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Jersey has a large, diverse and generally stable legal market, including firms ranging from sole practitioners to offshore behemoths acting across several jurisdictions. Both onshore lawyers and clients are consistently impressed by the quality of the legal advice provided.

The most significant new entrant to the marketplace was Ward Yates, which was founded in August 2014 by two former Ogier partners and focuses on non-contentious matters in the banking, corporate and trusts arenas.

Key personnel moves include Robert MacRae’s departure from Carey Olsen to become Attorney General of Jersey, and Collas Crill’s recruitment of Elena Moran from Ogier. Dispute resolution boutique Lacey Advocates, founded in 2013, was boosted by the arrival of experienced litigator David Wilson. Funds lawyer Tim Morgan joined Mourant Ozannes after leaving Ogier, and Damian Evans, who enjoys a strong reputation for his work in trust disputes, joined Walkers from Mourant Ozannes.

Trust companies have long been among the most significant sources of instructions for Jersey lawyers, and 2014 was no exception. Many firms reported an increase in work in this sector, on both the contentious and non-contentious sides. Litigation remained commonplace, and the consolidation of the market led to a number of corporate transactions, with private equity companies doing most of the buying. Another key trend was a continued increase in Jersey’s popularity among high-net-worth individuals in East Asia and the Middle East.

Commercial property has also been a fruitful sector, with firms reporting more activity from retailers, and a resurgence of activity from property developers. In addition, corporate departments have been particularly busy advising investors and banks on the acquisition of real estate in the UK.

In the area of investment funds, lawyers have been advising clients on compliance with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), which was transposed into UK law in July 2013. More generally, an increase in the number of assets under management in the jurisdiction has led to a corresponding increase in instructions relating to fund litigation, the establishment of funds, and acquisitions by funds.

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Legal Developments in Jersey

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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

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Press Releases in Jersey

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