Campbells is widely recognised for the strength of its highly regarded litigation practice.
We have one of the largest specialist litigation teams, and routinely act in the most significant, high-value and complex disputes in both the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. We provide a full suite of litigation and dispute resolution services to a diverse, international client base from our offices in Cayman, the BVI and Hong Kong. We have a wealth of experience spanning a broad range of disputes, with particular expertise in investment fund disputes, trust litigation, asset tracing, shareholder disputes and dissenting shareholder fair value petitions.
Our clients range from large international, financial and trading organisations to liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy of international and local entities, participants in investment and trust structures, family offices and government agencies.
We pride ourselves on providing clear, commercial advice and effective representation, and work closely with our clients to achieve their strategic objectives. We prioritise resolving our clients’ disputes as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, and have considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution.
Members of the department appear before first instance and appellate courts, and have been involved in many reported cases. We are a leader in advising financial service providers and other clients in connection with local and overseas regulatory investigations. Our litigators also appear regularly as expert witnesses in foreign proceedings and speak at local and international conferences.
They're very, very good. We've had them argue matters against silks and they stand up just as well, if not better.
Recent work highlights
Defending HSBC entities acting as administrator and custodian in a US$2 billion claim against them in the Cayman Islands by the liquidators of a Madoff feeder fund.
Defending a PE fund in respect of claims by a high net worth individual asserting a beneficial interest in certain assets of the fund valued in excess of US$1 billion.
Acting for shareholders with in excess of US$800m of dissenter debt in the statutory merger of a global education provider under s. 238 of the Companies Law of the Cayman Islands.
Acting for the trustees of a high-value family trust, who are defendants to US$300 million claims by discretionary beneficiaries.
Representing a major auditor in defence of contractual and tortious claims in excess of US$270 m, including obtaining an anti-suit injunction to restrain the continuation of US proceedings.
Acting for trustees and a high net worth individual in respect of claims in excess of US$300 million arising as a result of the collapse of a major bank.
Chambers and Partners
“What the team is known for Well-respected disputes practice with a long-standing track record in the Cayman market. Acts for an array of major clients in many significant insolvency and restructuring cases. Also handles the full range of commercial litigation and is specifically highly rated for its expertise in investment fund disputes, asset tracing and shareholder disputes.
Strengths Sources laud the team’s quality of advice. One source said: “They gave us a specific course of action rather than just options.” Another insider noted: “They have been around in Cayman for a long time and are very good for litigation and insolvency work.”
Guy Manning leads the firm’s litigation, insolvency and restructuring group. He is lauded by one peer as “a formidable opponent and smart man.” Another source expanded: “His knowledge of Cayman insolvency and restructuring matters is excellent and he really knows his way around those cases. He is also very good on the areas where Cayman and UK law intersect.”
Mark Goodman is praised as “a shrewd lawyer” who is “very creative and can think outside the box.” He has extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency matters. An onshore lawyer went on to say: “He is a strategic thinker and very responsive. He has a really good grasp of Cayman law, which is invaluable. He has done a very good job on our matters.”
Alistair Walters typically represents clients in insolvency and financial services disputes. An impressed client said: “He is very responsive and very efficient. His turnaround times are very quick.”
Brian Child is “an extremely talented advocate” who is “tremendously bright, and an expert strategist who is efficient and down-to-earth.” Another pleased source said: “His enthusiasm for his work is infectious.”
“Campbells regularly plays a leading role in significant insolvency and restructuring cases in Cayman, and the practice is particularly well known for its expertise in investment fund litigation and shareholder disputes. The team also specialises in asset tracing, trust litigation, and the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Another key area of strength is advising financial institutions and service providers on local and overseas regulatory investigations. Alistair Walters, who has particular expertise in regulatory matters, and Andrew Pullinger defended Bank of Bermuda (Cayman) and HSBC Securities Services (Luxembourg) against breach of duty claims brought by Primeo Fund (in official liquidation). Cayman head of litigation, insolvency and restructuring Guy Manning and Mark Goodman are also recommended.”