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Senior Associate (Barrister) - British Virgin Islands

Agnew O'Brien Global Legal Recruitment
British Virgin Islands
Excellent Financial Package (Low Tax Jurisdiction)
Closing date
22 Jun 2024

Job Details

We are seeking a talented mid-level commercial/chancery barrister to join a growing BVI disputes practice as a Senior Associate. This exciting opportunity offers the chance to work on complex, high-profile cases and build a long-term career in the Caribbean.

About the Role

As a Senior Associate, you will support partners in delivering technically robust legal advice directly to clients, with appropriate supervision. Your diverse workload will include:

  • Director and shareholder disputes
  • Trust and estates litigation
  • Insolvency, fraud, and asset tracing
  • General corporate and commercial disputes

Ideal Candidate

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • An outstanding academic pedigree
  • 4-8 years of post-qualification experience at a top-tier commercial/chancery chambers or notable offshore/onshore law firm
  • Robust advocacy skills and a commitment to maintaining a robust advocacy component in your practice
  • A self-starter mentality and enthusiasm for building a long-term career in the Caribbean

What's on Offer

  • Opportunity to work on high-profile, complex cases
  • Collaborative and dynamic team environment
  • Professional development and growth opportunities
  • Competitive financial package + relocation assistance

Why the BVI

  • The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean.
  • Possessing a sub-tropical climate, the BVI is well known as a superb location for sailing and waters sports enthusiasts with fantastic beaches and other outdoor attractions. Possessing a small but friendly ex-pat community there is a full range of sports facilities and clubs available that will appeal to both families and singles.
  • The BVI is recognized as a leading offshore hub, with approximately 500,000 foreign businesses incorporated in the BVI and around 40% of all offshore companies in the world BVI registered.
  • The territory maintains innovative and modern statutes dealing primarily with company, banking, trust, insolvency and insurance laws, with a large number of firms in the region heavily involved in insolvency proceedings, complex commercial litigation and arbitration, M&A deals.
  • The BVI has most recently established itself as an attractive jurisdiction for blockchain businesses and virtual asset projects including token issues and initial coin offerings, payment and crypto lending services, computer gaming, in-game NFTs, and play-to-earn projects.
  • Lawyers looking to relocate to the BVI must be England & Wales / Northern Ireland and can be admitted to the BVI Bar from NQ upwards.
  • Salaries are competitive if slightly below those in other offshore jurisdictions (such as Cayman & Bermuda) while the cost of living is lower in comparison (by c20%). Packages include basic salaries and bonus / commission (at a prevailing tax rate of 8%) plus relocation, temporary accommodation and other benefits.

How to Apply

If you're a skilled and ambitious disputes lawyer looking for a new challenge, who is committed to pursuing a career in the offshore Caribbean, please send your CV and supporting information to or apply via this website.


About Agnew O’Brien

Agnew O’Brien specialises in recruiting high-end legal candidates across international jurisdictions. We provide unparalleled consultancy and connections in niche markets, such as the offshore Caribbean, paving the way for your next career move. If you need realistic, constructive and honest advice from experts in the legal recruitment field, contact us today.



Agnew O’Brien Global Legal Recruitment is a boutique consultancy that represents high calibre lawyers in their job search across international jurisdictions spanning the Asia-Pacific, Offshore Caribbean / Channel Islands, Middle East and United Kingdom. Those we assist are offered a bespoke, consultative recruitment service of the highest professional standards, specifically tailored to address individual search requirements and objectives. Our approach is discreet yet pro-active, offering candidates practical support throughout each step of the recruitment process. 

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