Arnage Holdings Ltd and Four Others v Walkers (A Firm)

JurisdictionCayman Islands
CourtGrand Court
Judge(Smellie, C.J.)
Judgment Date24 July 2019
Date24 July 2019
Grand Court, Financial Services Division (Cayman Islands)

(Smellie, C.J.)

ARNAGE HOLDINGS LIMITED and FOUR OTHERS
and
WALKERS (a firm)

A. Day, Q.C., A. Akiwumi and R. Annette for the plaintiffs;

M. Simpson, Q.C., S. Said and A. Snead for the defendant.

Cases cited:

(1)AB Jnr. v. MB, 2013 (1) CILR 1, considered.

(2)AIB Group (UK) plc v. Mark Redler & Co. Solicitors, [2014] UKSC 58; [2015] A.C. 1503; [2014] 3 W.L.R. 1367; [2015] 1 All E.R. 747;[2015] 2 All E.R. (Comm) 189; [2015] WTLR 187; (2015), 18 ITELR 216, referred to.

(3)Al-Ibraheem v. Bank of Butterfield Intl. (Cayman) Ltd., 2000 CILR 88; further proceedings, 2000 CILR 277; further proceedings, 2000 CILR 507, referred to.

(4)Al-Sabah v. Maples & Calder, 1994–95 CILR 471, considered.

(5)Associated Bulk Carriers Ltd. v. Koch Shipping Inc., The Fuohsan Maru, [1978] 2 All E.R. 254; [1978] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 1; (1978), 7 B.L.R. 24, referred to.

(6)Att. Gen. v. Blake (Jonathan Cape Ltd., third party), [2001] 1 A.C. 268; [2000] 3 W.L.R. 625; [2000] 4 All E.R. 385; [2001] IRLR 36, dicta of Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead followed.

(7)Att.-Gen. v. Guardian Newspapers Ltd. (No. 2), [1990] 1 A.C. 109; [1988] 3 All E.R. 545, referred to.

(8)Attorney-at-Law, In re an, 1988–89 CILR N–1, referred to.

(9)Bankers Trust Co. v. Shapira, [1980] 1 W.L.R. 1274; [1980] 3 All E.R. 353, referred to.

(10)Bolkiah (Prince Jefri) v. KPMG, [1999] 2 A.C. 222; [1999] 2 W.L.R. 215; [1999] 1 All E.R. 517; [1999] 1 BCLC 1; [1999] C.L.C. 175; [1999] P.N.L.R. 220, dicta of Lord Millett considered.

(11)Bristol & West Bldg. Socy. v. Mothew, [1998] Ch. 1; [1997] 2 W.L.R. 436; [1996] 4 All E.R. 698, referred to.

(12)Campbell v. MGN Ltd., [2004] UKHL 22; [2004] 2 A.C. 457; [2004] 2 All E.R. 995, referred to.

(13)Canson Enterprises Ltd. v. Boughton & Co., [1991] 3 SCR 534; 1991 CanLII 52 (SC); 85 DLR (4th) 129; [1992] 1 WWR 245; 1 BCLR (2d) 1, referred to.

(14)Carl Zeiss Stiftung v. Rayner & Keeler Ltd. (No. 2), [1967] 1 A.C. 853; [1966] 3 W.L.R. 125; [1966] 2 All E.R. 536, referred to.

(15)Castrique v. Imrie, [1861–73] All E.R. Rep. 508; (1870), L.R. 4 H.L. 414; 39 L.J.C.P. 350; 3 Mar. L.C. 454; 19 W.R. 1, referred to.

(16)Castro v. Murray (1875), L.R. 10 Ex. 213, referred to.

(17)Chiefs of Ontario v. Ontario, 2003 CanLII 32351; [2003] O.J. No. 580, referred to.

(18)Clark Boyce v. Mouat, [1994] 1 A.C. 428; [1993] 4 All E.R. 268, considered.

(19)Dane v. Mortgage Ins. Corp., [1894] 1 Q.B. 54, referred to.

(20)Davey v. Bentinck, [1893] 1 Q.B. 185, referred to.

(21)Dawkins v. Prince Edward of Saxe Weimar, Willis v. Earl Beauchamp (1886), 11 P. 59, referred to.

(22)Deutsch-Südamerikanische Bank A.G. v. Codelco, 1996 CILR 1, referred to.

(23)Douglas v. Hello! Ltd. (No. 3), [2005] EWCA Civ 595; [2006] Q.B. 125; [2005] 3 W.L.R. 881; [2005] 4 All E.R. 128; [2005] 2 FCR 487; [2005] HRLR 27, referred to.

(24)Drabinsky v. KPMG (1998), 41 OR (3D) 565, dicta of Ground, J. followed.

(25)Drummond-Jackson v. B.M.A., [1970] 1 W.L.R. 688; [1970] 1 All E.R. 1094, referred to.

(26)Edwards v. Davis (1888), 4 T.L.R. 385, referred to.

(27)European Asian Bank AG v. Punjab & Sind Bank (No. 2), [1983] 1 W.L.R. 642, [1983] 2 All E.R. 508; [1983] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 611; [1983] Com LR 128, referred to.

(28)Fennoscandia Ltd. v. Clarke, [1999] 1 All E.R. (Comm) 365, considered.

(29)Gartside v. Outram (1857), 26 L.J. Ch. (N.S.) 113, dictum of Wood, V.-C. referred to.

(30)Goddard v. Gray (1870), L.R. 6 Q.B. 139, referred to.

(31)Gray v. Lewis, Parker v. Lewis (1873), 8 Ch. App. 1035, referred to.

(32)Grovewood Holdings plc v. James Capel & Co. Ltd., [1995] Ch. 80; [1995] 2 W.L.R. 70; [1994] 4 All E.R. 417; [1994] 2 BCLC 782; [1995] BCC 760, referred to.

(33)Harris v. Digital Pulse Pty. Ltd., [2003] NSWCA 10, referred to.

(34)Henderson v. Henderson, [1843–60] All E.R. Rep. 378; (1843), 3 Hare 100; 67 E.R. 313, considered.

(35)Hilton v. Barker Booth & Eastwood (a firm), [2005] UKHL 8; [2005] 1 W.L.R. 567; [2005] 1 All E.R. 651; [2005] P.N.L.R. 23, referred to.

(36)House of Spring Gardens Ltd. v. Waite, [1991] 1 Q.B. 241; [1990] 2 All E.R. 990, referred to.

(37)Hunt v. R.M. Douglas (Roofing) Ltd., [1990] 1 A.C. 398; [1988] 3 W.L.R. 975; [1988] 3 All E.R. 823, referred to.

(38)Hunter v. Chief Const. (West Midlands), [1982] A.C. 529; [1981] 3 W.L.R. 906; [1981] 3 All E.R. 727, considered.

(39)Johnson v. Gore Wood & Co., [1999] BCC 474; on appeal, [2002] 2 A.C. 1; [2001] 2 W.L.R. 72; [2001] 1 All E.R. 481; [2001] 1 BCLC 313, followed.

(40)ICP Strategic Credit Income Fund Ltd., In re, 2014 (1) CILR 314, referred to.

(41)Les Laboratoires Servier v. Apotex Inc., [2014] UKSC 55; [2015] A.C. 430; [2014] 3 W.L.R. 1257; [2015] 1 All E.R. 671; [2014] Bus. L.R. 1217; [2015] R.P.C. 10, considered.

(42)London Loan & Savings Co. v. Brickenden, [1934] 3 D.L.R. 465, followed.

(43)Lunnun v. Singh, The Times, July 18th, 1999, English C.A., 1999 WL 477360, applied.

(44)Maes Finance Ltd. v. A. Phillips & Co., English High Ct., March 12th, 1997, unreported, referred to.

(45)Martin Boston Co. v. Roberts, [1996] P.N.L.R. 45, referred to.

(46)Midland Bank v. Hett, Stubbs Kemp, [1979] Ch. 384; [1979] 3 All E.R. 571, referred to.

(47)Moore v. Lawson (1915), 31 T.L.R. 418, referred to.

(48)Myers v. Elman, [1940] A.C. 282; [1939] 4 All E.R. 484; (1939), 162 L.T. 113; 56 T.L.R. 177; 109 L.J.K.B. 105, considered.

(49)Nassau Steam Press v. Tyler (1894), 70 L.T. 376, referred to.

(50)National Comm. Bank Jamaica Ltd. v. Olint Corp. Ltd., [2009] UKPC 16; [2009] 1 W.L.R. 1405; [2009] Bus. L.R. 1110; [2009] 1 CLC 637; [2009] 5 LRC 370, applied.

(51)Nocton v. Ashburton (Lord), [1914] A.C. 932; [1914–15] All E.R. Rep. 45, referred to.

(52)Norwich Pharmacal Co. v. Customs & Excise Commrs., [1974] A.C. 133; [1973] 3 W.L.R. 164; [1973] 2 All E.R. 943; [1974] R.P.C. 101; [1973] F.S.R. 365, considered.

(53)Omni Secs. Ltd. (No. 3), In re, 1998 CILR 275, referred to.

(54)Patel v. Mirza, [2014] EWCA Civ 1047; [2015] 1 Ch. 271; [2015] 2 W.L.R. 405; [2015] 1 All E.R. 326; [2014] WTLR 1567; [2015] 1 BCLC 256; on appeal, [2016] UKSC 42; [2017] A.C. 467; [2016] 3 W.L.R. 399; [2017] 1 All E.R. 191, followed.

(55)Quayum v. Hexagon Trust Co. (C.I.) Ltd., 2002 CILR 161, referred to.

(56)R. v. Speid, 1983 Carswell Ont 1333; [1983] O.J. No. 2441, referred to.

(57)R & T Thew Ltd. v. Reeves (No. 2), [1982] Q.B. 1283; [1982] 3 W.L.R. 869; [1982] 3 All E.R. 1086, considered.

(58)R.P. Howard Ltd. v. Woodman Matthews & Co., [1983] BCLC 117; [1983] Com. L.R. 100, considered.

(59)Rankin v. Scott, 2008 CILR N [9], referred to.

(60)Ratiu v. Conway, [2005] EWCA Civ 1302; [2006] 1 All E.R. 571, followed.

(61)Roberts v. Plant, [1895] 1 Q.B. 597, referred to.

(62)Robinson & Co. v. Lynes, [1894] 2 Q.B. 577, referred to.

(63)Safeway v. Twigger, [2010] EWCA Civ 1472; [2010] 3 All E.R. 577, referred to.

(64)Stephens v. Hill (1842), 10 M & W 28, referred to.

(65)Swain v. Hillman, [2001] 1 All E.R. 91; [2001] C.P. Rep. 16; [1999] C.P.L.R. 779; [2000] P.I.Q.R. P51; [1999] T.L.R. 745, referred to.

(66)Swindle v. Harrison, [1997] 4 All E.R. 705; [1997] 2 P.N.L.R. 641, considered.

(67)Tang Man Sit v. Capacious Invs., [1996] A.C. 514, considered.

(68)Target Holdings Ltd. v. Redferns, [1996] A.C. 421; [1995] 3 W.L.R. 352; [1995] 3 All E.R. 785; [1995] CLC 1052, considered.

(69)Thomas, In re, [1894] 1 Q.B. 747, referred to.

(70)Thomas v. Bunn, [1991] 1 A.C. 262; [1991] 2 W.L.R. 27; [1991] 1 All E.R. 193, referred to.

(71)Tinsley v. Milligan, [1994] 1 A.C. 340; [1993] 3 W.L.R. 126; (1994), 68 P. & C.R. 412, considered.

(72)Trillium Motor World Ltd. v. General Motors of Canada Ltd., 2015 ONSC 3824, followed.

(73)Turner v. Toleman, English C.A., January 15th, 1999, unreported, referred to.

(74)Udall (t/a Udall Sheet Metal & Co.) v. Capri Lighting Ltd., [1988] 1 Q.B. 907; [1987] 3 W.L.R. 465; [1987] 3 All E.R. 262, considered.

(75)Wenlock v. Moloney, [1965] 1 W.L.R. 1238; [1965] 2 All E.R. 871, referred to.

(76)Yat Tung Inv. Co. Ltd. v. Dao Heng Bank Ltd., [1975] A.C. 581, referred to.

Legislation construed:

Grand Court Rules, O.14, r.1:

“1. (1) Where in an action to which this rule applies a statement of claim has been served on a defendant and that defendant has given notice of intention to defend the action, the plaintiff may, on the ground that the defendant has no defence to a claim included in the writ, or to a particular part of such a claim, or has no defence to such a claim or part except as to the amount of any damages claimed, apply to the Court for judgment against the defendant.

(2) This rule applies to every action begun by writ in the Court other than—

(a)an action which includes a claim by the plaintiff for libel, slander, malicious prosecution or false imprisonment;

(b)an admiralty action in rem; or

(c)an action to which Order 86 applies.”

O.14A, r.1: “(1) The Court may, upon the application of a party or of its own motion, determine any question of law or construction of any document arising in any cause or matter at any stage of the proceedings where it appears to the Court that—

(a)such question is suitable for determination without a full trial of the action; and

(b)such determination will finally determine (subject only to any possible appeal) the entire cause or matter or any claim or issue therein.

 (2) Upon such determination the Court may dismiss the cause or matter or make such order or judgment as it thinks just.

 (3) The Court shall not determine any question under this Order unless the parties have either—

(a)had an opportunity of being heard on the question; or

(b)consented to an order or judgment on such determination.

 (4) Nothing in this Order shall limit the powers of this Court under Order 18, rule 19 or any other provision of these Rules.”

O.18, r.19(1): The relevant terms of this sub-rule are set out at footnote 4.

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