British Virgin Islands (VG)
(£160,000 - £200,000) (UK GROSS COMPARATOR)
15 May 2021
19 May 2021
Full Time
4-6 Years
Experience Level
Junior Level, Mid Level

An opportunity has arisen at the BVI office of this major offshore firm which enjoys a very strong reputation in the local market. You will need to be UK admitted and have gained 3 - 6 years' high quality commercial litigation experience from either a major international City firm, a well-regarded set of chancery/commercial chambers, or another major offshore firm. The range of work is broad-ranging and can include: commercial disputes (including fraud and asset tracing claims, freezing and other injunctions and enforcement of foreign judgments); corporate disputes (claims against directors, shareholder disputes, malpractice and professional negligence); contentious trusts (breach of trust claims, administrative applications, claims by and against beneficiaries and trustees and protectors, Hastings-Bass applications); insolvency and restructuring (winding up and cross border insolvency applications, restructuring applications, liquidation, negligence and partnership disputes); financial services disputes (including funds, banking and insurance claims and claims by investors and creditors); and regulatory advice (contentious and non-contentious offshore restructuring and regulatory matters, often in conjunction with onshore counsel and other professional services providers). 

Winchester Search is a boutique independent search and selection firm serving the offshore, Asian, Australian and London markets. Simon Scott, head of our offshore practice, is a Cambridge University law graduate and former employment lawyer who has worked in legal recruitment since 1996 and specialised exclusively in the offshore market since 2009, including living and working as a legal recruiter in Grand Cayman for almost five years. With over a decade's experience of the offshore market behind him, he has forged strong relationships with Managing Partners, heads of department and senior HR personnel at all the major offshore firms. 

There are several compelling reasons why a significant number of lawyers from the world’s leading international law firms across the globe decide every year to make a combined career and lifestyle move to Cayman, BVI and Bermuda:


Due to the low tax rates, you can earn as much as working for some of the highest-paying US firms in London and significantly more than working for Magic or Silver Circle firms in London, whilst -

(a)  working ​shorter and ​more predictable hours;
(b)  still being able to undertake interesting, high-value work on behalf of major blue-chip clients;
(c)  having greater client contact and opportunity for travel and business development.

Quality of life

(a)  Superb climate (average daily high temperatures range from 29C - 33C in Grand Cayman; 28C – 31C in BVI; and 20C – 30C in Bermuda). 

(b)  Much shorter commute to work (whether on foot or by bike, scooter or car).

(c)  Being able to live in close proximity to the ocean. 

(d)  Far more relaxed nature of island life. 

(e)  Extremely picturesque surroundings where there is virtually zero air pollution.

(f)  The climate lends itself to participation in sport and outdoor activities, whether water sports and activities (swimming, snorkelling, paddle-boarding, kitesurfing, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, jet-skiing, canoeing), team sports (there are leagues for football, cricket, rugby, hockey etc) or individual sports and activities (cycling, jogging, crossfit, outdoor yoga, golf, tennis).   

Ease of transition

All the islands (a) have English as their main language and (b) have a very friendly, lively and cosmopolitan expat community (circa 50% of the population in Bermuda, BVI and Cayman are expats drawn from every corner of the globe), which makes settling into island life much easier. In addition, no exams are necessary to get admitted and practise in Cayman, BVI or Bermuda.

Please note that we are only able to respond to applicants who satisfy the criteria set out in the job spec above and whom we believe will be of interest to our clients.

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