Jonathon Milne

Partner, Co-Head of Cayman Islands Litigation & Restructuring

Jonathon Milne is a Partner and Co-Head of the Litigation and Restructuring department in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers. Jonathon has extensive experience of complex litigation, insolvency and restructuring matters.

Jonathon is a Fellow of INSOL International. He was recognised as a Rising Star by Global Restructuring Review as part of their recent global research process. In 2022, he was named as one of 40 practitioners to watch by INSOL International as part of their 40 year anniversary celebrations.

Jonathon is highly rated and recommended for litigation, restructuring and insolvency matters in the major legal directories. For example, independent sources for Legal 500 describe Jonathon as an “exceptional lawyer with impressive analytical and writing skills and deep knowledge and understanding of commercial law issues” and independent sources for Chambers Global say that Jonathon is “an extremely competent litigator with a wealth of restructuring and insolvency experience in the Cayman Islands”, “a superb communicator”, “incredibly professional, highly technically competent” and that “he inspires confidence.”

Jonathon is a keen and accomplished courtroom advocate, with Higher Rights of Audience in the UK and having completed advanced advocacy training at Oxford University. Feedback from the Cayman Islands judiciary in a recent public judgment is that Jonathon “displayed first class written and oral advocacy skills.”



  • Acting and appearing on behalf a multi-national solar energy company (formerly listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange) in successfully discharging a Mareva injunction and removing receivers, and striking out a creditor’s winding up petition. See: Hudson Capital Solar Infrastructure v Sky Solar Holdings Ltd and Re Sky Solar Holdings Ltd
  • Advising the liquidators of a large Madoff feeder fund in relation to a US$2 billion claim against former service providers to the fund, including briefing expert and factual witnesses, managing electronic discovery, drafting submissions, appearing at a four month first instance trial and a 10 day appeal dealing with issues of limitation, reflective loss, causation and contributory negligence. See: Primeo v Bank of Bermuda
  • Acting for a major Nigerian retail bank in relation to successful fraud and tracing claims against a former CEO and founder of the bank, culminating in a £700 million damages award, including appearing at a two month long trial held between Lagos and London. See: Access Bank plc v Akingbola
  • Acting and appearing for officeholders and companies in relation to various cross-border restructuring matters. See, for example, Re Tailored Brands Worldwide Purchasing Co., Re Atlas Financial Holdings, Re Silver Base, Re GTI Holdings and Re CAA Resources
  • Appearing on behalf of directors, companies, creditors and contributories in relation to all manner of contested proceedings. See, for example, Re Touradji Private Equity, Re Matrix Inc, Re Virginia Solution SPC Ltd, Re China Resources and Transportation Group Ltd., Grafton Resource Investments Limited, and Re Guoan International Ltd.


Professional Background

  • Mourant (Cayman)
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (London)
  • Philip Lee (Dublin)
  • Russell McVeagh (Auckland)


  • Global Insolvency Practice Course, INSOL Fellow
  • South Eastern Circuit advanced advocacy programme at Oxford University
  • College of Law (New Zealand) advanced litigation skills programme
  • Victoria University of Wellington – conjoint LLB and BA (majoring in criminology and political science)
  • Awarded a Russell McVeagh scholarship for the study of law

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-Law
  • England and Wales, Higher Rights of Audience
  • Ireland, Solicitor (not currently practising)
  • New South Wales, Australia, Barrister and Solicitor (not currently practising)
  • New Zealand, Barrister and Solicitor (not currently practising)

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2023 edition of the Legal 500 Caribbean as “Next Generation Partner” (and generally recognised since 2020) (Dispute Resolution)
  • Recognised as “Up and Coming” in the 2022 and 2023 editions of Chambers Global Guide (Dispute Resolution)


  • Cayman Islands Law Practitioners Association, INSOL International, RISA, American Brankruptcy Institute