Sinead Harris

Partner | London British Virgin Islands

Client Services Contact Zoë Nunn


Track record

Burgess and Broadcasting Investment Group

Our clients were seeking to enforce an oral agreement, where various co-venturers agreed to transfer shares in technology companies to a single company that would act as a parent for the group. It later emerged that certain shares were never properly transferred to the putative parent company. The claim was initally struck out on the basis that it was barred, because it was purely reflective of a loss suffered by the company in which it is a shareholder. We successfully overturned the decision on appeal - a decision that will have wide-ranging consequences for investors seeking relief in circumstances where their own losses may overlap with those of the companies in which they have invested.

Defending PR firm, Metigen, and their client in breach of confidence claim with Credit Suisse

We acted for Metigen, a PR firm which created a campaign group to expose allegations of misconduct by Credit Suisse on behalf of its victims (including Bidzina Ivanishvili, the former PM of Georgia). We successfully obtained a release from an injunction Credit Suisse had obtained to restrain Metigen from publicising the findings of a report prepared by Swiss regulators (FINMA) following an investigation into a fraud committed by a former employee of Credit Suisse.

Multi-billion dollar liquidation

Acted for the joint liquidators of Fairfield Sentry Limited in relation to a multi-billion dollar ground-breaking liquidation, assisting the liquidators across a range of actions and disputes in major and substantial recoveries for the benefit of victims of the Madoff fraud.

Hong Kong Bankruptcy Trustees

Acted as the lead lawyer and advocate for Hong Kong Bankruptcy Trustees in achieving landmark first-of-its-kind recognition of a foreign insolvency proceeding in the British Virgin Islands.

Commercial and shareholder disputes

Acting for claimants and defendants in a range of commercial and shareholder disputes including a significant multi-jurisdictional unfair prejudice petition involving competing allegations of fraud.

Interlocutory relief

Advising and acting in relation to interlocutory relief in a range of scenarios including acting for applicants and respondents for freezing orders, various disclosure orders (including in relation to third parties) and anti-suit injunctions.

Breach of contract

Acted for the defendants in a US$2 billion claim for inducement of breach of contract in relation to a mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Telecommunications regulator

Acting for a telecommunications regulator in relation to several judicial review challenges of decisions in relation to competition regulation and spectrum allocation.