Tom Dumont, leading Andrew Brown, appeared recently in the Privy Council before Lords Sumption, Carnwath, Hughes, Hodge and the most recent appointee to the Supreme Court, Lord Briggs.
They represented the Rolle Family & Company Limited on its appeal from the Court of Appeal in the Bahamas. The appeal turned on pre-incorporation conveyances of two plots of land with ocean frontage in central Bimini. In their arguments they mixed a heady cocktail of sun, sea, sand and escrows, as well as diving into the Bahamas Companies Act 1992, and in particular traversing the sunken reef that is section 22.
In closing the appeal, Lord Sumption expressed the Privy Council’s extreme gratitude for the succinct and interesting submissions of both parties and indicated that they would take time to consider the advice that they will humbly tender to Her Majesty.