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The level of service at Babbé LLP is ‘outstanding’; the dispute resolution team in particular ‘has a reputation for getting the job done’ and is further known to be ‘highly competent, straightforward and approachable’. ‘Powerful, persuasive and assured’ advocates Ian Swan and Anna Guggenheim QC acted for the former directors of Carlyle as defendants in the landmark litigation case arising from the collapse of its mortgage-backed investment fund in 2008. On the trusts dispute front, Nicholas Robison teamed up with Swan to assist the trustees of the Tchenguiz trust in two high-profile disputes in the Privy Council, and the corporate trustee of a Guernsey trust appointed Andrew Laws and senior associate Robert Fullman to obtain declarations in the Royal Court to defeat hostile proceedings filed in Italy by a potential beneficiary. Clients also recommend ‘astute tacticianTodd McGuffin, who is currently representing the joint liquidators of Midlands Resources in an appeal challenging their appointment to oversee the complex winding-down proceedings.

Carey Olsen fields a ‘consistently strong team’ which clients describe as ‘adaptable’, ‘results-driven’, ‘pre-eminent’ and ‘second to none’. Among the key names to note is the ‘conscientious, cooperative, approachable and sensibleKaren Le Cras, whose ‘wealth of experience and sound instincts’ make her a client favourite, alongside the ‘extremely bright and effectiveElaine Gray. On the trust front, John Greenfield and Gray continue to act for the joint liquidators in the landmark Tchenguiz case, and Le Cras represented the trustee of a retirement plan in a Hastings-Bass application by one of its beneficiaries. Tim Corfield is ‘the best litigator on the island’, according to one client, and recently obtained the court’s approval on behalf of NYX Gaming with regard to its acquisition by Scientific Games via a scheme of arrangement. The team also frequently defends insurers and medical professionals in mistreatment and negligence claims, handles commercial disputes arising out of insolvencies, and advises clients on issues including asset tracing, fraud claims and regulatory breaches. Counsel David Jones is also a key contact.

Mourant Ozannes 'stands head and shoulders above the rest', according to one client, and the dispute resolution team is 'extremely efficient, professional, technically excellent and helpful'. The group handled a number of market-leading disputes, such as the famous multi-jurisdictional 'Carlyle case', in which international litigation sub-team head Jeremy Wessels acted alongside Abel Lyall for the liquidators on the plaintiff side. On the trust dispute front, Wessels is representing the former trustees of the Tchenguiz discretionary trust in multiple Guernsey actions which are themselves part of a wider international net of actions. Also notable is Lyall's advice to the trustees of the St John Ambulance and Rescue Service pension scheme with regard to a multi-million-pound fiduciary breach claim filed by some of its participants following severe losses, and Christopher Edwards' advice to a major global bank with regard to a restraint order filed against one of its high-ranking executives and related questions on trust structure law. Robert Shepherd is 'very capable, logical, calm and practical' and spearheads the Guernsey team. The 'tactically very astute' Gordon Dawes 'runs his teams with a great degree of practicality and efficiency'.

Known as 'one of the strongest teams in Guernsey', Ogier's dispute resolution offering is led by the 'extremely well-regarded' Mathew Newman and Simon Davies. In recent highlights, Davies successfully defended the Carlyle entity in the landmark 'Carlyle case', and highly recommended managing associate Sam Dingle assisted Newman with advising the joint liquidators of the Marlborough Trust Company. Clients also engaged the group - supported by senior associates Emma Hill and Sanie Lyne - to oversee regulatory investigations, anti-money laundering suits and trust disputes. The team continued on its growth trajectory with the addition of employment law specialist and counsel Rachel Richardson from Carey Olsen.

AFR Advocates ‘is a friendly and well-organised firm with a good knowledge of the local courts’ and the ‘ability to handle substantial litigation’. Clients describe the ‘absolutely outstanding’ dispute resolution team as ‘terrier-like’ and its managing partner Paul Richardson as ‘a top-notch lawyer of the highest standard’. He is currently representing an individual in a damages claim against the Serious Fraud Office arising from its admission of failures in its longstanding investigation into the client’s affairs, and senior associate Ian Davis is part of the team acting for the defendant in a longstanding negligence claim in the context of failed investments filed by a financial services company. Other key names include ‘tenacious leader’ Mark Ferbrache, who ‘is prepared to roll up his sleeves and go the extra mile for 365 days a year’, and Simon Geall, who ‘leaves no stone unturned’ and whose ‘force and creativity in advocacy is rare’. Senior associate Robert Breckon regularly works alongside Geall and is also noteworthy.

Appleby’s ‘very strong team’ is ‘capably led’ by ‘calm and cool-headed strategic thinkerAnthony Williams, who is ‘a first-rate advocate and has an outstanding reputation’ on the island, according to one client. Supported by counsel Richard Sheldon and associate Camilla Cook, Williams led the advice to an individual with regard to his application for Hastings-Bass relief against the trustee of his offshore retirement annuity trust, and the firm was instructed by a financial institution as the trustee in a trust dispute with its settlor pertaining to unexpected tax charges following the transfer of funds into the structure. On the regulatory side, the group continues to advise Blenheim on the enforcement actions filed against it by the GFSC arising from a fraud by one of its former directors. Alison MacKrill recently arrived from Carey Olsen with senior associate Paula Fry to bolster the practice.

The ‘responsive and pragmaticBedell Cristin boasts ‘a strong brand reputation’ as ‘a commercial and client-centric firm which understands the need for practical, user-friendly advice’. Practice head Alasdair Davidson ‘is very calm and gives measured and sensible advice’; he continues to represent a high-net-worth beneficiary alongside Jasmin Semlitsch in a longstanding multi-jurisdictional trust dispute with a Guernsey-based trustee and various other family members pertaining to the application of sharia law and Guernsey’s ‘firewall’ legislation. Jon Barclay is part of a team advising a local company owned by a Ukrainian high-net-worth individual in arbitration proceedings concerning the majority shareholding in a major Eastern European telecoms company. The team also advised on regulatory enforcement efforts and investigations and handled employment litigation arising out of the severance of senior executives.

Collas Crill boasts a 'broad practice and is readily available to advise from a practical commercial perspective'. The team, which has a 'growing international profile in large international trust disputes', is led by the 'very calm and strategic' Christian Hay. In recent highlights, a group spearheaded by Gareth Bell and of counsel David O'Hanlon was instructed by Carlyle's three independent directors to fight breach of fiduciary duties, negligence and breach of contract claims filed by the company and its liquidators in the landmark 'Carlyle case'. Michael Adkins represented three defendants in the Royal Court with regard to an application for declaratory relief concerning the shareholding of Delta Holding which, if successful, would give the plaintiffs majority control of the company and its underlying assets, including a substantial development property in central London. Senior associate Ben Havard 'is a pleasure to work with' and was part of the team which defended two parties served with freezing orders obtained by the plaintiffs on the grounds of alleged fraud by the third defendant and fund promoter. The department also handles insolvency litigation and commercial disputes. Senior associate James Tee is another key member of the team.

WALKERS fields ‘a very experienced litigation team which carefully guides clients through difficult times’ with its ‘in-depth knowledge of the Guernsey courts and trust disputes’. The three-partner outfit has a strong track record in the financial services space and works closely with the non-contentious fiduciary department. Known by clients as a ‘superb advocate’, practice head Alison Ozanne is currently working alongside the ‘extremely commercialSarah Brehaut to represent a Guernsey trustee in administrative proceedings arising from its efforts to separate the interests of one high-net-worth individual and her family through a momentous decision. Employment partner Louise Hall is assisting the team representing the States of Guernsey in a dispute brought by two individuals supported by Unite the Union with regard to changes to their public sector pension scheme. The new head of the private client and fiduciary offering, Rupert Morris, recently joined the firm from Bedell Cristin, while associate Laurent Thibealt arrived from Mourant Ozannes.

Ashton Barnes Tee wields a particular strength in trust and estate disputes. The main names to note include Jeremy Le Tissier, who has a strong track record in proceeds of crime litigation cases and commercial disputes, and Clare Tee, who has extensive experience representing both domestic and international clients in a wide range of disputes, including contentious employment mandates. For criminal litigation work, clients can rely on Chris Green.

New firm Ferbrache & Farrell LLP ‘attracts the very best talent’; the ‘lawyers of the highest standard know their job, work together as a team and are clearly on top of things at all times’. The dispute resolution team is led by the ‘technically competent, client-concerned, serious and punctualMartin Jones, who advised three individuals as beneficiaries with regard to a UK trust administered by Guernsey trustees who alleged the clients had lost their beneficiary status due to defects in the documentation which appointed them as such. The group also acted for a senior employee of a major bank in disciplinary proceedings, assisted a Guernsey advocate with his claim for the repayment of loaned monies, and advised on issues arising from regulatory anti-fraud enforcements. Also notable is ‘commercially astute’ of counsel Adam Cole, who – alongside Jones – was instructed to represent the Office of the Public Trustee of the Bailiwick as the trustee of several occupational pension schemes following the forced removal of the previous trustees. Consultant Peter Ferbrache is also noteworthy.

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Legal Developments in Guernsey for Dispute resolution

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

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