“They are quite commercial in their approach and don’t escalate matters; rather they find the most efficient way to deal with things”

Chambers UK 2020

“A highly respected litigation boutique with expertise in a wide range of contentious corporate matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“They can really go toe to toe with magic circle firms”

Chambers UK 2020

“An excellent boutique litigation firm”

Chambers UK 2020

“They have really had our backs in a very innovative way”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are absolutely brilliant – very good at the big picture, very effective communicators and very easy to get on with.”

Chambers UK 2020

“Signature has provided us with steady-handed advice and I can honestly recommend their tightly-knit team to anyone in need of sound legal advice”

Chambers UK 2020

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”

Chambers UK 2020

“Well known for its representation of oligarchs and other high net worth individuals”

Chambers UK 2020

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is extraordinary”

Chambers UK 2020

“Brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgement”

Chambers UK 2020

Signature “has developed a deep bench of talent, which means even with the high demand for their services they consistently maintain a high quality”

Chambers UK 2020

“Highly responsive, intelligent and commercially astute lawyers”

Chambers UK 2020

“They demonstrate the ability to formulate, plan and implement a sophisticated global strategy”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are impressive in the way they deal with very complex cases”

Chambers UK 2020

The Firm’s “tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Outstandingly successful”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large-scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters.”

Chambers UK 2019

“A highly specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex and often cross-border cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dispute resolution boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles large, high-profile professional negligence claims, often with a cross-border element, for claimants and defendants.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“The practice advises on all aspects of large-scale banking litigation.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“The hallmarks of the team are that they are responsive, commercial, conflict-free, flexible … a client gets Magic Circle quality.”

Chambers UK 2019

“They have a lot of experience in multi-jurisdictional, high-value litigation. They are a boutique firm that is growing in size considerably but which can still provide a personal, flexible service.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Adept at handling multiparty and cross-border disputes, particularly those related to banking.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Their advice is sound and their strategic approach is excellent. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The firm is extremely focused on high-quality litigation”.

Chambers UK 2019

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”.

Chambers UK 2019

“A first-class firm with a positive, collaborative culture of integrity”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.

Chambers UK 2019

Biography

Elliott qualified as a barrister in England and Gibraltar in 2002.  Elliott is an internationally recognised barrister and specialises in offshore contentious trusts, estates and private wealth disputes.

His practice also includes commercial litigation, civil fraud, asset tracing, insolvency and shareholder disputes. Uniquely, Elliott is also able to accept instructions to appear before all Courts in England and Wales. Elliott is the founding partner of Signature Litigation LLP’s practice on the Rock.

Primarily based in Gibraltar, Elliott is regularly instructed by leading international firms in which Gibraltar proceedings are issued or where there is a strong Gibraltar connection to the litigation. Elliott has considerable experience in the area of contentious trusts and appears regularly before the Chancery Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council on matters relating to the administration of trusts. Elliott’s cases involve removal of trustees, protectors and executors, challenging trustees’ decisions, breach of trust, advising trustees and beneficiaries on freezing orders, in both domestic and in support of foreign proceedings, as well as advising on trusts in the divorce context.

Elliott’s most recent cases include: (1) securing a victory in the Court of Appeal for Gibraltar in GibFibre v Gibraltar Regulatory Authority [2019] GibLR  (currently on appeal to the Judicial Committee of Privy Council); and (2) successfully securing an order striking out a claim against a group of corporate services providers in a PTC ‘dog leg’ linked context in Lemberga v Serillio PTC Limited and Fidux Trust Company Limited & Ors [2020] GibLR (permission granted to appeal to the Court of Appeal for Gibraltar).

Elliott is recognised as a Band 2 individual in both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe for General Business Law: Dispute Resolution — Gibraltar. Chamber Global describes Elliott as “an impressive individual who is extremely capable and sources note he is a very strong litigator”. The Legal 500 EMEA Guide recognises Elliott as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for dispute resolution in Gibraltar, and notes he “is a specialist in international trusts and estates disputes.

Elliott is also recognised in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite, a directory of the world’s elite lawyers advising UHNW clients. He is also a regular speaker at high profile private client conferences, contributing to discussions centring on UHNW private wealth disputes.

In 2015, Elliott was duly elected as a Member of Parliament in Gibraltar  and served as the Shadow Minister for Justice between November 2015 and November 2017 and as HM Leader of the Opposition from 4 December 2017 to 19 October 2019.  Elliott was re-elected in 2019 for a further four years and currently serves as Shadow Minister for Health and the Environment

Experience

  • Instructed by a litigation funder in relation to a claim by a multinational energy corporation arising out of a multi-billion dollar Latin American oil litigation matter.
  • Advised and led a Gibraltar based team regarding an insurance company’s multi-million pound collapse.
  • Advised and led a Gibraltar based team in relation to the collapse of an insurance company and subsequent losses of tens of millions.
  • Acted as lead counsel for the Financial Services Commission in a case regarding one of the first instances whereby a regulated Fund was placed under Administration under the Financial Services (Collective Investment Schemes) Act 2005.
  • Advised and instructed a Swiss Bank in constructive trust claims by a US trustee in relation to a long-running litigation matter.
  • Acted as lead Gibraltar Counsel in a high-profile litigation matter requiring enforcement of a foreign judgement.
  • Acted for a Georgian family in a multi-billion dollar trust dispute.
  • Represented the family of a late Georgian Oligarch in relation to a multi-million pound fraud litigation.
  • Acted for professional trustees in an application by a party to English matrimonial proceedings and beneficiary seeking the variation of a Gibraltar Asset Protection Trust multi-million pound dispute.

Press Coverage

Avoiding Intestacy in Gibraltar – Where there’s a Will there’s a Way – Private Banker International – 2 June 2020

Norwich Pharmacal relief in England and Gibraltar: availability of relief for the purposes of domestic and overseas proceedingsOffshore Red – May 2020

Where there’s a Will there’s a Rock – Offshore Red – April 2020

Anti-Bartlett wins the day: Hong Kong Court rules that trustee has no duty to supervise underlying company – Blog – 28 November 2019

Five Points to Consider Regarding the Regulation of Cryptocurrency – Global Banking and Finance Review – 9 May 2019

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain – are hacks highlighting glitches in the industry? – Financial News – 29 June 2018

Time to draw up rules on blockchain technologyCompliance Monitor – 14 February 2018

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