Peter McMaster KC is a partner and member of the Dispute Resolution practice group in the Cayman Islands.  Before joining Appleby in 2012 Peter practised at the London bar as a silk in a leading commercial chancery set (Serle Court).

Peter works on high value commercial disputes in the corporate, funds and insolvency fields. He is also well known for his work in trusts disputes, fraud and asset tracing and in sensitive regulatory matters. His work often spans multiple jurisdictions. He has many years of experience conducting disputes at first instance and in the highest appellate courts as well as in arbitral and disciplinary tribunals.

Work Highlights

Recent matters include:

  • Shareholder litigation in the Financial Services Division involving Cayman company acting as holding company for far eastern business with a collective value in excess of US$ 1 billion.
  • Lead counsel in US$ 36 million shareholder dispute in BVI Commercial Division involving shares in BVI company acting as holding company for Ukrainian business.
  • Dispute between shareholders in BVI company involving arbitration in Hong Kong and proceedings in BVI.
    Lead counsel in appeal to the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal against injunction to prevent world-wide enforcement by BVI company of judgment in its favour.
  • Lead counsel in appeal to the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands in US$ 23 million claw back claims by insolvent fund against redeemers.
  • Advising on and facilitating settlement of dispute between founder partners of Cayman Fund.
  • Advising with teams in the Cayman Islands, BVI, Bermuda, Guernsey, London and New York on sensitive regulatory matters involving assets offshore affected by EU and other sanctions.
  • Assisting liquidation committee of insolvent Cayman company to oppose proposed settlement of creditor claims.
    Lead counsel for owners of the Ritz Carlton development in Grand Cayman in appeal to the Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands in claim to enforce rental pool obligations.


Peter has been consistently recognised by leading legal directories since 2009. In the 2022 edition of Chambers Global clients describe him as ‘Having an incredible ability to manage complicated matters, providing exceptional legal analysis and pragmatic commercial solutions.’ He is considerate, pleasant and supportive, which makes working with him an easy choice.’ In 2021 he was described by them as ‘knowledgeable, careful and very detailed,’ adding ‘he gives very good advice on technical issues and identifies potential problems early.’

In 2021, Legal 500 identified him as a ‘leading individual’ and Who´s Who Legal 2018 lists him among the world´s leading Asset Recovery Lawyers; and the world´s leading investigations lawyers.

Qualifications & Education

  • King’s College, University of London (England)

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