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The ‘superbAppleby is led by ‘well-respected litigatorFraser Robertson, who ‘has the gravitas necessary to manage the expectations of demanding clients’. In addition to handling high-profile trust litigation, Robertson advises the Information Commissioner on the operation of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2014. The ‘simply outstandingMichael Cushing is ‘the consummate advocate; he combines strong client-handling skills with forthright technical abilites’. Cushing defended the trustee, Novatrust, in substantial breach of trust proceedings. Senior associate Amy Benest and counsel Louise Richardson are ‘responsive, understanding and supportive’. Also recommended are counsel Jared Dann and Victoria Myerson, the firm’s head of family law.

Baker & Partners is ‘an excellent’ litigation boutique staffed by ‘experienced, intelligent and hardworking attorneys’. Senior partner Stephen Baker ‘gives no-nonsense advice and instils confidence in his clients’, and Simon Thomas is ‘adept at navigating the Jersey courts’. Baker and Thomas secured the removal of a Panamanian corporate trustee in favour of a regulated Jersey entity in court proceedings spanning several jurisdictions. William Redgrave is ‘extremely thorough, calm and sensible’, and ‘especially impressive in the asset recovery field’. He continues to lead the firm’s representation of BNP Paribas Trust Corporation in a high-value and hostile trust dispute. Advocate Charlie Sorensen and ‘intelligent and thoughtful’ senior associate James Sheedy are also recommended.

The ‘extremely impressive’ practice at Bedell Cristinhas the capacity to deal with any litigation on the island, however big’. It handles major contentious trusts and probate cases, multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes, fraud cases and regulatory matters. Key figures include practice head Anthony Robinson, who is ‘an excellent advocate and a shrewd tactician’; Lisa Springate, who is ‘utterly charming and sensible’; Robert Gardner, who is ‘extremely quick at absorbing complex facts’; Edward Drummond, who has ‘an impressive ability to construct a robust argument’; the ‘experienced and perceptiveMark Taylor; and David Cadin.

Carey Olsen provides ‘an excellent overall level of service’. Department head John Kelleherhas an unparalleled knowledge of Jersey customary law and is a pleasure to work with’. He is leading the firm’s representation of Edoarda Crociani, Paul Foortse and Appleby Trust (Mauritius) in a major breach of trust case. The ‘responsive, knowledgeable and considerateMarcus Pallot advised Investec Bank on the enforcement of an £85m lending facility against a defunct Jersey Limited Partnership. Andreas Kistlerhas exceptional technical knowledge and is a pleasure to work with’. He represented the outgoing protector in relation to proceedings brought by the trustees to challenge the appointment of a new trustee and new protectors. William Gracehas an impressive grasp of the regulatory environment’. Nicolas Journeaux and ‘clever and quick-thinking’ counsel Jeremy Garrood are also recommended.

Collas Crillcan go toe to toe with any other firm in Jersey’. Practice head Nuno Santos-Costa continues to defend Princess Camilla de Bourbon des Deux Siciles as the beneficiary in a major piece of trust litigation. He also secured an acquittal for a woman charged under the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999. The ‘bright, patient and strategically superbDamian James is representing Well Oriental Investments in a major shareholder dispute. Elena Moran is acting for a major Turkish construction company attempting to enforce a $101m arbitration award. Highlights for Danny Le Maistre included representing an individual being investigated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

Mourant Ozannes has a well-deserved reputation for handling some of the largest and most complex offshore cases. ‘Measured and thoughtful advocateBruce Lincoln heads the practice, and is representing Kuwait Oil Tanker Company in Order of Justice proceedings brought by the company against a Kuwaiti national. Jonathan Speckcombines immaculate charm with magisterial courtroom presence’ and represented Schroder Cayman Bank and Trust Company and Schroder Trust in obtaining recognition in Jersey of a decision made by a Cayman Islands court. ‘Brilliant and persuasive advocateJustin Harvey-Hills is representing Hopkins Architects Partnership in a copyright dispute against the States of Jersey Development Company. Mark Temple became Solicitor General in March 2015.

Ogier’s ‘hugely responsive and supportive’ team provides ‘practical solutions to complex problems’. The ‘solid, sound, practical and personableNigel Sanders heads the team, and is ‘everything the client wants in one package’. He represented Lutea Holdings and Jasmine Trustees in a case concerning the appointment of trustees and protectors. The ‘bright and thoughtfulNick Williamsis extremely pleasant to deal with’. He handles regulatory matters and contentious insolvency as well as corporate and trust disputes. ‘Fantastic litigatorEdward Mackerethgives impeccable strategic and commercial advice’. Managing associate Nicola Roberts is ‘very approachable and grasps issues quickly’.

The ‘excellentBenest Corbett Renouf was formed in January 2016 by the merger of David Benest Law and Hanson Renouf. Managing partner David Benest is ‘obliging and prompt’. Barbara Corbett (who is ‘a force to be reckoned with’) heads the family law team. The ‘very responsive and user-friendly’ Jeremy Heywood handles trust and commercial disputes, as do ‘excellent negotiator’ Jean-Marie Renouf and the ‘passionate and enthusiastic’ Mark Renouf.

At Dickinson Gleeson, ‘each of the partners demonstrates great technical expertise while remaining dedicated to excellent client service’. Key figures include ‘excellent cross-examinerJames Gleeson, who ‘works exceptionally hard for his clients’; James Dickinson, who is ‘collaborative and a superb tactician’; senior associate Robert Christie, who joined from Ogier’s BVI office in September 2015; and Craig Swart. The firm handles trust disputes, commercial disputes and insolvency matters.

Walkers Jersey’ ‘extremely strong’ practice is led by ‘robust and user-friendly litigatorPaul Nicholls, who represented Durant International Corporation and Kildare Finance in a major asset recovery case. Highlights for the ‘fantasticDamian Evans included representing Fiduciana Trust in judicial review proceedings, and representing a defendant in a $20bn fraud case. Evans is ‘extremely hardworking, razor sharp in his analysis of every case, and a real team player’. Senior counsel Marc Seddon is ‘a good negotiator and a wise strategist’.

The ‘flexible and hardworking team atLacey Advocates is led by the ‘professional, determined and extremely knowledgeableBeverley Lacey. David Wilson is ‘technically skilled, pragmatic and able to see the big picture’. The firm frequently represents clients in high-profile trust disputes and the firm has a number of public sector clients. These include the Government of Jersey, which the firm is advising on the inquiry into historic child sex abuse.

Viberts Jersey Lawyers’ ‘excellent’ practice is led by Crown Advocate Christina Hall, who is defending an Italian national in a $20bn fraud case. Giles Baxter and Christopher Scholefield continue to act for the defendant, CI Trustees & Executors, in a long-running trust dispute.

Highlights for Olaf Blakeley of Blakeley Legal included securing a victory for Organic Kids Nurseries against the Education Department in the Royal Court. Blakeley’s work includes commercial disputes, criminal matters and personal injury cases.

Bois Bois is a boutique firm where Simon Young handles commercial and trust litigation, including fraud and asset tracing claims. His work also includes IP matters and professional negligence claims.

At specialist litigation firm FranckelLaw, the ‘unflappable’ Simon Franckel is ‘a fantastic litigator capable of handling the most complex cases’. Franckel enjoys a particularly good reputation for representing minor and unborn beneficiaries in trust disputes, as he did in Kay v Otto Poon. He also acted for a Bahaman foundation in a major trust dispute, and has experience representing law firms in professional negligence cases.

Hatstone Lawyersprovides exemplary service, giving swift and measured responses backed by deep industry knowledge’. Former Voisin lawyer Mike Preston joined in May 2015, and has since acted in a number of multi-million pound cross-border trust disputes. Clients include Garfield Bennett Trustees.

Sinels is a dispute resolution boutique that handles disputes for trusts, funds, and commercial and private clients. The practice has experience of mediation and arbitration, and also acts for clients on fraud and asset tracing issues. Philip Sinel and senior associate Steven Chiddicks are recommended.

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Legal Developments in Jersey for Dispute resolution

  • Modified Universalism - The Guernsey Perspective

    The Royal Court has recently given clear guidance on the application of the principle of modified universalism to insolvency matters in Guernsey. The case of EFG Private Bank (Channel Islands) Ltd v. BC Capital Group (in liquidation) & Ors [34/2013] will have significant consequences for crossborder insolvencies with a Guernsey element, as it sets out for the first time the principles which the Royal Court should consider when assessing the nature and extent of its obligation to provide "active assistance" to foreign insolvency proceedings.
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  • Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law

    Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law
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    Jersey opens the door to QROPs
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    Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes
  • AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences

    AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences under the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999 
  • The New Charities Law - a bright new dawn

    As of Friday 21 November 2014, the new Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the " Law ") (or at least certain parts of it) came into effect.  This represents a quantum leap forward for Jersey in the charity field.  The Law has introduced a new test for what is charitable (the " Charity Test "), has introduced the post of a Charity Commissioner and a Charity Tribunal, and in time will introduce standards that those who run charities in the Island will have to abide by.  It is hoped that the Law will enable the Island to flourish as a centre for the administration of charitable and philanthropic structures.
  • New Managed Account Regime for Jersey Hedge Fund Managers

    An exemption which will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to be appointed in relation to managed accounts has now been introduced.  This will enable hedge fund managers that are already regulated under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law (FS Law) in Jersey to carry out fund services business (FSB) to also service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need to seek additional regulation for the conduct of investment business under the FS Law.
  • The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012: Changes to Jersey's security regime

    On 2 January 2014, the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 came into force in respect of Jersey law security over intangible movable property (e.g. shares/securities, bank accounts and custody assets).  The new law replaces the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (which was in force for the last three decades) and introduces a number of important changes which modernise Jersey's security regime.
  • Exclusive and Inherent Jurisdictions: to boldly go where no Court has gone before?

    On 26 November 2014, the Privy Council delivered judgment in the long-running case of Crociani & Others v. Crociani & Others [2014] UKPC 40 .  The case is of interest to trustees because it provides conclusive and binding guidance on the treatment of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust deeds.  However, it also raises questions as to the fundamental nature of the inherent supervisory jurisdiction of the Royal Court in connection with trust matters, and whether it is in fact broader than previously thought.
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