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Mo Haque QC is a highly experienced and client-focussed commercial litigator.

He practised at the English Bar for eighteen years, during which period he took Silk (in 2015). He then spent time with a premier law firm in the British Virgin Islands. The Caribbean Legal 500 described him as a “first class heavyweight”. Missing the weather, he returned to the UK and joined CANDEY in 2019.

Mo’s workload spans the borders of the Caribbean, CIS, USA, UAE and the Far East. He advises on company and commercial disputes, acting for shareholders, directors and partners. He has considerable experience of international insolvency acting for liquidators, receivers and creditors. His practice covers enforcement, contract and tort issues and the professional negligence of business, construction and legal professionals. Being of a scientific slant, he also enjoys technology cases.

He has appeared in the Courts of England, the BVI and Cayman Islands. He has also acted in international arbitrations conducted under various arbitral rules.

His recent interesting cases include:

  • Representing a Russian oil refinery in arbitral proceedings (involving multiple challenges to jurisdiction) and in parallel acting on a £200million freezing injunction, leading eventually to Russian insolvency proceedings.
  • Representing an individual shareholder in a £30 million dispute involving the ownership of shares in part of a famous chain of hotels. Issues of director’s liabilities and responsibilities, derivative claims in complex structures and equitable remedies.
  • Acting in one of the first legal disputes over the ownership of millions of dollars of contested Bitcoin held by a HK-registered crypto-currency exchange, with multinational parties under BVI law.
  • Defending a £20million claim brought by Irina Abramovich for breach of trust by a former employee.
  • Tracing the assets of one of the wealthiest individuals in the UK to seek enforcement of a £100million judgment.
  • Acting for trustee in bankruptcy in the £2billion Petters fraud in the Cayman Islands in issues about the priority of claimants.
  • Acting for Vincent Tchenguiz in the long-running £600million dispute against his brother, Robert.

He is the author of several texts, the most recent of which are the 2018 BVI and Cayman Island chapters of Global Legal Insights “International Arbitration”. He has also contributed to Emden’s Construction Law.

Contact mhaque@candey.com