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
Christopher S. McKenzie LLB (Hons), TEP
Chris S. Mckenzie (1961) qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales in 1987, of the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1989 and of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) in 1990. Chris lived and worked in the BVI between 1990 and 2004 having originally become a partner of a local BVI law firm before the same firm merged with Maples and Calder. As part of the merger with Maples and Calder, Chris relocated back to London to head up the Maples BVI legal team for the UK and European region. Chris remained a partner of Maples and Calder until 2013 when he joined the AMS Financial Group as a shareholder and director, to head up the Group’s global corporate and trust teams. Since June 2014, Chris has been based in Dubai, UAE managing AMS’ Dubai office.
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, Dr
David is the Managing Director of AMS Trustees Limited and has since 2013 headed the Group’s BVI office. 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.