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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

New appellate guidance on the Duomatic principle

In the recent decision of Dickinson v NAL Realisations (released on 3 December 2019) the English Court of Appeal provided useful guidance on the Duomatic principle. The principle provides that where it can be shown that all shareholders who have a right to attend and vote at a general meeting of the company assent to some matter which a general meeting of the company could carry into effect, that assent is as binding as a resolution in general meeting would be.

Anya Park, Katie Pearson,
Julie Engwirda, Jeremy Child

Wenzhou Decision - The First Personal Bankruptcy Case in China?

In September 2019, a court in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province approved a settlement agreement among Mr Cai and his four creditors. Mr Cai was ordered previously by another court to be jointly and severally liable for debt of a bankrupt enterprise. The debt is more than 2,140,000 yuan (equivalent to US$305,710).

Vicky Lord, Chai Ridgers,
Paul Madden, Andrew Thorp,
Jeremy Child

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 Cayman 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