Privy Council

Blake Morgan is regularly instructed to act as Privy Council Agents in appeals before the Judicial Committee of Her Majesty's Privy Council in London. 

Main areas of practice 

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is the court of final appeal for the UK overseas territories and Crown dependencies, and for those Commonwealth countries that have retained the appeal to Her Majesty in Council or, in the case of Republics, to the Judicial Committee. It also has other domestic jurisdiction within the United Kingdom, hearing appeals from medical and veterinary disciplinary bodies and in certain ecclesiastical cases.

Our Privy Council team acts in civil and criminal appeals, representing both appellants and respondents. 

Clients 

Our clients include companies, banks, trusts and individuals from every jurisdiction that has the right of appeal to the Privy Council including Gibraltar, Jersey, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Mauritius and Grenada.  

Significant experience 

Examples of the work undertaken by our Privy Council team include the following Privy Council appeals:

  • Alhamrani (Appellant) v Alhamrani and others (Respondent) ( British Virgin Islands) JCPC 2014/0009
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers (Appellant) v SAAD Investments Company Limited (In Liquidation) and Another (Respondents) (Bermuda) JCPC 2014/0017
  • Singularis Holdings Limited v PricewaterhouseCoopers JCPC 2014/003
  • Pfizer Limited (Appellant) v Medimpex Jamaica Limited and another (Respondents) from the Court of Appeal of Jamaica JCPC 2013/0033
  • Durant International Corporation and Kildare Finance Limited v Federal Public of Brazil and Municipality of Sao Paulo - JCPC 2013/0069
  • Fairfield Sentry (in Liquidation) v Alfredo Migani and others JCPC 2012/0061 on appeal from the BVI
  • Light Year Partners Inc and another v eChinacash Inc JCPC 2012/0093 on appeal from the BVI
  • Lesage v Mauritius Commercial Bank 2012 UK PC41 on appeal from Mauritius
  • The Legal Representatives of Succession Paul de Maroussem v Director General, Mauritius Revenue Authority 2011 UKPC 30 on appeal from Mauritius
  • Adamas Limited v Mrs Yong Ting Ping How Fok Cheung 2011 UKPC 32 on appeal from Mauritius
  • St Aubin Limitee v Alan Jean Francois Doger de Speville 2011 UKPC 42 on appeal from Mauritius
  • Bahamas Hotel Maintenance & Allied Workers Union v (1) Bahamas Hotel Catering & Allied Workers Union (2) West Bay Management Ltd (3) Attorney General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas 2011 UKPC 4 - on appeal from the Bahamas
  • (1) Steven Kent Jervis (2) KST Investments Ltd v Victor John Skinner (2011) UKPC 2 - on appeal from the Bahamas
  • Cable & Wireless (West Indies) Ltd v Conrad Tonge (deceased) et al [2010] UKPC 25
  • Smith and Others  v Molyneaux  ( British Virgin Islands ) JCPC 2014/0064 – Adverse possession
  • Madhewoo v The State of Mauritius ( Mauritius ) JCPC 2016/006 - Right to biometric information
  • Janin Caribbean Construction v Wilkinson and Others (British Virgin Islands ) JCPC 2014/0111 – Barrister's immunity
  • Mascareignes Stirling Co v Chang Cheng Esquares  ( Mauritius )  JCPC 2015/0051 – Effect of lump sum building contract
  • Grewals (Mauritius ) Ltd v Koo Seen Lin  ( Mauritius)  JCPC 2014/0038 - Employment
  • Elizabeth Ram v Motor and General Insurance  ( Trinidad) JCPC 2012/0022 Limit of Insurance Company's liability
  • Rainbow Insurance Co v The Financial Services Commission ( Mauritius ) JCPC 2013/0065  - Suspension of Insurance Company
  • Mauri Garments Trading and Marketing v The Mauritius Commercial Bank  ( Mauritius ) JCPC 2014/0053 – Letters of Indemnity 
  • National Stadium  Project (Grenada)  v NH International ( Caribbean) Ltd  ( Trinidad) JCPC 2012/0103 – Dismissal of Appeal  without hearing on the merits.

Additional expertise 

Our team has been acting as Privy Council agents for over 25 years. We are members of the Judicial Committee Users' Group. We attend the Users' Group regularly to provide input and suggestions on the appeals procedure. 

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Mauri Garments Trading and Marketing Limited v The Mauritius Commercial Bank Limited

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