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Veda Doyle -v- Agnes Deane

April 2012 Companies

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

COURT OF APPEAL

BVI - S. 11 EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT ACT - RECEPTION PROVISIONS - EXTENT AND SCOPE OF THE APPLICATION OF ENGLISH LAW TO BVI CASES COMPANIES - WINDING UP - TRANSACTION APPROVAL PROCEEDING COSTS

This Appeal concerned the construction of Section 11 of the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court (Grenada) (the Supreme Court Act), a provision which, for the most part, duplicated in the Supreme Court Acts of the other eight Eastern Caribbean Territories.

The Court held that the English law intended to be imported by Section 11(1) of the Supreme Court Act is the procedural law administered in the High Court of Justice in England and not English substantive law, nor English procedural law which is adjectival and purely ancillary to English substantive law. The wording of Section 11(1) indicates that the focus on the importation of any law, rule or practice from England is in respect of the exercise of the jurisdiction as distinct from the importation of English law so as to give jurisdiction. Panacom International Inc. -v- Sunset Investments Ltd. and Another (1994) 47 WIR 139 followed; Dominica Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank -v- Mavis Williams Commonwealth of Dominica Civil Appeal No. 20 of 2005 (delivered 29 January 2007, unreported) distinguished.

 

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Offshore Cases

Veda Doyle -v- Agnes Deane

01 April 2012

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

COURT OF APPEAL

BVI - S. 11 EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT ACT - RECEPTION PROVISIONS - EXTENT AND SCOPE OF THE APPLICATION OF ENGLISH LAW TO BVI CASES COMPANIES - WINDING UP - TRANSACTION APPROVAL PROCEEDING COSTS

This Appeal concerned the construction of Section 11 of the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court (Grenada) (the Supreme Court Act), a provision which, for the most part, duplicated in the Supreme Court Acts of the other eight Eastern Caribbean Territories.

The Court held that the English law intended to be imported by Section 11(1) of the Supreme Court Act is the procedural law administered in the High Court of Justice in England and not English substantive law, nor English procedural law which is adjectival and purely ancillary to English substantive law. The wording of Section 11(1) indicates that the focus on the importation of any law, rule or practice from England is in respect of the exercise of the jurisdiction as distinct from the importation of English law so as to give jurisdiction. Panacom International Inc. -v- Sunset Investments Ltd. and Another (1994) 47 WIR 139 followed; Dominica Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank -v- Mavis Williams Commonwealth of Dominica Civil Appeal No. 20 of 2005 (delivered 29 January 2007, unreported) distinguished.

 

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Veda Doyle -v- Agnes Deane

 

 

EDITOR & HEAD OF LITIGATION BERMUDA

Christian R. Luthi
Tel.: +1 441 298 7814
Email.: christian.luthi@conyersdill.com


Head of Litigation British virgin islands

Mark J. Forte
Tel.: +1 284 852 1113
Email.: mark.forte@conyersdill.com


Head of Litigation Cayman Islands

Paul Smith
Tel.: +1 345 814 7777
Email.: paul.smith@conyersdill.com


HEAD OF THE ASIA DISPUTES & RESTRUCTURING GROUP

Nigel K. Meeson, Q.C.
Tel.: +852 2842 9553
Email.: nigel.meeson@conyersdill.com