Simmons resolute on ICC articles

The war between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and MP Derek Wyatt continues to wage this week, with the cricketing body’s law firm Simmons & Simmons still refusing to hand over the ICC’s articles of association

In a 18 February letter to Simmons, Wyatt’s lawyer Jonathan Haydn-Williams of Taylor Wessing said his client was “surprised, but nevertheless glad to note your comment reported in The Lawyer that ‘The [ICC’s] door is always open’.” He then called once again for the ICC to hand over its constitutional documents.
But Simmons litigation partner Philip Vaughan is firmly resolute that the documents will not be handed over. He said Wyatt had so far failed to provide a reason, under English
law, for the disclosure of the documents.
In part, Simmons’ argument relies on the fact that neither the ICC nor its development arm, ICC Development Ltd (ICCD) which is responsible for organising the World Cup, is an English company – ICCD is registered in the British Virgin Islands and the ICC is a member organisation.
Vaughan said that he believed Wyatt was looking to cause legal problems for the ICC. He firmly stated: “I’m not going to facilitate that by delivery of documents that are private and confidential.”