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Guillaume Staal

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Guillaume Staal is a Senior Associate at Dickinson Gleeson and an Advocate of the Royal Court Of Jersey who joined the firm in April 2012.

Guillaume’s principal areas of expertise are in trust and commercial litigation. Guillaume advises clients in respect of a range of issues including contractual disputes, enforcement of foreign judgments and associated freezing and disclosure orders and insolvency matters.

Guillaume has been involved in a range of innovative Jersey cases including securing an interim freezing order over a trust in aid of proceedings brought by a non-beneficiary before overcoming the ‘firewall provisions’ of the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 to obtain directions in Jersey giving substantial effect to an English order setting aside the trust ([2015] JRC 267A), one of Jersey’s first statutory Hastings Bass and mistake cases ([2016] JRC 048) and working with James Dickinson to establish (on appeal from the Royal Court to the Court of Appeal) that a law firm has locus standi to recover documents that have been improperly obtained from it ([2018] JCA 095).

A particular recent highlight is the case of Campbell v Campbell [2017] JRC 108 in which Guillaume, working with James Dickinson, acted for the successful plaintiff, who established his 50% interests in a company worth £27 million and loan accounts worth in excess of £3 million. This case established that it is possible under Jersey law for commercial assets to be held under a common intention constructive trust. Assistance was also provided to this client in establishing his 50% interest in a jewellery business before the English High Court (see [2017] EWHC 182 (Ch)) and in securing a £9 million freezing injunction to prevent the defendant from dissipating assets (see [2017] EWHC 2747 (Ch)).

Guillaume is also regularly instructed in relation to employment and planning law matters.






Out of the office, Guillaume is kept busy and endlessly entertained by his young family.


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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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