Offshore


Offshore and International

Much of our work has an international element and involves jurisdictions in which we have long-standing reputations, such as Antigua, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Hong Kong, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Singapore and Switzerland.

Our offshore work includes: trust and estates litigation, civil fraud, commercial litigation, insolvency, company law, proceeds of crime and property claims.  In these and other cases we also routinely deal with conflict of laws issues and challenges to jurisdiction.

We are used to working with lawyers in other jurisdictions either directly or through solicitors in England and Wales and in the large litigation teams that major multinational litigation often requires.  We are among the first choices for the really complex cross-border cases that proceed in London or offshore or (often) both.  Much advisory work from offshore also flows through chambers and we act as advocates in those jurisdictions where we have or may obtain rights of audience.

The extent and the varied nature of our offshore and international contentious work is illustrated by some recent cases:

  • Crociani v Crociani (Jersey) One of two daughters challenged payments (said to be $100 million) out of a large trust to her mother, the settlor, and also challenged the appointment of a Mauritian trustee.  The trust instrument contained what her mother and the present and former trustees said was a clause giving exclusive jurisdiction to the courts of Mauritius.  The mother and other trustees sought a stay of the Jersey proceedings.  The Privy Council declined to grant a stay.

 

  • Investec Trust Limited (Guernsey), ongoing and long-running contentious trust litigation in Guernsey concerning the Tchenguiz family trusts and the collapse of Kaupthing Bank

 

  • BTA Bank v Ablyazov (England, Kazakhstan), a claim in the Commercial Court by a Khazakh bank for $6 billion misappropriated by its former shareholder, involving a substantial challenge to jurisdiction in the BVI

 

  • Caldero Trading Ltd v Beppler & Jacobson Ltd & Ors (England), a high-profile shareholder dispute, where allegations of fraud and mismanagement within a Montenegrin hotel group led to the granting of freezing orders and the appointment of provisional liquidators

 

  • Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund Ltd v Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants(Cayman), a claim in excess of $450 million by the liquidators of the Cayman-based Weavering hedge fund against its former auditors, Ernst and Young

 

  • Alhamrani v Alhamrani, concerning the ownership of a Middle East oil company. Following a decision in 2012 by the British Virgin Islands Commercial Court in 2012, and a further hearing in 2013, the case went on appeal to the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and finally the Privy Council

 

We are well known in the offshore legal and business communities and we actively encourage our junior members to experience working abroad on secondment with leading offshore firms.


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