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Carey Olsen fields ‘one of the most extensive and technically excellent private client teams on the island’. Practice head Russell Clark is ‘at the top of his game from a fiduciary perspective; clients look to him when they have particularly complex matters that need resolving’. He handles a range of non-contentious work, including private trust company structuring, tax information exchange matters and trust restructuring, and is assisted by Natasha Kapp, who is ‘responsive, erudite and a pleasure to work with’, and at counsel level Leila Arstall, who is ‘very responsive and willing to help’ and Patricia Montgomery, who is ‘very strong on probate, estate planning and the technical aspects of wills’. Clients also single out the ‘approachableKonrad Friedlaender, for his ‘great knowledge’ of non-contentious matters as well as litigation. Trust company clients include RBC and Northern Trust.

Babbé LLP attracts praise for its ‘very good, efficient service, excellent turnaround times and in-depth subject matter knowledge’. Nicholas Donnithorne is ‘excellent – a source of practical and commercial advice delivered on a quick timescale’; his work includes family office establishment and private client trust structuring, as well as being ‘very good on pensions trust matters’. He often works with senior associate Anna Gray, who is ‘very easy to work with and understands where trustees are coming from, taking time to ensure that they and their clients know why things need to be done’. Managing partner Andrew Laws handles contentious and non-contentious work, while litigator Ian Swan handles heavyweight trust litigation.

Collas Crill is ‘technically astute and professional, while also being unstuffy and a delight to work with’. The firm advises a number of leading trust companies on various matters concerning private clients, and international employers on pension matters. Angela Calnansets the tone and is the driver of the firm’s approach’; ‘an acknowledged expert in Middle East-related trust matters’, she advised Louvre Group Dubai on its role as trustee of two Guernsey law trusts, including concerns about the trusts’ validity and the release of information to HM Revenue and Customs under the Liechtenstein disclosure facility. Joanne Seal, who heads the firm’s wills and estates team, ‘demonstrates excellent technical knowledge and applies it in a pragmatic way while communicating complex issues clearly’. Senior associate Kerrie Le Tissier handles work for Asia-based clients. Other clients include Equiom, which Calnan advised on the consequences of its trusteeship of a trust which borrowed money from its settlor, and the Public Trustee of Guernsey, which she advised on the winding down of two trusts, which were discovered to have been held as bare trusts, on top of a bungled attempt to change the beneficiaries which required remedying by the courts. Karen Farman, who was an of counsel in the team, is now in-house at Rothschild Trust.

Mourant Ozannes is ‘extremely good: its response times are very quick and its breadth and depth of knowledge is what you expect from a reputable firm’. The ‘responsive and pragmaticMatthew Guthrie, who heads the team, is ‘a go-to trusts lawyer –clients regularly test his technical and practical ability with very complex problems, and he delivers appropriate solutions every time’. His practice straddles non-contentious work as well as contentious work such as court applications. Other partners in the team include Gordon Dawes, who is recommended for trust disputes, and Robert Shepherd, who can ‘secure client confidence rapidly and work through the key points to get practical results’. The firm acts for leading trust companies including Butterfield Trust, Rothschild Trust, Intertrust and Credit Suisse Trust.

Ogier demonstrates ‘good technical knowledge’ and provides a ‘high level of partner-led service’. Marcus Leese is ‘extremely helpful and efficient, with invaluable international experience’. His work covers novel financial services trust structures, as well as wealth structuring matters for international high-net-worth clients, concerning both Guernsey and British Virgin Islands law. Simon Davies and Mathew Newman handle contentious work. Gavin Ferguson, a former managing partner of Appleby, is a recent key hire. William Simpson has retired.

Clients rate AFR Advocates for its ‘professionalism and knowledge, which helps bring things towards a satisfactory conclusion – the firm is there every step of the way, providing advice that goes over and above expectations’. In addition to handling non-contentious matters, the firm has strength in contentious probate work. Mark Ferbrache is praised for his ‘attention to detail and sense of doing what is fair and right, which is a rare quality – clients feel empowered to make decisions and he ensures the whole of the team answer queries’. His practice includes international cross-border disputes as well as some non-contentious work. Simon Geall and Paul Richardson handle heavyweight trust litigation.

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