Bryan De Verneuil-Smith

Partner Guernsey
Bryan De Verneuli-Smith
Quick, commercial, and a pleasure to work with. His litigation experience and judgment further solidifies Ogier's position among the top of the Guernsey firms for litigation. Legal 500 UK, 2020

Overview

Bryan is partner in Ogier's Dispute Resolution team based in Guernsey, specialising in financial services, trusts, insolvency, regulatory, complex commercial disputes and all types of insurance and reinsurance related disputes.
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  • Background & experience

    After gaining wide experience of commercial litigation at the City of London office of one of Scotland’s leading law firms, practising English law, Bryan has practised offshore since 2013, acting for and advising directors, shareholders and other corporate stakeholders, fund managers, trustees, beneficiaries and other parties to trusts. 

    The areas upon which he has advised have included: high value complex commercial disputes, fund and trust disputes, insolvency related issues, all aspects of advice relating to director duties and the provision of data protection regulatory advice.

    Bryan qualified as an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in February 2016. Since qualifying he has represented clients in the Royal Court on various commercial matters. In particular he was part of the team of advocates who represented and successfully defended the executive directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation (“CCC”), an investment fund, against a claim for nearly $2 billion, in Guernsey’s biggest ever civil trial (lasting nearly 6 months). He continued to act for the executive directors in the appeal of the Royal Court decision heard in October 2018.

    Bryan joined Ogier in January 2019.

    He is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Guernsey International Legal Association, INSOL and ARIES (Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts (Channel Islands)).

    Admitted in:

    2016 - Guernsey
    2003 - England and Wales

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  • Recognition

    Quick, commercial, and a pleasure to work with. His litigation experience and judgment further solidifies Ogier's position among the top of the Guernsey firms for litigation. Legal 500 UK, 2020
    He is personable, engaged in his matters, and extremely commercial Citywealth Leaders List, 2019