Scott Cruickshank | Managing Partner BVI

Scott is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation of the British Virgin Islands office. He has considerable experience in areas such as shareholder disputes, insolvency, fraud and asset tracing, trust litigation, and corporate and commercial disputes generally.

Scott studied Law at the University of Glasgow in Scotland where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (with Honours in Commercial Law) in 1995, and a Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip.LP) in 1996.

Prior to February 2008, Scott was a practising Barrister at the Scottish Bar where he built up a sizeable and successful practice as a corporate and commercial litigator. In February 2008, Scott relocated to the BVI where he worked initially with another leading offshore firm prior to joining Lennox Paton.

Scott routinely works with large city law firms, financial institutions and corporate and commercial clients based throughout the world with respect to large multi-jurisdictional disputes and transactions. He has considerable courtroom experience matched with an acute commercial acumen.

In addition to corporate and commercial litigation, Scott also has a wide experience of ADR procedures such as arbitration and mediation.

Scott is a Fellow of INSOL International, being the first BVI practitioner to have successfully completed the INSOL Global Insolvency Practice Course. Scott is also a board member of the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA) in the BVI; a former member of RISA's Technical Advisory Committee; and a member of the BVI Bar Association. He also remains a non-practising member of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland.

Chambers Global has variously described Scott as being "very thorough and professional, and provides fantastic client care" (2013); that he has "extensive experience in insolvency and trust litigation" (2014); that he is "always on the ball, very thorough, very personable and very easy to work with" (2015); and that he is an "experienced practitioner who is well regarded, with sources highlighting his combination of detailed legal knowledge and good commercial judgement" (2016).

Scott has written and contributed to numerous articles on BVI law and is the co-author of the BVI chapter of:

(1) Avoidance of Antecedent Transactions and Cross-Border Insolvency, published by INSOL International in 2014;

(2) Enforcement of Judgments and Arbitral Awards, a Global Guide from Practical Law (2nd Edition; 2015);

(3) Litigation & Dispute Resolution (2nd to 4th Editions; 2013-2015); and

(4) The International Comparative Legal Guide to Litigation & Dispute Resolution (8th and 9th Editions; 2015 and 2016).