Rupert Coe

Call 2015

Rupert has practised full-time at the London Bar since February 2016 after 11 years with market-leading law firms in London and the Cayman Islands.

Rupert accepts instructions on a broad range of traditional and commercial chancery matters. In the traditional chancery field, he has a particular interest in trusts, probate and estates cases, including claims concerning the validity or otherwise of Wills, applications for the removal or substitution of personal representatives and trustees, and applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Rupert’s insolvency and commercial practice encompasses all aspects of corporate and individual insolvency, fraud, asset tracing, and a full range of company and investment fund disputes.

He also accepts instructions on professional negligence cases relating to his other areas of practice.

Rupert has extensive experience of obtaining interlocutory injunctions including freezing relief and injunctions to restrain the presentation of winding up petitions. He appears frequently as a sole advocate in both the High Court and the County Court. Many of his cases have an international element to them.

Prior to joining Chambers, Rupert was a senior associate in the Cayman Islands office of the offshore magic circle firm Appleby. He had full admission to the Cayman Islands Bar from 2010-2016 and appeared in many of the most significant cases in that jurisdiction during that period, including cases in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal and the Privy Council. He also appeared in the Oslo City Court in Norway.

Before moving to Appleby, Rupert trained and practised as a litigation solicitor, and subsequently as a solicitor-advocate, with Herbert Smith LLP in London from 2005-2010.

  • What the directories say
    • RecommendedLegal 500 (Cayman Islands) 2014
  • Cases of interest

    At the London Bar

    • Medsted Associates Limited v Canaccord Genuity Wealth (International) Limited [2017] EWHC 1815 (Comm): Advising and appearing (led by Hodge Malek QC and Matthew Slater) for the successful defendant, a Jersey-based wealth manager, in opposing a substantial claim for damages brought by a BVI-incorporated introducing broker. The trial took place before Teare J over two weeks in June 2017
    • In the same case, advising and appearing (led by Robert Hantusch) in contested interlocutory proceedings, successfully obtaining orders for security for costs, specific disclosure and leave to adduce additional witness evidence a week before trial
    • Advising (led by Robert Ham QC) a Cayman Islands individual in relation to an application to the Privy Council for special leave to appeal a decision of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal in succession proceedings

    As a Cayman Islands attorney:

    • Ennismore Fund Management Limited v Fenris Consulting Limited [2012(1) CILR 84], [2014(1) CILR 357] [2016] UKPC 9: Advising and appearing as junior counsel (led by Mark Cunningham QC) for Ennismore Fund Management Ltd in relation to a dispute with Fenris Consulting Ltd before the Grand Court, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
    • In Re WGF Feeder Fund (in Official Liquidation): Acting for the liquidators of a Cayman Islands mutual fund with regard to the liquidation, including conducting the statutory examination of a director in the Oslo City Court in Norway, and advising in relation to the issue of fraud and asset tracing proceedings in Singapore
    • In Re Trikona Advisers Limited (in Official Liquidation): Acting for the liquidators of a Cayman Islands holding company, in particular with regard to proceedings involving the company in the United States (Connecticut and New York), England, Mauritius, India and Singapore
    • In Re Orchid Developments Limited (in Official Liquidation): Acting for the liquidators of a Cayman Islands company, on the asset sale of its real estate portfolio in continental Europe
    • Navarro Wieler and others v HSBC International Trustee Limited and Wieler Velarde: Advising and appearing (with Carlos de Serpa Pimentel) for an institutional trustee in relation to a family trust dispute, in the context of proceedings in the United States and Bolivia, with regard inter alia to forum issues.
    • Helmsman Limited and another v Bank of New York Trust Company (Cayman) Limited: Advising (with Robert Ham QC and Carlos de Serpa Pimentel) for two trust companies in relation to an allegation of breach of trust against a predecessor trustee
    • In Re Times Property Holdings Limited [2011(1) CILR 223]: Advising and appearing (with Jeremy Walton) for Times Property Holdings Limited in opposing a winding up Petition in proceedings before the Grand Court. The Petition was presented on the basis of an alleged debt of approximately US$445 million, in the context of related proceedings in the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong
    • In Re GFP Dunas Partners Holdings, Inc [2011(1) CILR N10]: Advising and appearing (with James Corbett QC and Graeme Halkerston) for a shareholder of GFP Dunas Partners Holdings, Inc in successfully obtaining a winding-up Order against that company on the just and equitable ground in proceedings before the Grand Court
    • Thompson (A.L.) Bldg. Supplies Ltd. v Beazley Underwriting Ltd. and Ors [2011(2) CILR 496]: Advising and appearing (with Jeremy Walton) for the Respondents in successfully defending a claim for an order that an arbitral costs award be set aside in proceedings before the Grand Court
    • Advising and appearing as junior counsel (led by Catherine Newman QC) for a Japanese trustee in bankruptcy in relation to a dispute over ownership of units in two unit trusts governed by Cayman Islands law
    • Advising and appearing as junior counsel (led by Robert Ham QC on appeal and by Peter McMaster QC at first instance) for a beneficiary in relation to a deceased’s estate in proceedings before the Grand Court and Cayman Islands Court of Appeal

    As an English solicitor:

    • Advising Chevron Ltd in relation to civil and criminal proceedings relating to the massive explosion and fire at the Buncefield oil depot in Hertfordshire in 2005. The reported decisions include those at [2010] EWCA Civ 180 and [2009] EWHC 540 (Comm)
  • Memberships

    Gray’s Inn

    Chancery Bar Association

    COMBAR

  • Education

    BA (first class) University of Durham

  • Personal interests

    Literature; long distance running; golf; watching rugby, football and cricket.

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