In 1989, O’Neal Webster was among the first law firms to establish exclusively in the BVI to serve onshore and offshore commercial, finance, banking, business, and property clients. Today, its practice includes robust expertise in additional areas of corporate, investment funds, intellectual property, insolvency, asset recovery, trusts & estates, and admiralty law. As such, the firm has accumulated a great wealth of knowledge and broad experience in addressing clients’ transactional, regulatory, and adversarial matters in the jurisdiction.
Versatile, accessible, and collegial, the firm’s lawyers provide sound, practical, and prompt advice from offices in the British Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, and United States. International clients include corporations, major banks, financial services companies, investment funds, high net worth individuals, and law firms. Domestic clients include banks, public utilities, communications companies, statutory corporations, individuals, and tourism sector businesses. Clients appreciate the firm’s ability handle their complete legal and advisory needs, and to create opportunities through introductions to others with complementary interests.
With these deep roots in the BVI, the firm’s ability to navigate local governing bodies, courts, administrative offices, and enforcement regimes is a definitive advantage for international clients. The firm’s intimate jurisdictional knowledge and involvement in developing new BVI products and legislation are also particularly notable for maximizing client outcomes.
Of note, the firm is a BVI registered trademark agent, handling trademark portfolios for brands and companies throughout the world. In addition to providing registration, maintenance, and protection for BVI trademarks, the firm has expertise in handling significant transactions involving the large trademark portfolio acquisitions in chain of title and multiple transaction recordings for mergers and acquisitions.
O’Neal Webster lawyers give back to the community, volunteering their time to civic and cultural non-profit projects, schools and sporting activities, charities, environmental organizations, and pro bono representation for those who need but cannot afford legal services. In 2021, the firm was honored to receive the BVI Financial Services Award for “Best Corporate Social Responsibility” (2020). In accepting the award, Managing Partner Vanessa King explained, “The OW partners have always believed that its role in the community is to be more than a law firm. I understood this greater purpose from the day that I joined the firm, and this responsibility to our community is an essential part of what makes us O’Neal Webster.”