E. Kelvin Hastings-Smith is Counsel and Manager of the Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation with an emphasis on fraud, asset tracing and anti-money laundering issues. Kelvin is a member of the firm’s Employment and Immigration Team and is active in Employment and Immigration Compliance issues and all matters involving employer and employee relations. Examples of recent clients and cases include, anton piller and mareva injunctions, jurisdiction challenges, Ecommerce litigation (including Bermuda’s first internet defamation action) wrongful and unfair dismissal and Human Rights issues.
Kelvin joined the group in 1993. Prior to that he was a partner and Head of Commercial Litigation at a London firm of solicitors.
Kelvin obtained his LLM in Advanced Litigation from Nottingham Trent University, England and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales in 1990 (now non-practising). He was called to the Bermuda Bar in 1994.
Kelvin was a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives since 1976. He became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1995. He is an executive member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Bermuda and regularly speaks at conferences on ADR, fraud, anti-money laundering issues and Employment law.
Kelvin is also a frequent author and presenter on these issues on which he also advises companies wishing to locate in Bermuda. In 1999 Kelvin became a CEDR accredited mediator. He has mediated a range of disputes including commercial, family and trust disputes and is often instructed to sit as arbitrator in such disputes.
Appleby Spurling Hunter has years of experience in fraud investigation in both the corporate and private sector. Our lawyers are experienced in advising on all aspects of asset tracing, injunction issues and discovery issues for both plaintiffs and defendants, additionally, we have well established connections with the authorities, including the Monetary Authorities, Stock Exchanges and Financial Reporting Units. When fraud is committed or suspected it often involves multi jurisdictions. With the expertise in our Bermuda and Cayman offices, we are able to partner with law firms and agencies in other jurisdictions to effectively trace assets and make recovery.