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Paul Smith

Partner, Head of Cayman Islands Litigation & Restructuring Practice

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Paul Smith

Global Restructuring Review 100 2019 Legal 500 Caribbean 2019

Paul Smith is a Partner and Head of the Litigation & Restructuring practice in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers Dill & Pearman.

Paul practised at the commercial bar in London for 20 years, before joining Conyers in Bermuda in 2000. He moved to Cayman in 2013. Paul’s practice covers all aspects of dispute resolution with specialist expertise in commercial litigation, arbitration, insolvency and trust litigation. Paul is a member of the Firm’s partner-led Asia Disputes & Restructuring Group (“ADRG”). The ADRG provides Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands litigation advice to clients in the Far East; ensuring they have access to fully coordinated litigation advice and services provided by a seamless and comprehensive team across jurisdictions and time zones.

For the last 35 years, Paul has practised all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration in London, Bermuda and Cayman. He has been involved in significant commercial cases, many of which are reported. During the last 10 years, his practice has included, in particular, trust disputes, company law and shareholder disputes, insolvencies and restructurings. Paul has extensive experience appearing as counsel before the commercial court in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, the Courts of Appeal for Bermuda and the Cayman Islands and the Privy Council.

Paul is the co-author of the Bermuda chapter of “Global Financial Crisis; Navigating and Understanding the Legal and Regulatory Aspects” and the Bermuda chapter of “International Trust Disputes” (OUP, 2012).

Experience Highlights

  • Represented the trustee of a large Cayman trust in respect of English divorce proceedings.
  • Represented RMF in the Cayman courts and Privy Council in a dispute about clawback redemption proceeds paid to a fund investor/shareholder.
  • Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Bermuda courts and Privy Council in the Singularis case – a dispute about the ability of local courts to assist foreign liquidators by ordering the disclosure of accountant’s working papers.
  • Represented the trustee of a large Bermuda trust in a major restructuring.
  • Represented the beneficiary of a large Bermuda trust in the Bermuda courts in a dispute about the disclosure of trust information by trustees.
  • Successfully defended Mutual Indemnity (Bermuda) Limited, a Rent-a-Captive insurer, in the Bermuda courts and Privy Council from a major fraud claim.
  • Acted in several large shareholder oppression claims and appraisal actions.
  • Represented Titan Petrochemicals Group in striking out a winding-up petition.

Professional Background

  • Practised at the Commercial Bar in London 1979-2000
  • Lecturer, Queen’s College, Oxford 1979-1985


  • Oxford University, M.A., 1981
  • Oxford University, B.A. (Jurisprudence), 1977

Bar Admissions

  • British Virgin Islands, Barrister, 2016
  • Cayman Islands, Attorney, 2012
  • Bermuda, Barrister and Attorney, 2001
  • England & Wales, Barrister, 1979 (not currently practising)

12 Sep 2019
Redemptions from Fraudulent Investment Funds

29 Aug 2019
Private Client & Trust Brochure

14 Aug 2019
Novel issues facing Cayman insolvency professionals dealing with crypto assets

12 Jul 2019
2019 Global Survey on the Commercialisation of Disputes – Cayman Islands

04 Jun 2019
Conyers to have Significant Presence of Leading Trust Lawyers at the Transcontinental Trusts Forum

29 May 2019
There is a Right to Privacy – Even in the Offshore World

28 Nov 2018
Conyers’ Cayman office welcomes new litigation attorney

23 Nov 2018
Conyers wins Offshore Firm of the Year at Chambers HNW Awards

14 Nov 2018
Settling litigation in the Cayman Islands

05 Nov 2018
Application Granted for Sanction to Enter into a Litigation Funding Agreement

26 Sep 2018
Grand Court Delivers 366 Page Judgment in In Re Torchlight Fund L.P.

24 Apr 2018
Deadline Looming to Register as a Non-Profit Organisation in the Cayman Islands

10 Apr 2018
Appealing Appraisal Actions: New Judgments from the Cayman Courts

16 Mar 2018
Of Sound Mind and Memory: New Guidance for Trustees Regarding Settlor Capacity in the Cayman Islands

28 Feb 2018
Dissenting Shareholders, Freezing Injunctions, and Provision for Payment: A new judgment of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal

23 Feb 2018
Re China Lumena New Materials Corp [2018] HKCFI 276 – Hong Kong Court clarifies Powers of Foreign Insolvency Officeholders

01 Feb 2018
The Cayman Islands: Open for Business

29 Jan 2018
Long Live Bermuda Trusts – Dis-applying the Rule Against Perpetuities

20 Dec 2017
The Cayman Islands Welcomes Third Party Litigation Funders

07 Dec 2017
The Grand Court Follows the Usual Course in an Unusual Liquidation

23 Nov 2017
Privy Council Clarifies the Old Law (1989-2011 position) Regarding Section 37 Redemptions

17 Nov 2017
The Foundation Companies Law

24 Oct 2017
Cayman Islands Foundation Companies Law Now in Force

26 Sep 2017
A Matter of Class: Determining Creditor Classes in a Scheme of Arrangement

25 Aug 2017
Conyers Supports Local Students

16 Aug 2017
Qunar Cayman Islands Limited: Court confirms interim payments are appropriate in Cayman Appraisal Actions

21 Jul 2017
Fine Tuning Fair Value Appraisals: Further Guidance from the Cayman Court

07 Jul 2017
The Rocky Road to Redemption

07 Jun 2017
New Legislation for Non-Profit Organisations in the Cayman Islands

01 Jun 2017
Conyers Congratulates Articled Clerk on Call to Bar

30 May 2017
The Paralysed Trustee: A Cayman Approach

28 Apr 2017
Dissenting Shareholders, Fair Value Petitions and Statutory Appraisals: New Guidance from the Cayman Islands

27 Apr 2017
Conyers Promotes Ben Hobden

30 Mar 2017
A New Foundations Law for the Cayman Islands

29 Mar 2017
Another Chapter in the China Milk Saga

15 Mar 2017
Mergers and Fair Value Petitions: Cayman Case Law Update

06 Mar 2017
Firewalls, Families and Fiduciaries: New Cayman Case Law

17 Feb 2017
Open Book or Locked Vault? Access to Court Documents in the Cayman Islands

21 Dec 2016
Conyers Strengthens Litigation Practice in Cayman

01 Dec 2016
Improvements to the Cayman Islands Trusts Law

18 Nov 2016
Court of Appeal overrules unprecedented attempt to introduce non-party extra territorial discovery

21 Jul 2016
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 11 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

06 May 2016
Conyers Supports Hospice

20 Apr 2016
Conyers Becomes Member of INSOL’s Group of 36

04 Feb 2016
Conyers Increases Cayman Litigation Practice with New Hire

21 Jan 2016
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 10 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

22 Jul 2015
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 9 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands

24 Feb 2015
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 8 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

10 Nov 2014
Cross-Border Insolvency: Privy Council Slam the Door on Bermuda’s Modified Universalism Approach

14 Oct 2014
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 7 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

19 Nov 2013
Important Judgment in PricewaterhouseCoopers v Saad Investments Company Limited and Singularis Holdings Ltd.

09 Aug 2010
Bermuda Opens New Commercial Court

30 Sep 2009
International Insolvency Cooperation In Bermuda

12 May 2009
Enforcement of English Divorce Judgments Against Offshore Trusts in Bermuda, Cayman and BVI

  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2010) of Chambers Global (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2011) of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and 2018) of Legal 500 Caribbean (insurance)
  • Recognised in the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal (asset recovery)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition (and since 2013) of Who’s Who Legal (private client)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition of Legal Media Groups' Expert Guides (insurance and reinsurance)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • RISA - Cayman