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Ben Mays


Ben is a partner and is head of Carey Olsen's British Virgin Islands (BVI) dispute resolution and litigation group. 

Ben's practice covers corporate and commercial disputes and related advisory work including shareholder disputes, fraud and asset-tracing, corporate investigations, professional negligence, contractual claims, trusts disputes and regulatory advice. He is highly experienced in cross-border corporate insolvency and restructuring and in the enforcement of security. 

His recent representative work includes acting for a variety of clients on many of the most significant insolvency matters in the BVI in recent years.

Ben also regularly advises on shareholder disputes including unfair prejudice claims, alleged breaches of shareholder agreements, rectification actions, minority squeeze-outs and just and equitable winding up applications as well as on fraud and asset tracing claims and regulatory, anti-corruption and money-laundering assignments. Ben is often involved in seeking interim remedies such as injunctions, the appointment of receivers and Norwich Pharmacal relief, often on an urgent basis.

Ben is an experienced and successful advocate who regularly appears in court. 

Ben's clients include investment and retail banks, private and listed companies, hedge funds, the major accountancy firms, financial services organisations and high net worth individuals. The strength of his profile in the legal sector sees him regularly instructed by international law firms.


Ben qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1999 and subsequently as a solicitor advocate (not currently practising in England and Wales). He began his career at Travers Smith in London and was then admitted to practice in the BVI and the Cayman Islands in 2004 when he moved to Maples and Calder.

Ben joined Carey Olsen as a partner in February 2015.

Ben's experience also includes six months in Cambodia where he acted as pro bono International Legal Consultant to Legal Support for Children and Women, a non-profit organization providing support to and access to justice for victims of human rights abuse and trafficking. 

Ben is a member and former director of the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA), a member of INSOL, the Insolvency Lawyers' Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

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What our clients say

"Ben Mays is a standout in the BVI and is the best litigator on island; he is extremely responsive, hard working, focused and extremely intelligent."

Legal 500

“An outstanding strategic thinker with a great tactical mind.”

Chambers Global

“Technically excellent and a very strong courtroom advocate.”

Legal 500

“Responsive, incredibly user-friendly and a very bright individual.”

Chambers Global

"I completely trust his judgement and the advice he gives."

Chambers Global