Litigation

Key Contacts

PAUL DENNIS QC
Senior Partner


Professionals

NADINE WHYTE
Partner


DAN WISE
Partner


ASHA JOHNSON-WILLINS
Senior Associate


MARCIA LYGHT-ROBIN
Paralegal


Recognized as one of the most experienced and effective litigation teams in the BVI, under the leadership of Queen’s Counsel Paul Dennis, O’Neal Webster’s Litigation Department handles a range of commercial matters, including shareholder disputes, enforcement of banker’s securities, liquidations, cross-border insolvency and asset recovery, interim asset preservation, and general business litigation. The team is frequently engaged in matters before the BVI Commercial Court, an internationally recognized institution established in 2009 to facilitate the speedy and efficient resolution of commercial cases in the BVI system. In addition, the team has a successful record of resolving complex intellectual property, probate, and real property-related litigation. 

The litigation team is particularly experienced in matters of distressed funds; debt restructuring and rescheduling; schemes of arrangement, tracing, and recovery action; fund liquidation; and appointment and removal of liquidators, receivers, and corporate trustees. It has a long-standing track record of successful collaboration with foreign counsel in multi-jurisdictional litigation involving BVI individuals or companies. Attorneys appear before courts of first instance, arbitration panels, and appellate courts, and have represented clients before these tribunals up to the level of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London – the BVI’s highest appellate court. 

Our litigation team works closely with the firm’s commercial, corporate, regulatory, and trusts and estate departments, placing the firm in a strong position to offer comprehensive representation in disputes and proactive counsel on the legal effects and ramifications of commercial and estate transactions.

Chambers and Partners notes the team’s “in-depth knowledge,” describing the department’s lawyers as “meticulously detailed and sharp in their argument.”

In the words of one peer, “[Paul Dennis] is a capable opponent who works hard for his client.” 

Recent Publications

The Striking Off and Restoration of BVI Companies

By Asha Johnson-Willins British Virgin Island law sets out clear procedures for striking off, dissolution, and restoration of BVI companies. Governed by the BVI Business Companies Act and the Insolvency Act, the procedures apply to BVI Business Companies as well…

Offshore Asset Recovery in Divorce

In high-value divorce litigation, certain matrimonial assets held in offshore vehicles and structures are commonly unaccounted for. This is due to a widespread perception that such assets are out of reach to the victim spouse and that opaque beneficial ownership…

Revisiting and Resisting Freezing Orders

Freezing orders are one of the most important weapons in a court’s arsenal to prevent parties from disposing of or dissipating assets to ensure they will be available to satisfy a potential future money judgment. In the British Virgin Islands, the court is…
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