Sebastian Said is Counsel in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group of the Cayman Office.
Sebastian specialises in international commercial litigation, banking and funds litigation, corporate insolvency and restructuring, directors’ and shareholder disputes, civil fraud, asset-tracing and recovery, professional negligence disputes, and contentious trust disputes. Much of his experience is in complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional cases, involving strategic co-ordination with experienced legal teams at leading on-shore law firms and chambers.
He has particular experience of heavy litigation involving hedge funds, fund managers, fund directors and banking and finance (including derivatives trading, CLOs and other structured finance).
With Patricia Robertson QC, he is the co-author and editor of the chapter dealing with the civil liability of Fund Managers, in Simpson QC and Lord Hoffmann (eds.), Professional Negligence and Liability (since 2006).
Sebastian is qualified in the Cayman Islands (Attorney-at-Law, 2013), BVI (Barrister, 2015) and England & Wales (Barrister, 2004), where he is a Door Tenant at Fountain Court Chambers.
He is an experienced advocate, having regularly appeared in the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, the Commercial Court in the BVI (and before moving to the Caribbean, the Commercial Court and Chancery Division of the High Court in London).
Sebastian has been recommended by the Legal 500 in Cayman (2014) and was previously recommended while in practice at the Bar in England.
He regularly writes articles on current issues in his practice areas, which have been published in The Hedge Fund Law Report, The Cayman Financial Review, The Lawyer and The Trusts and Estates Law and Tax Journal. He also wrote the Appleby response to the Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission’s Consultation Paper on Directors’ Duties, in the wake of the first instance decision of Jones J in Weavering.
Before qualifying, Sebastian studied Jurisprudence at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he took a Double First and was awarded a Domus Scholarship and the Monk Prize for the best performance in examinations at his college. He remained in Oxford to pursue the BCL, a Masters’ degree in law, for which he took a Distinction and was awarded the Simms Prize by the University. Whilst at Oxford, he was also invited to sit the examination for a Prize Fellowship at All Souls College. Following a period as the Research Assistant to Professor Andenas, Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and gaining useful commercial experience while working for Arthur Andersen (corporate tax) and Accenture (consultancy), Sebastian was called to the English Bar in 2004, as a Major Scholar of Inner Temple. He undertook pupillage at, and later practised from, Fountain Court, one of the Bar’s "magic circle", before joining Appleby in 2011, initially in the Channel Islands. Sebastian previously served as one of two Barrister representatives on the Joint Academic Stage Board, the regulator for the academic stage of qualification for solicitors and barristers in England, as well as on the International Committee of the Bar Council.
He undertakes work for the Bar Pro Bono Unit, has previously volunteered to assist with the Social Mobility Foundation and Bar Council Bar Placement Week, and has acted as a mentor in the Cayman Finance Student Education and Work Experience Programme (2016 and 2017).
His professional memberships include the Cayman Islands Law Society, the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association, the Commercial Bar Association, and overseas membership of the Chancery Bar Association.