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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.