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Jonathon Milne

Partner

Recognition

Legal 500 Caribbean 2020

Jonathon Milne is a Partner in the Litigation department in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers. Jonathon has extensive experience of complex litigation and insolvency matters.

Prior to joining Conyers, Jonathon practised at top-tier law firms in Cayman, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. He has also spent time on secondment to the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Jonathon focuses on complex commercial litigation and insolvency / restructuring.  He regularly acts for clients in the fields of banking, financial services, investment funds, insurance, professional negligence, company law, asset recovery and contentious insolvency.  In terms of recent high-profile instructions, Jonathon appeared in the six-week trial of commercial fraud proceedings involving the former CEO of a major Nigerian bank and in multi-billion dollar claims against service providers brought on behalf of victims of the Madoff fraud.

Legal 500 Caribbean describes Jonathon as an ‘exceptional lawyer with impressive analytical and writing skills and deep knowledge and understanding of commercial law issues.’  He is highly rated and recommended for litigation and insolvency matters.

Jonathon is a member of INSOL International and RISA.  He is on the INSOL Younger Members Committee representing the Caribbean.  Jonathon is the author of many articles and other publications on issues of Cayman law, and he is regularly invited to speak on panels and at conferences in relation to his areas of expertise.

Experience Highlights

  • 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, 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.  The matter is due to be heard by the Privy Council in 2021.
  • Advising a major US health system on a multi-million dollar shareholder dispute involving a captive insurance company domiciled in Cayman.
  • 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 preparing for and appearing at a two month long trial held in both Lagos and London.
  • Advising a group of syndicate retail banks on the restructuring of facilities for a private equity firm’s ownership of one of the largest fast food chains in the world.
  • Advising liquidators in relation to various applications to collect in documents and information, including letters of request for assistance from foreign courts.
  • Advising both creditor and contributory petitioners and subsequently the liquidators in relation to the winding up of several Cayman companies. Appearing on both contested and non-contested hearings.
  • Advising on litigation funding arrangements, including all aspects of enforcement and costs recovery.
  • Advising investors in Cayman funds in respect of rights to information, derivative proceedings, Norwich Pharmacal relief, freezing injunctions, just and equitable winding up petitions and other available remedies.

Professional Background

  • Mourant Ozannes (Cayman) – Counsel – 2015 – 2019
  • Russell McVeagh (Auckland) – Senior Solicitor – 2013 – 2015
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (London) – Associate – 2011 – 2013
  • Philip Lee (Dublin) – Associate – 2009 – 2011
  • Russell McVeagh (Auckland) – Solicitor – 2008 – 2009

Education

  • Completed the South Eastern Circuit advanced advocacy programme at Keble College, Oxford University, 2018
  • Completed the College of Law (New Zealand) advanced litigation skills programme, 2014
  • Undergraduate degrees from Victoria University of Wellington in Law (LLB) and Arts (BA majoring in criminology and political science)
  • Awarded a Russell McVeagh scholarship for the study of law

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-Law, 2015
  • England and Wales, Solicitor Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience), 2012
  • Ireland, Solicitor, 2011
  • New South Wales, Australia, Barrister and Solicitor 2008
  • New Zealand, Barrister and Solicitor, 2008

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2020 edition of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Described by clients as an ‘exceptional’ lawyer ‘with impressive analytical and writing skills and deep knowledge and understanding of commercial law issues’: Legal 500 Caribbean, 2019.
  • Recommended by clients as ‘highly rated’ in dispute resolution: Legal 500 Caribbean, 2018.

Associations

  • Cayman Islands Law Society, New Zealand Law Society, Law Society of Ireland, INSOL International, RISA