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BVI Trusts

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Harneys has the largest non-contentious BVI trusts team in the Caribbean.


Our BVI team commonly provides advice on the establishment and restructuring of BVI trusts including VISTA trusts, purpose trusts, unit trusts and employee benefit trusts. Our trusts lawyers frequently work alongside Harneys lawyers from other departments and offices throughout the Harneys network to provide bespoke solutions for our clients.

We typically advise both commercial (including trust companies and banks) and individual (HNWIs and their families) clients on the establishment, maintenance and restructuring of trusts. Our trusts team regularly draft and prepare all types of wills, from a simple will disposing of shares in a BVI Business Company to a complex will establishing a family trust.

Our growing trusts litigation practice has seen an increase in contentious issues involving complex tax and trusts structuring, cross-border probate, succession planning and international trusts disputes. In this regard our trusts team works closely with our litigation teams in the BVI, Hong Kong and London in order to provide the very highest standard of legal advice.

Our trusts team was shortlisted as a finalist for Caribbean legal team of the year at the STEP Caribbean awards in May 2013 and was nominated as Runner-Up for Caribbean Law Firm of the Year at the Citywealth IFC Awards in London in 2015.


  • Family trusts
  • Private trust companies and family office
  • Charitable and non-charitable purpose trusts
  • BVI VISTA trusts
  • Cayman STAR trusts
  • Commercial trusts
  • Regulation of trusts and trust companies
  • International wills
  • International estate administration



Harneys’ depth of knowledge and experience in the BVI is unmatched. We have been an integral part of the British Virgin Islands’ development as a premier offshore centre since its inception and no team has a better understanding of the...Read More

Cayman Trust & Private Wealth

Our trusts and private wealth law practice specialises in the creation of all types of trusts to maximise the benefits of Cayman law for both commercial and individual clients.Read More

Tax and Regulatory

Harneys has established a full-service regulatory practice and a highly qualified and experienced regulatory team. We provide regulatory advice in relation to BVI, Cayman Islands, Cyprus and Anguilla and we are the only law firm to have regulatory...Read More

Trusts & Estates

Harneys’ Trusts & Estates practice advises individual and commercial clients on the establishment, administration and structuring of all types of BVI, Cayman Islands and Cyprus trusts.Read More


Claire Goldstein
Claire Goldstein

British Virgin Islands
Henry Mander
Henry Mander

Cayman Islands
Russell Willings
Russell Willings

Laura Hair
Laura Hair

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Matthew Howson
Matthew Howson

British Virgin Islands


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Articles & Updates

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Recent Experience

BVI Court rules on construction of trusts