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Victorious in the High Court

Victorious in the High Court

Published: 27 February 2016

On Friday 19 February Fletcher Day secured a £1.4 million ‘win’ for our clients. We acted for a group of investors in a claim arising out of a £405 million investment in a hotel development in the Caribbean (Buccament Bay) through the Harlequin group of companies. We successfully obtained summary judgment in a claim brought by directors, Mr and Mrs Ames.

The history of this case is complex and our clients had issued a claim against the Ames’ which was settled for £1.3 million. However, when the Ames failed to honour their obligations and our clients went to enforce, the Ames attempted to use the court system to avoid payment. They alleged misrepresentations by our clients’ former solicitor, amongst other things, to drag our clients through the courts to trial.

Applying a no nonsense approach, Mrs Justice Cox found that “this claim has all the hallmarks of an attempt by the Ames made very late in the day to avoid their obligations under that agreement” and held that the claim brought against our clients had no real prospect of success and there was no other compelling reason why the court should dispose of the case at trial.

The award included our clients’ costs and interest, plus further means by which to secure payment.

Further details can be found in the law reports: David Ames (1) Carol Ames (2) -v- Conrad Davis and 22 others [2016] EWHC 235 QB

For further information on our Dispute Resolution Services, contact Jovita Vassallo, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution on 020 7632 1439, jovita@fletcherday.co.uk

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