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Phillip Kite Managing Partner

+44 203 752 3601
+44 7739 036209

Expertise and Professional Background

Phillip Kite is the Managing Partner of the London office and Global Head of Litigation and Insolvency. He specialises in large scale commercial litigation and contentious insolvency matters. He is one of the most experienced BVI litigation and insolvency practitioners and has worked on many of the jurisdiction's largest and most complex cases.

He recently relocated to the UK to launch Harneys' London litigation practice, continuing the expansion of the firm's multi-jurisdictional litigation practice.

Phillip acts for one of the lead defendant groups in the multi-billion dollar claims brought by the liquidators of the Fairfield funds. He acted for claimants in the longest Commercial Court trial in the history of the BVI. During the last few years Phillip has acted for many of the BVI's largest funds in some of the most important test cases arising out of financial crisis. Most of Phillip's cases have a cross border element, in particular, cases involving fraud and shareholder disputes. He is also experienced in contentious trust and probate matters.

Phillip is a Solicitor Advocate and a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners, the Chancery Bar Association and the Commercial Bar Association. Phillip is also one of the contributing editors to British Virgin Islands Commercial Law, Sweet & Maxwell, now in its third edition. Additionally, Phil is a contributor to the Offshore Litigation Blog, a Harneys blog that shares news and views about litigation, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency offshore.

Phillip joined Harneys in 1997 and has been a partner since 2001. He has sat on a number of government advisory committees including the committees which reviewed the proposed Legal Professionals Act, the Insolvency Act of 2003 and the Rules of the BVI Commercial Court. He also served as a member of the committee appointed in 2004 to review the BVI legal system and most recently served as a member of the Court User’s Committee chaired by Commercial Court Justice Edward Bannister QC.

Phillip is recommended by Legal 500 and Citywealth Leaders List; and recognised as being amongst the world’s leading asset recovery lawyers by Who’s Who Legal.


Phillip is regarded as a leading lawyer in the British Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom by major legal directories.

Legal 500: Philip is recommended by Legal 500 as a leading lawyer who is "very experienced and knowledgeable" and as having "excellent judgement".

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

Who’s Who Legal: Phillip is recognised as being amongst the world’s leading asset recovery lawyers.

Education & Admissions

Chester College of Law 1990
University of Birmingham (LLB) 1989
Bar Admissions
England and Wales 1992 (non-practising)
British Virgin Islands 1997
Anguilla 1998


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


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