07 September 2020

Carey Olsen hires new dispute resolution and litigation partner to lead its BVI practice

Carey Olsen has appointed Alex Hall Taylor QC as partner and head of its British Virgin Islands (BVI) dispute resolution and litigation practice.

He takes over from Ben Mays who, after more than five years making an invaluable contribution to the firm in the role and leading Carey Olsen's on-the-ground recovery in the BVI following Hurricane Irma, has decided to retire from the legal profession to pursue new opportunities.

Formerly practising as a barrister at top tier English Chambers 4 New Square in Lincoln's Inn, Alex specialises in international commercial litigation, insolvency and dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. He has extensive case management, interlocutory, trial and appellate advocacy experience, including before the Privy Council.

Alex is recognised as a leading individual in BVI dispute resolution in the most recent editions of both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Global, where he is said to stand out for his knowledge, experience and responsiveness and is described by market sources as 'an exceptionally bright, sensible litigator', 'fantastic' and a 'real delight to work with'. Prior to joining Carey Olsen, Alex was a dispute resolution and insolvency partner jointly leading the BVI team at Maples and Calder.

Alex said: "Carey Olsen's global disputes team has an outstanding reputation for its work on international and multi-jurisdictional cases covering the full spectrum of commercial litigation, insolvency and restructuring work. I am excited to be joining their ranks and continuing to strengthen the firm's BVI dispute resolution and litigation practice, building on the well-established foundations so expertly laid by Ben."

Before moving to the BVI in 2018, Alex spent more than 20 years practising at the Commercial and Chancery Bar in London, where he was consistently ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for commercial chancery (particularly offshore), banking and financial services, civil fraud and professional liability. He was admitted as a barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in 2018 and appointed Queen's Counsel in England and Wales in 2020.

Carey Olsen group managing partner Alex Ohlsson said: "We are delighted to welcome Alex to the partnership. He joins us at a time of rapid growth having expanded our BVI litigation and insolvency offering in Hong Kong, Singapore and London over the past year."

Carey Olsen has more than 25 BVI-qualified lawyers working across its international network of offices, providing advice to clients in Asia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean in their own time zone.