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Nicholas Brookes


British Virgin Islands

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Nick is head of Ogier's BVI Practice and the BVI office head of Dispute Resolution. He is a barrister with more than a decade's experience in dispute resolution in the BVI, in particular in director and shareholder disputes, insolvency and restructuring, fraud and asset tracing, trust and estates litigation, and general corporate and commercial disputes. He previously was a commercial and chancery barrister in London.

Background and experience

Nick has worked on and appeared in some of the largest, high profile and high value litigation in the British Virgin Islands in the last 10 years.

Nick has extensive experience of insolvency and restructuring matters. He is leading the Three Arrows Capital liquidation for Ogier - one of the largest ever hedge fund insolvencies, involving litigation in the BVI, New York, and Singapore, along with other worldwide efforts. In this, Nick and his team also obtained one of the largest injunctions ever issued in the BVI, for circa USD$1.2bn. Nick's insolvency and restructuring work is invariably cross-border and regularly involves urgent relief, working on some of the earliest light touch provisional liquidations to occur in the BVI in the China Fisheries litigation.

Nick has particular expertise in fraud and asset tracing, dealing with the prospective and retrospective enforcement of international judgments, arbitration awards and awards of other types of tribunals. In this, Nick has experience working with New York and other US states, England, Hong Kong and the PRC, Singapore, the UAE, Switzerland, Brazil, Nigeria as well as several other South American and African states. He works frequently to obtain or defend freezing injunctions and receiverships in support of such claims, as well as seeking charging orders and associated relief, including information gathering by way of Norwich Pharmacal orders and other disclosure and examination orders.

He also has extensive trial experience in the Commercial Court, such as Mark Byers & another v Chen Ningning (part of the Pioneer Freight Futures international litigation), Play La Inc. v NFC Data Inc, Green Elite, King Bun Limited & others v Lau Man Sang, James & others. He appears regularly in the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, both as sole and lead counsel. He also has significant Privy Council experience.

He has substantial experience of the procedure of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court throughout all of its tiers, having co-authored a collated version of the Civil Procedure Rules (ECSC CPR), used by the Commercial Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in the Eastern Caribbean, as well as other BVI practitioners and London counsel. He has sat on the BVI's Civil Procedure Rules committee on behalf of the BVI Bar Association. He has particular procedural expertise in relief in support of foreign proceedings, foreign enforcement, and costs principles particular to the BVI.

Nick has a specialism in trust and contentious private client and estates work, with a deep understanding of the international holding structures in trusts and estate law and their implications for litigation in the BVI. He notably ran the BVI aspect of Gany Holdings (PTC) SA v Khan and others [2018] UKPC 21, including successfully both in the Court of Appeal and Privy Council stages. He has also appeared in BVI aspect of the Scherbakov Estate case (Claim no. BVIHC (COM) 2018/134) and ran the Al Thani dispute (BVIHCVAP2021/0001) successfully at first instance and in the Court of Appeal, as well as working with a large number of other ultra-high net worth individuals and families.

He is regularly invited to speak at conferences on the above issues in the context of both BVI and international insolvency, asset recovery and trust related work and was co-chair of the BVI INSOL conference in 2022.

Nick was a member of the BVI Bar Association Council for more than four years and more than three of which as First Vice President, having previously acted as Treasurer. He established a Bench and Bar advocacy program with a former Commercial Court judge and has assisted in the Bar Association's pro bono clinic in the BVI, and set up a practitioner seminar program for Bar members between 2020 and 2021.

He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2011 and began his legal career training in the pro bono sector in London. He took pupillage in a leading commercial set in London and moved into general commercial and chancery work. He was twice a Lord Diplock scholar of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 2009 and 2010, while undertaking the legal diploma and Bar exams in London. He holds an MA from Cambridge University where he took a first and was a scholar of his college. Before entering the law Nick's background was in public relations.

Admitted in:
2011 - England and Wales (non practicing)
2014 - British Virgin Islands

RISA (BVI chapter of INSOL)
Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
BVI Bar Association
Chancery Bar Association Overseas Member

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"Nicholas Brookes is exceptionally capable, commercial, hard-working and intellectually rigorous. He has excellent judgement and is always able to make the right call to drive the litigation forward to achieve results"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2024

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"Nicholas is a safe pair of hands"

Chambers Global, 2024

"Nick Brookes is superb, he is is the guru of BVI procedural law (along with being a great litigator), "

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2024

"Nicholas Brookes, is, simply put, one of the best commercial litigators around. He is exceptionally bright, insightful, and has a keen eye for detail. He is also incredibly diligent, and really goes the extra mile for his clients"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2023

"A real asset to any litigation team"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2022

"Makes it his business to know the ins and outs of the case"

Chambers Global, 2023

"Incredibly user-friendly"

Chambers Global, 2023

"Next Generation Partner"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2023


Legal 500 Caribbean, 2023

"Team of the Year – Litigation"

Citywealth IFC Awards 2022

"Next Generation Partner"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2022

"A star of the future. He is very calm under pressure and a shrewd tactician"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2021

"Up and Coming"

Chambers Global, 2021

"He is a formidable litigator; combining technical brilliance, with diligence and good commercial sense"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2021

"Has years of experience and is perhaps the most knowledgeable person on the island when it comes to the CPR. A determined and fearsome litigator"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2021

"An up-and-coming star who is committed and efficient"

Chambers Global, 2021


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