Nicholas Burkill

Partner British Virgin Islands
Nicholas Burkill
Recommended Who's Who Legal, Investigations, 2022


Nick has vast experience representing clients in international disputes before the courts and in arbitrations. Nick is BVI office head of dispute resolution, responsible for members of Ogier's dispute resolution team based in the BVI.
  • Background & experience

    Nick has significant expertise in civil fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and asset tracing cases that have usually involved interim freezing and disclosure orders.  He has represented clients in obtaining these orders and in resisting them.  He has acted in shareholder disputes, joint venture disputes, breach of confidence claims, the enforcement of post termination restrictive covenants and contractual disputes in a large number of sectors.

    Nick has in addition developed significant expertise in the conduct of internal investigations and in corruption issues, including advising clients on the development of anti-corruption procedures designed to comply with international standards.

    Nick was a member of the English Civil Procedure Rule Committee and working parties responsible for the preparation of the English court’s rules detailing e-discovery requirements and is expert on the tensions involved in cross-border discovery.

    Prior to joining Ogier in 2016, Nick was head of an international law firm's London Trial department and co-chair of that firm’s Anti-Corruption Practice Group.

    Admitted in:

    • 1987 - England & Wales - Solicitor Advocate (civil) (non practising)
    • 2016 - BVI


    • Chair of the BVI Arbitration Group
    • Founder Anti-Fraud Network
    • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Member of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Rules Review Committee
    • Member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee 2002-2008
    • Member of the Chancery Court Users Committee 2011 - 2016
    • Committee member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association 2003-2012


    • Ranked by Chambers UK Guide – Fraud
    • Recommended by Legal 500 since 2011
    • Recognised as an Expert in Who's Who Legal: Investigation (2018-2019)
    • Recognised as an expert in International Who’s Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers (2012-2019)
    • Recognised by Super Lawyers UK
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  • Recognition

    Recommended Who's Who Legal, Investigations, 2022
    Recommended Who's Who Legal, Asset Recovery, 2022
    Nicholas Burkill is outstandingly good and is the go-to partner for the most complex cases. Legal 500 Caribbean, 2022
    Team of the Year – Litigation Citywealth IFC Awards 2022
    Has deep knowledge and appreciation of all aspects of contentious litigation. Excellent strategist. Excellent team builder. Legal 500 Caribbean, 2022
    Leading Individual Legal 500 Caribbean, 2022
    An exceptionally good litigator. He is one of the most experienced lawyers in the BVI and has seen everything. Legal 500 Caribbean, 2021
    Recommended Who's Who Legal, Investigations, 2021
    Immensely capable as a litigator and produces excellent written and oral advocacy. Chambers Global, 2021
    Has years of City of London experience as a partner and has carried that pragmatism and excellence over to his BVI practice. Legal 500 Caribbean, 2021
    Leading Individual Legal 500 Caribbean, 2021
    Nicholas Burkill brings years of City of London experience to the Caribbean and is a great strategist Legal 500 Caribbean, 2020
    A very good lawyer and a tough opponent in court. Chambers Global, 2020
    Leading individual Legal 500 Caribbean, 2020
    What impressed me was the quality of his work and the sound and practical nature of his advice; as well as his understanding of the local court system Client feedback, 2019
    Recommended Who's Who Legal Guide - Asset Recovery 2019
    Recommended Who's Who Legal Guide - Investigations 2019
    Very capable and doing very well Chambers Global, 2019
    Working very well on a difficult case Chambers Global, 2019
    Nicholas Burkill is instrumental in shaping strategy for clients embroiled in major fraud and commercial disputes. Peers deeply approve of an approach that 'combines force with judgment'. Chambers Global, 2018
    Investigations Expert 2018 Who's Who Legal Investigations, 2018
    Has a very commercial approach Legal 500 Caribbean, 2018
    He is an excellent lawyer and is definitely going to be a big player in the offshore market Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery, 2017
    Recommended Legal 500, Caribbean, 2017
    An enormously experienced fraud litigator, with great depth of knowledge; intelligent and hardworking, with an excellent sense of humour. One of the best around. Legal 500