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Craig Swart

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Craig Swart TEP is an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey and a partner of the firm. He is also a qualified South African attorney (non-practising) and English Solicitor (also non-practising). Craig joined Dickinson Gleeson in January 2014 from Mourant Ozannes. Craig advises trustees, directors, fiduciaries, settlors and beneficiaries in relation to a wide range of non-contentious and contentious matters involving trusts, companies, foundations and partnerships. He also has extensive insolvency and asset tracking experience.

Craig acted for the defendants in the long running Consolidated Resources Armenia v Global Gold Consolidated Resources Limited and two others ([2015] JCA061 and [2015] JRC233A); an unfair prejudice action where the plaintiff, CRA, tried unsuccessfully to side-step an arbitration agreement. He also continues to act for the incoming trustee in the ongoing proceedings concerning the “Z Trusts” [2015 (2) JLR 175], [2018]JRC119, two trusts that are “insolvent” and which face a multitude of claims; and separately for the outgoing trustee of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust, [2017]JRC178A.

Craig has for many years been ranked in leading directories including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and the IFC Citywealth Leaders List.  Craig has variously been described as being  “incredibly tenacious, very solution-driven and very pragmatic” and  “very good at non-contentious trust work.” Market sources say that his “drafting is very good”  And he is furthermore described as "very accessible… He's efficient in suggesting a way forward in a no nonsense type manner."


Trained with Loon & Connellan Inc, Port Elizabeth, South Africa; partner Loon & Connellan Inc 1998-2002; Bedell Cristin 2002-06; Mourant Ozannes 2007-13; partner Dickinson Gleeson January 2014 to date. Qualified in 1996 as Attorney and Notary of the High Court of South Africa; admitted as an English solicitor 2005 (non-practicing); admitted as Jersey advocate 2009. Publication of note: 2nd Edition of Dessain & Wilkins Jersey Insolvency and Asset Tracing.


STEP; ACTAPS, ARIES and an overseas member of the Chancery Bar Association.


University of Port Elizabeth (1994 LLB BJuris); Rand Afr. University (2000 Higher Diploma in Insolvency Practice and Procedure); UK Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (2004).


Long distance sea swimming (Polar Bears Club); Surfing; Ocean ski long distance paddling; Water polo; History.


Private client, trusts and tax

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

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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