There have recently been three judicial appointments to the Commercial Court designed to increase the capacity of the court in 2017.

Justices Gerhard Wallbank and Roger Kaye QC are appointed to terms commencing February 1 2017 and Justice John Carrington QC until January 31 2017. Practitioners of the court will be familiar with Carrington and Wallbank, and Kaye is welcomed from the English Chancery Court. The three appointments bring considerable depth and expertise to the Commercial Court.

The appointments should provide further momentum and expertise to the BVI Commercial Division and enhance the court's ability to deal with complex cases promptly and effectively.

The Commercial Court is a division of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and specialises in cross-border and high-value commercial, company, trusts and insolvency law matters. Since the court opened in 2009, the volume of commercial litigation and insolvency has increased in the British Virgin Islands. The court has dealt with numerous cases since its inception and continues to play an important role in the development of the British Virgin Islands' financial services sector.

For further information on this topic please contact Phillip Kite or Andrew Thorp at Harneys' Tortola office by telephone (+1 284 494 2233) or email (phillip.kite@harneys.com or andrew.thorp@harneys.com ). Alternatively, contact Ian Mann at Harneys' Hong Kong office by telephone (+852 3195 7200) or email (ian.mann@harneys.com). The Harneys' website can be accessed at www.harneys.com.

This article was first published by the International Law Office, a premium online legal update service for major companies and law firms worldwide. Register for a free subscription.