Charter provides representation, advice and assistance to individuals and companies on the international stage. We are particularly well placed to deal with the significant impact of international law on clients both here and abroad.
Members appear regularly in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands. We currently have members seconded full time to firms in the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos, and regularly lead local Counsel in fraud and murder trials. Charter is frequently engaged in appellate proceedings both locally and before the Privy Council.
Charter continues to be involved in many of the Tribunals set up to deal with war crimes notably at the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
A member of Charter is currently engaged in fieldwork for the UNHCR.
Cases with an International Aspect
Few significant cases in the modern era are constrained by geographical borders and this brings attendant complications. Some examples of Charter’s experience in this area are
- The prosecution of British Airways Executives by the Office of Fair Trading where advice on minimising the risk of extradition to the US was founded on a detailed understanding of the US Government’s perspective of the case.
- Binyam Mohammed, where the impact of US, US Military Commission, Pakistani and International Law were all considered by Counsel over and above the groundbreaking local legal issues.
- We are currently representing an individual based in the United Kingdom said to have brokered arms shipments between China and Africa.
In addition to cases in court members of Charter have advised United Kingdom companies on the legality of their international trading and on the disclosure of material held overseas to a public inquiry. Currently advice is being provided to a foreign Government agency and former Government Ministers in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Further International Experience
- Providing assistance to local Attorneys in Capital Murder Cases through the Bar Caribbean Pro Bono Unit Project in Jamaica.
- Providing training to the Tanzanian Law School through the International Senior Lawyers Project.
- Providing training to Prosecution lawyers in Mexico.
- Advising an interested party (the World Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion) in the prosecution in Egypt of an Egyptian Billionaire and his head of security for killing the Champion’s wife.
Languages spoken by members of chambers include French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Punjabi and German.