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.
Oliver Clifton joined Walkers in 2006 and is a partner in the firm's Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group. He acts in disputes involving ultra-high-value assets, fraud disputes and litigation arising out of Russia, the CIS and Africa.
Oliver specialises in complex cross-border commercial litigation, with particular experience in fraud and asset tracing, as well as "Oligarch" litigation often involving urgent injunction and disclosure applications. He also has extensive experience in obtaining orders in support of foreign Court and arbitration proceedings.
He is an experienced advocate and appears in the BVI Commercial Court, before the ECSC Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.
Before moving to the BVI, Oliver practised as a barrister in London.
Admitted In:British Virgin IslandsEngland and Wales (not practising)Qualifications:BA (Hons), University of Oxford, UKMA, University of York, UKPostgraduate Diploma in LawBar Vocational Course
2021 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - Interviewees describe him as "very intelligent" and "very calm" as well as "very helpful in making strategic decisions."
2021 Who's Who Legal - Recommended - Restructuring & Insolvency
2021 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Dispute Resolution - "cerebral approach, methodical and focused."
2021 Legal 500 - Recommended - Trusts & Private Client
2020 Who's Who Legal - Investigations
2020 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "Sources acknolwdge him as 'one of the best litigators in the BVI" and "a really experienced and highly sophisticated lawyer who is respected by his clients, his opponents and the courts."
2020 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Dispute Resolution
2019 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leaders - GIR
2019 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Asset Recovery
2019 Who's Who Legal - Litigation
2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution -"Oliver is a "very good technical lawyer who knows the offshore jurisdictions very well." One client said of him that "first and foremost he's an excellent lawyer, but he's also a great tactician."
2019 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Trusts & Private Client
2019 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Dispute Resolution - "Oliver Clifton is 'a great strategic thinker' "
2018 Who's Who Legal - Litigation, Investigations, and Asset Tracing2018 Legal 500 - Dispute Resolution - "great strategic thinker"
2018 Legal 500 - Private Client - "very experienced and not afraid to argue difficult points in court"
2018 Who's Who Legal - Litigation
2018 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "He is an excellent lawyer and a very sure hand on the tiller for substantial cross-border litigation. He's unflappable, realistic and has a dry sense of humour - clients rightly have every confidence in him."
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Trusts & Private Client
Oliver is a member of COMBAR (North America) and an honorary member of the Chancery Bar Association. He is also a member of the BVI Bar Association.
"One of the best litigators in the BVI"
"Very experienced and not afraid to argue difficult points in court"