Privy Council

We adopt a flexible approach to suit the needs of overseas law firms and are committed to providing a seamless service to the underlying client.

BDB is one of the few firms with experience acting as Privy Council Agents on behalf of law firms from offshore Commonwealth jurisdictions in appeals before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Our specialist team has experience representing both appellants and respondents, and we have acted in appeals involving companies and individuals.

With offices in Westminster in close proximity to the Registry, we are ideally located to handle the procedural aspects of the appeal for overseas law firms and their clients.

Our knowledge and experience of the rules and special practices governing appeals to the Privy Council enable us to progress appeals efficiently and cost-effectively and recover as much of the costs as possible.

Our strong working relationship with the Registry and close links to barristers experienced at appearing before the Board assists with the smooth running of appeals.

 Recent Experience

Gany Holdings (PTC) SA and Asif Rangoonwala v Zorin Khan and others – JCPC 2017/0005-6

  • Appeals from the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands).

O’Connor (Senior) and others v The Proprietors, Strata Plan No. 51 – JCPC 2016/0027

  • Appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Attorney General v Dumas [2017] UKPC 12

  • Appeal from the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • The Privy Council dismissed an appeal by the Attorney General and confirmed that the court had jurisdiction to hear a citizen’s claim for a declaration that the appointments of two members to the Police Service Commission were unconstitutional.

Sir James Mitchell v Ephraim Georges [2014] UKPC 43

  • Appeal from the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal.
  • The Board allowed the appeal of the former prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines and upheld his claim of apparent bias against the commissioner of an inquiry into a collapsed government project.

Maharaj Bookstore Limited v Beacon Insurance Company Limited [2014] UKPC 21

  • Appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • The Privy Council overturned the Court of Appeal’s judgment that the respondent insurer had been entitled to repudiate liability under a policy of insurance.