BVI Trusts & Estates

Key Contacts

CHRISTOPHER MCKENZIE
Partner


VANESSA KING
Managing Partner


Professionals

NADINE WHYTE LAING
Partner


ASHA JOHNSON-WILLINS
Senior Associate


JENELLE ARCHER
Partner


O’Neal Webster’s BVI Trusts & Estates Department provides practical commercial and individual private client advice on all aspects of relevant BVI law. Whether clients are seeking to take advantage of cutting edge legislation by utilising a VISTA trust, or simply wish to adopt a more standard structure, the firm’s highly experienced lawyers offer confidential counsel in all phases of estate planning, trust, and probate matters. 

Partner Christopher McKenzie, an internationally noted expert in the field of trusts and estate planning leads the team, which advises trustees—individuals and corporations—and beneficiaries on the full complement of issues related to wealth preservation; probate planning; and trust creation, administration, and termination. 

O’Neal Webster is ‘responsive, detailed and prepared to review the contents of legal briefs and opinions so that clients have a thorough understanding of the salient legal points‘. -Legal500

On request, O’Neal Webster offers access to local trustees and corporate services companies to provide a seamless experience for international and domestic clients. 

The firm is also frequently instructed on trust and probate disputes, which are managed by its experienced litigators who possess the highest professional standards to ensure effective counsel, representation, and service. Our commercial clients have access to the firm’s expertise in succession planning, trusts, and other asset protection strategies. 

Recent Publications

Groundbreaking New Provisions in Variation of BVI Trusts

Abstract: The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has enacted innovative new trust legislation which includes provisions conferring on the BVI court an additional power to vary BVI trusts. The legislation, which is unique but which was inspired by section 47 of…

BVI Introduces New Reserved Power Trust Legislation

By Christopher McKenzie for Trusts & Trustees, Oxford University Press Background—why reserved power legislation has been enacted Many prospective settlors, especially those from jurisdictions or family backgrounds in which trusts do not feature,1 the establishment of a lifetime trust can…

BVI Strengthens Firewall Provisions in Trustee Act

When section 83 A of the British Virgin Islands’ Trustee Act came into effect in 2004 the jurisdiction was regarded as having the most sophisticated and well thought-out ‘firewall’ offering available, but, since then, the territory has arguably fallen behind…

AMENDMENTS TO THE BVI’S PRIVATE TRUST COMPANY REGULATIONS 2021

Since the BVI’s Financial Services (Exemptions) Regulations, 2007 (as amended, “the PTC Regulations”) came into effect, the BVI has become the jurisdiction of choice for private trust companies. Over one thousand such companies have so far been established. Background The…
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