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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Baker & Partners is a leading name in the field of regulatory investigations, regularly acting for both businesses and Jersey’s regulatory prosecutors in a number of high-profile cases. Simon Thomas' experience covers fraud prosecutions, negligent financing claims and regulatory public law issues. Recent mandates for William Redgrave include securing high-value freezing orders for both domestic and international litigation actions, as well as acting in banking-sector mis-selling claims. The also team also has expertise in mutual legal assistance matters.

Practice head(s):Stephen Baker; Simon Thomas; William Redgrave

Other key lawyers:Julian Gollop

Testimonials

'An excellent combination of established advocates from Jersey and specialist barristers with a UK background'

'One of the pre-eminent litigation practices in Jersey'

'Simon Thomas acts on complex and serious trial proceedings smoothly and according to plan'

'Simon has a very approachable manner and prepares cases thoroughly'

'Simon Thomas is an excellent jury advocate and his cross-examination is devastating. He is not simply a good advocate but an excellent lawyer who understands how to present cases which makes him very jury friendly'

'Stephen Baker and Julian Gollop are very competent advocates'

'Baker & Partners provides excellent and insightful knowledge of the law'

'Baker & Partners is approachable and works in a collegiate manner'

'No other firm has the same level of experience in Jersey'

Key Clients

Meinl Bank

Beneficiaries of the I, J, K and L Trusts

Link Asset Services Limited

The Attorney General of Jersey

Jersey Financial Services Commission

Work highlights

  • Acted for Meinl Bank in challenging attempts by the Austrian authorities to obtain Jersey-held material to use in criminal investigations.
  • Instructed to act for the UHNW beneficiaries of four trusts which are the subject of investigation by Jersey and international authorities.
  • Successfully prosecuted the former managing director of Lumiere Wealth for a number of mis-selling offences on behalf of the Attorney General of Jersey.
  • Instructed to prosecute the director of Parisma Trading with offences of fraud and fraudulent conversion on behalf of the Attorney General of Jersey

Carey Olsen has a dedicated regulatory and white collar disputes team as part of its full-service offering to an extensive list of international corporate clients. William Grace is a leading figure in the field and is often sought-after by regulated businesses to advise on money laundering, proceeds of crime and sanctions matters, as well as regulatory investigations, including ones concerning alleged insider trading. The team has expertise in mutual legal assistance and regulatory appeals. Marcus Pallot has experience of gambling regulation, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Marcus Pallot

Other key lawyers:William Grace

Testimonials

'Carey Olsen's knowledge of regulatory law is first-class'

'Carey Olsen provides advice which is commercial and pragmatic'

'The team has depth of knowledge of regulatory law'

'John Kelleher, Guy Coltman and William Grace are unrivaled in their experience'

'William Grace has a no-nonsense approach to resolving matters'

'William Grace's knowledge of regulatory law is second to none. He is extremely thorough yet provides concise advice that is solutions-driven'

Key Clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

US Government

Butterfield Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for the US government on the enforcement of a financial order in a criminal proceeding and a mutual legal assistance request.
  • Represented Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in a prosecution for intermeddling.
  • Instructed to appeal a decision by the Jersey Competition and Regulatory Authority.

Bedell Cristin operates closely with its offices in Guernsey, the Cayman Islands and beyond to advise multi-jurisdictional financial institutions  on regulatory compliance obligations, including anti-corruption and anti-money laundering regimes. Recent work includes handling litigation concerning freezing orders, health and safety prosecutions and proceeds of crime orders.

Practice head(s):Edward Drummond; Martin Paul

Testimonials

'An excellent team with a broad range of knowledge'

'Approachable partners who are able to explain, in everyday language, complex legal and regulatory matters'

'Edward Drummond not just gets on with it but always seems to get it'

Key Clients

Credit Suisse AG (Singapore)

Boubyan Petrochemical

STEP Jersey

Harbour Litigation Funding

Work highlights

  • Acted for Credit Suisse (Singapore) in securing the release of property subject to criminal freezing orders in Jersey.
  • Acting for Boubyan Petrochemical Company against a number of parties (including the former general partner and asset manager) concerning claims arising from certain UK property purchases.
  • Acting for Harbour Litigation Funding in litigation against Dr. Gail Cochrane and her company Orb, and the related seizure over the assets of convicted fraudster Gerald Smith.

Alongside its affiliated entity Oben Regulatory, Oben Law is a sought-after firm for both regulatory bodies and regulated businesses, predominantly in the financial sector. The team provides advice to clients subject to criminal charges, enforcement proceedings, money laundering investigations, among others. Director Jamie Biddle is often instructed to carry out independent internal compliance reviews and remediation support following Jersey Financial Services Commission applications.

Practice head(s):Simon Franckel; David Wilson

Other key lawyers:Jamie Biddle

Testimonials

'An industry leader in regulatory law'

'Fantastic attention to detail'

Key Clients

The Jersey Financial Services Commission

Work highlights

  • Acting for an investor claim group in a mis-selling claim against Brooks MacDonald.

Boutique outfit Callington Chambers is considered a go-to name for data protection, having recently advised on the implementation of domestic legislation as well as handling criminal cases in this field. Davida Blackmore is praised as a leader in this field, as well as being a sought-after name by public bodies for advice regarding Jersey’s freedom of information laws.

Practice head(s):Davida Blackmore

Testimonials

'The team at Callington Chambers is very flexible and client focussed'

'An amazing practice with transparent people who don't keep you in the dark about anything'

'Davida Blackmore is the go-to person for GDPR issues in Jersey'

'Davida Blackmore instinctively knows the answers to difficult GDPR issues'

'Davida Blackmore is responsive and clear with her advice and is very easy to work with'

Key Clients

Information Commissioner for Jersey

Work highlights

  • Advising the Information Commissioner for Jersey on updated Jersey data protection legislation law in light of the GDPR and assisting with proposed amendments to the draft laws during the legislative consultation.

Mourant provides advice to regulated entities in the trust, banking and finance sectors, including sanctions, anti-money laundering and data protection advice. The team represents clients in regulatory litigation, including tax information exchange agreement matters.

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