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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker & Partners

Litigation boutique Baker & Partners is ‘very experienced, with a wealth of knowledge – its team is comprised of very good tactical thinkers’. The firm, which is ‘extremely responsive and a source of structured, well-thought-out and succinct advice’, handles the full gamut of disputes, including trust litigation, civil fraud, asset tracing, construction litigation, high-value matrimonial cases and professional regulatory matters. William Redgrave is leading a contingent from the firm representing BNP Paribas Jersey Trust in the high-profile Crociani v Crociani case, an intra-family dispute concerning a trust established in the Bahamas in 1987 which encountered several changes of professional trustee and governing law. Also in the contentious trust space, Simon Thomas and ‘diligent and very thorough’ senior associate James Sheedy represent a number of beneficiaries in a cross-border case which involved the court-ordered replacement of a rogue Panamanian trustee with a Jersey one. Fraud and asset tracing for the pair included acting for Kenyan car importer CMC Holding in a claim against a former director who allegedly diverted secret commissions from invoices to executives via Jersey bank accounts, and to two trust companies, which it claims acted as dishonest assistants. Advocate Charlie Sorensen is ‘very responsive, well-organised and sound, with an extensive knowledge of litigation matters’; he is representing the estate of a British businessman who was defrauded by his company’s former office manager while he was in a coma in Tokyo, in the Jersey aspects of a multi-jurisdictional case that also encompasses Turks and Caicos and Cayman Islands. Senior associate and family law specialist Kirsty Thomas is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Stephen Baker - Baker & Partners

William Redgrave - Baker & Partners

Next generation lawyers

Charlie Sorensen - Baker & Partners

James Sheedy - Baker & Partners

Kirsty Thomas - Baker & Partners

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 4

Baker & Partners

Litigation boutique Baker & Partners handles various trust disputes. In addition to Stephen Baker continuing to represent BNP Paribas in the long-running Crociani v Crociani case, advocates Simon Thomas and James Sheedy are representing several beneficiaries in a trustees’ negligence case, involving the ejection of a Panamanian trustee which was banned from acting as a trustee by the local regulator.

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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: