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Ashton Barnes Tee is a litigation-centric firm, with experience in all areas of litigation, from high-value corporate, trust and investment fund litigation, to private client, employment, property, criminal, probate and family/matrimonial dispute work.

The firm: Ashton Barnes Tee was founded in 2006 by Nick Barnes, Raymond Ashton and Clare Tee. It has always specialised in litigation, trusts, private client and tax work. It has grown steadily since establishment, and was most recently joined by Jeremy Le Tissier as a partner in 2015. The firm continues to grow and provides a full range of contentious and non-contentious legal services in Guernsey.

Viewed as a more personal and less 'corporate' firm than others in Guernsey, with well-respected practitioners who have a great deal of Guernsey experience, the firm's clients range from multinational companies to banks, financial institutions, local businesses and individuals.

Currently the firm is concentrating on sustainable and measured growth through the recruitment of well-regarded and experienced Guernsey practitioners. Recently Jeremy Le Tissier joined as a litigation partner from Appleby, Nicola Hopkins joined as a senior matrimonial advocate from Browns Advocates and Clare Tee was appointed as Batonnier (head of the Guernsey Bar).

Types of work undertaken:Litigation: ABT undertakes a full range of dispute resolution, including commercial, civil and criminal litigation and mediation. It has extensive experience in the Magistrate's Court, the Royal Court, and the Court of Appeal in Guernsey in addition to the other Bailiwick courts, and has been instructed in cases before the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. Its range of litigation work includes public law, including judicial review planning and housing; building disputes; international fraud; money laundering; tracing actions; asset freezing and disclosure orders; injunction proceedings; contract law disputes; banking; contentious employment matters; trust and probate; international insolvency; debt recovery; reciprocal enforcement of foreign judgments; obtaining evidence for the purpose of foreign proceedings; personal injury, including medical negligence, motor claims and accidents at work; liquidation; and shareholder and director investment fund disputes.

Employment: the firm acts for local and international employers and employees alike in contentious and non-contentious employment matters across the whole spectrum, from recruitment to post-termination. Its expertise includes housing control; right to work; immigration; recruitment and selection procedures; criminal record checks; references; minimum statements of terms and conditions; contracts of employment and directors' service agreements; taxation and social insurance; data protection; disciplinary procedures; employment policies; staff handbooks; unfair dismissal; wrongful dismissal; sex discrimination; stress claims; minimum wage; health and safety; restrictive covenants/post-termination restrictions; transfer of employment; and compromise agreements.

Trusts and private client: ABT offers a complete and seamless service to individuals, corporations, administrators, directors, settlors, protectors, trustees, beneficiaries, people wishing or coming to reside in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and other interested parties in all trust and private client matters, including: formation of trusts and related vehicles; instruments of appointment and retirement of trustees; winding up of trusts; trust litigation; regulation of fiduciary business; pension schemes; testate and intestate inheritance; estate administration; wills and probate; international estate; planning; domicile; taxation; housing; and immigration.

Tax: the firm offers practical and strategic tax advice to individuals and companies either on a standalone basis or as an integral part of a transaction. Its advice is focused and pragmatic, identifying tax-effective structures and avoiding unnecessary liabilities. It advises on all aspects of domestic tax, and co-ordinates international tax advice on cross-border transactions with the convenience of a single point of contact for clients. It also advise clients on income tax disputes and provides representation before the Tax Tribunal in Guernsey.

Conveyancing and property: the firm offers commercial and domestic conveyancing services for both purchasers and sellers of Guernsey property. Its experienced team provides comprehensive advice and assistance at all stages of any Guernsey property transaction. The range of work includes: domestic and commercial property sales; domestic and commercial property purchases; sale and purchase agreements; boundary exchanges; house exchanges; schedules; planning and development leases (acting for landlords and tenants); mortgage security; and bonds.

Family and child care: ABT's range of family and child care matters includes: divorce; separation; family finances; family mediation; parental responsibility; residence; contact; maintenance; adoption; and child care.

  • Number of UK partners: 4
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 5

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