Jersey’s Viscount is seeking the assistance of the English High Court in a £1.3 billion cross-border insolvency case.


Advocate Nicola Roberts, Counsel in Ogier’s Jersey Dispute Resolution team, acted for the Viscount in the successful application to the Royal Court for the request to the English court for recognition in respect of the local GP and Orb a.r.l., the Jersey company, both of which were declared en désastre on 24 November 2016. Since that date creditors have submitted claims against them in the combined sum of £1.3 billion.

Jersey’s Royal Court has granted the Viscount’s application and issued two letters of request to the English High Court seeking judicial cooperation and recognition of the Viscount and her appointment as administrator of the désastres of a Jersey doctor and a Jersey-registered company declared en désastre late last year.

The Royal Court has also requested the High Court to authorise the Viscount to exercise such of her powers and functions as maybe necessary, including allowing her to intervene in and prosecute or defend or apply for a stay in various sets of proceedings currently before the English courts.

If the request is accepted by the English Court, it will be the first time that Jersey’s Viscount has been recognised by the High Court since 1981 – it will also mean that creditors should not assume in the future that Jersey’s Royal Court will always concede to a request to put a Jersey insolvent company into English administration.

Advocate Nicola Roberts (Picture), Counsel in Ogier’s Jersey Dispute Resolution team, acted for the Viscount in the successful application to the Royal Court for the request to the English court for recognition in respect of the local GP and Orb a.r.l., the Jersey company, both of which were declared en désastre on 24 November 2016. Since that date creditors have submitted claims against them in the combined sum of £1.3 billion.

Involved fees earner: Nicola Roberts – Ogier LLP;

Law Firms: Ogier LLP;

Clients: Viscount of Jersey;