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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
James Noble
James Noble
  • James Noble

  • Partner
  • Singapore
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

Scope of Disclosure Orders and Contempt of Court

In the recent decision of Donna Union Foundation v Svoboda Corporation, the BVI Court considered a contempt application seeking further disclosure by way of an unless order and whether cross-examination of the Respondents should be ordered to determine the issue of contempt.

Jacqueline Moody, Andrew Thorp,
Laura de Heer, Andrew Johnstone

English Court Calls Time on Forum Shopping

We have previously blogged about the decision of PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank v Kolomoisky & others, in the context of the Claimant’s material non-disclosure. The judgment also raises important issues around jurisdiction and parties’ ability to litigate claims in jurisdictions without establishing the necessary jurisdictional nexus.

James Elliott, Nick Hoffman,
William Peake, Andrew Johnstone

Freezing Orders: extension of time to disclose information refused

On 18 January 2019, in concluding a series of decisions which are likely to be viewed favourably by claimants, the English High Court dismissed a Respondent’s application to extend the time required to comply with ancillary disclosure obligations pursuant to a freezing order and upheld the terms of an order for further disclosure to be made by the Respondent (Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc and Others v Baglan Zhunus and Others).

Sarah Bolt, Andrew Thorp,
William George, Julie Engwirda

BVI Commercial Court provides welcome guidance on Norwich Pharmacal Relief in aid of foreign proceedings

In a recent ex tempore judgment, in the case Q v R Corp & ors, Justice Wallbank provided clarification of the BVI Court’s power to grant Norwich Pharmacal disclosure orders in support of foreign proceedings. The judgment was given on a successful application by Harneys for Norwich Pharmacal relief to assist Brazilian clients to bring claims for the recovery of misappropriated assets.

Romane Duncan, Stuart Cullen,
Ian Mann, Phillip Kite

“You are remembered for the rules that you break” (General MacArthur)

The English High Court has recently reinforced the rule of law that disclosed documents may be used “only for the purpose of the proceedings in which [they were] disclosed” (CPR 31.22(1)), dismissing an application brought pursuant to CPR 31.22(1)(b) for permission to use documents disclosed in UK proceedings in connection with legal advice obtained from US lawyers concerning claims in the US.

Nick Hoffman, Phillip Kite,
Vicky Lord, James Elliott