Djibouti: Gibson Dunn partner found to have ‘deliberately misled court’

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has suspended Dubai partner Peter Gray and removed him from its website after he was found to have deliberately misled the court in a 2013 case between the Republic of Djibouti and wealthy businessman, Abdourahman Boreh, on Monday.

A spokesperson for the firm said it was “very disappointed” in Gray’s conduct, which “fell far below the standard which the court rightly expects of all counsel”.

Byrne and Partners, which instructed Dominic Kendrick QC to take on Gray for its client Boreh, welcomed the judgment, claiming it “exemplifies the need for foreign states to be held to the same standards as any private party litigation in the Commercial Court.”

Due to the errors made by Gray, Mr Justice Flaux also threw out the $100m freezing order over Boreh’s assets which he had made in September 2013.

A costs and consequences hearing will take place on Tuesday 31 April, during which Gray’s fate will be determined.

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