We continue to respond the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and to ensure that we do all we can to keep our people, clients, friends and families safe.  We are open for business and operations are running smoothly, however we are continuing to do all we can to limit physical contact and to contain the traffic in to our working premises in Lincoln’s Inn to a safe working minimum.  We continue to be open for business, in as normal a way as we can make it.  Most barristers, practice managers and the rest of our staff team are still working remotely and making the best use of technology to deal effectively with work and meet our clients’ needs.

You can call us on +44 (0)20 7242 2523. Our normal telephone system is still operating and our usual friendly team is available to help.

We have a specific Covid-19 Resources section to assist with the specific issues which the coronavirus pandemic is causing across all sections of society and business.  For ease, see a summary page of all contacts during this unusual time.

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Some examples of our recent work:

  • Appearing for two of the defendants in English proceedings brought by the liquidator of a Cayman Island Fund in respect of an alleged £120 million fraud.
  • Acting in a long running shareholder and property owner disputes related to the ownership of signature USD$ multi-million luxury resort complexes.
  • Dispute over the ownership of a key property within a luxury beachfront condo development in the West Indies.
  • Acting in heavyweight, long running, just and equitable winding up proceedings of offshore holding companies in the West Indies.
  • $1 billion disputes in the Bahamas relating to breach of a non-recourse loan agreement.
  • Advising and representing minority shareholders of a BVI company which holds the majority of shares in a Bahamian distillery company in relation to a complex shareholder dispute.
  • Hayward v St George (CA Bahamas): long running dispute concerning ownership of Freeport.
  • Re Bullard (Bermuda): acted for a private hospital in Bermuda, arising out of a claim for the fatal consequences of a hospital acquired infection.
  • Mohammed v Public Service Commission [2017] UKPC 31 – Appeal concerning the constitutionality of the appointment and promotion of public servants in Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Levelle Long (PC appeal pending) – Appeal concerning the constitutionality of a decision to retire a police officer in the public interest rather than instigating disciplinary procedures against him.
  • $200m property claim due to hurricane damage.
  • AAA Arbitration acting in $1 billion + dispute relating to breaches of a non-recourse loan agreement.
  • H v A (Cayman Islands): Acting for insurers in a multi-million CI$ claim by a businesswoman injured in accident.
  • Burke v Hersant (Cayman Islands): Advising insurers in injury case pleaded at CI$6m and briefed for trial in the Cayman Islands. Credibility issues arose and the claim was compromised shortly before trial for around 5% of the amount originally sought.
  • Farmer v Smith: (Bahamas): Advising and drafting the skeleton argument for an application to set aside the extension of time to serve a writ long after its validity had expired. The Court granted the application, set aside the extension and struck out the case. The outcome was overturned by the Bahamas Court of Appeal. Hardwicke then acted as lead Counsel for the insurers in the application to the UK Privy Council.

If you would like to discuss instructing us, please contact Richard Sumarno or James Duncan-Hartill.