foreign judgments or awards, eg Brussels, Lugano and New York conventions); practice often necessitates working closely with lawyers and other professionals (particularly accountants and financial services professionals) in different countries (eg Switzerland, Greece, Luxembourg, Central and South America), devising creative solutions and overcoming linguistic and cultural barriers; a feature is frequent court appearances in offshore financial centres, including the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands, building wide experience of offshore and cross-borders corporations, trusts and other holding structures.


Called 1974, Gray’s Inn, QC 1993; assistant recorder 1995; recorder 1998; called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; attorney at law admitted in specific cases (Cayman, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos Islands).


The Bar of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR; Insolvency Lawyers’ Association; associate member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Birmingham University (LLB).

London Bar

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