Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda*, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey (Channel Islands). 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 and trusts.
Walkers Professional Services provides registered office, corporate, and fiduciary services from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong and Ireland. We also provide compliance services from the Cayman Islands through Walkers Compliance, a one-stop-shop which helps clients address evolving Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, including outsourcing and supporting their compliance functions. Working together with Walkers law firm, Walkers Professional Services delivers a seamless integration of legal, corporate, fiduciary and compliance services.
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 joined Walkers in 2006 and is a partner in the firm's Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group. Oliver acts in disputes involving ultra-high-value assets, fraud disputes, and litigation arising out of Russia, the CIS and Africa. He specializes in "Oligarch" litigation often involving urgent injunction and disclosure applications. Oliver has extensive experience in obtaining orders in support of foreign Court and arbitration proceedings.Oliver is an experienced advocate and appears in the BVI Commercial Court, before the ECSC Court of Appeal, and the Privy Council.
Oliver was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2003, and was a tenant of 13 King's Bench Walk, the chambers of Roger Ellis QC. As a barrister his practice focused on commercial and property litigation.
Admitted In:British Virgin IslandsEngland and Wales (not practising)Qualifications:BA (Hons), University of OxfordMA, University of YorkPostgraduate Diploma in LawBar Vocational Course
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) 'a 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 - (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner. "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
2017 Who's Who Legal - Litigation
2017 Who's Who Legal - Asset Recovery
2017 Chambers Global Guide – (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner. "Clients regard Oliver Clifton as 'an outstanding operator who is knowledgeable on the minutiae of BVI law and dedicated to his clients'. Sources also note his extensive experience in disputes involving parent companies based in Russia and the CIS, noting that he has 'a very good commercial head on his shoulders'."
2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Dispute Resolution) - "Oliver Clifton is ‘an experienced operator and takes a hands-on approach to resolving legal and practical issues’."
2016 Who's Who Legal - Asset Recovery
2016 - International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers
2016 - Chambers Global Guide (Dispute Resolution), A Notable Practitioner. "Peers regard Oliver Clifton as 'an impressive individual'."
2016 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Dispute Resolution)2015 Who's Who Legal - Litigation2015 - Legal 500, Walkers promoted Oliver Clifton to partner......Clifton has 'quickly gained substantial knowledge and experience'.2014 - Chambers Global, "Absolutely excellent, exceptionally intelligent and exceptionally capable."2014 - Legal 500, "Oliver Clifton ‘has an ability to predict how the local Commercial Court judge will take to different arguments’."Oliver was an Exhibitioner at Brasenose College, Oxford, and was awarded scholarships by the University of York and Inner Temple.
Oliver is a member of COMBAR (North America) and an honorary member of the Chancery Bar Association. Oliver is also a member of the BVI Bar Association.
"Absolutely excellent, exceptionally intelligent and exceptionally capable."
"Clients regard Oliver Clifton as 'an outstanding operator who is knowledgeable on the minutiae of BVI law and dedicated to his clients'."