Queen’s Counsel, London, Bermuda, Offshore

Publications and Presentations

"Excellent litigator, Alex Potts QC, is always well prepared and on top of the issues"

Legal 500 2018, Dispute Resolution - Bermuda

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Alex Potts QC's publications include: 

  • ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2018’, Bermuda chapter,  ICLG, (2018). 
  • ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Recovery and Insolvency 2018’, Bermuda chapter, ICLG, (2018). 
  • 'Investment Funds in Bermuda: Winds of Change', IFC Caribbean Review 2018
  • 'Post Petition Dispositions and Validation Orders in Bermuda law', International Corporate Rescue, Volume 13 (2016), Issue 6 (co-authored with Caitlin Conyers).
  • Directors' Liability and Indemnification: A Global Guide (Globe Law and Business, 3rd edition, 2016), Bermuda chapter co-authored with Mark Chudleigh. 
  • 'A Review of Recent Legal Developments in Bermuda', The Journal of International Tax, Trust and Corporate Planning, Volume 23, Issue 2, pages 115 to 120 (2016). 
  • Sedgwick LLP’s Offshore Professional Risks Newsletter (2016). 
  • ‘What is Mediation, and Should It Be Made Compulsory for Civil and Commercial Disputes in Bermuda’, Sedgwick White Paper (January 2016). 
  • Bermuda Restructuring & Insolvency ‘Practice Notes’, Lexis PSL (2015). 
  • ‘TIEAs in the Courts of International Financial Centres’, IFC Review 2015 (1 July 2015). 
  • ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Recovery and Insolvency 2015’, Bermuda chapter co-authored with Nick Miles, ICLG, 9th edition (2015). 
  • ‘Getting the Deal Through - Anti-Corruption Regulation 2015’, Bermuda chapter co-authored with Chen Foley (2015). 
  • ‘Floods of TIEAs’, Cayman Financial Review (31 October 2014). 
  • ‘Bermuda: Taking Charge of the Future: a review of recent legislative changes relating to trusts and insurance contracts’, Sedgwick White Paper (September 2014). 
  • ‘Focus - Bermuda: What kind of disputes will keep us busy over the next few years?’ South Square Digest (August 2014). 
  • ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2014’, Bermuda chapter co-authored with Mark Chudleigh, ICLG, 11th edition (2014). 
  • ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Recovery and Insolvency 2014’, Bermuda chapter co-authored with Nick Miles, ICLG, 8th edition (2014). 
  • ‘Recent developments in tax information exchange litigation in Bermuda and other international financial centres’, The Journal of International Tax, Trust and Corporate Planning, Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 50 to 63 (2014). 
  • ‘Getting the Deal Through - Anti-Corruption Regulation 2014’, Bermuda chapter co-authored with Chen Foley. 
  • ‘Bermuda: Quo Fata Ferunt: a review of regulatory developments in 2013’, IFC Review (2014). 
  • ‘Blood, Sweat & TIEAs: Tax Information Exchange Litigation in Bermuda’, co-authored with Amy Murray, IFC Caribbean 2014 (2014). 
  • Sedgwick LLP’s Offshore Professional Risks Newsletter (2013 and 2014). 
  • ‘No Place Like Home (The Bermuda Court’s approach to jurisdiction issues in trusts disputes)’, STEP Journal (March 2014). 
  • ‘Industry Loss Warranties: Let’s Not Be Trigger Happy Yet’, co-authored with Mark Chudleigh, Global Reinsurance (Winter 2013). 
  • ‘Recognition of, and Assistance to, Foreign Insolvency Proceedings: a View from Bermuda’, paper published for INSOL International Cayman Islands One Day Seminar (7 November 2013). 
  • ‘Devil’s Isle Detail: An Overview of the Laws Regulating Bermuda’s Marine Environment’, Sedgwick White Paper, co-authored with Mark Chudleigh and Amy Murray (November 2013). 
  • ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Recovery and Insolvency 2013’, Bermuda chapter co-authored with Mark Chudleigh, ICLG, 7th edition (2013). 
  • Bermuda Restructuring & Insolvency ‘Practice Notes’, Lexis PSL (2013) 
  • ‘Why drink driving, speeding, and not wearing a seatbelt, are very bad ideas in Bermuda’, The Royal Gazette (22 August 2013). 
  • ‘Re A Trust [2013] SC (Bda) 16 Civ. Can a Court order disclosure of trust documents to a beneficiary even where the trust deed gives the trust protector an express right of veto? The Supreme Court of Bermuda says yes’, co-authored with Amy Murray, Trusts & Trustees (31 July 2013). 
  • ‘Corporate Hospitality Could be Scrutinized under Possible New Anti-Bribery Laws’, co-authored with Chen Foley, The Royal Gazette (26 April 2013). 
  • ‘Commercial Litigation in Bermuda’, chapter co-authored with Narinder Hargun, in ‘Offshore Commercial Law in Bermuda’ (Wildy's, 2013) ed Ian Kawaley. 
  • ‘Madoff: the litigation fallout continues’, co-authored with Eleanor Heine, Insurance Day (27 September 2012). 
  • ‘Current Trends in Discovery Regulations: A Bermuda and Offshore Perspective’, chapter co-authored with Mark Chudleigh, ‘Inside the Minds: Complying with International Discovery Regulations’, Aspatore Books (September 2012). 
  • ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Recovery and Insolvency 2012’, Bermuda chapter co-authored with Nick Miles, ICLG, 6th edition (2012). 
  • ‘International Insolvency Co-operation in Bermuda’, paper co-authored with Robin Mayor for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s International Insolvency and Restructuring Symposium, Dublin (October 2011). 
  • ‘International Insolvency Co-operation in Bermuda: Arrested Development?’ Insolvency Intelligence, Vol.24 No.2 Pages 27-29 (2011). 
  • ‘Exclusive Jurisdiction and Arbitration Agreements: Will they be enforced in Bermuda in the event of an insolvency?’ International Corporate Rescue, Vol. 8, Issue 3 (2011) 
  • ‘International insolvency co-operation in Bermuda: an update’, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, Vol 4.1 Pages 14-15 (February 2011). 
  • Bermuda Chapter, co-authored with Narinder Hargun, in Enforcement of Money Judgments, Juris Law Publishing (2011). 
  • ‘E-disclosure offshore’, in Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2010, Financier Worldwide Ebook, Financier Worldwide (2010). 
  • Case commentary on Kingate Global Fund Ltd v Knightsbridge (USD) Fund Ltd in ‘International Trust and Estate Law Reports’, 12 ITELR 850 (2010). 
  • Bermuda Chapter, co-authored with Narinder Hargun, in International Commercial Dispute Resolution (Tottel, 2009), ed Jonathan Warne. 
  • Bermuda Chapter on ‘Enforcement of Foreign Judgments’ in Judicial Cooperation in Civil & Commercial Litigation in the British Offshore World (Wildy’s, 2009) ed Ian Kawaley, Andrew Bolton and Robin Mayor. 
  • Bermuda Chapter on ‘Intermediaries, Investment Managers, and Hedge Funds’, co-authored with Anthony Whaley and Paul Smith in Legal Aspects of the Financial Crisis (Globe Law & Business, 2009), ed Eugenio A Bruno. 
  • ‘The Hedge Fund Redemption’, AIQ Alternative Intelligent Quotient, Issue No. 31 (2009). 
  • ‘Improving the System: Commercial and Trust Litigation and the Commercial Court in Bermuda’, STEP Journal (July/August 2009). 
  • ‘Can a Hedge Fund Make Redemption Payments “In Kind” by way of the Issue of “Participation Interests” in its own Illiquid Assets, and What is the Status of a Redeeming Investor who has not Received any Payment at All?’ Hedge Fund Law Report, Volume 2, No. 13 (2009). 
  • ‘Specific Performance of IT Contracts’, co-authored with Duncan McCall QC, Journal of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL) (13 December 2006).

Alex Potts QC's previous speaking engagements include:

  • 'When the walls come down: what happens when a cell company fails', INSOL International Channel Islands One Day Seminar, Guernsey (13 September 2017). 
  • 'Increasing Costs, Risks, and Regulation in Offshore Centres', Sedgwick E&O London Seminar (5 July 2017). 
  • ‘Directors’ Duties and Last Gasp Rescue Attempts’, RISA Bermuda seminar (7 October 2015). 
  • ‘Recent Developments in Banking and Securities Law’, COMBAR North American Meeting, Washington DC (April 2015). 
  • ‘Significant Recent Developments in Offshore Litigation’, COMBAR Inaugural Offshore Event, Washington DC (April 2015). 
  • ‘Current Trends in UK Corporate Governance’, Institute of Directors, Bermuda Branch (25 February 2015). 
  • Panelist, Ernst & Young Global Hedge Fund Symposium Bermuda (20 November 2014). 
  • Panelist, ‘The Renewal of the Asset Management Business in Bermuda’, Regulatory Compliance Association Practice Edge Webcast (19 November 2014). 
  • ‘Blood, Sweat & TIEAs: Tax Information Exchange Litigation in OFCs’, Offshore Alert Conference Miami (May 2014). 
  • ‘From Inbox to Witness Box’, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Bermuda Branch (20 February 2014). 
  • ‘Recognition of Foreign Insolvency Proceedings’, INSOL International Cayman Islands One Day Seminar (winner of the INSOL “X-Factor” competition for ‘rising stars’) (7 November 2013). 
  • ‘D&O claims and coverage disputes’, Institute of Directors, Bermuda Branch (November 2013). 
  • ‘Cat Bonds, Side Cars, Triggers, and Transformers: The Scope for Alternative (Re)insurance Disputes, or What Happens When the Wind Blows?’ Sedgwick’s 11th Annual Hot Topics Seminar for the Bermuda Insurance Market (2 October 2013). 
  • ‘Captives, Fronting Insurers, and Facultative Reinsurance: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?’ The Bermuda Insurance Institute (June 2013). 
  • ‘Busted Trusts, Sinking Funds, and the Bermuda Triangle: the Idiosyncracies of Offshore Trustee, Fiduciary and Professional Risk’, Sedgwick’s Insurance Seminar Series, London (June 2013). 
  • ‘Recent Developments in Hedge Fund Litigation and Liquidations’, Bermuda Bar Association and various professional audiences (May 2013). 
  • ‘Developments in Hedge Funds and Offshore Professionals’ Liability’, Sedgwick’s Insurance Seminar Series, London (18 October 2012). 
  • ‘Dealing with Captives: Pitfalls for the Unwary’, Sedgwick’s 10th Annual Hot Topics Seminar for the Bermuda Insurance Market (3 October 2012), and various professional audiences (March 2013) 
  • ‘Introduction to the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements’, Hague Conference on Private International Law, Bermuda (May 23, 2012). 
  • ‘Recent Developments in Hedge Fund Litigation and Liquidations’, Bermuda Bar Association and various professional audiences (June 2012). 
  • ‘Recent Developments in Hedge Fund Litigation’, Keynote speaker at Conyers Dill & Pearman's 10th Annual Offshore Law Forum, New York (September 2011). 
  • ‘Recent Developments in Hedge Fund Litigation’, Conyers Offshore Law Seminar, London (June 2011). 
  • ‘Recent Developments in Hedge Fund Litigation’, Bermuda Bar Association and various professional audiences (May 2011). 
  • ‘Trusts law update: the Rule in Hastings-Bass’, various professional audiences (April 2011). 
  • ‘Recent Developments in Hedge Fund Litigation’, Bermuda Bar Association and various professional audiences (March 2010). 
  • ‘Legal Issues arising out of the Global Financial Crisis: What went wrong with regulation? Underlying causes and lessons to be learned: an offshore perspective’, COMBAR North America Conference, Chicago (May 2009). 
  • ‘Recent Developments in Hedge Fund Litigation’, Bermuda Bar Association (February 2009). 
  • ‘Professional Negligence Disputes’, Bermuda Bar Association (September 2008). 
  • ‘Privilege, Exceptions and Governing Law in International Litigation and Arbitration’, COMBAR North America Conference, Berlin (May 2008). 
  • ‘Admissibility and Discovery of Electronic Evidence’, Conference on ‘Security, Fraud Risk Management and Forensic Investigations’, Institute of Internal Auditors and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (May 2008). 
  • ‘Taking Witness Statements and Dealing with Witnesses’, Bermuda Bar Association (February 2008). 
  • ‘Recent Developments in Commercial Litigation and Arbitration in Bermuda’, various professional audiences (December 2007). 
  • ‘The Liability of Directors and Officers: and Directors’ Defences and Indemnities’, various professional audiences in the Cayman Islands (May 2006).



Testimonials
 

 

 
 
Alex Potts QC is an experienced practitioner who is noted by interviewees for his insolvency expertise. He also handles a wide range of other commercial disputes, including insurance, trusts and investment funds cases. Sources say: “He is very good lawyer in terms of analysing the law. His written work is first-class and he is an effective advocate.”
— Chambers Global 2018
 
 

 
 
Excellent litigator, Alex Potts QC is ‘always well prepared and on top of the issues’ ...

Alex Potts QC is ‘highly responsive and client focused’.
— Legal 500 2018
 
 

 
 
In Bermuda, Alex Potts QC is an “excellent lawyer” who advises on a wide array of complex issues. He has a “very good presence in court and in arbitration”, according to commentators.
— Who's Who Legal 2018