Hamilton-Smith and another v CMS Cameron Mckenna LLP

Practice and Procedure – Injunction. The Chancery Division granted the defendant firm of solicitors and anti-suit injunction restraining the claimants, its former clients, from continuing a claim against it in Antigua in circumstances where an almost identical claim had been brought in England. The claimants, who had acted as joint-receivers and joint liquidators for Stanford International Bank Ltd (SIB), sought to be indemnified by the defendant in respect of a claim brought against them by SIB. The court held that it was highly probable that all the claims brought by the claimants in the Antiguan proceedings against the defendant were covered by an exclusive jurisdiction clause in the defendant's retainer, which bound the parties to the English jurisdiction and that the claimants had not demonstrated the necessary strong reasons for refusing the grant of the anti-suit injunction.

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