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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 4

Dickinson Gleeson

Edward Scott is ‘always commercial in his approach’ and spearheads Dickinson Gleeson’s young corporate offering, which operates mainly in the real estate space. Recent highlights include Scott’s advice to Landsec on its acquisition of a portfolio of three outlet centres from Hermes Investment Management, and the group’s instruction by a major Asian investor to handle the acquisition – and its financing – of serviced apartments in London through two Jersey companies. The corporate department also worked closely with trust litigation specialist James Gleeson to assist a major property developer with a corporate governance matter which involved buying out a minority interest holder. Associate John Burns joined the firm from BTO Solicitors LLP in Glasgow. NewRiver also appointed the group to work alongside Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to advise on the finance and corporate aspects of its buying out of its joint venture partner from four Jersey property unit trusts.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Dickinson Gleeson

Dickinson Gleeson is ‘an excellent litigation boutique firm with a real strength in depth and outstanding commercial awareness’; clients praise the ‘extremely clever and hard-workingJames Gleeson as ‘an excellent lawyer to have on your side’. The highly recommended James Dickinson and ‘responsive, considered and pragmatic’ senior associate Guillaume Staal continue to act for an entrepreneur in multi-jurisdictional asset recovery proceedings following the Royal Court’s decision that the client’s claims to half of substantial loans and interests thereon were entirely vindicated. The group – supported by senior associate Robert Christie – is also representing the estate of a deceased individual involved in a longstanding and complex multi-party fraud case pertaining to allegations of embezzlement by the directors of a foreign company. High-profile and high-value trust disputes are also among the firm’s particular strengths.

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 2

Dickinson Gleeson

Dickinson Gleeson’s private client offering is ‘excellent, personal, quick and most importantly to the point’; the team’s ‘excellent response times allow for the building of an effective working relationship’. Especially strong in the contentious trust space, practice head Craig Swart also demonstrates proficiency on the advisory side, where his ‘calm and unflustered’ approach impresses clients. The group continues to represent the incoming trustee in the longstanding Z Trust dispute, which involves questions regarding the duties of trustees overseeing insolvent trusts and the competing rights of beneficiaries and creditors, among others. The family of a substantial trust appointed the group to handle the exit of a trustee after the latter imposed a freeze on the assets in the context of disputed foreign tax claims, and Swart is assisting a Jersey trustee with the recovery of loans from the deceased settlor’s children. Managing partner James Dickinson and James Gleeson sit in the contentious department and are also key names to note.

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