Paul Smith is a Partner and Commercial Litigation Advocate in the Bermuda office of Conyers.
Paul practised at the commercial bar in London for 20 years, before joining Conyers in Bermuda in 2000. He moved to Cayman in 2013 where headed up the Litigation & Restructuring department and returned to Bermuda in 2020. 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) and is a contributing editor of “Cayman Islands Company & Commercial Law (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015 and 2019).
Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI), 2017
I want my (equitable) property back: time limits on recovering trust property from innocent volunteers, Trusts & Trustees, August 2015
Co-author of the Bermuda chapter of "International Trust Disputes" (OUP, 2012)
Co-author of the Bermuda chapter of "Global Financial Crisis; Navigating and Understanding the Legal and Regulatory Aspects".
9 Sep 2020
Shanda Games in the Privy Council: the beginning of the end of share appraisal litigation involving Cayman Islands companies, or just the end of the beginning?
Appeal | Dissenting Shareholders | Shareholder Disputes
18 Aug 2020
Undue Influence: Clarification of the Requirements on Lenders
20 Jul 2020
A Seismic Shift to Certainty: “Substratum” and the Proper Construction of Trust Deeds
Appeal | Validity of Trust Deed