Lewis Preston

Lewis Preston

Senior Associate Bermuda, Bermuda

Lewis is a commercial litigation barrister with over 10 years’ experience, admitted to the English, Bermuda and BVI bars.

Lewis practised for 6 years in London, spent 2.5 years in Hong Kong as a litigation associate at offshore firm Maples, during which time he litigated BVI and Cayman Islands disputes, and has spent the last 2 years as senior associate at Kennedys in Bermuda.

Recent work includes representing a protector in a multi-billion dollar trust dispute, representing a liquidator investigating a structure allegedly involved in a £1 billion VAT fraud, representing directors in a US$300m breach of fiduciary duty and confidentiality dispute, representing an insurer in an arbitration dispute to secure the first commonwealth estoppel defence in an enforcing court in reliance on a decision of a supervising court, drafting the documents to obtain an injunction in a US$750m unlawful conspiracy/breach of duty claim, defending a US$60m winding up petition to prevent the liquidation of the largest Chinese retailer in its sector, and representing shareholders defending a US$100m unfair prejudice petition.

Market recognition

  • Recommended lawyer for 'Dispute Resolution (Bermuda)'
    The Legal 500 Caribbean 2021
  • Recommended lawyer for 'Dispute Resolution (Bermuda)'
    The Legal 500 Caribbean 2020

Work highlights

  • Representing a protector in a multi-billion dollar trust dispute.
  • Representing a liquidator investigating a structure allegedly involved in a £1 billion VAT fraud.
  • Representing directors in a US$300m breach of fiduciary duty and confidentiality dispute.
  • Representing an insurer in an arbitration dispute to secure the first commonwealth estoppel defence in an enforcing court in reliance on a decision of a supervising court.
  • Defending a four year US$100m unfair prejudice petition in the BVI High Court arising out of a dispute in Vietnam.
  • Obtaining an injunction in a US$750m breach of fiduciary duties, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance, conspiracy and property claim in the Cayman Islands Grand Court arising out of a dispute in the PRC and Hong Kong.
  • Defending a US$90m breach of fiduciary duties, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance and property claim in the Cayman Islands Grand Court arising out of a dispute in Singapore.
  • Defending and settling, through restructuring, a US$60m winding up petition in the Cayman Islands Grand Court arising out of a dispute in China.
  • Obtaining an injunction to protect US$5m of shares in a cross-border property dispute in the BVI High Court arising out of a dispute in Thailand.
  • Defending a US$6m claim for breach of fiduciary duties, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance and return of property in the BVI High Court involving complex issues of BVI and Nigerian trust/property law arising out of a dispute in Malaysia.
  • Settling a disputed injunction in the BVI High Court involving a US$15m asset freeze and an associated claim for damages involving Chinese enforcement issues.
  • Winning a five day complex fraud trial in the UK Technology and Construction Court.

Publications

Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 Caribbean 2020