(with effect from 18 November 2019, once again sitting as a fixed-term Acting Justice in the Commercial Court of the British Virgin Islands)
After three years as a judge of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, Adrian comes to the Turks & Caicos Islands to resume his career as a legal adviser and advocate. Since joining Prudhoe Caribbean, Adrian has spent three months sitting as an Acting Justice in the Commercial Court of the British Virgin Islands, where he heard high value insolvency matters, as well as trusts and other commercial disputes. As a firm, we very much believe that this enhances our overall client offering.
While sitting as a judge there in the Commercial Court, he decided applications for freezing orders, including ABC Grandeservus Ltd v Emmerson International Corp Claim No BVIHCM 2013/0160 (27th May 2019) (Freezing order against a Cypriot trust company for US$893 million, in the context of litigation between two Russian oligarchs).
While still a full-time judge in Gibraltar he heard trust disputes of a similar value.
Adrian’s practice focuses on cross-border cases.
He was admitted in Munich, Germany as a Rechtsanwalt (an attorney-at-law there). Much of his cross-border work involves Germany. His international litigation experience has included major commercial cases concerning Malaysia, Italy and France and a long-running arbitration involving on-line gambling.
Adrian was for nine years a member of the chambers of the Rt Hon Sir Desmond de Silva QC. In 1998 he joined the well-known Chancery and commercial set, Enterprise Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn, where he built his German and international practice and where he and Tim Prudhoe first met.
He has appeared in the House of Lords (the then highest level of appear in England & Wales) three times. One such case was one of the last ever cases heard by the Lords, London Borough of Islington v Honeygan-Green  1 AC 636.
He has 27 reported cases in the Court of Appeal, including Starglade Property Ltd v Nash  1 Lloyd’s Rep FC 102, a leading case on dishonestly assisting a breach of trust. He has 36 reported cases in lower Courts.
In 2014 he took a three-year appointment as a justice of the Supreme Court in Gibraltar. There he specialised in civil and commercial cases. Forty-one of his cases are reported in the Gibraltar Law Reports. A major case was recognising American Chapter 11 proceedings in Gibraltar for Peabody Inc, the US energy giant, which held its Australian coal assets (about 3 billion tonnes) through two Gibraltar subsidiaries. In a long-running case, Chevron Inc, the US oil firm, sued Russell DeLeon, a billionaire living in Gibraltar, for conspiracy. Plaintiffs in Ecuador had recovered a judgment for US$9 billion against Chevron for environmental damage. DeLeon sought to fund the litigation brought world-wide by the Ecuadorians to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment. Chevron sued him for conspiracy. (The case settled before trial, after an unsuccesul strike out application).
In separate case, DeLeon and his former wife, Ruth Parasol, sued Bwin.Party, the internet gambling firm, in New Jersey for breach of a share sale and purchase agreement. Adrian granted an anti-suit injunction forcing DeLeon and Parasol to litigate in Gibraltar or London. The judgment was upheld on appeal. Permission to appeal to the Privy Council was refused.
Adrian has walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage four times. He began in 2006 with the Camino Francés from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostella, a distance of 480 miles, which he completed on foot in 35 days. He is currently in the middle of walking the Via de la Plata from Seville to Santiago.