Continental v Deery

CourtRoyal Court
JudgeDeputy Bailiff
Judgment Date04 January 2010
Neutral Citation[2010] JRC 1
Date04 January 2010

[2010] JRC 1


(Samedi Division)


W. J. Bailhache, Esq., Deputy Bailiff, and Jurats Le Breton and Kerley.

In the Matter of an Application Under the Service of Process and Taking of Evidence (Jersey) Law 1960 as Amended.

In the Matter of the Representation of the C Trust Dated 2nd October, 2009

The C Trust
First Respondent
Second Respondent

Advocate J. Harvey-Hills for the Respondents.

Advocate M. H. D. Taylor for the Applicant.

Other parties not present.


Wadman v Dick [1993] JLR 52.

Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984.

Service of Process (Jersey) Rules 1994.

Deputy Bailiff



This is an application by AD to have the Royal Court give assistance to the Family Division of the High Court, pursuant to Letters of Request issued on 2 nd October, 2009, within matrimonial proceedings taking place in that Court between AD and her husband KD under case file reference FD04D00513 before Mrs Justice Macur.


The Letter of Request says this:-

“This letter of Request has been issued by Order of Mrs Justice Macur Sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL on 1st October 2009

1. The Royal Courts of Jersey are due to hear an application by the C Trust on 5th October 2009 regarding the R and M Trusts under case number 2009/54.

2. The Respondent is the Settlor and principal beneficiary of the R and M Trusts.

3. The Respondent is involved in a Final Ancillary Relief Hearing which commenced on 30th March 2009.

4. PW the Trustee for the C Trust applied for leave to give oral and documentary evidence on behalf of the Respondent in these Ancillary Relief proceedings. His application was granted by Mrs Justice Macur on 1st April 2009.

5. On 1st April 2009 the aforemention final ancillary relief hearing was halted, during PW's cross examination, and following discussion between the parties representatives and with input from PW the parties agreed a Memorandum of Understanding, attached, to settle the Applicant's Ancillary Relief claims.

6. The Trustee, PW, confirmed that the C Trust would assist KD to meet his obligations under this Memorandum of Understanding which provided for the Respondent to pay the Applicant the sum of £2,285,000.

7. To date the £2,035,000 remains unpaid and PW, nor any other representative of the C Trust have been able to confirm that this sum will be paid.

8. We hereby request that you assist us in securing the attendance of PW forthwith, before the Royal Courts of Jersey, to produce two Affidavits referred to in the Witness Summons attached and for the two Affidavits to be faxed for the attention of the High Court in England. We attach a copy of the Order of Mrs Justice Macur dated 1st October 2009.”

That is there under the date stamp of 2 nd October.


The Witness Summons seeks production of an Affidavit dated 15 th May, 2009, and a further Affidavit dated 24 th September, 2009, both sworn by or on behalf of the trustee of the C Trust.


It is to be noted from the Order which accompanied the Letter of Request that the purpose of the Letter of Request was to assist the Court with enforcement of something, it is slightly unclear what.


This Court starts from the position that it should, where possible, give assistance under Letters of Request duly received. It is sufficient for this purpose to refer to the case of Wadman v Dick [1993] JLR 52 where the Court said this:-

“We conclude that, as a matter of principle, the requested court should always strive to give effect, if it possibly can, to Letters of Request. It should decline to comply with the foreign request only in so far as it is not proper or permissible or practicable under its own law to give effect to it. Observing faithfully the precept of not delivering what the foreign court has not asked for, and restraining any temptation to rewrite the request, the court may amend Letters of Request by excision, or by adding or substituting words in order to clarify what is being sought without altering the substance of the Letters of Request.”

So it is clear from that authority that we are required to review our own law in order to decide whether to give effect to the Letters of Request that have been sent to us.


In order to ensure that we were fully appraised of the facts we asked the trustee to produce to us copies of the Affidavits; we were also addressed by the trustee in private session in the absence of Advocate Taylor, Counsel for AD, with Advocate Taylor's consent. It is clear from the review of the material put before us, and we are able to draw a number of conclusions that;

  • (a) Firstly, the material relates to an application made by the trustee to the Royal Court under Article 51 of the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 a provision permitting a trustee to come to...

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