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Notwithstanding the year of political drama and market uncertainty that was 2016, Jersey remained an attractive place to do business or structure wealth. Although fund managers may prefer Jersey’s smaller neighbour Guernsey as a jurisdiction of choice, the Jersey funds market may see a halo effect generated from the decision of SoftBank to domicile its $100bn Softbank Vision Fund in Jersey. Jersey’s popularity as an offshore jurisdiction also leads to complex litigation work, generally concerning trusts and often involving allegations of civil fraud. While Jersey is best known as a financial centre, it has a significant ‘real economy’ as well; recent examples include the sale of The Liberation Group, a pub and restaurant company operating across the Channel Islands and parts of England, to a private equity investor for £118m.

One quirk of the Jersey legal market is a legal aid system which effectively uses a rota system to allocate cases to lawyers, to work on cases without payment. Larger firms have dedicated legal aid departments, but handling the work – or outsourcing it – is a common problem that smaller firms that are not focused on litigation have to circumnavigate.

As one of the best-served offshore jurisdictions by law firms, Jersey features the majority of the so-called ‘offshore magic circle’ firms, including Carey Olsen and Mourant Ozannes. Clients can also look to boutiques and smaller firms such as Ward Yates and Baker & Partners, which provide an equally high-calibre alternative within their fields, as well as Jersey-only full service firm Voisin.

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  • Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law

    Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law
  • Jersey Opens the door to QROP’s

    Jersey opens the door to QROPs
  • Jersey Legislation Overview

    Jersey Legislation Overview
  • Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes

    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.
  • Accessing EU Institutional investor capital

    Luxembourg is one of the largest global investment fund domiciles, benefiting from the following factors:

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