Offered Partnership November 2016 – Counsel Harneys Bermuda Ltd
Lead Counsel in X v Y a high value case in Supreme Court concerning breach of an alleged joint venture agreement central to control of a multinational investment manager. Acting for a Saudi family in high value dispute over the fraudulent divestiture of shares in Bermuda Holding Company. Lead Counsel on commercial, corporate and partnership disputes in Supreme Court and in mediation.
Counsel Harneys BVI
Acted on two freezing injunctions in BVI in respect of clients based in Hong Kong whilst working on Bermuda cases during the transition of cases from MJM to Harneys.
Barrister – MJM Barristers & Attorneys, Hamilton, Bermuda
Commercial, chancery, corporate and insolvency practice. Complex multi-jurisdictional high value trust, insolvency and commercial litigation in Supreme Court. Representation of international and domestic clients in Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Arbitrations and Mediation. Regularly instructed by Government ministers and departments.
Barrister – Devereux Chambers. Middle Temple, London – (Member 2009-2012, Door Tenant from August 2012)
Lamb Chambers, Middle Temple, London – (Member 1996-2009, Door Tenant from June 2013)
Commercial: Domestic and international contractual and commercial disputes, the supply of goods and services, dry shipping, finance, the carriage of goods, agency, construction, distribution disputes, banking, finance, partnership, insurance, telecommunications, receivables financing and commercial fraud.
Company and Insolvency Law: involving personal and corporate insolvency, corporate governance, restructuring, minority shareholders’ claims, directors’ disqualification proceedings and a wide range of applications under the Companies Act;
Interim Relief: Significant experience of obtaining interim injunctions and freezing injunctions in the High Court.
Barrister, Commercial Litigation Department – Allen & Gledhill, Singapore
During 1999 worked for the leading Asian law firm of Allen & Gledhill in Singapore on large scale commercial and banking cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Appeared as a Junior with leading Senior Counsel in an international commercial arbitration concerning the construction of the Taiwan MRT system. Acted as a Junior in banking arbitration part heard in Thailand and part in Singapore.
Pupillage, Lamb Chambers
1st Six months Commercial/Insolvency – Pupil Master: Paul Emerson
2nd Six months Property – Pupil Master: Mark West
General Civil Law Experience:
A wide experience of court, advisory and drafting work in most areas of civil law as a Junior (Commercial, Common Law, Employment, Property and Personal Injury); including appearances in the Court of Appeal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Division of the High Court, the Companies Court, the Technology and Construction Court, HM Land Registry Adjudication, County Courts and Employment Tribunals. In addition ADR work through numerous mediation and domestic and international arbitral tribunals.
Examples of Cases
Currently representing management investment partners in trust claim which is central to the disputed control of a multinational company with a capitalisation of $40billion and $200billion assets under management. Hearings and Meetings in Bermuda, Toronto, New York and London.
- Acted for five ex partners of Hay Group in claim against the Bermuda holding company following sale of holding company to Korn Ferry for $245 million.
- Acting for members of Saudi Family in high value dispute (estimated US$118 million) concerning unlawful divestiture of shares in Bermuda holding company. Obtained interim injunction in June 2016
- Acting for Attorney General of Bermuda and Minister of Transport and Tourism on a defamation action against the leader of the opposition in Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
- Acting for Premier of Bermuda in Defamation action in Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
- Advised Bermuda Government on establishment of Tourism Authority and chief draftsman of Tourism Authority Act 2013.
- Acting for Speaker of the House of Assembly on proposed Parliamentary Procedure (Amendment) Act.
- Acting for Bermudian Fund Manager and a Trust Company in a $10million dispute concerning the sale and purchase of a fund management company. Supreme Court proceedings and mediation in Bermuda.
- Advised with regard to priority disputes in the liquidation of investment funds linked to the Madoff Ponzi Scheme.
- Drafted and appeared on a construction summons in extensive family property and trust dispute.
- Acting as lead lawyer in a Bermudian dispute for a declaration that a $100million portfolio of shares in Canadian Companies is held on trust for a South African businessman.
- Advised in a Minority Shareholder Dispute involving a $200 million oil rig purchase in Norway.
- Representing US Creditors in Bankruptcy of Canadian Businessman in Bermuda following collapse of Elephant and Castle restaurant chain in USA and Canada.
- Acted on ICC Arbitration for an oil industry supplier and consultant against an Argentine well capping explosive supplier.
- Judicial review of minister of finance on a TIEA application in Bermuda.
- Acted on behalf of a Spanish property company against Bermudian guarantor for rent arrears of cinema complex in Madrid. Hearings in Bermuda. Meetings in Madrid and London.
- Acted for a New York Finance House against Bermudian guarantor involving preliminary issues of Canadian Law.
- Southern Rock Insurance Co Ltd v Endsleigh Insurance acted as junior in claim by offshore insurance company for the negligence of the claims handling company. Instructed by Hogan Lovells.
- Represented a Jordanian distributor in four linked arbitrations against Johnson & Johnson (Middle East) with settlement conferences in Dubai and Jordan.
- Represented a Jordanian Distributor against Beechams International in an ICC arbitration involving hearings and meetings in London, Dubai and Jordan.
- Acted for Spanish equity fund in company shareholder dispute concerning restaurants in Regent’s park and Canary Wharf.
- Acted for four sets of Defendants in a series of Claims in the Queen’s Bench Division by the Administrators of a finance company for indemnity payments from company directors under warranty documents.
- Acted for BT on a commercial fraud case linked to the dishonest resale of telecommunication services.
- Acted for equity investor in claim against EMG Holdings to recover funds frozen in Malaysia.
- Acted on a commercial fraud case involving the dishonest obtaining of loans and failure of the company involved to effect the required security documentation.
- Represented Spanish lawyers in an application to clear charges on HM Land registry that were dishonestly obtained as part of a fraud involving the sale of a nightclub in Tenerife.
- Acted for subcontractor in dispute associated with the fitting out of office space in Canary Warf development.
- Represented Claimants in a multiparty action in the Chancery Division concerning “the theft of the business” of a plastics recycling and waste disposal business. [Breach of restrictive covenants, misuse of confidential information and client lists].
- Acted for quarry owners in a claim arising out of arson which delayed ongoing diversification works.
- Acted for a Spanish thread manufacturer in the Queen’s Bench Division in a dispute concerning the quality of moquette fabric for the mass transport industry.
The value of these cases ranged from $200,000 to $2billion.
- Gleeson v MDM Ltd  (CA) (Bda)
- Gleeson v MDM Ltd  (SC) (Bda)
- Ribaroff v Williams & Ors  (SC) (Bda) 11 Civ
- Cockwell v Flatt  (SC) (Bda) 85 Civ
- Fifth Street Finance v Dobbin  (SC)(Bda)
- Chapper v Jackson (2012) (ChD)
- Byrne v Gubbins (2011) (CA)  EWCA Civ 1345
- Lindsey Anne Beard v Azur Villas & Ors  EWHC 1716 (QB) LTL 20/7/2009 All ER(D)148
- Datafind Services Ltd v Sugden & Ors  (ChD) All ER (D)180
- Quest 4 Finance Ltd v John Maxfield & Ors  EWHC 2313 (QB) 2 CLC 706
- Broadway Investments Hackney Ltd v Lowell Gerald Grant (2006) (CA) LTL 20/12/2006 (2007) HLR 23 (2007) L&TR 11
- Smiths Detection Watford Ltd v Berriman (2005) EAT LTL 27/9/2005 All ER (D) 56
- Wadsworth v Nagle  EWHC 26 (QB) LTL 6/4/2005 All ER (D) 216
- Re A Debtor sub nom Valder v Durrant & Anor (2003) LTL 10/7/2003 All ER(D) 177
- Scancom International A/S v RWH Enterprises Ltd  (QBD) All ER (D) 89
- Brent London Borough Council v Douglas Reynolds (CA) (2001) 50 EG 89, Times December 18 2001