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O'Neal Webster

O'Neal Webster  

Legal Services | British Virgin Islands

tel: +284 393 5800 | fax: +284 393 5808
Commerce House 2nd Floor, 181 Main Street | Tortola | . | British Virgin Islands

Main Contacts

Vanessa King

Vanessa KingManaging Partner

Paul Dennis

Paul B. Dennis, Q.C.Partner, Head of Litigation Department


Tortola, BVI | London, England | New York, New York

O'Neal Webster's Overview

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."

  • Year this Office was Established: 1989
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 3
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 12

Languages: English


Areas of Practice
  • Admiralty
  • Banking
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate and Business
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Estate and Trust
  • Estate Planning
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Property (Yachts)
  • Real Estate
  • Trademarks
  • Trusts
  • Utilities
Representative Clients
  • British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation
  • Magnum Investment Trading Corporation & Niteroi Limited


Paul Dennis

Paul B. Dennis, Q.C.Partner, Head of Litigation Department

Vanessa King

Vanessa KingManaging Partner


Nadine Whyte

Nadine WhyteSenior Associate

Of Counsel



Recording a Trademark Assignment in the British Virgin Islands
O'Neal Webster, December 2020

A registered trademark in the British Virgin Islands is transmissible in the same way as other personal or moveable property. Transmission can be completed by assignment, testamentary disposition, or operation of law. When a trademark is assigned, the owner’s right, title, and interest with respect to the trademark is transferred to the new owner. In general, prompt recording of assignment is important in order to secure your rights to the registered trademark and put the public on notice. Partial vs. Complete Trademark Assignment Under BVI law, a registered trademark may be partially assigned or completely assigned...

Free-Standing Freezing Orders in the BVI - Black Swan Verses Broad Idea
O'Neal Webster, December 2020

British Virgin Islands entities and structures are frequently used to hold assets located onshore, outside the BVI. Sometimes these assets represent the proceeds of wrong-doing including breach of fiduciary duty, breach of express trust, or pure fraud. The vast majority of the 400,000 active BVI companies on the register tend to be holding companies, holding real property, investments, or shares in other companies including shares in trading companies. As a result of these facts, BVI vehicles can often end up holding valuable assets onshore which feature in recovery litigation, whether the main proceeding is onshore or in the BVI...

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O’Neal Webster Successfully Defends Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in Multi-Million Dollar Claim
O'Neal Webster, May 2021

The O’Neal Webster legal team of Paul Dennis, Q.C. and Nadine Whyte Laing successfully defended the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank against claims in excess of US $200m in total, brought by the depositors of two Anguillian “offshore” banks, National Bank of Anguilla (Private Banking and Trust) Limited and Caribbean Commercial Investment Bank Limited...

O’Neal Webster Receives BVI "Best Corporate Social Responsibility" Award
O'Neal Webster, April 2021

O’Neal Webster is pleased to be recognized by peers in the BVI financial services industry, receiving the 2020 Financial Services Award for exhibiting the “Best Corporate Social Responsibility.” Presented by BVI Finance, the elaborate virtual celebration, broadcast locally and on the BVI Finance Facebook page, was held on March 28, 2021 to honor all award recipients. The Financial Services Awards, launched in 2019, highlight the achievements and accomplishments of firms and leaders in the BVI financial services industry...

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