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London Litigation


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Harneys has the largest team of BVI qualified commercial and civil litigation attorneys in the world and one of the fastest growing litigation practices in the Cayman Islands. 

Overview

Litigation


In 2013 we launched our London litigation practice with the relocation of Phillip Kite, Global Head of Litigation and Insolvency, from the BVI to the UK. The practice has since expanded rapidly to keep pace with the growing demand for Harneys’ brand of responsive, top-level litigation and insolvency expertise to clients based in London, Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa. 

Our London practice offers real time advice from people with on the ground experience on all aspects of litigation services, including general commercial litigation, insolvency proceedings, corporate restructurings, contentious trusts disputes and asset tracing/enforcement. 

We have a reputation for providing clear, accurate and timely advice to our clients who include international law firms, insolvency practitioners, investment funds, banks and other financial institutions, trust companies and corporations. Particular emphasis is placed on commercial matters and a large proportion of our work is connected with high profile, multijurisdictional, commercial and insolvency disputes. 


Fraud and Asset Tracing 


As a commercial and civil litigation law firm, we have acted in numerous fraud and tracing claims both in a civil litigation and insolvency context. These actions have included urgent applications for disclosure, freezing and receivership orders. We were the first legal firm in the BVI to successfully obtain a Norwich Pharmacal order and have obtained more orders of this nature than any other firm. 


Company Advice 


We have been at the forefront of advising companies, shareholders and directors in the areas of directors’ duties, minority shareholders’ rights and, in particular, providing advice to investment funds. We also provide specialist expert witness evidence on BVI law, company law including BVI and insolvency law. 


Administrative Law and Judicial Review 


We have an active group of commercial and civil litigation attorneys advising regulated entities on all aspects of financial services and regulatory matters. The group also advises on judicial review and hearings before statutory bodies. 


Trust Litigation 


We work closely with our trusts department and advise trustees, beneficiaries and third parties on all aspects of trusts, including applications for variation, disclosure of documents, compromises, capacity issues and directions, as well as breach of trust claims. 


Distressed Funds 


We work closely with our funds department to advise managers, administrators, liquidators, prime brokers, investors and onshore counsel of investment funds facing distressed situations. Our lawyers have appeared in nearly all the major hedge fund litigation cases to emerge in the BVI and Cayman Islands following the market events of the past few years. 


General Commercial Litigation 


Our expertise includes banking and contractual disputes, insurance, warranty claims, property and employment disputes, and professional negligence. We also act for many local banks, trust companies and land developers. We have particular expertise in employment law matters and regularly advise businesses on their obligations under the British Virgin Islands Labour Code.

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Contacts

Phillip Kite
Phillip Kite

Managing Partner
London
Jeremy Child
Jeremy Child

Partner
London
Claire Goldstein
Claire Goldstein

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Vicky Lord
Vicky Lord

Partner
London
Ian Mann
Ian Mann

Partner
Hong Kong
James Noble
James Noble

Partner
Hong Kong
William  Peake
William Peake

Partner
London
Chai Ridgers
Chai Ridgers

Partner
Hong Kong
Andrew Thorp
Andrew Thorp

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Jessica  Williams
Jessica Williams

Partner
Cayman Islands
Francesca Gibbons
Francesca Gibbons

Senior Associate
London
Deirdre  MacNamara
Deirdre MacNamara

Senior Associate
London
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