Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey. We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and finance law, investment funds, private equity, structured products, capital markets, regulatory and risk advisory, and private capital and trusts.
Walkers delivers clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.
Leading her team at Walkers, Colette represented SICL and eight other defendants in the year-long Saad trial in which claims and counterclaims exceeded US $15 billion and on appeal to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. Colette also represents the liquidators of these companies in their Cayman Islands liquidations. She has appeared in many other leading cases in both the Grand Court and the Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands including Parmalat, App Re v Mangino, SPhinX, Al Sadik Investcorp, Governor v Information Commissioner, Fortuna, Caledonian, Pugachev, Re Wyser-Pratte, Camulos v Kathrein, and HSH Cayman v ABN AMRO.
Colette was a member of the Law Society Committed tasked with responding to the Law Reform Commission Paper entitled "Directors' Duties – Is Statutory Codification Needed?" Colette addresses issues relating to Cayman Islands asset recovery and insolvency at conferences on a regular basis and was a speaker at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Colloquium on Civil Asset Tracing and Recovery in Vienna in December 2019.
Colette is one of the two attorneys appointed by the Chief Justice to sit on the Cayman Islands Grand Court Rules Committee. She was appointed to the rank of Queen's Counsel in 2021 following the recommendation of the Cayman Islands' judiciary to the Foreign & Commonwealth office.
Colette started her career as a barrister in Lincolns Inn, London. After her admission to the Bar in 1989, Colette was a pupil at a leading commercial set of Chambers in London, One Essex Court. She accepted the offer of a tenancy in Lincoln’s Inn in 1990 at 1 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn (now New Square Chambers), where she practiced successfully in all areas of corporate and personal insolvency law, including voluntary arrangements, bankruptcy, administration petitions, schemes of arrangement and compulsory liquidations. She appeared regularly in the High Court, including the Companies Court and the Court of Appeal, often representing creditors and office holders in proceedings to determine and protect contractual and proprietary interests in insolvent estates.
Colette acted and advised frequently in shareholder disputes, and appeared on petitions for just and equitable winding up and for relief from unfair prejudice. She has considerable experience acting for and against directors facing allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, including director disqualification proceedings. She was a contributing author to the Oxford University Press publication Freedom of Information (2003 edition) and in the Cayman Islands assisted in the implementation of the Freedom of Information Law as a member of both the implementation and legal drafting sub-committees.
Admitted In:British Virgin IslandsCayman IslandsEngland and Wales (not practising)Qualifications:Honours Degree in History (Magna Cum Laude), University of Wales, UKDiploma in Law, City University, London, UKBar Finals, Inns of Court School of Law, UK
2023 Chambers Asia Pacific – Band 1 – "Colette Wilkins KC is highly reputed for her experience handling major shareholder disputes and white-collar fraud claims as well as highly contentious insolvency cases. She took silk in 2021."
2022 Who's Who Legal - Recommended - Asset Recovery
2022 Asian Legal Business – Asia's Top 15 Offshore Litigators
2022 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leader - Commercial Litigation
2022 Chambers Global - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "She is phenomenal - very strong and very well respected." "She has always been hands-on in the matters she's been involved with. She is consistently sensible and good."
2022 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Dispute Resolution - 'Colette Wilkins is one of the best in the business, with her finger on the pulse.’
2021 Who's Who Legal - Global Elite Thought Leader - Commercial Litigation - Colette Wilkins QC possess an excellent reputation in commercial litigation as an "impressive insolvency-focused litigator."
2021 Queen's Counsel designation (Cayman Islands)
2021 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leaders - Litigation
2021 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leaders Global Elite - Asset Recovery - Colette Wilkins “stands out from the crowd” with one source remarking: “Colette is the creme de la creme of the Cayman Islands when it comes to asset recovery.”
2021 Chambers and Partners - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - Colette Wilkins is an "excellent strategic thinker". Interviewees say she is "very defensive of her clients" and "quick to identify risks," in addition to being "a good advocate."
2021 Who's Who Legal - Global Elite Thought Leader - Restructuring & Insolvency - Colette Wilkins sits among the world’s top restructuring and insolvency minds, with peers across the globe recommending her as “an exceptional lawyer” and “a wonderful advocate with a dedicated client following”.
2021 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Dispute Resolution - ‘The stand out partners are Shelley White and Colette Wilkins, with whom I have toiled in the trenches for ten years on one enormous multi-faceted manner. They are both highly intellectual, highly practical and highly commercial, which is a winning, but rare, combination. The commitment to client objectives is unwavering and the level of partner involvement is excellent (and necessary on complex and high value disputes).’
2020 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leaders Global Elite - Asset Recovery
2020 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leaders - Litigation
2020 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Restructuring & Insolvency
2020 Chambers and Partners - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "One source stated that she "is very good at giving tactical and sensible advice, has a good sense for the courtroom politics and anticipates problems that need overcoming."
2020 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Dispute Resolution
2019 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leader - GIR
2019 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leader - Restructuring
2019 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Asset Recovery
2019 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Litigation
2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - Interviewees say that she is "extremely good"
2019 Who's Who Legal - Restructuring & Insolvency: Analysis - Global Thought Leader - 'Colette is a "great lawyer who is much in demand.'"
2019 Legal 500 - Leading Individuals - Dispute Resolution - "Colette Wilkins has 'an excellent grasp of the bigger picture and the ability to command a room with quiet authority'"
2018 Who's Who Legal - Litigation
2018 Chambers Global Guide - A Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "Colette Wilkins has extensive experience and is described as being "up there with the best lawyers in Cayman." "Her reputation is phenomenal and she is a wonderful advocate who will always represent the client in the most diligent manner."
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution - "Colette Wilkins is ‘calm, measured, thoughtful and committed to advising clients in a principled, constructive and effective way’."
2017 International Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery Lawyers
2017 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "Clients comment on her 'exceptional knowledge of the Cayman legal system,' as well as her 'commerciality and pragmatism'."
2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution
2016 Who's Who Legal - Leading Individual - Restructuring & Insolvency
2016 International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers
2016 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "Sources hold Colette Wilkins in very high regard, highlighting her impressive work ethic, commitment to client service and 'commanding presence' before the court."
2016 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution
2016 Who's Who Legal - Leading Individual: Restructuring & Insolvency
2015 International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers
2015 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - 'Colette Wilkins is a well-respected litigator with extensive commercial and insolvency experience. "She's a very good advocate, excellent technically and offers superb service," said one interviewee.'
2015 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution
2015 Global Investigations Review - 100 Women in Investigations
2014 Lawyer of the Year - Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association - Cayman Islands
2014 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution - "Colette Wilkins is a ‘commercially astute, extremely capable litigator who is an asset to any team’."
2014 Who's Who Legal 100 - Asset Recovery and Insolvency & Restructuring
2013 Chambers Global Guide - "Colette Wilkins is a very well-respected individual in the litigation arena and is said to be 'exactly what you want in offshore counsel – responsive, with good judgement and commercially sound', according to clients."
2012-2013 The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers - 10 Most Highly Regarded Individuals
2011-2013 The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers - Leading Practitioner - Insolvency & Restructuring
2009-2013 The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers
2012 Who's Who Legal 100 - "...sources commend Colette Wilkins as 'a fantastic litigator - very bright and always on the ball'."
2012 Chambers Global Guide - "Colette Wilkins is a well-respected insolvency and corporate restructuring litigator. 'She is a calm and impressive lawyer who brings a very measured approach to her cases'."
2012 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution - "Colette Wilkins 'is a real class act'."
2011 Chambers Global Guide - “Colette Wilkins... sources describe her as ‘an impressive advocate who stands her ground'.”
2011 Legal 500 - "Shrewd operator."
2009 Chambers Global Guide - “Colette Wilkins… has rapidly developed an excellent reputation as a fantastic litigator. ‘A dependable, incisive and user-friendly attorney,’ she impresses clients with her ‘commercial, articulate and highly efficient counsel'."
Colette is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, INSOL, IWIRC, RISA Cayman Islands and the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is also the Cayman representative for ICC Fraudnet and is a member of both the Grand Court Rules Committee and the Insolvency Rules Committee.
'Interviewees say she is "very defensive of her clients" and "quick to identify risks," in addition to being "a good advocate."'
'Among the world’s top restructuring and insolvency minds, with peers across the globe recommending her as “an exceptional lawyer” and “a wonderful advocate with a dedicated client following.”'
“Colette is the creme de la creme of the Cayman Islands when it comes to asset recovery.”