About TMI

Thomas More International is a law firm comprising award-winning international solicitors, leading English barristers and Queen’s Counsel, and first-class Mauritian lawyers. TMI’s panel of independent lawyers is equipped to deal with almost any kind of dispute. In the past, its members have represented and advised some of the world’s largest companies and firms, highest net-worth individuals, and a number of governments. Between them, they have decades of experience in international commercial practice, litigation, and arbitration at the highest levels. TMI offers a comprehensive range of services, from advice and drafting in contentious or transactional matters to representation in arbitrations and the courts. TMI also has a panel of arbitrators who regularly sit in commercial disputes around the world. TMI is able to receive instructions, advise, and conduct proceedings in a number of languages.


A Strategic Partnership with over 20 Years active experience in Mauritius

Legal Services

Thomas More International is able to deal with any problem or issue relating to you and your business in Mauritius, whether it be setting up a company or investment fund, conducting litigation in the Mauritian courts, or providing advice and advocacy in international arbitrations. Whether you require representatives – in court or in other dispute resolution proceedings – advice, or simply assistance in carrying out a transaction, TMI can help. TMI has state-of-the-art offices in Ebène, Mauritius, where clients are welcome for everything from informal advice, conferences, and round-table discussions, to formal arbitrations and mediations.


TMI offers a comprehensive range of services in relation to international commercial arbitration. Our team regularly provides counsel and arbitrators in arbitral proceedings internationally. We are also able to provide a venue for arbitration proceedings at our offices in Ebène, and can advise and appear in challenges to arbitration agreements or awards. The arbitration experience at TMI covers the range of TMI’s practice areas.Learn More

Banking and Financial Services

Our team provides advisory and advocacy services in relation to all aspects of banking, finance, and financial services practice, whether local or international and cross-border. We have significant experience in matters relating to loan agreements, mortgages, guarantees, and other security arrangements, fund transfers, assignments of rights and liabilities, and liability for breaches of duty, including cases of fraud.Learn More

Insurance and Reinsurance

Our team has extensive experience in advising and representing clients in relation to insurance disputes. We deal with all types of claims and act for both insurers and insured parties. The team is able to advise on issues of misrepresentation and material non-disclosure, extent of liability, transfer and assignment of policies and proceeds, and different types of loss.Learn More

Corporate Services

TMI is able to offer advice and assistance in the formation of local companies, investment vehicles, and other structures, ensuring compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements and recommending trusted business partners. TMI has significant experience in advising on and preparing contracts for Mauritian and international transactions covering a range of areas.Learn More

Commercial Disputes

TMI advises and appears in relation to all types of commercial disputes, from breaches of contract or professional or statutory duties to shipping, construction, and restitution claims. Our team is able to help whether the case is non-contentious or contentious, and can provide services as advocates or arbitrators, advisors, or in negotiations.Learn More


TMI has a wealth of experience in insolvency proceedings, including international and cross-border insolvency. Our team is able to advise companies and other organisations facing insolvency as well as insolvency practitioners and groups of companies on the conduct of insolvency proceedings and the rights and liabilities that arise. In addition, we are able to assist creditors, whether secured or unsecured, in relation to claims they may have in the insolvency of another.Learn More

Companies and Directors

TMI regularly advises and acts in matters concerning the requirements and liabilities of companies and company directors. We have experience in the full range of company law matters, from directors’ duties and fiduciary liabilities, shareholder disputes (including minority shareholder remedies), and remedies against shadow directors, to issues relating to shareholdings and liabilities to third parties.Learn More


TMI can assist companies, investment vehicles, and other organisations with their regulatory obligations in Mauritius. We can advise you on what is required, review your current compliance, and assist in the preparation of documents and applications to the relevant authorities. Our team can also assist in proceedings brought in cases of non-compliance or disputed compliance.Learn More

TMI and Mauritius

Mauritius is a beautiful and diverse nation, with a thriving legal system that combines elements of the French Civil Code, the common law of England and Wales, and laws passed by the Mauritian Parliament. Increasingly, companies and individuals are choosing to establish themselves in Mauritius, because of the excellent opportunities it offers for investment and trade. The Mauritian financial and construction sectors have enjoyed unprecedented growth in recent years and successive governments have demonstrated their support for international business and investment by providing significant tax incentives. Mauritius’s geographic location and its economic and political stability make it the ideal place from which to conduct business and investment in Africa, the Middle-East, and Asia.

However, navigating Mauritius’s complex legal system is time-consuming and difficult, and can involve significant costs and risks for those unfamiliar with the challenges it brings. Organisations and individuals seeking to carry out business in Mauritius must be confident not only that the advice and representation they receive meets the highest global standards, but also that it is based on a comprehensive understanding of both the local legal framework and the international backdrop.

The TMI panel includes not only first-class international lawyers, but also Mauritian solicitors and barristers. Working closely together, TMI’s lawyers have provided advice to the Government of Mauritius for many years, and have appeared in numerous cases in the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, the highest appeal court for Mauritian matters. Because of this experience, TMI offers clients something they cannot get from other firms: an international standard of legal services with an unrivalled understanding of the Mauritian legal, political, and cultural spheres at all levels. As a result, TMI’s clients can be confident that they will receive easily comprehensible, commercially sound, dependable advice and representation, regardless of the law and practice involved.

Our Team

Our team is composed of internationally recognised solicitors and barristers.

Philip Tsalikis<br />Managing Director

Philip Tsalikis
Managing Director

Philip is a practising barrister and the Managing Director at Thomas More International. Before becoming a lawyer, Philip had a very successful career in management, running multi-million pound businesses. Philip has appeared in many significant cases in the UK, both in criminal and civil matters, but he is now based permanently in Mauritius.

Philip first came to Mauritius in 2011 and has an understanding of the complexities and idiosyncrasies of Mauritius and its legal system. He has trained in a Mauritian Law firm previously and worked in-house for an offshore group of companies in Mauritius.

Philip is able to deal with all manner of commercial work and will ensure the right individual or team, whether in Mauritius or elsewhere, will provide the highest standard of service for each client.

Jonathon Davidson<br />Director

Jonathon Davidson

Jonathon is a business and dispute resolution lawyer renowned across the Middle East, Indian Ocean and East African seaboard. Jonathon has been practicing for 18 years and has acted in all manner of disputes for institutions, developers, investors and public companies, as well as for private companies and individuals.

Jonathon also acts as confidential advisor to a number of ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWs), government and quasi-government organizations and has been active in Mauritius since 2009. Jonathon now splits his time between Mauritius and Dubai, where he is Managing Partner at the renowned niche commercial law firm of Davidson & Co (www.davidson-legal.com).

Jonathon is an award winning lawyer and published contributing author, having acted for many years for a range of clients in the conduct of mediations, arbitrations, local litigation, as well as in the High Court of England and Wales (Admiralty, Queens Bench and Chancery Division). In addition to managing the firm, Jonathon is also works closely with the British and Mauritian governments to promote bilateral regulation, trade and commerce. Jonathon is an also experienced arbitrator and mediator.

Hiren Jankee<br /> Attorney

Hiren Jankee

Hiren is a well-known solicitor in the Republic of Mauritius, having practised at a high level for thirty years. During his career, Hiren has appeared before all the courts and tribunals of Mauritius in relation to all matters of law. He is well versed in all aspects of law and works regularly in alliance with several leading management companies in connection to corporate and commercial law both in the local context and in the global-business context. As legal adviser to a leading banking institution, the Mauritius Post and Cooperative Bank Ltd, Hiren has worked on many cases before the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of Mauritius. Alongside Krish Auchoybur, Hiren acted for the bank in Apavou Group of Hotels (In Receivership) v The Mauritius Post and Cooperative Bank Ltd (2014), the largest insolvency case in the history of Mauritius, with a value of over MUR4bn (about US$127m), in which a challenge to the bank’s appointment of a receiver-manager under a charge instrument was successfully resisted. Hiren also acts as legal adviser to several companies and parastatal bodies, including the Mauritius Housing Company Ltd, the Central Electricity Board, the Central Water Authority, the District Council of Riviere du Rempart, Mauritius Telecom, and the State Insurance Company of Mauritius. Internationally, Hiren has been involved as instructing solicitor and in other capacities before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in several notable cases, such as―

  • Vithaldas v The Queen (1986),
  • Heeramun v The Queen (1988),
  • Kunnath v The State (1992),
  • Raphael Fishing Co Ltd v State of Mauritius (2006),
  • Jugnauth v Ringadoo (2007),
  • Director General, Mauritius Revenue Authority v Central Water Authority (2012), and
  • Meeah v Essouf Amanoullah (1993).

Hiren was previously the Chairman of the SBI (Mauritius) Ltd (a joint venture between State Bank of Mauritius and State Bank of India). Hiren also acted as the Chairman of the Horse Racing Board and until December 2015 was the Chairman of the Gambling Regulatory Authority.

Philip Noble

Philip Noble

Philip is a commercial barrister with significant experience of a range of areas, particularly construction, professional negligence, and commercial fraud. He has a particular interest in implied trusts, and the tortious and equitable duties of professionals in the context of property and construction disputes.

Called in 1978 by the Inner Temple, Philip has built up extensive knowledge of all types of commercial dispute often appears as a leading junior in High Court and the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. Philip provides advisory, negotiation, and advocacy services in matters both contentious and non-contentious.

Philip’s recent cases include a substantial claim in the High Court against a negligent property surveyor for compensation for loss of potential income on rental properties, and a claim to architects’ fees in excess of £500,000. Philip also advises and represents individuals in relation to private-client matters involving trusts and estates.

Manus Egan

Manus Egan

Manus is a highly experienced practitioner providing practical and effective advisory and advocacy services to a broad range of clients, from individuals and employees and small and medium-sized businesses to FTSE-listed companies and public bodies.

Manus provides expert representation in respect of all forms of contractual and commercial disputes, with particular emphasis on the law of agency and disputes involving consumers.

Manus regularly advises and represents businesses and individuals in financial services disputes both in litigation and through the Financial Ombudsman Service. He is co-author of EC Financial Services Regulation (Wiley).

Edward Risso-Gill

Edward Risso-Gill

Edward has, over the last 7 years, appeared regularly in Mauritian appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He has extensive experience in dealing with the Napoleonic and other related Codes and jurisprudence. For example he appeared in Gujadhur & Ors v Gujadhur & Anor (Mauritius) [2007] UKPC 54, the leading case on the powers of the Juge des référés under Article 806 of the Mauritian Code of Civil Procedure. Having argued the case before the Board at the leave stage, he was later led by Geoffrey Cox QC.

Edward’s commercial and financial law experience includes company law, partnership and shareholder disputes, commercial bills of exchange, financial services and cross border customs duties. He also has significant experience in property related disputes.

Edward is currently instructed before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in a Mauritian judicial review appeal which concerns the interface between public and private law in relation to the termination of leases. Previous Mauritian cases include appearing for the Government of Mauritius, together with Geoffrey Cox QC, in a leading Mauritian property case concerning the proper construction of a ‘bail permanent’ (permanent lease) granted by the colonial government in 1901 (Raphael Fishing Company v State of Mauritius & Anor [2008] UKPC 43).

Edward also has appeared for the Government of Mauritius before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in a number of public law cases, including a judicial review of a decision of the Mauritian Health Ministry.
He is currently instructed by a Commonwealth government in a dispute involving public and planning law and the right to compensation for expropriation of property under the Constitution, as a result of the designation of land as a World Heritage Site.

William Frain-Bell

William Frain-Bell

William Frain-Bell is a barrister and has practised law in the UK since 1998. He has unparalleled experience in corporate and commercial law on a global basis. His practice includes both non-contentious and contentious matters. He currently advises a number of global business on regulatory and shareholder issues and general commercial matters. Current clients include a leading maritime security provider, a European pharmaceutical distribution company and a pan-African telecoms provider and trouble-shooter. William also has experience in both up and down stream oil and gas contracts and has acted as ad hoc legal counsel to a start-up oil producer with operations in the North Sea and Brazil. William has also advised both start- ups and established corporates in relation to fund raising via both private equity and unregulated bond issues. He has a wide network of established contacts in the private equity markets across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

William also offers an effective and cost efficient turn-key service for companies seeking to reach out to opportunities in emerging markets and in particular provides political/economic risk advice and analysis to companies looking to set up in sub-Saharan Africa. William is also used to providing high speed advice to commercial and operational directors in the field and is accustomed to travelling at short notice, so as to provide effective hands on assistance, whether it be unblocking deadlocks in commercial negotiations or crisis management.

William is a Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited CEDR Mediator and is a panel arbitrator with the Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (LCIA/MIAC). He has considerable experience in dispute resolution in general and in international arbitrations under the rules of the LCIA, DIAC, ICC and ICSID. He has been involved in several investor-state disputes under the ICSID rules, including a power supply dispute to a sovereign state in South East Asia. He has particular experience in the Middle East and has been instructed as counsel in the majority of the leading cases before the Dubai World Tribunal and some of the largest DIAC real estate related arbitrations since the collapse of the Dubai property market. William is a registered practitioner in the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts and is experienced in the interpretation of the UAE Civil Code.

Versatile and with proven client facing skills, William is accustomed to dealing with clients from different countries and cultures. He has acted for clients from the UAE, GCC, Russia, Africa, Europe, the USA and India and his wide experience of the global village makes him an invaluable component in any scenario.

Amiot Vollenweider

Amiot Vollenweider

Amiot is a barrister of 14 years’ call and an experienced advocate. He was awarded the Lionel Blundell award by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and is an Anglo-Swiss dual national. His practice includes all areas of commercial and civil litigation, private-client work, and he has a keen interest in international commercial arbitration. He appears regularly in the county courts and the High Court and will undertake work such as Judicial Review and cases in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He has conducted appeals of length and complexity in the Court of Appeal, appeared in numerous applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, as a leading junior, led junior, and alone. He has also acted in cases involving serious allegations of commercial fraud.

High-net-worth individuals regularly instruct Amiot in family cases involving international property portfolios and companies. He is often instructed by companies to intervene in financial-remedy cases where the husband is a director/shareholder of the company. He has appeared in applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, international children cases, and child abduction.

Amiot’s notable cases including the following:

  • J v J – ongoing case: appearing for the husband in a multi-million pound family case involving several companies and international assets.
  • NCA v A – ongoing case: Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 application brought by the National Crime Agency against a businessman with substantial property interests and companies, and made after his successful acquittal.
  • Kosar v Bank of Scotland PLC trading as Halifax [2011] All ER (D) 08 (May), Divisional Court – successful case on behalf of the appellant involving DLA Piper, who acted for the bank, concerning alleged harassment by the bank of a debtor and vicarious liability.
Ben Walker-Nolan

Ben Walker-Nolan

Ben has had extensive experience as an advocate before the High Court and Court of Appeal in England and Wales. He also has experience with the court system in Mauritius, having been briefed to undertake appellate work before the Privy Council.

He has recently advised and represented clients in respect of a variety of issues including:

  • Tax disputes, including those concerning the movement of goods between jurisdictions, the personal liability of high net worth individuals, disputes arising under the UK’s Construction Industry Scheme and in relation to the use of umbrella companies to avoid tax
  • The passing off of unregistered trademarks
  • The fraudulent sale of property, both by private sale and at auction
  • Disputes in commercial leases
  • Misrepresentation and misstatement in respect of contracts of sale
  • Disputes in respect of defaults under commercial loan agreements including those resulting in the appointment of Receivers
  • Disputes concerning breach of contract and professional negligence in construction projects
  • The supply of faulty goods and equipment to developers
  • The relevant regulatory requirements and procedures in respect of money laundering legislation
  • Licence requirements in relation to the import and export of controlled goods
  • Licence requirements in respect of the supply of pharmaceutical products

Ben has experience of acting in commercially sensitive matters and for clients with a high-profile. He acts both as junior counsel on his own and as junior counsel instructed together with leading counsel. He has frequently worked as junior counsel to Geoffrey Cox QC MP.

Puneet Rai

Puneet Rai

Puneet Rai is an experienced trial advocate who regularly appears before the High Court of England and Wales.

She has a wide-ranging practice in civil litigation: Puneet advises and appears in cases involving general contractual disputes, injunctions, partnerships, misrepresentation and fraud claims, civil restraint orders, breaches of directors’ duties, and minority-shareholder remedies. She has recently advised and represented clients in respect of a number of cases touching upon issues including the regulatory requirements and procedures in respect of money-laundering legislation, misrepresentation and misstatement in respect of contracts of sale, disputes in commercial leases, the supply of faulty goods and equipment, and the fraudulent sale of property.

She also has experience with the court system in Mauritius, having been briefed to work on appellate work before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Puneet acts both as junior counsel in her own right and also as junior counsel instructed together with leading counsel. Puneet speaks French, German, Hindi, and Punjabi.

Faisal Saifee

Faisal Saifee

Faisal Saifee is a versatile and experienced commercial litigator with expertise in banking & finance, company and insolvency matters. He has extensive experience in private international law issues and has been involved in litigation concerning jurisdictions such as New York, Norway, France, Germany and several East African countries. He regularly appears for clients in the High Court in London and is experienced in commercial arbitration, including the LCIA.

Faisal has gained considerable experience in complex and high-value trials. His litigation experience also includes several appearances before the Privy Council in matters concerning Mauritius, including Boolell v Mauritius [2006] UKPC 46; DPP of Mauritius v Hurnam [2007] UKPC 24; Dhooharika v DPP [2014] UKPC 11.

Faisal regularly advises clients and undertakes both drafting and non-contentious work. This includes drafting shareholders’ agreements, advising on a range of commercial contracts and setting up companies. He has undertaken a considerable volume of advisory work in Mauritius, having developed a close and clear understanding of the legal traditions of Mauritius.

Joe Durkin

Joe Durkin

Joe was trained and qualified in Ireland and has worked for both leading financial services companies and international law firms. Joe is a commercial lawyer practising between Dubai and Mauritius since 2008. He is qualified to practice in three jurisdictions and acts regularly for banks and companies in a wide range of both contentious and non contentious matters including corporate, energy, private equity, aviation and international transactions. As well as being a member of TMI, Joe is also a partner at renowned niche commercial law firm, Davidson & Co and prior to that was an Associate with the international law firm Maples and Calder.

Joe has advised Indian and Mauritian companies including private enterprises, investment banks and funds on the regulatory environment of setting up new businesses in Ireland. He is author of the Ireland chapter of the Reuters Thompson publication of the World’s Leading Offshore Jurisdictions. He is currently advising several offshore based companies in actions before the London Court of International Arbitration. Joe has also acted as external counsel for a number of international banks.

Joe has a degree in Actuarial and Financial Studies from University College Dublin. He qualified as a solicitor through the Law School of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland. He is admitted to the roll of solicitors in Ireland (non-practising Irish solicitor) and the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Joe is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Bar Association.

Nicholas Maggs

Nicholas Maggs

Nich is an experienced advocate who is regularly instructed in litigation in the County Courts, the High Court of England and Wales, and the Court of Appeal (Civil Division). He holds a first-class degree in History from the University of Nottingham, was awarded his Graduate Diploma in Law with distinction, and his performance on the Bar Vocational Course was graded Outstanding. He was awarded a major scholarship by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

Nich advises and represents clients in a broad range of commercial disputes. Nich is often instructed at an early stage to draft pleadings and advise on the merits of his client’s case, or to consider and conduct negotiation and settlement. His experience includes a variety of breaches of contract claims involving substantial sums, including misrepresentation (fraudulent and non-fraudulent), bailment, and goods-and-services issues.

Nich’s experience in cases of fraud is extensive, including breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent trading, and other corporate fraud. He has acted in a number of civil recovery matters, advising individuals and companies on restraint, forfeiture, and injunctive proceedings. He also has substantial experience of financial-conduct regulation.

Nich has particular experience in construction cases, representing both claimants and defendants in cases involving issues including architectural disputes, part-performance, debt, agency, and negligence.

Nich also has a professional-negligence practice, in particular relating to the professional negligence of solicitors. Recently, he was involved in a substantial claim arising out of the collapse of a claim for sums owed by companies hired for a celebrity wedding.

Nich’s recent cases include the following:

  • An architectural dispute concerning a large-scale construction project in Qatar;
  • A substantial financial dispute relating to building works on a chain of restaurants;
  • A £500,000 claim for misrepresentation relating to an investment scheme;
  • A case involving serious allegations of negligence and fraud relating to solicitors; and
  • Further high-value construction disputes.
Andy Lyons

Andy Lyons

Andy was trained and qualified in Scotland where he worked closely with TMI member, William Frain-Bell. He was involved in a number of high profile litigation cases in the High Court and Supreme Court in Scotland and was involved in many cases which shaped the law within that Jurisdiction. Since joining TMI, Andy has worked with all the members of the TMI team, dealing with a variety of matters ranging from Commercial and Contractual Litigation to Corporate and Commercial Services.

Andy works particularly closely with Joe Durkin, dealing with litigation matters before the London Court of International Arbitration. Andy’s commercial experience and high value litigation background puts him in an ideal position to ensure that clients’ disputes are dealt with efficiently and succinctly which leads to early resolution.

Krishnakantsingh Auchoybur

Krishnakantsingh Auchoybur

Krish is a barrister practising before the Courts of Mauritius. He graduated with an LLB (Honours) from the University of Mauritius, where he gained experience in all aspects of Mauritian law and the intricacies of the hybrid and mixed Mauritian legal system.

Krish was the only candidate in 2010 to pass the Bar Examinations, organised at national level, under the aegis of the Supreme Court. He was called to the Bar of Mauritius in 2012 and is a member of the Mauritius Bar Association.

In 2012 Krish became the youngest person to be appointed as standing counsel to a commercial bank in Mauritius, when he was appointed to advise the Mauritius Post and Cooperative Bank. Since then, he has regularly appeared for the bank before the Commercial and Bankruptcy Divisions of the Supreme Court in relation to banking, commercial, and insolvency disputes including holding briefs in claims and asset-recovery proceedings, insolvency proceedings, and the execution and enforcement of security instruments. He also advises the Bank on a regular basis on all aspects of banking law.

In 2014 Krish represented the bank in Apavou Group of Hotels (In Receivership) v The Mauritius Post and Cooperative Bank Ltd (2014), together with Hiren Jankee, and successfully resisted a challenge to the bank’s appointment of a receiver-manager under a charge instrument. This case is currently the largest insolvency dispute in the history of Mauritius, worth over MUR4bn (about US$127m).

Krish also acts as counsel to various high-profile companies including the Credit Guarantee Insurance Company Ltd (an Insurance Company and subsidiary of the Mauritius Commercial Bank, the largest Commercial Bank in the country), and DHL (Mauritius) Ltd (a multinational company based in Mauritius).

Krish regularly lectures at the Faculty of Law and Management of the University of Mauritius in the fields of banking law, commercial law, and insolvency law.

Contact Details


Level 10, Maeva Tower
Silicon Avenue
CyberCity, Ebène
Republic of Mauritius

Tel. (+230) 464 0829

E-mail. info@tmi-law.com



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