John O'Driscoll

John O'Driscoll


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John leads the Insolvency and Dispute Resolution (IDR) team at Walkers in London and practices British Virgin Islands law and Cayman law. He specialises in contentious and non-contentious insolvency work and international disputes.

John advises on all forms of formal appointments of insolvency officeholders in the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands and advises creditors, debtors, private equity and hedge funds and other stakeholders. John has significant experience in cross border litigation matters having worked on a number of multi-jurisdictional disputes involving Kazakhstan, the Middle East, Africa, India and South America. He has also worked on large international restructurings including MF Global, Lehman Brothers and Nortel. 

Prior to his move to London to launch the London IDR team, John also worked in the firm's Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands offices.

John is a co-founder of RAIIDAR International network.

John is ranked by Chambers and Partners (2020 edition) and as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 (2020 edition).

Prior to joining Walkers, John spent six years at a leading law firm in Dublin followed by five years at top US firms in London.

Admitted In:
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
England and Wales (not practising)
Ireland (not practising)
New York (not practising)

Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Trinity College Dublin
Diploma in Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring (Law Society of Ireland)

2022 Chambers and Partners UK Guide - Band 3: "He is very bright, switched-on, commercial and user-friendly."

2020 Chambers and Partners UK Guide - Notable Practitioner: "Very well networked, good on strategy, commercial and pragmatic."

2020 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Leading Lawyer

2019 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Recommended Lawyer

2018 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Recommended Lawyer

2017 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Recommended Lawyer

"a trusted and responsive adviser, who is extremely user-friendly and proactive on any matter he advises on"

2016 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Recommended Lawyer

"always responsive and available to help"

​2015 Legal 500 - Insolvency specialist and 'up-and-coming star in the making'

​John is a member of INSOL, R3, the Law Society of England & Wales, the Law Society of Ireland and the New York Bar Association.