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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.

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Jonathan Addo
Jonathan Addo
  • Jonathan Addo

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

  • Partner
  • London
Stuart Cullen
Stuart Cullen
  • Stuart Cullen

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Julie Engwirda
Julie Engwirda
  • Julie Engwirda

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Peter Ferrer
Peter Ferrer
  • Peter Ferrer

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Claire Goldstein
Claire Goldstein
  • Claire Goldstein

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Hazel-Ann Hannaway
Hazel-Ann Hannaway
  • Hazel-Ann Hannaway

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Nick Hoffman
Nick Hoffman
  • Nick Hoffman

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

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Paula Kay
Paula Kay
  • Paula Kay

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Phillip Kite
Phillip Kite
  • Phillip Kite

  • Partner
  • London
Vicky Lord
Vicky Lord
  • Vicky Lord

  • Partner
  • Shanghai
Paul Madden
Paul Madden
  • Paul Madden

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Henry Mander
Henry Mander
  • Henry Mander

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Ian Mann
Ian Mann
  • Ian Mann

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

  • Partner
  • London
Lorinda Peasland
Lorinda Peasland
  • Lorinda Peasland

  • Consultant
  • Hong Kong
Chai Ridgers
Chai Ridgers
  • Chai Ridgers

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

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

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Andrew Thorp
Andrew Thorp
  • Andrew Thorp

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
  • Jessica Williams

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Jayson Wood
Jayson Wood
  • Jayson Wood

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands

BVI Commercial Court applies Chabra relief liberally in the wake of Broad Idea (No.2)

In Great Panorama International Ltd v Qin Hui & Ors, the BVI Court continued a freezing injunction made against BVI non-cause of action defendants associated with a foreign judgment debtor. In doing so the Court issued a judgment covering a wide-range of issues that will be of interest to those seeking to enforce debts against and preserve the assets of BVI companies. In this blog we consider the court’s pronouncements regarding its jurisdiction to grant Chabra relief and the extent of the applicant’s duty to give full and frank disclosure. In the sequel to this blog we will consider the Court’s treatment of findings made by another court that was relied upon as evidence and the Court’s response to an attempt to introduce evidence post order/judgment.

Romane Duncan, Christopher Pease,
Hazel-Ann Hannaway, Paula Kay,
Phillip Kite

Cayman Islands Grand court recognises appointment of US receiver over Cayman company: Seiden v Link Motion Inc

By reference to a line of common law authority concerning its inherent power to recognise receivers appointed by foreign courts, including Schemmer v Property Resources Ltd, Kilderkin v Player and In re Silk Road, the Grand Court has recently granted recognition to a temporary receiver appointed in the US over a Cayman Islands incorporated company.

James Eggleton, Jessica Williams,
Andrew Johnstone, Jeremy Child

Koshigi Limited and Svoboda Corporation v. Donna Union Foundation (BVIHCMAPP2018/0043 and 0050 of 17 January 2019)

On an appeal from the BVI, the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal handed down judgment in one of the first cases in the jurisdiction dealing with interim relief – in this case both an injunction and a receiver - in support of foreign arbitral proceedings. The receiver arguably represents the most powerful weapon in the armoury available for asset tracing in the British Virgin Islands. As BVI companies are often used as holding vehicles, using a receiver to take control of the corporate structure and move 'downstream' to the assets is a particularly potent strategy. Recent developments in case law have made this remedy more widely available.

Ian Mann, Paula Kay,
Peter Ferrer, Christopher Pease