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Recent Experience

Recent deals and cases by Harneys
by Phillip Kite

December 2015 - Case Update: Alhamrani v Alhamrani

Harneys acted for the Alhamrani brothers, namely Sheikhs Mohamed, Siraj, Khalid, Abdulaziz, Ahmed and Fahad (the Brothers) who were defendants to a claim brought by the oldest brother Sheikh Abdullah Ali Alhamrani (Sheikh Abdullah) concerning a dispute...

October 2013 - BVI Court rules on construction of trusts

The BVI court recently considered the construction of the Trust Deed of a BVI administered trust (the Trust). The Trust Deed listed a number of beneficiaries under the Trust defined as Specified Beneficiaries. Each Specified Beneficiary was listed with...

August 2013 - BVI Insolvency Assistance to Foreign Office Holders

Harneys successfully appeared on behalf of a foreign liquidator seeking urgent recognition in order to assert control over BVI assets at risk of dissipation. Previous BVI case law (Picard v BLMIS, BVI HC (Com) 140 of 2010) suggested that Parts XVII...

August 2013 - Economic Torts and Unjust Enrichment

Maruti Holdings PTE Limited v Sinclair Strategies Limited and others BVIHC (Com) 2012/0130 Harneys successfully applied to set aside service of a US$21 million claim brought in the BVI against a professional corporate services provider based in...

August 2013 - The Meaning of “Member” under the BVI Company Law

Comodo Holdings Ltd v (1) Renaissance Ventures Ltd; and (2) Joseph Katz (executor for the estate of Eric D Emanuel Dec’d) BVIHC (Com) 2013/0045 Harneys recently acted for successful respondents in a dispute relating to how the Court should...

May 2013 - Third Party Costs Ruling in BVI

Harneys recently acted for a third party objector in an appointment of liquidator proceedings. The liquidator applied to the Court for a costs order against Harneys' client seeking the full costs of their application. Harneys submitted that the...

January 2013 - Fairfield Sentry Limited v Alfredo Migani and others

The world is well aware of the catastrophic financial effects of Ponzi scheme fraud perpetuated by Bernard Madoff through his company Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). A BVI feeder fund named Fairfield Sentry Limited (Fairfield) had...

November 2012 - Harneys acts in case involving double derivative actions

In a recent decision the BVI Commercial Court clarified the relevant provisions of the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 for members to bring derivative proceedings in the name of the company. In the case, in which Harneys acted for the successful party...

September 2012 - Harneys successfully defends US$2m claim brought against BVI Company

Harneys has acted as BVI law counsel to Tawney Assets Limited ("Tawney") in a claim brought against it by East Pine Management Limited ("East Pine") for fraudulent misrepresentation amongst other things. The claim arose out of a...


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