Crystal adds BCCI case to his portfolio

Michael Crystal QC has been instructed to act for the liquidators of BCCI in its action against the Bank of America

This brings to three the number of large, high-profile cases that Crystal, joint head of 3/4 South Square, has been involved in since the settlement in February of the Thyssen case in Bermuda.
He continues to be heavily involved in acting for the Railtrack Private Shareholders Action Group in its case against former Transport Secretary Stephen Byers, and has also been instructed for ITV Digital's administrators Deloitte & Touche in its dispute with the Football League.
Crystal has also been instructed in a further two matters, details of which cannot be disclosed. 3/4 South Square's senior practice manager Paul Cooklin said: “I'm pleased to say Mr Crystal has been busy since returning from Bermuda. But then again, he is Michael Crystal.”
Crystal has acted in nine BCCI cases for the liquidators and this time round joins a heavyweight five-strong team, all from 3/4 South Square. Other silks involved are Richard Sheldon QC and Robin Dicker QC. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is using a team of five counsel, led by John Brisby QC, all from 4 Stone Buildings, for the bank.
Crystal has been brought in by Lovells to advise in the run-up to the trial, which is scheduled for October. He will be heavily engaged in preparation for a pre-trial hearing in June before Mr Justice Etherton. Etherton has replaced Mr Justice Lloyd, who has been made Vice Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster, part of the Northern Circuit.
On 25 March, the Court of Appeal upheld the liquidators' application to dismiss a judgment at a case management conference which banned them from amending their point of claim. The ruling may affect the trial date.