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The ‘excellent litigation specialist practice’ at Baker & Partners consists of ‘an exceptional legal team which works together wholly in the interest of attaining the best possible result for the client’. The main bulk of the practice’s work revolves around trusts disputes and commercial contract litigation, but clients also appoint the group to handle novel issues such as public law and indemnity. Simon Thomas is ‘incredibly professional, polite, prepared, thorough and consciencious’; he is currently acting for a group of African companies in a claim against RBC Trust Company and its former director for breach of fiduciary duties pertaining to his alleged participation in a secret commission scheme and RBC’s dishonest assistance therein. Practice head and ‘clever tactician’ Steve Baker ‘takes extraordinary pride in his work’ and led the advice to a Central American family on their action against the administrators of their Jersey trusts following the intervention of Jersey and foreign authorities in the management of said trusts, and senior associate Charlie Sorensen collaborated with him to represent the liquidators of two BVI entities pursued in Jersey by the state of Brazil and the municipality of Sao Paolo on the grounds that they held funds misappropriated by a former public official. Clients also recommend William Redgrave and senior associates James Sheedy and Lynne Gregory, who recently joined from Centamin.  Senior associate Kirsty Thomas is a family law specialist and a key contact.

Robert Gardner leads Bedell Cristin’s dispute resolution outfit in Jersey, which boasts a particular strength in contentious trust and probate cases, regulatory disputes and commercial litigation. On the insolvency front, the ‘technically strong’ Edward Drummond represented Deloitte as the liquidator of the eight companies in Belgravia Financial Services Group, the liquidation of which involved complex issues such as intra-group reconciliation of debt. In other highlights, David Cadin assisted a trustee with the distribution of assets and termination of their trust as part of a Royal Court sanction following the implication of some of its beneficiaries in serious criminal investigations. Boubyan Petrochemical also appointed the team to oversee a complex multi-party corporate governance dispute pertaining to the reinstatement of the company’s former general partner in the context of claims arising from certain UK property purchases. Anthony Robinson retired in 2018.

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Sinels

Sinels Advocates is a litigation law firm in Jersey with an international reputation and global capability, specialising in litigation and dispute resolution for commercial, private client, trusts and fund matters. We also provide advice on divorce, family and wills and probate disputes in Jersey. We represent high-net-worth individuals, Jersey residents and businesses of all sizes and we have cross-border capabilities advising on major litigation, private client, fraud, negligence, trusts and commercial deals and transactions.

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Carey Olsen is ‘at the forefront of dispute resolution in Jersey’ thanks to its ‘enormously experienced and talented’ team. Known for his ‘great legal brain and silky advocacy’, John Kelleher spearheads the six-partner offering, which recently welcomed counsel Michael Goulbourn from First Names. The ‘authoritative, precise and clear’ William Grace advised the United States government on Jersey law issues pertaining to the enforcement of a financial order in criminal proceedings; Jeremy Garrood is currently representing Investec as the senior secured creditor in enforcement and insolvency proceedings against the Jersey interest of a high-net-worth individual; and Marcus Pallot, who ‘has extremely good tactical awareness’, continues to act for Faircliff Property in the recovery of fraud losses. Other notable contacts include ‘excellent advocate’ Richard Holden, the ‘user-friendly’ Andreas Kistler and Stephen Fitzgerald, who can ‘get to grips with an issue in a frighteningly short amount of time’.

In tax disputes Mourant Ozannes ‘is pre-eminent, with an unmatched combination of expertise and experience’, and clients find its ‘first-rate’ team ‘is comprised of outstanding litigators doing top-quality work’. Bruce Lincoln is ‘a brilliant lawyer and astute tactician who leaves no stone unturned’; he heads the litigation offering and is representing a professional investor and his asset managing company in litigation filed against two founding shareholders of Hurricane TopCo regarding contractual provisions and issues of unfair prejudice. In other highlights, the ‘tremendously experienced and hugely respected’ Jonathan Speck led the advice to a number of clients on regulatory and consumer protection issues arising from the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers fiasco, while the ‘exceedingly intelligent’ Justin Harvey-Hills and the ‘extremely capable’ Stephen Alexander were instructed by Level One to give evidence to the English High Court on the Jersey law of prescription pertaining to allegations of breach of fiduciary duties brought against the directors of two insolvent Jersey trusts. Associate Pierre Ali-Noor ‘is as smart as they come’ and also a name to note, alongside counsel Mathew Cook.

The ‘top-class’ offering at Appleby is ‘a quality act and fun to work with’. Blue-chip institutions and large corporate entities appoint the group to advise on commercial disputes, fraud and asset tracing matters, and trust litigation. An offshore-based trustee appointed the ‘excellent’ Michael Cushing to advise on its challenge to a beneficiary’s application to the Royal Court for the disclosure of confidential trust documents, while practice head Fraser Robertson collaborated with counsel Jared Dann to register and enforce an English judgment against an individual. The department also closely collaborates with the corporate team in the context of court-sanctioned bank transfer schemes and disputes arising from insolvency proceedings. Louise Richardson resigned from her partnership position to take up an in-house role at the States of Jersey.

One client finds Collas Crill is ‘undoubtedly a leader in the field’ as ‘excellence pervades its work at all levels’ and its ‘first-class’ lawyers ‘repeatedly demonstrate an effective team approach’. Involved in the longstanding multi-jurisdictional Crociani v Crociani trust dispute, the ‘commercially focused’ Elena Moran continues to act for the current trustee at the appeal stage following the Royal Court’s decision in favour of the client in September 2017. The ‘superb’ Damian James – who is known as an ‘astute, calm and authoritative tactician’ – is also a key contact in the trust dispute space. On the commercial front, Tepe appointed the group to handle a dispute with Turkish state-owned Botas after the latter resisted the enforcement of the plaintiff’s arbitration awards seeking to arrest and sell Botas’ shares in two Jersey oil and gas subsidiaries. Other key contacts include ‘robust litigator’ and ‘strong communicator’ Nuno Santos-Costa, the ‘very bright and impressive’ Danny Le Maistre and Dan Boxall, who is ‘completely on top of the legal and factual issues of a case’.

Dickinson Gleeson is ‘an excellent litigation boutique firm with a real strength in depth and outstanding commercial awareness’; clients praise the ‘extremely clever and hard-working’ James Gleeson as ‘an excellent lawyer to have on your side’. The highly recommended James Dickinson and ‘responsive, considered and pragmatic’ senior associate Guillaume Staal continue to act for an entrepreneur in multi-jurisdictional asset recovery proceedings following the Royal Court’s decision that the client’s claims to half of substantial loans and interests thereon were entirely vindicated. The group – supported by senior associate Robert Christie – is also representing the estate of a deceased individual involved in a longstanding and complex multi-party fraud case pertaining to allegations of embezzlement by the directors of a foreign company. High-profile and high-value trust disputes are also among the firm’s particular strengths.

Clients define Ogier as ‘high quality coupled with practical knowledge and expertise in the Jersey court system, explained to non-lawyers in plain and simple ways’. Regulatory sub-team co-chair Nick Williams continues to act for the trustee of four high-value trusts with regard to significant disputes arising from a proposed segregation of trust assets between various branches of the family, while the ‘excellent’ Edward Mackereth oversaw one of the group’s numerous investment loss claims on behalf of a major Jersey trust in defence of breach of trust allegations pertaining to administration decisions. Nicola Roberts, who was recently promoted to counsel, ‘instills confidence from her practical knowledge’ and draws much praise from clients, alongside Jersey practice head Nigel Sanders, who ‘is clearly an expert in his field’.

Walkers Jersey's Damian Evans is ‘extremely intelligent, brilliant in court, unfailingly practical and results-driven’. He co-heads the practice with Marc Seddon, who is currently advising RBC as the trustee of five charitable sub-trusts on litigation involving the rights of a beneficiary of a charitable trust to institute collateral proceedings in Jersey and abroad, and the recoverability of legal costs in administrative and hostile proceedings. Other notable work highlights included being appointed by the Royal Court to represent the minor and unborn beneficiaries of a number of trusts in the context of its transfer of over €1bn of assets held in Jersey to a foreign government, and being instructed by Simmons & Simmons to challenge the enforcement of arbitration awards made against companies owned by the Turkish state. Senior associates James Turnbull and Fritha Ford are also key contacts within the team.

BCR Law is known to clients as ‘outstanding – creative, thorough, collaborative, yet firm when needed’; it provides an offering of five partners specialised in commercial, trust, family and employment litigation. Especially noted is head of trusts Advocate Mark Renouf , who ‘is quick to assimilate a huge mass of detail’ and is ‘reassuringly authoritative’. On the commercial side, Jeremy Heywood acted for a local co-ownership association in a land ownership dispute, while Jean-Marie Renouf  defended a Jersey bowls club in a high-profile dispute involving all but one of the island’s clubs against a well-known individual who brought claims for unfair refusal of membership. David Benest is the firm’s managing partner and a recognised specialist in the field of insured risks and medical negligence as well as planning and construction disputes. Notable clients include Aviva, the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) and Taylor Wessing LLP.

Oben Law is a young litigation boutique specialising in trusts, financial services and regulatory disputes. The names to note are Simon Franckel and David Wilson, who founded the firm in 2016, and the team recently welcomed senior associate Louise Godley, who previously worked with Wilson at Mourant Ozannes. Recent work highlights include acting for an investor group in mis-selling claims against Brooks Macdonald, and representing a UK celebrity chef in the breakdown of his relationship with his financial sponsors. The firm’s diverse caseload also involves high-net-worth estate disputes and being instructed by insurers on high-profile personal injury cases; the team continues to defend a major offshore law firm in professional negligence claims brought by several parties.

The main name to note at Blakeley Legal is Olaf Blakeley, who has a strong track record of acting for high-net-worth individuals in trust disputes involving substantial business assets. The group has also previously defended clients in regulatory proceedings brought by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC).

Hatstone Lawyers' main dispute resolution contact is Stephen Wauchope. He specialises in trust disputes, employment law, general commercial litigation and regulatory issues. The team also handles personal injury cases, health and safety law prosecutions and contentious probate mandates.

Specialist litigation and regulatory boutique Lacey Advocates represents clients such as the Jersey government and the JFSC. Headed by founding partner Beverley Lacey, the team is currently advising the regulator on the enforcement of a number of potential independent financial adviser license revocations, and recently acted in a number of high-value trust disputes. Also notable are advocates Eloise Layzell, David Banks and Jane Martin.

Sinels 'prides itself on taking on the establishment and acts against the large institutional clients the other firms usually wish to represent’; ‘they go where other lawyers fear to tread’, according to one client. The firm’s particular strength lies in trust and high-net-worth matrimonial disputes. In recent highlights, an individual appointed the firm to advise on his claim against the States Employment Board seeking exemplary damages for an allegedly deliberate breach of contract. The group also handled a number of commercial disputes, including a conflict between a high-net-worth individual and a building contractor – the client – revolving around the question of how payment would be made and whether the parties had put a cost cap in place. Philip Sinel, Robin Leeuwenburg and the ‘sensible, pragmatic, honest and hard-working’ Steven Chiddicks are the names to note.

Voisin Law boasts a 'class outfit' in the field of dispute resolution which includes the 'very good' Dexter Flynn and team head Ashley Hoy. The team recently acted for VG and its directors in their response to compulsory notices issued as part of a regulatory fraud investigation. Also notable is the group's work for high-net-worth individuals such as Camilla de Bourbon de Deux Siciles, whom Hoy, Stephanie Habin and Frances Littler are assisting with an appeal against a court decision pertaining to breach of trust claims.

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