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Jeffrey P. Elkinson



Latinvex Award 2021 Legal 500 Caribbean 2021 Chambers Global 2021

Jeffrey Elkinson is a Director in the Litigation & Insolvency department in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Jeffrey joined Conyers in 1988.

Jeffrey’s practice includes Commercial Litigation and Arbitration in the area of contentious trusts, insurance and re-insurance, and construction with particular specialization in administrative law and telecommunications and energy.

He is an active arbitrator, mediator and counsel in domestic and international disputes with appointments from ICC, LCIA and CIArb and, in respect of domain names, HKIAC/ADNDRC. With true international experience, Jeffrey has audience rights in numerous jurisdictions and is also active on a pro-bono basis as course director and tutor for the CIArb.

Jeffrey is the chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee and the Police Complaints Authority for Bermuda and is a door tenant of Des Voeux Chambers, Hong Kong.

Jeffrey is a regular speaker at global industry events and is a contributor and co-author of the Bermuda chapter of the ICAA HandbookWorld Arbitration ReporterSpitz’ Tax Havens of the WorldButterworths Offshore Cases and Materials and Offshore Commercial Law in Bermuda.

Jeffrey is recognized as a leading dispute resolution lawyer by Chambers Global. Legal 500, Legal Week’s The Private Client Global Elite and Who’s Who Legal.

Experience Highlights

  • Counsel in the Megafon litigation and arbitrations
  • Counsel in the Thyssen-Bornemisza litigation
  • Counsel in numerous trust restructuring matters for high net worth individuals
  • Acting for the Bermuda Government and the Treaty Unit of the Ministry of Finance in contentious matters
  • Counsel for the Bermuda Monetary Authority in contentious litigation.
  • Counsel for Butterfield Trust Company Limited and Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Ltd.
  • Counsel for American Airlines, British Airways
  • Counsel for a major local telecom entity in regulatory issues
  • Appointed as Amicus Curiae by Bermuda Court of Appeal in relation to statutory interpretation on TIEA legislation.

Professional Background

  • Barrister, Irish Bar
  • Counsel, Attorney General’s Chambers Hong Kong
  • Counsel, Hong Kong Bar
  • Member, Des Voeux Chambers


  • Trinity College, Dublin, B.A.(mod), LLB, M.A. (1978)
  • Kings’ Inns, Dublin BL (1978)

Bar Admissions

  • Dubai, 2012
  • Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, 2002
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2001
  • United States Court of International Trade, 2001
  • Bermuda, 1989
  • New York, 1987
  • New South Wales, 1986
  • Hong Kong, 1985
  • England & Wales, 1981
  • Ireland, 1978

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2021 edition (and since 2011) of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2021 edition (and since 2010) of Chambers Global (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and since 2011) of Who’s Who Legal Arbitration
  • Recognised in the 2018 edition of Who’s Who Legal (Private Client)
  • Recognised in Legal Week’s The Private Client Global Elite 2017
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition of Legal Media Groups’ Expert Guides (litigation and commercial arbitration)


  • Justice of the Peace
  • Chairman, Professional Conduct Committee of the Bermuda Bar
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chartered Arbitrator and Mediator
  • Active Arbitrator and Counsel, Domestic and International Disputes with appointments from ICC, LCIA and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2012
  • Founder and Branch Chairman Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Course Director and Tutor, Fellowship Course of Chartered Institute; Course Director and Tutor, Members’ Courses of Chartered Institute
  • Member of IBA, ABA and ICCA
  • Trust and Estates Practitioner (STEP)


  • French

Offshore Cases

Bermuda chapter, World Arbitration Reporter

Bermuda chapter, Butterworths Offshore Cases and Materials

Offshore Commercial Law in Bermuda Bermuda chapter, ICCA Arbitration Handbook

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