Gurprit Mattu

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Gurprit advises and represents clients in civil, commercial and company disputes. She is able to advise in contentious banking and finance matters, shareholder disputes, contentious trusts, insolvency, consumer credit and regulatory law matters. Her expertise is in financial services law, including dispute resolution, financial regulation, litigation and corporate fraud.
Gurprit has gained significant experience within financial services through being seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority, where she has worked on a number of large cases relating to collective investment schemes, Libor manipulation, unfair contract terms in consumer contracts and corporate fraud.
Gurprit is regularly instructed by banks and consumer credit firms in litigation, and where appropriate an Early Neutral Evaluation Process. She has regularly advised insurers in complex fraud cases and contract disputes, including shareholder group actions.
She was called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands in 2019 and has appeared in the BVI on strike out, mediation, insolvency and contentious trust matters.
Gurprit has gained experience in Hong Kong working on corporate fraud and civil cases. She has also spent some time at the Hong Kong Arbitration Centre.
Overseas and international
Gurprit was called to the BVI Bar in 2019, and still holds a current practicing certificate.
She worked in-house at a international law firm based in the BVI, working on large scale BVI company/commercial and trusts litigation for clients from multiple jurisdictions, including Russia, Switzerland, Hong Kong. Cases included Alfa Bank v Emmerson in the BVI Commercial Court, Wilton v AFS Trustee, a complex multi-jurisdictional trusts dispute. She also worked on local civil cases, in particular, she is familiar with probate matters.
Gurprit acted as junior counsel in Bowview Overseas Limited and Others, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (2020), and in Asiyah Grant v Javier Maduro Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, in the Court of Appeal (2019). She is currently instructed in a multimillion cross border winding up matter and is instructed as junior counsel in IsZo Capital v Nam Tai & Others, an international multimillion shareholder dispute.
Gurprit has also advised in Jersey Trust disputes, and has spent time working on the Isle of Man on commercial and corporate fraud case.
Languages
Punjabi and Hindi
Other Information
Lincoln’s Inn Bar Rep Committee Member
2018 to present
Representing Hall on the Finance and General Purposes Committee
Lincoln’s Inn Hampel Advocacy Tutor
2017 to present
Gurprit also teaches from time to time at BPP law school
Reported Cases
The Financial Conduct Authority v Asset L. I. Inc (trading as Asset Land) and others
2016
Gurprit was part of the FCA team that prepared and successfully presented the first Unauthorised Business Department matter under s235 FSMA (collective investment schemes) that went to a fully contested trial; [2013] EWHC 178. The decision was appealed, and eventually the Supreme Court found that the company’s land banking arrangements amounted to operating collective investment schemes without authorisation.
OFSTED v R (Durand Academy Trust) [2019] and R (Durand Academy Trust) v OFSTED
Gurprit acted as Junior Counsel in a Judicial Review case, for the Durand Academy at the administrative court and the Court of Appeal. The Administrative Court quashed OFSTED’s Report at first instance finding that the absence of any ability effectively to challenge the Report rendered the Complaints Procedures unfair. The Court of Appeal overturned the decision.
Asiyah Grant v Javier Maduro, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
2019
Gurprit acted as junior counsel to Gerard Farara QC in the Court of Appeal, at an interlocutory civil appeal, involving the statutory interpretation of the limitation act in negligence claims involving motor vehicle accidents. The court found in their favour that the Legislature did not intend, by introducing section 11A(1)of the MVIO, to also reduce the period applicable to negligence claims involving motor vehicles for which insurers would not be liable.
Bowview Overseas Limited et al v A Leman, Cordero, Galindo and Lee Trust (BVI) Limited Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
2020
Gurprit acted as junior counsel in a mutual legal assistance case representing the Defendant trust company.
Awards
Peter Millet Award
Pegasus Scholarship
Memberships
International Bar Association
Financial Services Lawyers Association
Surrey and South London Bar Mess
Qualifications
LLB Aberystwyth University
MA Kings College, London
Diploma in Corporate Governance

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