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Global Guide
Department Profile

O'Neal Webster Dispute Resolution Department

British Virgin Islands

  • Profile
  • Commerce House, 2nd Floor
  • Road Town
  • Tortola
  • Tortola
  • British Virgin Islands

Department profile submitted by O'Neal Webster

Recognized as one of the most effective BVI litigation teams, led by Paul Dennis QC, the firm adeptly handles an array of contentious commercial matters, including cross border disputes, arbitrations, insolvency, and probate litigation in trusts and estates. Working closely with the firm’s corporate, regulatory, and trusts and estate departments, attorneys offer comprehensive representation and proactive counsel on legal effects and ramifications of commercial and estate transactions.

The firm 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 represent clients up to the level of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London—the BVI’s highest appellate court.

Experience includes 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, as well as shareholder disputes, enforcement of banker’s securities, liquidations, cross-border asset recovery, interim asset preservation, and general business litigation. The team is frequently engaged 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.

  • Dennis, Paul  (Head of Department)
  • Johns, Dr. Alecia
  • Tavernier, Willa
  • Whyte, Nadine


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Global Reach. The firm offers seamless collaboration in multiple jurisdictions to serve its clients’ global interests. O’Neal Webster’s BVI footprint is augmented by an office in the UK, and complemented through membership as the exclusive BVI law firm in Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, and World Services Group, a globally recognized resource for professionals and their clients in legal, investment banking, and accounting.

Culture and Clientele. The firm maintains a sophisticated yet accessible and collegial culture. Clients benefit from its commitment to offering the most current sound and practical advice, punctuated with attentive and personalized service.

International clients include corporations, high net worth individuals, major banks, funds and fund managers, financial services companies, trusts, and other law firms.