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Carey Olsen’s ‘solution-oriented, technically excellent and very approachable’ team is led by the ‘knowledgeable and pragmaticRussell Clark. It includes Konrad Friedlaender, who displays ‘business acumen, legal expertise and attention to detail’, Natasha Kapp, who has an excellent reputation, and counsels Laila Arstall and Patricia Montgomery. The team represents clients in trust-related disputes and assists with non-contentious matters such as the establishment of foundations and trusts, the restructuring of trusts and M&A transactions in the trust sector.

Lawyers at the ‘very impressiveMourant Ozannesdemonstrate great depth of thought and a detailed knowledge of the law’. The ‘approachable, likeable and extremely brightMatthew Guthrie is the local practice group head and London-based Jim Edmondson is the international practice group head. Guthrie primarily handles non-contentious matters, including the establishment and restructuring of trusts. The firm also represents clients in trust-related disputes. Gordon Dawes is also recommended.

Appleby is praised for ‘good business acumen and independent thinking’. The team, led by ‘astute, affable, technically knowledgeable and efficient’ managing partner Gavin Ferguson, advises trust companies and individuals on a broad range of matters. The ‘impressive’ Anthony Williams handles trust litigation. Consultant Alice Bricogne joined from 2 Bedford Row in July 2015. Jeremy Le Tissier moved to Ashton Barnes Tee in October 2015.

Babbé LLP’s clients range from independent trust companies to major financial institutions. Managing partner Andrew Laws has experience of both contentious and non-contentious trust matters, and Nicholas Donnithorne, who is best known for his pensions expertise, routinely acts for clients in this sector. Litigator Nick Robison and associate Nina Gurney are also highly recommended.

Collas Crill is noted for its ‘excellent level of personal service, clear, concise advice and a pragmatic approach’. Clients include trustees, high-net-worth individuals and middle eastern families seeking advice on Shari’ah-compliant structures. Angela Calnan (who ‘demonstrates exceptional technical knowledge’) heads the practice jointly with Joanne Seal, who focuses on wills and estate planning. Of counsel Karen Farman is highly recommended. Senior associate Kerrie Le Tissier joined from Bedell Cristin in February 2016.

AFR Advocates provides ‘a very good overall level of service’. Paul Richardson and Mark Ferbrache frequently represent beneficiaries and trustees in high-profile trust litigation, and the ‘proactive and inquisitive’ Peter Stahelin handles non-contentious matters, including the formation and administration of trusts.

Ogier has a ‘responsive, knowledgeable and very professional’ team that advises family offices, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and major companies on Guernsey and BVI law arrangements. Key figures include non-contentious specialists William Simpson, Marcus Leese and Bryon Rees, and Simon Davies and Mathew Newman, who represent clients in disputes.

Walkers (Guernsey LLP’s fiduciary department is led by ‘superb trust lawyerPaul Buckle, who is supported by senior associate Katharine Dean and associate Ewan Mackay. The team continues to gain clients, acting for trustees, beneficiaries, and settlors and handling the restructuring of complex trust and company structures as well as litigation.

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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

    Introduction 
  • 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

    “Image is everything” - Andre Agassi once famously declared in an advert for camera brand, Canon.

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