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About Us

AMS Law practices British Virgin Islands law from its offices in the British Virgin Islands (“BVI”).

Our qualified BVI lawyers are amongst some of the longest serving in the current BVI legal community. Our track record is proven, having once before developed and managed a successful BVI law firm, which was amalgamated with a global offshore law firm, en route to AMS Law.

From our strategically placed offices around the world, we are able to service our diverse and professional clientele with just the right balance of technical know-how and commitment; a commercial approach and the result: a commercially sound, technically correct and workable solution.

Meet Our Lawyers

Barry Mitchell LLB/Bcom, TEP

Barry Mitchell (1958) a graduate from Auckland University, New Zealand qualified as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1982, as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000 and as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands), also in 2000. Before moving to the BVI in 1996, Barry worked for a number of large Auckland based commercial law firms and then in 1996 took up a position as the managing director/in-house legal counsel for an international trust company when he moved to the BVI. Barry subsequently became a partner of a local BVI law firm in 1998, which subsequently merged with Maples and Calder in 2004. As part of the merger with Maples and Calder, Barry relocated to Hong Kong to head up the Maples BVI legal team for the Asia Region. Barry remained a partner of Maples and Calder until 2014 when he joined the AMS Financial Group as Group Legal Counsel, to oversee the Group’s Asia/Pacific corporate and trust teams. Barry remains based in Hong Kong.

David Payne, Senior Counsel

David (1975) is currently the Managing Director for the Americas for the AMS Financial Group. Prior to this David held the position of Managing Director in both the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands for the AMS Financial Group. David obtained his degree in Law from the Universidad Santa Maria, Caracas, Venezuela in 1999. He worked for 5 years in the Banco Venezolano de Credito S.A.C.A. (legal and trust departments). David joined the Circle Partners group as a fund lawyer in 2004 specializing in the setup and corporate maintenance of investment funds/vehicles in a number of different jurisdictions and subsequently set up Circle’s legal department.
In 2009 David was transferred to London to set up the UK branch of Circle Partners’ operation to enhance the brand in the UK market and to assist the Group’s UK based clients. In the same year David was appointed as Legal Counsel of the Circle Partners Group and UK Manager. A position he held until he moved across to the AMS Group in 2013 to head the BVI office.

Philippa V.Osullivan BA (HONS), TEP

Philippa O’Sullivan (1970) Philippa O’Sullivan (1970) a graduate from King’s College London, qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales in 2005, and of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) in 2015. Philippa worked in Geneva, Jersey and London prior to becoming resident in the BVI in 2014. Philippa became a partner of AMS Law in 2017. Philippa’s practice in the BVI is broadly based and includes the provision of corporate/commercial, fund, trust, and probate. Philippa is a member of the Society of Trust Estate Practitioners and has served as a member on the BVI industry committees for both CRS and FATCA.

Daian Sumner LLB (Hons), PGDip Legal Studies at the Bar

Daian Sumner (1982) a graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, England was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004 and admitted to practise as a barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) in 2016. Prior to becoming resident in the BVI, Daian had a strong commercial and chancery practice at a leading set of Chambers in England and qualified through the ADR Group and the International Academy of Dispute Resolution as a civil and commercial mediator. Daian is a Senior Associate in the Litigation Department of our BVI office. Daian’s practice in the BVI is broadly based covering corporate and commercial litigation including insolvency, shareholder disputes, trust litigation, fraud and asset tracing. In addition she has experience seeking urgent injunctive relief and enforcing foreign judgments and awards.