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Hurricane Irma Client Communications
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Forbes Hare is an offshore law firm with offices in the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, with additional representative (foreign law) offices in London and Singapore.

The firm works with associated trust, corporate and fiduciary service businesses in New Zealand, the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands.  

The firm’s litigation team is involved in some of the most complex litigation in the Caribbean. The majority of work involves, in one way or another, disputes involving offshore structures and entities in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands. Much of our work has cross-border elements. While our primary markets are the BVI and Cayman Islands, the firm also assists and handles cases involving other common law Caribbean jurisdictions where it has lawyers locally admitted and relationships with local firms. 

Forbes Hare was the first offshore firm to offer contentious expertise from London.

Forbes Hare has a broad-based corporate insolvency practice, and acts for creditors, debtors and office holders in a variety of insolvency and restructuring situations. The team has considerable experience with the use of insolvency remedies in fraud and asset tracing exercises, and in shareholder disputes.

The firm has an experienced corporate, finance and investment funds practice, which is partner-led and commercial in its approach. It advises clients globally on corporate finance and public equity transactions, private equity, joint ventures, fund set-ups and general corporate and commercial work. The team comprises senior lawyers with professional backgrounds at major international law firms.

Forbes Hare’s trusts and private client team advises institutional trustees, corporates, families and private individuals from offices in the BVI, the Cayman Islands and New Zealand (we do not advise on New Zealand law). We regularly advise on commercial trusts, succession and estate planning, charities and asset ownership issues,  We have significant contentious trusts experience and regularly advise trustees, beneficiaries, settlors and other interested parties in relation to contentious matters.  We do not offer tax advice.

Click to read the Press statement regarding Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma hit the BVI on September 6. Irma was the most severe Atlantic hurricane on record, and caused widespread damage.  We gratefully acknowledge the many kind messages of support from our friends, clients and colleagues. 

Our business continuity procedures are fully operational, and we can continue to assist clients with all BVI-related matters.

The Governor, the BVI Government and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court have already made significant progress in re-establishing critical business systems and facilities, many of which are now functional.  Of particular relevance to our clients:

  • The BVI Company Registry online VIRRGIN system is functional and accessible from our offices outside the BVI, allowing us to carry out company searches, make filings, incorporate new companies and obtain certificates.  In addition, the BVI's beneficial ownership information portal (BOSSs) was unaffected by the hurricane and is also operational.
  • The BVI High Court Registry will open on Monday September 18 which, amongst other things, should enable the fulfilment of cause list searches and the issuance of legal opinions for which such searches are required.
  • The Commercial Court will temporarily sit on St Lucia with effect from Monday September 25.  In the meantime, judges are available elsewhere in the Caribbean and are able to hear BVI-related applications for emergency relief in appropriate circumstances.
  • Other proposals are being advanced to restore a degree of court functionality to all levels of the justice system as the islands recover. 

Our local office will re-open as soon as power is restored to Road Town.  In the meantime, BVI legal and administrative work will be performed from our London, Cayman Islands and Singapore offices. 
A number of partners from our BVI practice continue to be available to assist with enquiries:

Corporate and Funds
Jose Santos - jose.santos@forbeshare.com, Karen Gilbert - karen.gilbert@forbeshare.com,
Catherine Ross - catherine.ross@forbeshare.com

Litigation and Insolvency
William Hare - william.hare@forbeshare.com, Alistair Abbott - alistair.abbott@forbeshare.com
Richard Baird - richard.baird@forbeshare.com