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: Trusted team highly regarded for its handling of contentious restructuring and insolvency matters. Also assists with a range of general commercial disputes such as those arising out of M&A transactions. Represents major financial institutions, private equity firms and investment funds.
Strengths: Sources “think very highly” of the firm and regard it as “an attractive choice” in the local market.”
Head of the litigation, insolvency and restructuring team Guy Manning has substantial experience handling high-value cases, in particular liquidations and disputes arising from M&A transactions. Sources particularly praise his technical skills.
Mark Goodman is “one of the brightest and most effective insolvency lawyers in Cayman,” said a source, adding: “He is incredibly efficient and effective.” Another commented: “We like to use him in difficult situations. He is very robust, commercial and bright.” He has recognised strengths in advising on contentious restructuring and insolvency matters as well as trust disputes and liquidation proceedings.
Andrew Pullinger‘s practice focuses on commercial litigation, dispute resolution and international arbitration. His peers have “a huge amount of respect” for him and praise his “solid judgement.”
Alistair Walters advises on a wide range of general commercial litigation matters. He has noted experience in handling liquidation proceedings, along with regulatory matters, insolvency disputes and internal investigations.
“Campbells’ ‘dispute resolution team has real strength in depth’ and regularly acts in significant Cayman insolvency and restructuring cases alongside experience handling the full range of commercial litigation and regulatory investigations. Guy Manning heads up the Cayman litigation, insolvency and restructuring group, which also includes Andrew Pullinger, Mark Goodman and Alistair Walters. Liam Faulkner was recently made partner and Hamid Khanbhai is an experienced senior associate.”