David Herbert




David Herbert is an experienced litigator and commercial-Chancery barrister. He focuses on high-stakes, complex international disputes, insolvencies and restructurings – particularly those centred on offshore trusts, structures and investment funds. He represents insolvency practitioners, banks, private and corporate investors, trustees, and high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

In addition to domestic Courts, he has extensive experience of proceedings in international Courts, and his cases frequently play out against the backdrop of jurisdictional challenges and disputes as well as highly contentious applications for interim relief.

Recently, he has been instructed in defending an Australian financial services group in US$250 million conspiracy claims in the Cayman Islands, and in the UK Courts, David was engaged for the Claimants in the highly acrimonious and heavily publicised £132 million Holyoake v Candy trial, which was prominent in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2017.

David also has a background and interest in art – and has litigated numerous cases involving looted or stolen artefacts or involving disputes over provenance.

David previously spent nearly 10 years practicing as a Barrister at XXIV Old Buildings, a set of barristers’ chambers highly rated and regarded for its international and offshore credentials. He also headed up and helped build the litigation practice at an offshore law firm based in its Cayman Islands office.

Professional History

  • Partner, Locke Lord (2019)
  • Partner & Barrister, gunnercooke, LLP (2015–2019)
  • Partner and Head of Litigation, Harney Westwood & Riegels, Cayman Islands (2011–2014)
  • Member, XXIV Old Buildings, London (2003–2011)
  • Attorney-at-Law, Cayman Islands (2009)
  • Barrister, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) (2003)
  • Barrister of England & Wales (Middle Temple) (2000)