Home > Our people > Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Back to people

Paul Adams

Areas of Expertise

A Partial CV has been added to your portfolio. You can access My portfolio at the top of the page.
A Partial CV has been removed to your portfolio. You can access My portfolio at the top of the page.
A Full CV has been added to your portfolio. You can access My portfolio at the top of the page.
A Full CV has been removed to your portfolio. You can access My portfolio at the top of the page.

Year of Call: 2008 padams@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Paul has a broad commercial chancery practice covering most of chambers’ core practice areas, and seeks to bring a rigorous, commercial and creative approach to the cases in which he is instructed.  Paul is often instructed to act as sole counsel in cases in the High Court, in the County Courts and abroad. He is also regularly instructed to act as junior counsel in large-scale commercial and chancery litigation. Since joining chambers in 2009, Paul has been instructed in a number of prominent cases, including nine-figure trust and professional negligence claims and high-profile company and civil fraud litigation.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


Add section

Company

Glenn & Anor v Watson & Ors (2015-2017): Represented the claimants in this large scale litigation, culminating in a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  The claimants sought various remedies in relation to an investment joint venture on grounds of deceit, breach of fiduciary duty, want of authority of a director, and bribery of a director.  A settlement was reached with the second defendant during the trial.  Judgment is awaited as against the other defendants.  Interlocutory decisions have included (i) an unreported April 2016 decision on the "no reflective loss" principle, (ii) an unreported July 2016 decision on striking out collateral allegations about tax, (iii) [2017] 4 WLR 48: a decision on waiver of confidence and the relevance of that doctrine to obligations of confidence owed by a witness, (iv) [2016] EWHC 3346 (Ch): a decision on specific disclosure, (v) an unreported February 2017 decision on the Charterbridge Corp v Lloyds line of authority and other matters, and (vi) [2017] EWHC 256 (Ch): a decision on expert evidence.    

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2015-2017): Acted for the petitioner in this just and equitable winding up application in the Companies Court.  The proceedings, which concerned an investment joint venture company, ran in parallel with two other sets of proceedings (Novatrust v Kea below and Glenn v Watson above).  The jointly managed proceedings progressed to a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  This aspect of the dispute settled during trial.

Novatrust Ltd v Kea Investments Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 4061 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants in these proceedings relating to a BVI investment joint venture company. The claimant commenced proceedings in England, seeking to advance personal claims and also derivative claims on behalf of the joint venture company.  The defendants successfully challenged jurisdiction: HHJ Pelling QC accepted that by reason of section 184C of the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 the claimant required the permission of the BVI court to commence a derivative claim on behalf of a BVI company.  He also held that the claimant’s personal damages claims were barred by the ‘no reflective loss’ rule and that the claimant’s claims for declarations were unreal or served no practical purpose.  The claimant appealed to the Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised during the appeal hearing.  The proceedings then continued in parallel with two other sets of proceedings (Kea v Spartan and Glenn v Watson above).  A three-month trial commenced in May 2017.  During the trial, a settlement of this aspect of the dispute was reached.

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2014-2015): Acted for the claimant in this just and equitable winding up application in the BVI.  The claimant was one of two shareholders in the first defendant BVI company.  The other shareholder applied to be joined as a party to the winding up application and sought to contest jurisdiction, relying upon an English jurisdiction clause contained in a shareholders’ agreement.  In a judgment delivered in October 2014, Bannister J dismissed the second defendant’s jurisdiction challenge.  The second defendant appealed to the BVI Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised.  

Sukhoruchkin & Others v Van Bekestein & Others [2013] EWHC 1993 (Ch); [2014] EWCA Civ 399: Acted for the defendants (with Daniel Lightman and Thomas Elias) in this substantial dispute over a Cayman investment fund. In July 2013, succeeded in setting aside a freezing order and proprietary injunction on the basis that the claimants did not have a good arguable case and it was not just and convenient to continue the injunction. Morgan J accepted that the claimants' claims were likely to be barred by the "no reflective loss" principle. The decision of Morgan J was subsequently overturned on appeal. In addition, the defendants made nine-figure counterclaims, some of which were double derivative claims on behalf of a foreign company. The case settled shortly prior to the hearing of the defendants' application for permission to continue their derivative claims.

Apex Global Management Limited v Fi Call Limited (2012-2013): Acted (with Daniel Lightman) for one of the shareholders in Fi Call Limited in this case involving two unfair prejudice petitions (a petition and a cross-petition), with allegations of serious wrongdoing on both sides. The case raised issues as to, among other things, (i) the extent to which relief can be sought by an unfair prejudice petition against a person who is neither a shareholder nor a director of the relevant company (see [2014] BCC 286), (ii) whether hearings may be held in private where a party alleges that the proceedings represent an attempt at extortion through adverse publicity (see [2013] EWHC 223 (Ch); [2013] 1 WLR 2993 (CA)), and (iii) the extent to which members of the family of a ruling monarch are entitled to assert sovereign immunity (see [2013] EWHC 587 (Ch); [2014] 1 WLR 492 (CA)).

Portsmouth Holdings Ltd v JL Homes Ltd & Another (2012): Successfully applied to enforce a Tomlin order which provided that unless the defendant company paid a certain sum within a given period it would be required to transfer certain properties to the claimant. The defendant company opposed the application, arguing that it was not bound by the settlement agreement purportedly executed on its behalf. Lesley Anderson QC (sitting as a Deputy) granted the application to enforce the agreement, holding that the defendant company was estopped from denying that the settlement agreement had been executed with its authority, or alternatively had ratified the agreement.


Add section

Civil Fraud

Glenn & Anor v Watson & Ors (2015-2017): Acted for the claimants in this large scale litigation, culminating in a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  The claimants' claims were based on deceit, breach of fiduciary duty, want of authority and bribery.  The second claimant sought to set aside a raft of transactions relating to an investment joint venture and both claimants sought proprietary, restitutionary and compensatory remedies against six defendants.  Judgment is awaited.  Interlocutory decisions have included (i) an unreported April 2016 decision on the "no reflective loss" principle, (ii) an unreported July 2016 decision on striking out collateral allegations about tax, (iii) [2017] 4 WLR 48: a decision on waiver of confidence and the relevance of that doctrine to obligations of confidence owed by a witness, (iv) [2016] EWHC 3346 (Ch): a decision on specific disclosure, (v) an unreported February 2017 decision on the Charterbridge Corp v Lloyds line of authority and other matters, and (vi) [2017] EWHC 256 (Ch): a decision on expert evidence.  

Amryta Capital LLP v Mehta (2015-2016): Acted for the claimant in this claim in the High Court based on allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.  The claimant also advanced substantial proprietary and tracing claims.  The claimant was successful in obtaining (ultimately by consent) undertakings not to dispose of assets, together with orders under section 46 of the Land Registration Act 2002.  Later, the claimant applied for summary judgment and a settlement was reached during the hearing of that application.

Bank Hapoalim Ltd v Hayek (2014): Successfully obtained a freezing order and an order under section 46 of the Land Registration Act 2002.

Sukhoruchkin & Others v Van Bekestein & Others [2013] EWHC 1993 (Ch); [2014] EWCA Civ 399: Acted for the defendants (with Daniel Lightman and Thomas Elias) in this substantial dispute over a Cayman investment fund. In July 2013, succeeded in setting aside a freezing order and proprietary injunction on the basis that the claimants did not have a good arguable case and it was not just and convenient to continue the injunction. Morgan J accepted that the claimants' claims were likely to be barred by the "no reflective loss" principle. The decision of Morgan J was subsequently overturned on appeal. In addition, the defendants made nine-figure counterclaims, some of which were double derivative claims on behalf of a foreign company. The case settled shortly prior to the hearing of the defendants' application for permission to continue their derivative claims.

Apex Global Management Limited v Fi Call Limited (2012-2013): Acted (with Daniel Lightman) for one of the shareholders in Fi Call Limited in this case involving two unfair prejudice petitions (a petition and a cross-petition), with allegations of serious wrongdoing on both sides. The case raised issues as to, among other things, (i) the extent to which elief can be sought by an unfair prejudice petition against a person who is neither a shareholder nor a director of the relevant company (see [2014] BCC 286), (ii) whether hearings may be held in private where a party alleges that the proceedings represent an attempt at extortion through adverse publicity (see [2013] EWHC 223 (Ch); [2013] 1 WLR 2993 (CA)), and (iii) the extent to which members of the family of a ruling monarch are entitled to assert sovereign immunity (see [2013] EWHC 587 (Ch); [2014] 1 WLR 492 (CA)).

Marten v Halligen (2009-2010): Successfully obtained a freezing order against the respondent. Subsequently succeeded in obtaining a variation of the order to permit a laptop computer belonging to the respondent to be imaged and searched.


Add section

Trusts and Probate

Glenn & Anor v Watson & Ors (2015-2017): Acted for the claimants in this large scale litigation, culminating in a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  The first claimant was the settlor of two Nevis trusts and the second claimant was a company held under the trusts.  Issues arose as to (i) whether it was possible for the first defendant to owe fiduciary duties to the first claimant notwithstanding that the first claimant had put forward the second claimant company to enter into the relevant transactions and was not a beneficiary of the trusts which held that company, (ii) whether a transfer of the second claimant from one trust to another, allegedly for US tax reasons, had been in breach of trust, and (iii) whether the first claimant had a legitimate expectation of consultation in relation to the affairs of the second claimant.  On issue (iii), expert evidence was called from US tax lawyers.  Judgment is awaited.

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA v ITG Limited & Anor [2015] EWHC 1664 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 1924 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants, who were the former trustees of a Jersey trust, in this claim by the trustee of a connected trust for security for a loan or alternatively repayment of the loan. The claimant also sought to advance further claims based upon alleged oral agreements and/or proprietary estoppel but the defendants successfully contended that those claims could not properly be served out of the jurisdiction.  Subsequently, the claimant sought to reintroduce the same further claims by way of re-amendment of its Particulars of Claim.  Morgan J held that the claimant’s attempt to do so was an abuse of process. 

Rothschild Trust Guernsey Ltd v Novatrust Ltd (2014-2016): Acted for the claimant (with Dakis Hagen) in this breach of trust claim against the former trustee of a Jersey trust.  The case raised issues about delegation by trustees of investment management powers and reliance by trustees upon investment advice. 

C v D (2010-2013): Acted (with Frank Hinks QC) for the claimant beneficiaries in proceedings in two jurisdictions seeking to have a civil law Foundation and a Bermuda trust declared invalid ab initio. In the Bermuda proceedings the claimants also made a number of alternative claims, including breach of trust claims, claims for declarations as to the fiduciary nature of certain powers, a claim for the removal of the trustees from office and a claim seeking to force a reorganisation of the structure. In the midst of a dispute over jurisdiction, a settlement was reached between the various beneficiaries. An application was then made to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for approval of the settlement, which was granted.

Re the F Trust (2011-2013): Acted for a corporate trustee of a Jersey trust which, having decided that the trust should be wound up with the assets being distributed to the beneficiaries in particular proportions, found itself facing breach of trust claims from one of the beneficiaries. The matter proceeded as contested litigation until shortly prior to trial, when a negotiated settlement was reached. The Royal Court of Jersey subsequently granted approval of the settlement and also acceded to an application that its judgment be fully anonymised: see [2012] JRC 201.

Re Q Trusts (2010-2013): Acted for the guardian ad litem to certain minor and unborn beneficiaries of a Bermuda trust. The trustees made an application to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for approval of a proposed division and reorganisation of the trust. The application was heard in two stages and at each stage there were extensive negotiations between the various interested parties, with evidence and submissions being presented to the Court. The negotiations were ultimately successful and the Court granted approval.

AB Jnr v MB [2013] 1 CLR 1: Assisted the claimants in this substantial Cayman Islands case dealing with the fair dealing rule and the availability of equitable compensation as a remedy for breach of trust.

Re the L Trusts (2011-2012): Acted for certain beneficiaries of several English trusts in relation to their attempt to procure a change of trusteeship.

Re Williams (2011): Successfully applied to strike out a claim seeking to challenge a will over 10 years after the estate of the deceased had been fully administered.


Add section

Professional Negligence

C v R Bank (2015): Acted for a care home group which had been missold an interest rate swap and suffered consequential losses as a result.

S v T Bank (2014): Advised a defendant bank on a claim against it under MCOB.

K v L Bank (2013-2014): Acted for a defendant bank facing a professional negligence claim arising out of an investment scheme. The case settled following a mediation.

Morgan & Morgan v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others; Hessian & Hessian v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others (2013): Acted (with Nick Lavender QC) for a defendant bank in this professional negligence claim arising out of an investment scheme alleged to have given rise to currency, investment and tax losses. The claimants alleged breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation and breach of the FCA rules (MCOB, COB and COBS). The bank counterclaimed for the sums due under mortgages it provided in connection with the scheme. The trial took place in December 2013 but the parties reached a settlement prior to its conclusion.

P & GR v K (2009-2012): Acted for the claimants in this nine figure professional negligence claim against an investment bank.  The claimants lost very substantial amounts of money during the financial crisis, when their heavily leveraged portfolio of investments plummeted in value and margin calls made by the bank forced the claimants to sell near the bottom of the market.  The claimants alleged that the bank ought to have advised them to reduce risk and leverage.  After a very detailed exchange of pre-action correspondence, the case settled without proceedings being used.

C v S (2009-2011): Acted for the claimant in this professional negligence claim against an insurance broker who had failed to arrange life insurance in respect of a key member of the claimant's staff.  After a detailed exchange of pre-action corrspondence a mediation took place and a settlement was successfully reached.

G v T (2010-2011): Acted for a firm of financial advisers responding to a proposed claim for negligent investment advice and misselling.


Add section

Offshore

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2014-2015): Acted for the claimant in this just and equitable winding up application in the BVI.  The claimant was one of two shareholders in the first defendant BVI company.  The other shareholder applied to be joined as a party to the winding up application and sought to contest jurisdiction, relying upon an English jurisdiction clause contained in a shareholders’ agreement.  In a judgment delivered in October 2014, Bannister J dismissed the second defendant’s jurisdiction challenge.  The second defendant appealed to the BVI Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised.  

Rothschild Trust Guernsey Ltd v Novatrust Ltd (2014-2016): Acted for the claimant in this breach of trust claim against the former trustee of a Jersey trust.  The case raised issues about delegation by trustees of investment management powers and reliance by trustees upon investment advice. 

U v Jersey Financial Services Commission (2014-2015): Acted for a former director and principal person of a Jersey regulated financial services business in an appeal to the Royal Court of Jersey against directions issued by the JFSC under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998 and other statutory provisions.

C v D (2010-2013): Acted (with Frank Hinks QC) for the claimant beneficiaries in proceedings in two jurisdictions seeking to have a civil law Foundation and a Bermuda trust declared invalid ab initio. In the Bermuda proceedings the claimants also made a number of alternative claims, including breach of trust claims, claims for declarations as to the fiduciary nature of certain powers, a claim for the removal of the trustees from office and a claim seeking to force a reorganisation of the structure. In the midst of a dispute over jurisdiction, a settlement was reached between the various beneficiaries. An application was then made to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for approval of the settlement, which was granted.

Re the F Trust (2011-2013): Acted for a corporate trustee of a Jersey trust which, having decided that the trust should be wound up with the assets being distributed to the beneficiaries in particular proportions, found itself facing breach of trust claims from one of the beneficiaries. The matter proceeded as contested litigation until shortly prior to trial, when a negotiated settlement was reached. The Royal Court of Jersey subsequently granted approval of the settlement and also acceded to an application that its judgment be fully anonymised: see [2012] JRC 201.

Re Q Trusts (2010-2013): Acted for the guardian ad litem to certain minor and unborn beneficiaries of a Bermuda trust. The trustees made an application to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for approval of a proposed division and reorganisation of the trust. The application was heard in two stages and at each stage there were extensive negotiations between the various interested parties, with evidence and submissions being presented to the Court. The negotiations were ultimately successful and the Court granted approval.

AB Jnr v MB [2013] 1 CLR 1: Assisted the claimants in this substantial Cayman Islands case dealing with the fair dealing rule and the availability of equitable compensation as a remedy for breach of trust.


Add section

Insolvency

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2015-2017): Acted for the petitioner in this winding up petition in the Companies Court.  The proceedings, which concerned an investment joint venture company, ran in parallel with two other sets of proceedings.  The winding up petition was brought on two alternative bases: that the company was insolvent, and that the company was insolvent and it was just and equitable to wind the company up.  The jointly managed proceedings progressed to a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  This aspect of the dispute settled during trial.

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2014-2015): Acting for the claimant in this just and equitable winding up application in the BVI.  The claimant was one of two shareholders in the first defendant BVI company.  The other shareholder applied to be joined as a party to the winding up application and sought to contest jurisdiction, relying upon an English jurisdiction clause contained in a shareholders’ agreement.  In a judgment delivered in October 2014, Bannister J dismissed the second defendant’s jurisdiction challenge.  The second defendant appealed to the BVI Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised.  

Dickinson & Another v Elliott & Others (2013-2014): Acted (with Jonathan Adkin QC) on behalf of one of the respondents to this claim by trustees in bankruptcy to set aside (a) certain transactions as preferences or transactions at an undervalue, and (b) certain further transactions on the basis that they were allegedly entered into by the bankrupt after the date of the bankruptcy order. The case also raised issues of Swiss banking law. It settled shortly prior to trial in early 2014.

In the Matter of Hadar Fund Ltd (2013): Acted for certain creditors of a Cayman company in voluntary liquidation who opposed the appointment of particular individuals as official liquidators of the company on the ground of lack of independence.

Re Nortel Networks UK Limited (2010-2011): Acted for the administrators of several companies forming part of the global Nortel Networks group of companies, many of which (including the UK company) entered insolvency processes in 2009. Drafted evidence for use in proceedings brought by the Pensions Regulator for a financial support direction for the benefit of the UK company's pension scheme.

Re Wan (2009-2010): Acted for a trustee in bankruptcy in obtaining a search and seizure order. Subsequently advised on proposed proceedings to set aside a transaction at an undervalue.


Add section

Financial Services

Glenn & Anor v Watson & Ors (2015-2017): Represented the claimants in this large scale litigation, culminating in a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  The claimants sought various remedies in relation to an investment joint venture on grounds of deceit, breach of fiduciary duty, want of authority of a director, and bribery of a director.  A settlement was reached with the second defendant during the trial.  Judgment is awaited as against the other defendants.  The issues raised at trial included issues of valuation of various investments and investment rights, on which expert evidence was called.

C v R Bank (2015): Acted for a care home group on a claim for consequential loss under the FCA’s interest rate hedging product (IRHP) review process.

U v Jersey Financial Services Commission (2014-2015): Acted for a former director and principal person of a Jersey regulated financial services business in an appeal to the Royal Court of Jersey against directions issued by the JFSC under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998 and other statutory provisions. 

X v Y Bank (2014-2015): Acted for a claimant in his claim against his bank for, among other things, misrepresentation.

S v T Bank (2014): Advised a defendant bank on a claim against it under MCOB.

K v L Bank (2013-2014): Acted for a defendant bank facing a professional negligence claim arising out of an investment scheme. The case settled following a mediation.

Morgan & Morgan v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others; Hessian & Hessian v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others (2013): Acted (with Nick Lavender QC) for a defendant bank in this professional negligence claim arising out of an investment scheme alleged to have given rise to currency, investment and tax losses. The claimants alleged breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation and breach of the FSA rules (MCOB, COB and COBS). The bank counterclaimed for the sums due under mortgages it provided in connection with the scheme. The trial took place in December 2013 but the parties reached a settlement prior to its conclusion.

P & GR v K (2009-2012): Acted for the claimants in this nine figure professional negligence claim against an investment bank. The claimants lost very substantial amounts of money during the financial crisis, when their heavily leveraged portfolio of investments plummeted in value and margin calls made by the bank forced the claimants to sell near the bottom of the market. The claimants alleged that the bank ought to have advised them to reduce risk and leverage. After a very detailed exchange of pre-action correspondence, the case settled without proceedings being issued.

G v T (2010-2011): Acted for a firm of financial advisers responding to a proposed claim for negligent investment advice and misselling.


Add section

Commercial Litigation

Glenn & Anor v Watson & Ors (2015-2017): Represented the claimants in this large scale litigation, culminating in a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  The claimants sought various remedies in relation to an investment joint venture on grounds of deceit, breach of fiduciary duty, want of authority of a director, and bribery of a director.  A settlement was reached with the second defendant during the trial.  Judgment is awaited as against the other defendants.  Interlocutory decisions have included (i) an unreported April 2016 decision on the "no reflective loss" principle, (ii) an unreported July 2016 decision on striking out collateral allegations about tax, (iii) [2017] 4 WLR 48: a decision on waiver of confidence and the relevance of that doctrine to obligations of confidence owed by a witness, (iv) [2016] EWHC 3346 (Ch): a decision on specific disclosure, (v) an unreported February 2017 decision on the Charterbridge Corp v Lloyds line of authority and other matters, and (vi) [2017] EWHC 256 (Ch): a decision on expert evidence. 

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA v ITG Limited & Anor [2015] EWHC 1664 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 1924 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants, who were the former trustees of a Jersey trust, in this claim by the trustee of a connected trust for security for a loan or alternatively repayment of the loan. The claimant also sought to advance further claims based upon alleged oral agreements and/or proprietary estoppel but the defendants successfully contended that those claims could not properly be served out of the jurisdiction.  Subsequently, the claimant sought to reintroduce the same further claims by way of re-amendment of its Particulars of Claim.  Morgan J held that the claimant’s attempt to do so was an abuse of process. 

Novatrust Ltd v Kea Investments Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 4061 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants in these proceedings relating to a BVI investment joint venture company. The claimant commenced proceedings in England, seeking to advance personal claims and also derivative claims on behalf of the joint venture company.  The defendants successfully challenged jurisdiction: HHJ Pelling QC accepted that by reason of section 184C of the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 the claimant required the permission of the BVI court to commence a derivative claim on behalf of a BVI company.  He also held that the claimant’s personal damages claims were barred by the ‘no reflective loss’ rule and that the claimant’s claims for declarations were unreal or served no practical purpose.  The claimant appealed to the Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised during the appeal hearing.  The proceedings then continued in parallel with two other sets of proceedings.  A three-month trial commenced in May 2017.  During the trial, a settlement of this aspect of the dispute was reached.

Sukhoruchkin & Others v Van Bekestein & Others [2013] EWHC 1993 (Ch); [2014] EWCA Civ 399: Acted for the defendants (with Daniel Lightman and Thomas Elias) in this substantial dispute over a Cayman investment fund. In July 2013, succeeded in setting aside a freezing order and proprietary injunction on the basis that the claimants did not have a good arguable case and it was not just and convenient to continue the injunction. Morgan J accepted that the claimants' claims were likely to be barred by the "no reflective loss" principle. The decision of Morgan J was subsequently overturned on appeal. In addition, the defendants made nine-figure counterclaims, some of which were double derivative claims on behalf of a foreign company. The case settled shortly prior to the hearing of the defendants' application for permission to continue their derivative claims.

Morgan & Morgan v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others; Hessian & Hessian v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others (2013): Acted (with Nick Lavender QC) for a defendant bank in this professional negligence claim arising out of an investment scheme alleged to have given rise to currency, investment and tax losses. The claimants alleged breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation and breach of the FCA rules (MCOB, COB and COBS). The bank counterclaimed for the sums due under mortgages it provided in connection with the scheme. The trial took place in December 2013 but the parties reached a settlement prior to its conclusion.

P & GR v K (2009-2012): Acted for the claimants in this nine figure professional negligence claim against an investment bank.  The claimants lost very substantial amounts of money during the financial crisis, when their heavily leveraged portfolio of investments plummeted in value and margin calls made by the bank forced the claimants to sell near the bottom of the market.  The claimants alleged that the bank ought to have advised them to reduce risk and leverage.  After a very detailed exchange of pre-action correspondence, the case settled without proceedings being used.


Add section

Chancery

See the cases listed under "Company", "Civil Fraud", "Trusts and Probate", "Offshore" and "Insolvency".


Add section

Partnership and LLP

Amryta Capital LLP v Mehta (2015-2016): Acted for the claimant in this claim in the High Court based on allegations of breach of fiduciary and statutory duties owed to an LLP by one of its members.  The claimant also advanced substantial proprietary and tracing claims.  The claimant was successful in obtaining (ultimately by consent) undertakings not to dispose of assets, together with orders under section 46 of the Land Registration Act 2002.  Later, the claimant applied for summary judgment and a settlement was reached during the hearing of that application.



Add section

Private International Law

Novatrust Ltd v Kea Investments Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 4061 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants in these proceedings relating to a BVI joint venture company. The claimant commenced proceedings in England, seeking to advance personal claims and also derivative claims on behalf of a BVI company.  The defendants successfully challenged jurisdiction.  HHJ Pelling QC accepted that by reason of section 184C of the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 the claimant required the permission of the BVI court to commence a derivative claim on behalf of a BVI company.  He also held that the claimant’s personal damages claims were barred by the ‘no reflective loss’ rule and that the claimant’s claims for declarations were unreal or served no practical purpose.  The claimant appealed to the Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised during the appeal hearing.      

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2014-2015): Acted for the claimant in this just and equitable winding up application in the BVI.  The claimant was one of two shareholders in the first defendant BVI company.  The other shareholder applied to be joined as a party to the winding up application and sought to contest jurisdiction, relying upon an English jurisdiction clause contained in a shareholders’ agreement.  In a judgment delivered in October 2014, Bannister J dismissed the second defendant’s jurisdiction challenge.  The second defendant appealed to the BVI Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised.  

Apex Global Management Limited v Fi Call Limited (2012-2013): Acted (with Daniel Lightman) for one of the shareholders in Fi Call Limited in this case involving two unfair prejudice petitions (a petition and a cross-petition), with allegations of serious wrongdoing on both sides. The case raised issues as to, among other things, (i) the extent to which relief can be sought by an unfair prejudice petition against a person who is neither a shareholder nor a director of the relevant company (see [2014] BCC 286), (ii) whether hearings may be held in private where a party alleges that the proceedings represent an attempt at extortion through adverse publicity (see [2013] EWHC 223 (Ch); [2013] 1 WLR 2993 (CA)), and (iii) the extent to which members of the family of a ruling monarch are entitled to assert sovereign immunity (see [2013] EWHC 587 (Ch); [2014] 1 WLR 492 (CA)). 

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA v ITG Limited & Anor [2015] EWHC 1664 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 1924 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants, who were the former trustees of a Jersey trust, in this claim by the trustee of a connected trust for security for a loan or alternatively repayment of the loan. The claimant also sought to advance further claims based upon alleged oral agreements and/or proprietary estoppel but the defendants successfully contended that those claims could not properly be served out of the jurisdiction.  Subsequently, the claimant sought to reintroduce the same further claims by way of re-amendment of its Particulars of Claim.  Morgan J held that the claimant’s attempt to do so was an abuse of process.  

C v D (2010-2013): Acted (with Frank Hinks QC) for the claimant beneficiaries in proceedings in two jurisdictions seeking to have a civil law Foundation and a Bermuda trust declared invalid ab initio. In the Bermuda proceedings the claimants also made a number of alternative claims, including breach of trust claims, claims for declarations as to the fiduciary nature of certain powers, a claim for the removal of the trustees from office and a claim seeking to force a reorganisation of the structure. In the midst of a dispute over jurisdiction, a settlement was reached between the various beneficiaries. An application was then made to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for approval of the settlement, which was granted.

All Quotes

"A very clever chap who wears his intellect lightly. He's very pleasant to work with as his advice is always very straightforward and helpful.": Chambers & Partners 2017

"He is very academic and very thorough. He has a really good eye for detail.": Chambers & Partners 2016

"Unflappable, charming and great with clients.": Chambers & Partners 2016

"Building a strong reputation in the company field. He has experience acting as junior and sole counsel and has been involved in a number of highly contentious disputes.": Chambers & Partners 2016

Recommendations

Company (Chambers & Partners 2017)

#
Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Year of Call: 2008
Email: padams@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Paul has a broad commercial chancery practice covering most of chambers’ core practice areas, and seeks to bring a rigorous, commercial and creative approach to the cases in which he is instructed.  Paul is often instructed to act as sole counsel in cases in the High Court, in the County Courts and abroad. He is also regularly instructed to act as junior counsel in large-scale commercial and chancery litigation. Since joining chambers in 2009, Paul has been instructed in a number of prominent cases, including nine-figure trust and professional negligence claims and high-profile company and civil fraud litigation.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Company (Chambers & Partners 2017)

Quotes

"A very clever chap who wears his intellect lightly. He's very pleasant to work with as his advice is always very straightforward and helpful.": Chambers & Partners 2017

"He is very academic and very thorough. He has a really good eye for detail.": Chambers & Partners 2016

"Unflappable, charming and great with clients.": Chambers & Partners 2016

"Building a strong reputation in the company field. He has experience acting as junior and sole counsel and has been involved in a number of highly contentious disputes.": Chambers & Partners 2016

Company

Glenn & Anor v Watson & Ors (2015-2017): Represented the claimants in this large scale litigation, culminating in a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  The claimants sought various remedies in relation to an investment joint venture on grounds of deceit, breach of fiduciary duty, want of authority of a director, and bribery of a director.  A settlement was reached with the second defendant during the trial.  Judgment is awaited as against the other defendants.  Interlocutory decisions have included (i) an unreported April 2016 decision on the "no reflective loss" principle, (ii) an unreported July 2016 decision on striking out collateral allegations about tax, (iii) [2017] 4 WLR 48: a decision on waiver of confidence and the relevance of that doctrine to obligations of confidence owed by a witness, (iv) [2016] EWHC 3346 (Ch): a decision on specific disclosure, (v) an unreported February 2017 decision on the Charterbridge Corp v Lloyds line of authority and other matters, and (vi) [2017] EWHC 256 (Ch): a decision on expert evidence.    

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2015-2017): Acted for the petitioner in this just and equitable winding up application in the Companies Court.  The proceedings, which concerned an investment joint venture company, ran in parallel with two other sets of proceedings (Novatrust v Kea below and Glenn v Watson above).  The jointly managed proceedings progressed to a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  This aspect of the dispute settled during trial.

Novatrust Ltd v Kea Investments Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 4061 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants in these proceedings relating to a BVI investment joint venture company. The claimant commenced proceedings in England, seeking to advance personal claims and also derivative claims on behalf of the joint venture company.  The defendants successfully challenged jurisdiction: HHJ Pelling QC accepted that by reason of section 184C of the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 the claimant required the permission of the BVI court to commence a derivative claim on behalf of a BVI company.  He also held that the claimant’s personal damages claims were barred by the ‘no reflective loss’ rule and that the claimant’s claims for declarations were unreal or served no practical purpose.  The claimant appealed to the Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised during the appeal hearing.  The proceedings then continued in parallel with two other sets of proceedings (Kea v Spartan and Glenn v Watson above).  A three-month trial commenced in May 2017.  During the trial, a settlement of this aspect of the dispute was reached.

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2014-2015): Acted for the claimant in this just and equitable winding up application in the BVI.  The claimant was one of two shareholders in the first defendant BVI company.  The other shareholder applied to be joined as a party to the winding up application and sought to contest jurisdiction, relying upon an English jurisdiction clause contained in a shareholders’ agreement.  In a judgment delivered in October 2014, Bannister J dismissed the second defendant’s jurisdiction challenge.  The second defendant appealed to the BVI Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised.  

Sukhoruchkin & Others v Van Bekestein & Others [2013] EWHC 1993 (Ch); [2014] EWCA Civ 399: Acted for the defendants (with Daniel Lightman and Thomas Elias) in this substantial dispute over a Cayman investment fund. In July 2013, succeeded in setting aside a freezing order and proprietary injunction on the basis that the claimants did not have a good arguable case and it was not just and convenient to continue the injunction. Morgan J accepted that the claimants' claims were likely to be barred by the "no reflective loss" principle. The decision of Morgan J was subsequently overturned on appeal. In addition, the defendants made nine-figure counterclaims, some of which were double derivative claims on behalf of a foreign company. The case settled shortly prior to the hearing of the defendants' application for permission to continue their derivative claims.

Apex Global Management Limited v Fi Call Limited (2012-2013): Acted (with Daniel Lightman) for one of the shareholders in Fi Call Limited in this case involving two unfair prejudice petitions (a petition and a cross-petition), with allegations of serious wrongdoing on both sides. The case raised issues as to, among other things, (i) the extent to which relief can be sought by an unfair prejudice petition against a person who is neither a shareholder nor a director of the relevant company (see [2014] BCC 286), (ii) whether hearings may be held in private where a party alleges that the proceedings represent an attempt at extortion through adverse publicity (see [2013] EWHC 223 (Ch); [2013] 1 WLR 2993 (CA)), and (iii) the extent to which members of the family of a ruling monarch are entitled to assert sovereign immunity (see [2013] EWHC 587 (Ch); [2014] 1 WLR 492 (CA)).

Portsmouth Holdings Ltd v JL Homes Ltd & Another (2012): Successfully applied to enforce a Tomlin order which provided that unless the defendant company paid a certain sum within a given period it would be required to transfer certain properties to the claimant. The defendant company opposed the application, arguing that it was not bound by the settlement agreement purportedly executed on its behalf. Lesley Anderson QC (sitting as a Deputy) granted the application to enforce the agreement, holding that the defendant company was estopped from denying that the settlement agreement had been executed with its authority, or alternatively had ratified the agreement.

Civil Fraud

Glenn & Anor v Watson & Ors (2015-2017): Acted for the claimants in this large scale litigation, culminating in a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  The claimants' claims were based on deceit, breach of fiduciary duty, want of authority and bribery.  The second claimant sought to set aside a raft of transactions relating to an investment joint venture and both claimants sought proprietary, restitutionary and compensatory remedies against six defendants.  Judgment is awaited.  Interlocutory decisions have included (i) an unreported April 2016 decision on the "no reflective loss" principle, (ii) an unreported July 2016 decision on striking out collateral allegations about tax, (iii) [2017] 4 WLR 48: a decision on waiver of confidence and the relevance of that doctrine to obligations of confidence owed by a witness, (iv) [2016] EWHC 3346 (Ch): a decision on specific disclosure, (v) an unreported February 2017 decision on the Charterbridge Corp v Lloyds line of authority and other matters, and (vi) [2017] EWHC 256 (Ch): a decision on expert evidence.  

Amryta Capital LLP v Mehta (2015-2016): Acted for the claimant in this claim in the High Court based on allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.  The claimant also advanced substantial proprietary and tracing claims.  The claimant was successful in obtaining (ultimately by consent) undertakings not to dispose of assets, together with orders under section 46 of the Land Registration Act 2002.  Later, the claimant applied for summary judgment and a settlement was reached during the hearing of that application.

Bank Hapoalim Ltd v Hayek (2014): Successfully obtained a freezing order and an order under section 46 of the Land Registration Act 2002.

Sukhoruchkin & Others v Van Bekestein & Others [2013] EWHC 1993 (Ch); [2014] EWCA Civ 399: Acted for the defendants (with Daniel Lightman and Thomas Elias) in this substantial dispute over a Cayman investment fund. In July 2013, succeeded in setting aside a freezing order and proprietary injunction on the basis that the claimants did not have a good arguable case and it was not just and convenient to continue the injunction. Morgan J accepted that the claimants' claims were likely to be barred by the "no reflective loss" principle. The decision of Morgan J was subsequently overturned on appeal. In addition, the defendants made nine-figure counterclaims, some of which were double derivative claims on behalf of a foreign company. The case settled shortly prior to the hearing of the defendants' application for permission to continue their derivative claims.

Apex Global Management Limited v Fi Call Limited (2012-2013): Acted (with Daniel Lightman) for one of the shareholders in Fi Call Limited in this case involving two unfair prejudice petitions (a petition and a cross-petition), with allegations of serious wrongdoing on both sides. The case raised issues as to, among other things, (i) the extent to which elief can be sought by an unfair prejudice petition against a person who is neither a shareholder nor a director of the relevant company (see [2014] BCC 286), (ii) whether hearings may be held in private where a party alleges that the proceedings represent an attempt at extortion through adverse publicity (see [2013] EWHC 223 (Ch); [2013] 1 WLR 2993 (CA)), and (iii) the extent to which members of the family of a ruling monarch are entitled to assert sovereign immunity (see [2013] EWHC 587 (Ch); [2014] 1 WLR 492 (CA)).

Marten v Halligen (2009-2010): Successfully obtained a freezing order against the respondent. Subsequently succeeded in obtaining a variation of the order to permit a laptop computer belonging to the respondent to be imaged and searched.

Trusts and Probate

Glenn & Anor v Watson & Ors (2015-2017): Acted for the claimants in this large scale litigation, culminating in a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  The first claimant was the settlor of two Nevis trusts and the second claimant was a company held under the trusts.  Issues arose as to (i) whether it was possible for the first defendant to owe fiduciary duties to the first claimant notwithstanding that the first claimant had put forward the second claimant company to enter into the relevant transactions and was not a beneficiary of the trusts which held that company, (ii) whether a transfer of the second claimant from one trust to another, allegedly for US tax reasons, had been in breach of trust, and (iii) whether the first claimant had a legitimate expectation of consultation in relation to the affairs of the second claimant.  On issue (iii), expert evidence was called from US tax lawyers.  Judgment is awaited.

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA v ITG Limited & Anor [2015] EWHC 1664 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 1924 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants, who were the former trustees of a Jersey trust, in this claim by the trustee of a connected trust for security for a loan or alternatively repayment of the loan. The claimant also sought to advance further claims based upon alleged oral agreements and/or proprietary estoppel but the defendants successfully contended that those claims could not properly be served out of the jurisdiction.  Subsequently, the claimant sought to reintroduce the same further claims by way of re-amendment of its Particulars of Claim.  Morgan J held that the claimant’s attempt to do so was an abuse of process. 

Rothschild Trust Guernsey Ltd v Novatrust Ltd (2014-2016): Acted for the claimant (with Dakis Hagen) in this breach of trust claim against the former trustee of a Jersey trust.  The case raised issues about delegation by trustees of investment management powers and reliance by trustees upon investment advice. 

C v D (2010-2013): Acted (with Frank Hinks QC) for the claimant beneficiaries in proceedings in two jurisdictions seeking to have a civil law Foundation and a Bermuda trust declared invalid ab initio. In the Bermuda proceedings the claimants also made a number of alternative claims, including breach of trust claims, claims for declarations as to the fiduciary nature of certain powers, a claim for the removal of the trustees from office and a claim seeking to force a reorganisation of the structure. In the midst of a dispute over jurisdiction, a settlement was reached between the various beneficiaries. An application was then made to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for approval of the settlement, which was granted.

Re the F Trust (2011-2013): Acted for a corporate trustee of a Jersey trust which, having decided that the trust should be wound up with the assets being distributed to the beneficiaries in particular proportions, found itself facing breach of trust claims from one of the beneficiaries. The matter proceeded as contested litigation until shortly prior to trial, when a negotiated settlement was reached. The Royal Court of Jersey subsequently granted approval of the settlement and also acceded to an application that its judgment be fully anonymised: see [2012] JRC 201.

Re Q Trusts (2010-2013): Acted for the guardian ad litem to certain minor and unborn beneficiaries of a Bermuda trust. The trustees made an application to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for approval of a proposed division and reorganisation of the trust. The application was heard in two stages and at each stage there were extensive negotiations between the various interested parties, with evidence and submissions being presented to the Court. The negotiations were ultimately successful and the Court granted approval.

AB Jnr v MB [2013] 1 CLR 1: Assisted the claimants in this substantial Cayman Islands case dealing with the fair dealing rule and the availability of equitable compensation as a remedy for breach of trust.

Re the L Trusts (2011-2012): Acted for certain beneficiaries of several English trusts in relation to their attempt to procure a change of trusteeship.

Re Williams (2011): Successfully applied to strike out a claim seeking to challenge a will over 10 years after the estate of the deceased had been fully administered.

Professional Negligence

C v R Bank (2015): Acted for a care home group which had been missold an interest rate swap and suffered consequential losses as a result.

S v T Bank (2014): Advised a defendant bank on a claim against it under MCOB.

K v L Bank (2013-2014): Acted for a defendant bank facing a professional negligence claim arising out of an investment scheme. The case settled following a mediation.

Morgan & Morgan v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others; Hessian & Hessian v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others (2013): Acted (with Nick Lavender QC) for a defendant bank in this professional negligence claim arising out of an investment scheme alleged to have given rise to currency, investment and tax losses. The claimants alleged breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation and breach of the FCA rules (MCOB, COB and COBS). The bank counterclaimed for the sums due under mortgages it provided in connection with the scheme. The trial took place in December 2013 but the parties reached a settlement prior to its conclusion.

P & GR v K (2009-2012): Acted for the claimants in this nine figure professional negligence claim against an investment bank.  The claimants lost very substantial amounts of money during the financial crisis, when their heavily leveraged portfolio of investments plummeted in value and margin calls made by the bank forced the claimants to sell near the bottom of the market.  The claimants alleged that the bank ought to have advised them to reduce risk and leverage.  After a very detailed exchange of pre-action correspondence, the case settled without proceedings being used.

C v S (2009-2011): Acted for the claimant in this professional negligence claim against an insurance broker who had failed to arrange life insurance in respect of a key member of the claimant's staff.  After a detailed exchange of pre-action corrspondence a mediation took place and a settlement was successfully reached.

G v T (2010-2011): Acted for a firm of financial advisers responding to a proposed claim for negligent investment advice and misselling.

Offshore

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2014-2015): Acted for the claimant in this just and equitable winding up application in the BVI.  The claimant was one of two shareholders in the first defendant BVI company.  The other shareholder applied to be joined as a party to the winding up application and sought to contest jurisdiction, relying upon an English jurisdiction clause contained in a shareholders’ agreement.  In a judgment delivered in October 2014, Bannister J dismissed the second defendant’s jurisdiction challenge.  The second defendant appealed to the BVI Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised.  

Rothschild Trust Guernsey Ltd v Novatrust Ltd (2014-2016): Acted for the claimant in this breach of trust claim against the former trustee of a Jersey trust.  The case raised issues about delegation by trustees of investment management powers and reliance by trustees upon investment advice. 

U v Jersey Financial Services Commission (2014-2015): Acted for a former director and principal person of a Jersey regulated financial services business in an appeal to the Royal Court of Jersey against directions issued by the JFSC under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998 and other statutory provisions.

C v D (2010-2013): Acted (with Frank Hinks QC) for the claimant beneficiaries in proceedings in two jurisdictions seeking to have a civil law Foundation and a Bermuda trust declared invalid ab initio. In the Bermuda proceedings the claimants also made a number of alternative claims, including breach of trust claims, claims for declarations as to the fiduciary nature of certain powers, a claim for the removal of the trustees from office and a claim seeking to force a reorganisation of the structure. In the midst of a dispute over jurisdiction, a settlement was reached between the various beneficiaries. An application was then made to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for approval of the settlement, which was granted.

Re the F Trust (2011-2013): Acted for a corporate trustee of a Jersey trust which, having decided that the trust should be wound up with the assets being distributed to the beneficiaries in particular proportions, found itself facing breach of trust claims from one of the beneficiaries. The matter proceeded as contested litigation until shortly prior to trial, when a negotiated settlement was reached. The Royal Court of Jersey subsequently granted approval of the settlement and also acceded to an application that its judgment be fully anonymised: see [2012] JRC 201.

Re Q Trusts (2010-2013): Acted for the guardian ad litem to certain minor and unborn beneficiaries of a Bermuda trust. The trustees made an application to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for approval of a proposed division and reorganisation of the trust. The application was heard in two stages and at each stage there were extensive negotiations between the various interested parties, with evidence and submissions being presented to the Court. The negotiations were ultimately successful and the Court granted approval.

AB Jnr v MB [2013] 1 CLR 1: Assisted the claimants in this substantial Cayman Islands case dealing with the fair dealing rule and the availability of equitable compensation as a remedy for breach of trust.

Insolvency

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2015-2017): Acted for the petitioner in this winding up petition in the Companies Court.  The proceedings, which concerned an investment joint venture company, ran in parallel with two other sets of proceedings.  The winding up petition was brought on two alternative bases: that the company was insolvent, and that the company was insolvent and it was just and equitable to wind the company up.  The jointly managed proceedings progressed to a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  This aspect of the dispute settled during trial.

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2014-2015): Acting for the claimant in this just and equitable winding up application in the BVI.  The claimant was one of two shareholders in the first defendant BVI company.  The other shareholder applied to be joined as a party to the winding up application and sought to contest jurisdiction, relying upon an English jurisdiction clause contained in a shareholders’ agreement.  In a judgment delivered in October 2014, Bannister J dismissed the second defendant’s jurisdiction challenge.  The second defendant appealed to the BVI Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised.  

Dickinson & Another v Elliott & Others (2013-2014): Acted (with Jonathan Adkin QC) on behalf of one of the respondents to this claim by trustees in bankruptcy to set aside (a) certain transactions as preferences or transactions at an undervalue, and (b) certain further transactions on the basis that they were allegedly entered into by the bankrupt after the date of the bankruptcy order. The case also raised issues of Swiss banking law. It settled shortly prior to trial in early 2014.

In the Matter of Hadar Fund Ltd (2013): Acted for certain creditors of a Cayman company in voluntary liquidation who opposed the appointment of particular individuals as official liquidators of the company on the ground of lack of independence.

Re Nortel Networks UK Limited (2010-2011): Acted for the administrators of several companies forming part of the global Nortel Networks group of companies, many of which (including the UK company) entered insolvency processes in 2009. Drafted evidence for use in proceedings brought by the Pensions Regulator for a financial support direction for the benefit of the UK company's pension scheme.

Re Wan (2009-2010): Acted for a trustee in bankruptcy in obtaining a search and seizure order. Subsequently advised on proposed proceedings to set aside a transaction at an undervalue.

Financial Services

Glenn & Anor v Watson & Ors (2015-2017): Represented the claimants in this large scale litigation, culminating in a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  The claimants sought various remedies in relation to an investment joint venture on grounds of deceit, breach of fiduciary duty, want of authority of a director, and bribery of a director.  A settlement was reached with the second defendant during the trial.  Judgment is awaited as against the other defendants.  The issues raised at trial included issues of valuation of various investments and investment rights, on which expert evidence was called.

C v R Bank (2015): Acted for a care home group on a claim for consequential loss under the FCA’s interest rate hedging product (IRHP) review process.

U v Jersey Financial Services Commission (2014-2015): Acted for a former director and principal person of a Jersey regulated financial services business in an appeal to the Royal Court of Jersey against directions issued by the JFSC under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998 and other statutory provisions. 

X v Y Bank (2014-2015): Acted for a claimant in his claim against his bank for, among other things, misrepresentation.

S v T Bank (2014): Advised a defendant bank on a claim against it under MCOB.

K v L Bank (2013-2014): Acted for a defendant bank facing a professional negligence claim arising out of an investment scheme. The case settled following a mediation.

Morgan & Morgan v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others; Hessian & Hessian v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others (2013): Acted (with Nick Lavender QC) for a defendant bank in this professional negligence claim arising out of an investment scheme alleged to have given rise to currency, investment and tax losses. The claimants alleged breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation and breach of the FSA rules (MCOB, COB and COBS). The bank counterclaimed for the sums due under mortgages it provided in connection with the scheme. The trial took place in December 2013 but the parties reached a settlement prior to its conclusion.

P & GR v K (2009-2012): Acted for the claimants in this nine figure professional negligence claim against an investment bank. The claimants lost very substantial amounts of money during the financial crisis, when their heavily leveraged portfolio of investments plummeted in value and margin calls made by the bank forced the claimants to sell near the bottom of the market. The claimants alleged that the bank ought to have advised them to reduce risk and leverage. After a very detailed exchange of pre-action correspondence, the case settled without proceedings being issued.

G v T (2010-2011): Acted for a firm of financial advisers responding to a proposed claim for negligent investment advice and misselling.

Commercial Litigation

Glenn & Anor v Watson & Ors (2015-2017): Represented the claimants in this large scale litigation, culminating in a three-month trial before Nugee J between May and July 2017.  The claimants sought various remedies in relation to an investment joint venture on grounds of deceit, breach of fiduciary duty, want of authority of a director, and bribery of a director.  A settlement was reached with the second defendant during the trial.  Judgment is awaited as against the other defendants.  Interlocutory decisions have included (i) an unreported April 2016 decision on the "no reflective loss" principle, (ii) an unreported July 2016 decision on striking out collateral allegations about tax, (iii) [2017] 4 WLR 48: a decision on waiver of confidence and the relevance of that doctrine to obligations of confidence owed by a witness, (iv) [2016] EWHC 3346 (Ch): a decision on specific disclosure, (v) an unreported February 2017 decision on the Charterbridge Corp v Lloyds line of authority and other matters, and (vi) [2017] EWHC 256 (Ch): a decision on expert evidence. 

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA v ITG Limited & Anor [2015] EWHC 1664 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 1924 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants, who were the former trustees of a Jersey trust, in this claim by the trustee of a connected trust for security for a loan or alternatively repayment of the loan. The claimant also sought to advance further claims based upon alleged oral agreements and/or proprietary estoppel but the defendants successfully contended that those claims could not properly be served out of the jurisdiction.  Subsequently, the claimant sought to reintroduce the same further claims by way of re-amendment of its Particulars of Claim.  Morgan J held that the claimant’s attempt to do so was an abuse of process. 

Novatrust Ltd v Kea Investments Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 4061 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants in these proceedings relating to a BVI investment joint venture company. The claimant commenced proceedings in England, seeking to advance personal claims and also derivative claims on behalf of the joint venture company.  The defendants successfully challenged jurisdiction: HHJ Pelling QC accepted that by reason of section 184C of the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 the claimant required the permission of the BVI court to commence a derivative claim on behalf of a BVI company.  He also held that the claimant’s personal damages claims were barred by the ‘no reflective loss’ rule and that the claimant’s claims for declarations were unreal or served no practical purpose.  The claimant appealed to the Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised during the appeal hearing.  The proceedings then continued in parallel with two other sets of proceedings.  A three-month trial commenced in May 2017.  During the trial, a settlement of this aspect of the dispute was reached.

Sukhoruchkin & Others v Van Bekestein & Others [2013] EWHC 1993 (Ch); [2014] EWCA Civ 399: Acted for the defendants (with Daniel Lightman and Thomas Elias) in this substantial dispute over a Cayman investment fund. In July 2013, succeeded in setting aside a freezing order and proprietary injunction on the basis that the claimants did not have a good arguable case and it was not just and convenient to continue the injunction. Morgan J accepted that the claimants' claims were likely to be barred by the "no reflective loss" principle. The decision of Morgan J was subsequently overturned on appeal. In addition, the defendants made nine-figure counterclaims, some of which were double derivative claims on behalf of a foreign company. The case settled shortly prior to the hearing of the defendants' application for permission to continue their derivative claims.

Morgan & Morgan v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others; Hessian & Hessian v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd & Others (2013): Acted (with Nick Lavender QC) for a defendant bank in this professional negligence claim arising out of an investment scheme alleged to have given rise to currency, investment and tax losses. The claimants alleged breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation and breach of the FCA rules (MCOB, COB and COBS). The bank counterclaimed for the sums due under mortgages it provided in connection with the scheme. The trial took place in December 2013 but the parties reached a settlement prior to its conclusion.

P & GR v K (2009-2012): Acted for the claimants in this nine figure professional negligence claim against an investment bank.  The claimants lost very substantial amounts of money during the financial crisis, when their heavily leveraged portfolio of investments plummeted in value and margin calls made by the bank forced the claimants to sell near the bottom of the market.  The claimants alleged that the bank ought to have advised them to reduce risk and leverage.  After a very detailed exchange of pre-action correspondence, the case settled without proceedings being used.

Chancery

See the cases listed under "Company", "Civil Fraud", "Trusts and Probate", "Offshore" and "Insolvency".

Partnership and LLP

Amryta Capital LLP v Mehta (2015-2016): Acted for the claimant in this claim in the High Court based on allegations of breach of fiduciary and statutory duties owed to an LLP by one of its members.  The claimant also advanced substantial proprietary and tracing claims.  The claimant was successful in obtaining (ultimately by consent) undertakings not to dispose of assets, together with orders under section 46 of the Land Registration Act 2002.  Later, the claimant applied for summary judgment and a settlement was reached during the hearing of that application.

Private International Law

Novatrust Ltd v Kea Investments Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 4061 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants in these proceedings relating to a BVI joint venture company. The claimant commenced proceedings in England, seeking to advance personal claims and also derivative claims on behalf of a BVI company.  The defendants successfully challenged jurisdiction.  HHJ Pelling QC accepted that by reason of section 184C of the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 the claimant required the permission of the BVI court to commence a derivative claim on behalf of a BVI company.  He also held that the claimant’s personal damages claims were barred by the ‘no reflective loss’ rule and that the claimant’s claims for declarations were unreal or served no practical purpose.  The claimant appealed to the Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised during the appeal hearing.      

Kea Investments Ltd v Spartan Capital Ltd & Anor (2014-2015): Acted for the claimant in this just and equitable winding up application in the BVI.  The claimant was one of two shareholders in the first defendant BVI company.  The other shareholder applied to be joined as a party to the winding up application and sought to contest jurisdiction, relying upon an English jurisdiction clause contained in a shareholders’ agreement.  In a judgment delivered in October 2014, Bannister J dismissed the second defendant’s jurisdiction challenge.  The second defendant appealed to the BVI Court of Appeal but the appeal was compromised.  

Apex Global Management Limited v Fi Call Limited (2012-2013): Acted (with Daniel Lightman) for one of the shareholders in Fi Call Limited in this case involving two unfair prejudice petitions (a petition and a cross-petition), with allegations of serious wrongdoing on both sides. The case raised issues as to, among other things, (i) the extent to which relief can be sought by an unfair prejudice petition against a person who is neither a shareholder nor a director of the relevant company (see [2014] BCC 286), (ii) whether hearings may be held in private where a party alleges that the proceedings represent an attempt at extortion through adverse publicity (see [2013] EWHC 223 (Ch); [2013] 1 WLR 2993 (CA)), and (iii) the extent to which members of the family of a ruling monarch are entitled to assert sovereign immunity (see [2013] EWHC 587 (Ch); [2014] 1 WLR 492 (CA)). 

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA v ITG Limited & Anor [2015] EWHC 1664 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 1924 (Ch).  Acted for the defendants, who were the former trustees of a Jersey trust, in this claim by the trustee of a connected trust for security for a loan or alternatively repayment of the loan. The claimant also sought to advance further claims based upon alleged oral agreements and/or proprietary estoppel but the defendants successfully contended that those claims could not properly be served out of the jurisdiction.  Subsequently, the claimant sought to reintroduce the same further claims by way of re-amendment of its Particulars of Claim.  Morgan J held that the claimant’s attempt to do so was an abuse of process.  

C v D (2010-2013): Acted (with Frank Hinks QC) for the claimant beneficiaries in proceedings in two jurisdictions seeking to have a civil law Foundation and a Bermuda trust declared invalid ab initio. In the Bermuda proceedings the claimants also made a number of alternative claims, including breach of trust claims, claims for declarations as to the fiduciary nature of certain powers, a claim for the removal of the trustees from office and a claim seeking to force a reorganisation of the structure. In the midst of a dispute over jurisdiction, a settlement was reached between the various beneficiaries. An application was then made to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for approval of the settlement, which was granted.

Qualifications

BA in Law - St Catherine's College, Oxford (Double First; ranked top in the University in moderations and finals)
BCL - St Catherine's College (Distinction; ranked top in the University)
BVC - BPP London (Outstanding; ranked top in the Law School)
 

Eldon Scholarship at the University of Oxford (2008)
Vinerian Scholarship at the University of Oxford (2006)
Wronker Law Prize at the University of Oxford (2005)

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Publications

"The Two-Party Rule and Transactions Between Trusts With A Common Trustee", Trusts & Trustees Vol. 18 Issue 9


About cookies on our website

This site uses cookies to enhance and improve your experience when browsing. To find out more about the way we use cookies please see our Privacy Policy.