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Andrew Thorp Partner

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Expertise and Professional Background

Andrew Thorp heads up the BVI litigation and insolvency practice group.

For over a decade, Andrew has advised law firms, banks, funds, private equity houses and trust companies on all aspects of BVI contentious law.

Andrew is particularly sought after by clients for cross-border asset recovery and insolvency work and is a recognised industry leader. Much of his focus is on pre-emptive remedies including freezing orders, provisional liquidations and discovery orders, often against a background of fraud. He has acted in numerous successful asset retrieval operations across CIS, Latin America and Asia alongside teams from Harneys, other international law firms and investigatory professionals.

Andrew has been at the forefront of developing insolvency law in the BVI having successfully led teams in the seminal hedge fund cases following the liquidity crises and high profile frauds of the last 10 years. Additionally he has pioneered a number cross-border protocols between court officers and is regularly retained to advise on restructuring of international distressed structures.

Andrew is a director of INSOL Global as well as Chairman of RISA (Restructuring and Insolvency Professional Association). He is also an honorary member of COMBAR and the Chancery Bar Association. Additionally, Andrew is also a contributor to The Offshore Litigation Blog, a Harneys blog that shares news and views about litigation, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency offshore.
He is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers & Partners in the British Virgin Islands; recommended by Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Citywealth Leaders List; and recognised as being amongst the world’s leading asset recovery and private client lawyers by Who’s Who Legal.


Chambers and Partners: Andrew is “incredibly commercial and makes things easy for the client”. Chambers highlights Andy’s “great strategic mind,” and client feedback that “when you need to think several moves ahead and keep track of multiple moving parts, he's the guy to call. His strategic advice is always spot-on.” Chambers interviewees say Andrew “really knows how the courts work and what we need – the level of service is absolutely top-notch.” 

IFLR 1000 2017: Andrew is singled out for “restructuring, insolvency and cross-border insolvency matters, in which he regularly excels”.

Legal 500, 2016: Andrew is recognised as a “great strategist and very effective” and is recognised for his “detailed familiarity of the finer points of governing local law”. He is also noted for being an “exceptionally good lawyer and very intelligent” and for his expertise in international asset tracing and insolvency.

Who's Who Legal, 2017: Andrew is recognised as being amongst the world’s leading asset recovery lawyers. Andrew is described as “very commercial, very competent and a strong advocate.”

Citywealth: Andrew is recognised as a leading lawyer in the private client space.

Education & Admissions

Chester College of Law 1996
​University of Nottingham (LLB) 1994
Bar Admissions
England and Wales 1998
British Virgin Islands 2005
Anguilla 2012


Restructuring and Insolvency
Investigations, Corporate Crime and Fraud
BVI Litigation & Insolvency
Distressed Funds
London Litigation


Harneys partner Andrew Thorp and senior associate Mark Rowlands contributed “British Virgin Islands: Restructuring & Insolvency” in The In-House Lawyers, Restructuring & Insolvency Country Comparative Guide. The chapter is... read more

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