Mikhail Charles


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Mikhail’s work focus is complex commercial disputes, often in the context of insolvency and judgment enforcement. These frequently involve the Commercial Court of the Eastern Caribbean, as based in the British Virgin islands.

An experienced commercial trouble-shooter, he was General Counsel for the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority for over a year, where he oversaw implementation planning for wholescale regulatory regime change in the Eastern Caribbean.

Early in his career he spent two years as a Legal Officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat headquartered in London, where he supported and advised on several capacity-building and technical assistance exercises across the Commonwealth. He was involved in the delivery of training to the Nigerian Judiciary (on Civil Recovery and Forfeiture) and the conducting of an evaluation of the Seychelles Anti-Corruption legislation and machinery.

In addition to the British Virgin Islands, Mikhail is admitted in Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia. As such, he is ideally suited to the firm’s practice across and throughout the Region. He is not admitted to practice in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and where he works in a support role.

He also advises on matters of Vincentian and Saint Lucian corporate, regulatory and AML/CFT law. As with the rest of this firm, unpicking, and then fixing, legacy issues generated by the breakdown in fiduciary relationships is familiar territory to Mikhail.

Mikhail is a decorated martial artist, holding black belts in Taekwondo (Third Degree) and Shotokan Karate (Second Degree) and has represented Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the finals of the Pan American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games, Cuban Open, Dominican Republic Open and the US Open among others.

In addition, he practices Brazilian Jiu – Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, is a trained close protection officer / bodyguard and also enjoys cricket.

He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and is a founding member of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Chapter of the Chartered Institute.

Select Engagements

  • Expert evidence on Nevis law issues of civil conspiracy and unlawful means conspiracy, in the context of a US 1782 application (discovery to assist foreign / non-U.S.  proceeding).
  • Antonio Gellizeau v The State SVGHCRAP2013 / 0058: determining the width of the anti-money laundering offence in defended proceedings concerning substantial funds in cash found in the hull of a yacht; considering the weight of circumstantial evidence in money laundering matters and the probative value of financial experts who are qualified by experience.
  • Digital Wings Limited v Diliana Roussev SVGHCM2016 / 0214: Ongoing matter re construing the proper law applicable to a company’s director and shareholder register of a foreign domiciled company.
  • Martin Trott (RHSW BVI Limted) SVGHCM 2017 / 0190: Ongoing matter re recognition of a foreign liquidator in defended insolvency proceedings.
  • Counsel defending proceedings regrading the share issuance of a Vincentian offshore company
  • Counsel representing the efforts of 10 depositors in the liquidation of the largest offshore bank in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Credentials

Admissions

  • Barrister, British Virgin Islands
  • Barrister, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Barrister (non-practising), England and Wales
  • Barrister and solicitor, Grenada
  • Barrister and solicitor, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Barrister, solicitor and Notary Royal, Saint Lucia

Education

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Boys Grammar School
  • University of Wales LL.B (Hons) 2:1 Division A
  • City University Law School – Bar Professional Training Course
  • Nottingham Trent University / Nottingham Law School LL.M Corporate and Insolvency Law
  • STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes

Languages

  • Spanish (Competent)

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Cybersecurity in the OECS – Your Duties as a Practitioner (June 2018 – Presentation to the Saint Lucia Bar Association for their CPD)
  • Evaluator of the Seychellois Anti-Corruption Commission (Legislation and associated Infrastructure, 2017)
  • The Civil and Criminal Asset Recovery Framework (Presentation to Senior Nigerian Judges and Prosecutors) (May, 2017 – Lagos, Nigeria) http://thecommonwealth.org/media/news/commonwealth-assists-nigerian-judiciary-tackling-corruption
  • Judicial Bench Book on Violence Against Women in Commonwealth East Africa, Contributor on Chapter re Directions in Court of Superior Record (Commonwealth Secretariat Publication 2017) ISBN: 978-1-84929-161-3
  • Common Law Legal Systems Model Legislative Provisions on Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing, Preventative measures and Proceeds of Crime, Contributor (Commonwealth Secretariat, UNODC, IMF, 2016) ISBN: 978-1-84929-150-7
  • Changing the Law: A Practical Guide to Law Reform (Contributor, Commonwealth Secretariat, 2017) ISBN: 978-1-84929-174-3
  • Commonwealth Legislative Drafting Manual (Roger Rose, Commonwealth Secretariat (Contributor) 2017) ISBN: 978-1-84929-169-9
  • Contributor, Brooke’s Notary (Chapter on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 14th Edition, Sweet & Maxwell ISBN 9780414028388)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Founding Member Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Associate Member Certified Fraud Examiners (USA)
  • Ex Officio Member of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bar Association
  • Ex Officio Member of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Taekwondo Association
  • Founding Member of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Young Professionals Association

At The Bar

  • Member, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Member, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bar Association
  • Member, Saint Lucia Bar Association
  • Member, OECS Bar Association