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Carey Olsen fields a ‘very professional and personable team’ led by the ‘pragmatic and commercially awareKaren Le Cras, who specialises in corporate and commercial disputes. John Greenfield, whose work includes asset tracing and trust litigation, is noted for his ‘gravitas’ and ‘excellent communication skills’. He and the ‘thoughtful, intelligent and responsive’ Elaine Gray continue to represent the liquidators of certain BVI companies in a dispute with the former trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust. Also recommended are Mark Dunster, who is known for his expertise in regulatory matters and insolvency, and Tim Corfield, who is ‘relentlessly charming, unflappable and totally dedicated to winning’.

Mourant Ozannes provides ‘clear, pragmatic and commercial advice’ and has ‘a well-deserved reputation for handling complex cases’. The ‘extremely approachableChristopher Edwards heads the practice and acted alongside the ‘highly capableAbel Lyall for EFG Private Bank in inter-pleader proceedings relating to assets it holds as custodian. The ‘excellentJeremy Wessels and Jessica Roland (who is ‘a strong advocate’) continue to act for ITG in the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust litigation. ‘First-class litigatorRobert Shepherd is acting for seven defendants in a case arising from the liquidation of a fund. The ‘practical and strategicGordon Dawes regularly represents Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay in disputes. Peter Ferbrache is also recommended.

Babbé LLP has a ‘technically excellent team’ led by ‘fantastic litigatorIan Swan and which includes Anna Guggenheim QC, Todd McGuffin (who is ‘a determined advocate’), Nick Robison and managing partner Andrew Laws. The firm continued to defend the former directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation against a claim arising from the collapse of an investment fund, and is acting for the trustee of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust. Another client is HMRC, for which the firm is acting in a Hastings-Bass case.

The ‘excellentCollas Crill has a ‘knowledgeable and responsive team that provides clear, consistent and valuable advice’. Practice head Christian Hay acted for Lancelot Management in successfully blocking an attempt by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission to appoint an administrator. Together with of counsel David O’Hanlon, Hay is representing the Russian Federation in a dispute with Yukos concerning a $50bn arbitration award. The ‘insightful, forthright and highly commercialMichael Adkins is acting for Artemis Trust in a hostile Royal Court application to remove outgoing trustees. Gareth Bell’s clients include the independent directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation.

Ogier’s team provides ‘a very high level of service’. ‘Unflappable’ practice head Simon Davies and the ‘responsive and effectiveMathew Newman continue to defend Carlyle Group and Carlyle Investment Management against claims brought by the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation. Newman’s other clients include Friends Life, which he represented in the scheme of arrangement hearing concerning its takeover by Aviva. Managing associate Sally Peedom is recommended.

The ‘excellentAFR Advocates is noted for its ‘outstanding attention to detail’. The firm’s work includes cases relating to banking and finance, trusts, probate, professional negligence and fraud. The team is led by the ‘extremely practical’ Paul Richardson and the ‘exceptionally reliable’ Mark Ferbrache, and includes Simon Geall, who has ‘an incisive legal mind’.

Appleby’s ‘dynamic team’ is led by ‘excellent advocate’ Anthony Williams and includes ‘professional and friendly’ senior associate Adam Cole. Both individuals are representing Perpetual Media Capital in its claim against former directors for breaches of duty, and are acting for the liquidators of Weavering Capital in connection with proceedings seeking to recover money paid into trusts administered by Equiom Trust Company. The ‘responsive and knowledgeableGavin Ferguson is active in this area. Jeremy Le Tissier moved to Ashton Barnes Tee in October 2015.

Bedell Cristin’s lawyers attract praise for their ‘commercial, tailored advice’, as well as for their ‘responsiveness and adaptability’. ‘Versatile and highly effective’ practice head Alasdair Davidson successfully defended Hossein Hamedani against allegations of contempt of court, and represented numerous individuals and companies in trust-related litigation. Of counsel Jon Barclay is ‘a real asset’.

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP handles a high number of contentious trust matters, as well as family, probate and contract disputes. Alison Ozanne, Sarah Brehaut and Paul Buckle are recommended. Ozanne is advising Robert McCully, the plaintiff, in a breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claim against a family member.

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Legal Developments in Guernsey for Dispute resolution

  • Guernsey’s New Trust Legislation

    A brief overview of the key changes to the Island's Trust Legislation taking effect on Monday 17 March 2008 Much of Guernsey's economic success over past decades has been due to its adaptability and flexibility to react to changing market situations and conditions.
    - Carey Olsen

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  • In re B; B v T (Court of Appeal, 11 July 2012)

    A trustee's duty of confidentiality has recently been discussed and to some extent clarified in the recent Guernsey Court of Appeal decision of In re B; B v T (Court of Appeal, 11 July 2012). This summary has been prepared to provide you with a summary of the case as well as the general issues raised, but is not intended to cover all matters or to provide commentary.   This summary does not constitute legal advice.
  • The Company Administration Regime in Guernsey

  • Guernsey Image Rights Legislation

    The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance 2012 (the Ordinance) and The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations, 2012
  • Guernsey Foundations

    The Foundations (Guernsey) Law, 2012 (Law) is awaiting Royal assent, expected to be given by the end of the year or early next year. Whilst Guernsey is not the first jurisdiction to provide for foundations, the Law does provide a number of unique options for individuals wishing to take advantage of the benefits provided by foundations. The purpose of this note is to provide both a general summary of the features of a Guernsey foundation, as well as a summary of these unique options that will be available under the Law.
  • Competitive Guernsey

    Guernsey has been considering the introduction of local competition law since at least 2005 and by bringing into effect The Competition (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2012 on 1 August 2012, has introduced an effective Competition Law regime, to regulate the same 3 core areas recognized in most competition regimes, namely the abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Foundations in Guernsey

    On 25 July 2012 the States of Deliberation, Guernsey’s parliament, approved the project de loi The Foundations (Guernsey) Law, 2012 (the “Law”). Subject to Privy Council approval, the Law is expected to come into force in late 2012 or early 2013. This note is a brief summary of certain features of the new Law.
  • Friendly Rivalry? The Competition Laws of the Channel Islands

    • New Competition Law for Guernsey in force on 1 August 2012 • Jersey and Guernsey now both regulate the abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions • Key differences between the islands' competition laws • Overall, a pan-Channel Island approach to regulation
  • Making a will in Guernsey May 2012

    On 2 April 2012 The Inheritance (Guernsey) law 2011 came into force which has replaced Guernsey’s forced heirship regime with a system of full testamentary freedom (accompanied by family and dependent provisions).
  • Listing Specialist Securities on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange

    The Channel Islands Stock Exchange LBG ("CISX") began its operations in October 1998. It is based in St Peter Port, Guernsey and provides a listing facility and bespoke trading platform.
  • Image rights laws to be introduced in Guernsey

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