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The Offshore Litigation Blog is where you will find recent case updates, offshore litigation news, offshore filings lists, interviews and even some insights into island life, written by Harneys litigators from around the world.

Contributors

Jonathan Addo
Jonathan Addo
  • Jonathan Addo

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Ian Mann
Ian Mann
  • Ian Mann

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Nick Hoffman
Nick Hoffman
  • Nick Hoffman

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Vicky Lord
Vicky Lord
  • Vicky Lord

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Chai Ridgers
Chai Ridgers
  • Chai Ridgers

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
William Peake
William Peake
  • William Peake

  • Partner
  • London
Peter Ferrer
Peter Ferrer
  • Peter Ferrer

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Jeremy Child
Jeremy Child
  • Jeremy Child

  • Partner
  • London
Claire Goldstein
Claire Goldstein
  • Claire Goldstein

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Jayson Wood
Jayson Wood
  • Jayson Wood

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Phillip Kite
Phillip Kite
  • Phillip Kite

  • Partner
  • London
Stuart Cullen
Stuart Cullen
  • Stuart Cullen

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Lorinda Peasland
Lorinda Peasland
  • Lorinda Peasland

  • Consultant
  • Hong Kong
Paul Madden
Paul Madden
  • Paul Madden

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
  • Jessica Williams

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Paula Kay
Paula Kay
  • Paula Kay

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Andrew Thorp
Andrew Thorp
  • Andrew Thorp

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Henry Mander
Henry Mander
  • Henry Mander

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Andrew Johnstone
Andrew Johnstone
  • Andrew Johnstone

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Nicola Roberts
Nicola Roberts
  • Nicola Roberts

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Julie Engwirda
Julie Engwirda
  • Julie Engwirda

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Paul Smith
Paul Smith
  • Paul Smith

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands

Upturn in arbitrating BVI corporate disputes

Over the past year, there has been a notable increase in BVI related corporate disputes arbitrations.  In a recent arbitration under ICC rules, an emergency measures arbitrator was appointed to determine the issue of an injunction preventing a US$100 million shares rights issue in an oil exploration company. Harneys successfully acted for the respondent company in resisting the injunction.  In another, very recent, BVI arbitration, the issue of arbitrability of corporate disputes is centre stage as is the capacity of a party to rely on an arbitration provision in a company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Andrew Thorp, Jonathan Addo,
Peter Ferrer, Paula Gibbs

Cayman Islands Grand Court revisits principles concerning indemnity costs and costs sanctions

As is the case in many offshore jurisdictions, the default position in the Cayman Islands is that costs follow the event: the successful party will, in the ordinary course, recover their reasonable costs from the unsuccessful party. There are exceptions to this general rule, including where an act or omission has been carried out improperly, unreasonably or negligently.

James Eggleton, Jessica Williams,
Julie Engwirda, William Peake

Liquidator liability to pay costs as a non-party to litigation

A recent decision of the English High Court considered whether a liquidator’s firm should be liable to pay costs as a non-party to the unsuccessful litigation pursued by the company in liquidation and the liquidator. The decision will be of interest to all Cayman Islands official liquidators, and particularly those who expend their own, and their firm’s, resources in asset-poor liquidations to get a recovery proceeding off the ground.

Lachlan Greig, Christopher Russell,
Vicky Lord, Phillip Kite

Balancing open justice and use of highly sensitive documents at trial

In the recent decision of Nord Anglia the Grand Court of the Caymans Islands considered how a highly sensitive document should be dealt with at trial. The decision is a useful reminder of the need to strike a balance between the assumption that a fair and open trial requires litigants to have full access to documents referred to at trial, and the need to protect confidential commercial information.

Anya Park, Nick Hoffman,
Nicola Roberts, William Peake