Claire Goldstein is a partner in our BVI Litigation and Insolvency team. She joined us in 2014 after having spent five years at another leading BVI law firm. She has extensive experience of complex multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial litigation, trusts, fraud and asset tracing and insolvency and restructuring matters and has worked with a wide variety of clients. Claire also regularly represents clients in the BVI courts on a number of interlocutory applications including urgent applications for injunctions, the appointment of interim receivers and other forms of interim relief.
Claire has worked on some of the leading cases in the jurisdiction including the Fairfield litigation where she represented a number of banks that had invested into Fairfield Sentry Ltd which was a feeder fund into Bernard Madoff Investment Securities Limited. She has also worked on some of the largest and most complex enforcement claims in order to enforce foreign judgments and arbitral awards in the BVI.
Prior to moving offshore Claire worked at Slaughter and May and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in London. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004. Claire was also a lecturer in constitutional and administrative Law at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.
Claire is recommended by Chambers and Legal 500 as a leading BVI practitioner. She is on the board of the BVI Restructuring and Insolvency Association (RISA) and is a member of INSOL and the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). Claire is also on the advisory board for the Trusts and Estates Litigation Forum.
Claire has been ranked for her BVI Dispute Resolution expertise. Sources say she is "an excellent lawyer" who provides "efficient and precise advice". Other commentators highlight her as "a very strategic advocate".Chambers and Partners, 2021
Claire is recognised as a “leading individual” in the British Virgin Islands Dispute Resolution rankings. Clients say "[she is a] very experienced BVI practitioner who knows and understands the market and workings of the system well."Legal 500, 2021
Claire is recognised as a GIR "thought leader" and an expert in asset recovery.Who's Who Legal, 2019, 2020
Claire has been ranked for her BVI Dispute Resolution expertise. Sources say she is "very knowledgeable, very attentive to our needs and very commercial in her approach."Chambers & Partners, 2020
Claire continues to uphold "a very good reputation" in BVI disputes matters. She is “a great advocate” and “a good opponent” who takes a discerning approach to the merits of each case. She has particular experience relating to investment fund litigation and the obtaining of emergency freezing injunctions and Chambers states: “She's clearly very, very clever, conscientious and hard-working. If you've got a difficult or complicated case, she's just the person you want on your team.”Chambers & Partners, 2017-19
Claire is recognised as a “next generation partner” in the British Virgin Islands Dispute Resolution rankings.Legal 500, 2020
- England and Wales (not practising)
- British Virgin Islands
- University of Oxford (BCL)
- European University Institute (LLM)
- University of Leeds (LLB)