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Bedell Cristin has ‘excellent lawyers who are always available to provide technically sound and pragmatic advice in a timely manner’. Clients include beneficiaries, family offices and corporate and individual trustees. The practice increasingly receives instructions from middle eastern and far eastern clients. Edward Bennett heads the department. James Campbell is a ‘top-notch lawyer with an excellent grasp of cross-border issues’. The ‘superbZillah Howard is ‘tenacious and technically very strong’. The ‘helpful and practical’ Nancy Chien became a partner in September 2015. Clients value her knowledge of pensions and FATCA. Senior associate Henry Wickham is ‘very accomplished, well-organised and extremely responsive’.

Carey Olsen’s ‘excellent’ practice is led by the ‘technically strongPaul Matthams. Key partners include the ‘very impressiveSiobhan Riley and litigation lawyer Andreas Kistler. ‘Extremely knowledgeable’ counsel Keith Dixon ‘provides concise and practical advice’. Victoria Connolly was appointed counsel in January 2016. Clients include some of the island’s largest trust companies, as well as family offices, beneficiaries and other individuals from a range of jurisdictions.

Mourant Ozannesprovides sophisticated, tailored advice and has great strength in depth’. The ‘superbEdward Devenport leads the team and ‘swiftly finds creative solutions to unusual problems’. He advised RBC on the restructuring of a trust as well as advising on pensions, employee benefit trusts and unit trusts. The ‘thoughtful and analyticalGiles Corbin acted for Hawksford Trust Company Jersey on the incorporation of a Jersey foundation to hold a Jersey private trust company. Charities and philanthropy fall within his sphere of expertise. Contentious trust matters are dealt with by ‘starJonathan Speck and the ‘always impressiveBruce Lincoln.

Ogierhas an excellent record for providing creative solutions’. The firm’s global head of private client and trusts is the ‘sharp, accurate and strategicSally Edwards, who advises trustees, settlors and beneficiaries on complex restructuring, breach of trust issues and drafting complex bespoke trust deeds. The ‘caring and completely trustworthy’ Steve Meiklejohn assists private clients with estate planning and philanthropy. Other key figures include Josephine Howe, who provides ‘measured and technically sound advice’, and fellow managing associate Katherine Neal, who is ‘dynamic, enterprising and practical’.

Appleby recruited the ‘commercial, responsive and knowledgeable’ David Dorgan from Collas Crill in July 2015 and brought in associate Alicia Cain from its Isle of Man office in May that year. Dorgan counts a number of major trust companies among his clients and provides advice on the establishment and ongoing administration of private and commercial trusts and foundations. The practice was instructed to remedy certain problems with the charitable trust that owns Jersey Finance. Fraser Robertson handles litigation in this space.

Collas Crill’s team ‘is able to turn around high-quality work very quickly’. Kellyann Ozouf came from Bedell Cristin in March 2015 to head the team. She has ‘a sharp legal mind, a tremendous work ethic and an engaging personality’. The practice advises trust companies on the establishment, restructuring and winding up of trusts, and is regularly instructed by high-net-worth individuals. Athos Family and Business Services and Nautilus Trust Company are clients. David Dorgan moved to Appleby in July 2015 and Clare Nicolle joined Voisin in February 2016.

Dickinson Gleeson has a ‘very responsive and approachable team that provides good advice in a friendly manner’. James Gleeson and James Dickinson are routinely involved in trust litigation and the ‘personable and knowledgeableCraig Swart handles non-contentious matters. His highlights included acting for a high-net-worth individual in the restructuring of a trust after he had been inadvertently excluded from benefit.

Ward Yates delivers ‘unsurpassed advice and amazing response times’. Victoria Yates is ‘attentive, responsive, extremely professional and technically excellent’. Nick Ward and senior associate Elaine Kelly, who joined from Ogier in August 2015, are recommended. The practice advises trust companies and ultra-high-net-worth clients on issues affecting a range of structures, including Jersey LLPs and family unit trusts.

Baker & Partners is a dispute resolution boutique that handles a high number of contentious trust matters. Acting for a beneficiary, Stephen Baker and Simon Thomas firm secured a first-of-its-kind court ordered removal of a Panamanian corporate trustee in favour of a regulated Jersey entity. William Redgrave leads the firm’s representation of BNP Paribas in the Crociani case.

Hatstone Lawyers is ‘a forward-thinking and innovative firm that provides excellent client service’. Michael Shenkin ‘combines a commercial mindset with detailed technical knowledge’ and Carol-Ann Le Boutillier is ‘very straightforward’. The pair serve as general counsel to a private family office, and advise numerous trustees and individuals on non-contentious matters, as does Simon Vivian. Mike Preston is acting for Garfield Bennett Trustees in a major dispute.

Walkers Jersey’s team is led by the ‘very impressiveDamian Evans and the ‘friendly and professionalNigel Weston. ‘Highly experienced litigatorPaul Nicholls also plays a key role. The practice handles non-contentious matters, as well as being involved in high-profile litigation. Evans represented Fiduciana Trust in proceedings concerning a challenge made by judicial review.

Lexstone Lawyers was founded in December 2015 by Marcus Stone and Lucy Egerton-Vernon, formerly of Hatstone Lawyers. The ‘calm, commercial and knowledgeable’ Egerton-Vernon advised a Jersey trust on the liquidation of a company of which it was a shareholder, and assisted with charitable trust matters.

At Viberts Jersey Lawyers, Giles Baxter and Christopher Scholefield are singled out for their ‘commendable technical skills and the ability to communicate complex positions in ordinary language’. The firm acts for clients in trust litigation, as well as handling trust advisory work including establishments, restructurings, governance and the correction of errors.

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