Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, Financial Services Division: Trial November/December 2020, Judgment June 2021, and Final Order January 2022.
Court of Appeal hearing listed in May 2022.
Clients: Various Residents of the Britannia Resort, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
This case concerns the prestigious Britannia development on Grand Cayman. I represent the strata corporations of Lions Court, Regents Court and Kings Court (comprising over 170 residences between them) and the residents of 18 individual villas, who have rights registered at the Cayman Islands Land Registry over the adjoining golf course and nearby beach club.
Subsidiaries of a large development corporation (Dart), which have bought the land on which those facilities stand, brought a case arguing that those rights are not legally valid and should be removed from the Land Register.
A leading Cayman Islands law firm representing most of the affected residents, Walkers, retained me as leading counsel for their defence of this claim.
After a 6 day trial in November/December 2020, in a 184 page judgment Mr Justice Segal found in favour of the validity of my clients’ rights, and his final order directed the Registrar of Lands to rectify the exact wording of the entries protecting them in the Land Register so as to spell out more fully their exact legal nature.
The plaintiffs have appealed against this decision, and their appeal is listed to be heard by the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal in May 2022.
The case has already attracted significant local interest, both before and after the Grand Court’s decision : see
Cayman Compass [29 January 2019]
Cayman Compass [7 February 2019] (includes an announcement that I have been retained for the case)
Cayman Compass [9 June 2021]
Cayman News Service [10 June 2021]
Cayman Compass [23 June 2021]
Cayman News Service [24 June 2021]