“He gives clear accessible advice and drafts well.” – Legal 500, 2021
“Incredibly bright, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Chancery work.” – Legal 500, 2020
Nigel is ranked as a Leading Offshore practitioner by Legal 500. Nigel’s offshore work tends to focus on trust matters, although he also has experience in insolvency, commercial and property disputes and professional liability claims. He acts in domestic proceedings involving offshore structures and companies, as well as claims proceeding in offshore jurisdictions. His clients have included Swiss trust companies, Guernsey and Jersey trusts, and corporations based in various Caribbean jurisdictions.
He has been called to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean and has appeared in court in the BVI. His practice has taken him to Saudi Arabia and court in Guernsey and the Isle of Man. In the last year, Nigel has undertaken two secondments with a leading international offshore law firm in Guernsey.
Recent cases have included:
- Acting on the discharge of a freezing order obtained against a Swiss trust company and challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear claims for dishonest assistance, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.
- Synergy Capital Limited – Nigel acted for the UK individual who was the ultimate source of £8.5 million which was misappropriated by his account manager at UBS. The funds were paid into a complicated Guernsey company structure ending up in the hands of Synergy Capital Limited. The matter went to the Guernsey Court of Appeal on whether the individual had locus to wind up the company as an interested party (a provision unique to Guernsey insolvency law).
- Acting for Swiss trustees in relation to claims of gross negligence and breach of trust against former trustees, and the enforceability of inter-company loans totalling $125 million. The claimants were the liquidators of various BVI companies ultimately owned by the trust, and the claims arose out of the insolvency of an Icelandic bank.
- Rectification proceedings in Guernsey which included consideration of whether the Royal Court should apply the English authority Pitt v Holt, Futter v Futter, or decline to follow it (consistent with the approach in Jersey).
- Nigel has acted both for and against offshore trustees in several claims arising out of the poor performance of trust fund investments.