Offshore and International
"New Square Chambers is sought after for its work in a variety of offshore matters such as contentious insolvencies, fraud, general commercial disputes, trusts litigation and asset tracing claims."
Chambers UK Bar 2022
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:
- Bush v Bush; Re Apple Properties Limited (Isle of Man), a company/trusts case involving a dispute between brothers who ran a substantial property business.
- Re Montpelier Trust and Corporate Services (Isle of Man), a claim by liquidators alleging a £45m embezzlement.
- Kazzaz v Standard Chartered Trust (Guernsey), a claim by the beneficiaries and current trustees of Guernsey law trust against the trust company of a major bank.
- Re Domain Ventures Partners PCC Ltd (Gibraltar), a case involving complex issues arising out of fund documentation of wider importance to insolvent funds, and the application of trust principles.
- British and Malayan Trustees v Talib (Singapore), proceedings in respect of an old settlement which made complicated provision for the settlor’s family to share in its income.
- Re G Trusts (Cayman), proceedings concerned with a series of Cayman trusts holding c. $2 billion in assets.
- Best Nation Investments Limited v Antow Holdings Limited (BVI/Eastern Caribbean), a major shareholding dispute.
- 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 (BVI/Eastern Caribbean), proceedings concerning the ownership of a Middle East oil company.
- Trilogy Management Ltd (Jersey), a case worth circa $400 million.
- A $50m+ fraud-type claim acting for administrators of former AIM listed mining company with proceedings imminent in Bermuda, and possible claims in Switzerland and London.
- Investec Trust Limited (Guernsey), long-running contentious trust litigation in Guernsey concerning the Tchenguiz family trusts and the collapse of Kaupthing Bank.
- A hotly-contested dispute in Malaysia, Jersey and England over control of a substantial AIM-listed multinational group of companies with subsidiaries in the BVI, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China.
- A Bahraini company dispute with two Saudi Arabian corporate conglomerates concerning a major corporate joint venture franchise of soccer schools in the Middle East and North Africa by a well-known English Premier League football club.
- Shrimpton v Scriven (BVI), a multi-million dollar unfair prejudice claim by one of the two major shareholders in well-known fund managers/venture capitalists in Vietnam.
- Re Torchlight Fund LP (Cayman), a disputed winding up petition arising out of multi-million dollar investments.
- Crociani v Crociani (Jersey), one of two daughters challenged payments out of a trust to her mother, the settlor, and also challenged the appointment of a Mauritian trustee.
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.