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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.

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Jonathan Addo
Jonathan Addo
  • Jonathan Addo

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Jeremy Child
Jeremy Child
  • Jeremy Child

  • Partner
  • London
Stuart Cullen
Stuart Cullen
  • Stuart Cullen

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Julie Engwirda
Julie Engwirda
  • Julie Engwirda

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Peter Ferrer
Peter Ferrer
  • Peter Ferrer

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Claire Goldstein
Claire Goldstein
  • Claire Goldstein

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Hazel-Ann Hannaway
Hazel-Ann Hannaway
  • Hazel-Ann Hannaway

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Nick Hoffman
Nick Hoffman
  • Nick Hoffman

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Andrew Johnstone
Andrew Johnstone
  • Andrew Johnstone

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Paula Kay
Paula Kay
  • Paula Kay

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Phillip Kite
Phillip Kite
  • Phillip Kite

  • Partner
  • London
Vicky Lord
Vicky Lord
  • Vicky Lord

  • Partner
  • Shanghai
Paul Madden
Paul Madden
  • Paul Madden

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Henry Mander
Henry Mander
  • Henry Mander

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Ian Mann
Ian Mann
  • Ian Mann

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
William Peake
William Peake
  • William Peake

  • Partner
  • London
Lorinda Peasland
Lorinda Peasland
  • Lorinda Peasland

  • Consultant
  • Hong Kong
Chai Ridgers
Chai Ridgers
  • Chai Ridgers

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Nicola Roberts
Nicola Roberts
  • Nicola Roberts

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Paul Smith
Paul Smith
  • Paul Smith

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Andrew Thorp
Andrew Thorp
  • Andrew Thorp

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
  • Jessica Williams

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Jayson Wood
Jayson Wood
  • Jayson Wood

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands

Access to data: A beneficiary’s privilege

In a judgment dated 11 March 2020 in the Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing litigation, the Court of Appeal confirmed that legal advice obtained for the benefit of a trust cannot be withheld from a beneficiary where it is responsive to that beneficiary’s subject access request (SAR) under the UK Data Protection Act (DPA).

Ian Mann, William Peake,
Nicola Roberts, Jessica Williams,
Lucy Hickmet

Open borders, closed minds

In an arguably unnecessary but nonetheless welcome determination, the English High Court has ruled that the use of offshore structures does not of itself constitute a ground for believing that such structures were intended to be used or were being used for wrongful purposes and that there had to be some additional evidential basis for such a belief.

Lorinda Peasland, William Peake,
Claire Goldstein

Hands off! EC court of appeal rules on beneficiaries’ standing to prevent interference with trust assets

On 30 March 2020 the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal handed down its much anticipated judgment in Paraskevaides v Citco Trust Corporation and ors , which provides important guidance for those seeking urgent injunctive relief on an ex parte basis and clarifies principles that are commonly applied by the BVI Commercial Court.

Christopher Pease, Andrew Thorp,
Stuart Cullen, Paula Kay,
Phillip Kite

“I would have acted lawfully, had I not acted unlawfully” – a means to escape equitable compensation?

In Auden McKenzie (Pharma Division) Ltd v Patel [2019] EWCA Civ 2291, the English Court of Appeal considered an important issue regarding equitable compensation: whether a defaulting trustee or other fiduciary can resist a claim for compensation for loss caused by his default on the basis that had he not done what he did improperly, he would have achieved the same result properly, so that the position of the trust or other person to whom fiduciary duties were owed, would have been the same.

Laura de Heer, Christopher Pease,
Christopher Russell, Nicola Roberts

English Court of Appeal defines the limits of a trustee’s indemnity

In a recent decision, the English Court of Appeal has provided helpful guidance on the limits of a trustee’s right to be indemnified out of the trust fund for their legal costs in litigation concerning the trust. The decision will be of interest to trustees in offshore jurisdictions, such as the BVI, where the statutory rules concerning a trustee’s right to indemnification are similar to those in England and Wales.

Christopher Pease, Claire Goldstein,
Nicola Roberts, Jessica Williams,
William Peake