Robert Foote

Robert Foote


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Robert joined Walkers in 2013 having spent six years in the British Virgin Islands practising as a barrister, and is a partner in the firm's Global Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group. Robert heads up the IDR department in Walkers' Singapore office. He specialises in contentious corporate, finance, funds, commercial and trusts disputes and contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring matters, including schemes and of arrangement, shareholder disputes, regulatory disputes, contentious trusts and probate disputes and applications for disclosure orders and urgent injunctive relief.

Robert regularly advises insolvency practitioners, law firms, directors, companies, creditors, debtors, shareholders, beneficiaries, hedge funds, banks and trustees on all issues arising out of formal insolvency procedures, restructurings and commercial, corporate, trusts and insolvency disputes.

Robert is recognised as a thought leader in the field of asset tracing in the International Who's Who of Restructuring and Insolvency and is also one of the leading offshore lawyers in his field. He has been recognised in both the International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers and the International Who's Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers since 2013. 

Robert is registered as a registered lawyer by the Singapore International Commercial Court.

Robert worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London before being called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1999. Having made the decision to leave the Bar, Robert subsequently worked for another major international law firm in London before relocating to and being called to the bar in the British Virgin Islands in 2007.

Robert has specialised in corporate, commercial, insolvency and trusts disputes since 2001. He has regularly appeared as an advocate in the first instance and appeal Courts of England and Wales and the British Virgin Islands.

Robert is recognised as one of the leading offshore lawyers in his field, having been recognised in both the International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers and the International Who's Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers since 2013.

Admitted In:
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales (1999) – Barrister-at-law (not practising)

Honours Degree in Zoology, University of London
Master of Laws Degree in International Law, University of London

Robert has written and contributed to numerous articles on British Virgin Islands' law and is the co-author of the British Virgin Islands' chapter of International Asset Tracing in Insolvency, published by Oxford University Press.

2022 Legal 500 Asia Pacific – leads the insolvency and dispute resolution group

2022 Who's Who Legal – Restructuring & Insolvency – Global Leader

2021 Who's Who Legal – Asset Recovery – Global Leader

2021 Who's Who Legal Southeast Asia: Asset Recovery and Restructuring & Insolvency – The "excellent" Robert Foote wins praise for his extensive experience advising clients in complex restructuring and insolvency matters and in asset recovery disputes.

2021 Asian Legal Business – Top 15 Offshore Litigators

2013-2020 Who's Who Legal – Restructuring & Insolvency

2014-2020 Who's Who Legal – Asset Recovery

2019 Who's Who Legal – Global Investigations Review (Thought Leader)

2015 Chambers Asia-Pacific – Ranked Lawyer – Band 1, Offshore: Dispute Resolution, Asia-Pacific Region – "Robert Foote is recognised by the market as a 'very capable and skilled' corporate and insolvency litigator. He has a wealth of experience in acting in BVI courts, and has an in-depth knowledge of the jurisdiction."

2014 Who's Who Legal 100 – Asset Recovery and Insolvency & Restructuring - "Robert Foote joined the firm’s Singapore office in 2013 as senior counsel and is an 'excellent adviser' on insolvency, restructuring and asset recovery matters."

2013 Who's Who Legal – Asset Recovery: "Robert Foote is the 'go-to' lawyer for urgent injunctive relief in Singapore."

2013 Chambers & Partners Global – Robert Foote is a well-respected practitioner who "is brilliant, has great client management skills and attention to detail and keeps completely up to speed," according to sources.

2012 Legal 500 Guide – "Inspires confidence"

2012 Chambers Global Guide – "He is a solid and sensible lawyer and is very easy to work with"

2011 Legal 500 Guide – "Has an excellent client manner"

2011 Chambers Global Guide – "A conscientious and straight-shooting lawyer... proactive, responsive and sensible"

2011-2012 PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook – Recommended British Virgin Islands lawyer

Bar Association of England and Wales
Bar Association of the British Virgin Islands
INSOL International
Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association (BVI) – former director
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Chancery Bar Association – overseas member
Singapore Academy of Law
Singapore International Commercial Court - registered lawyer
Turnaround Management Association
Member of the BVI Arbitration Group