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Dickinson Gleeson



Trained Morgan Cole; qualified 1997 as an English solicitor; admitted as an advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey 2004; admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court 2008 (non-practising); Morgan Cole 1995-99; Sinels Advocates 1999-2002; Bedell Cristin 2002-08; James Dickinson and Co 2009-10; partner Dickinson Gleeson 2010 to date.


Basic French.


Overseas member of the Chancery Bar Association.


Harrow School; University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (1993 LLB (Hons)); College of Law, York (1994 LPC).


Shooting, golf, tennis, surfing, reading and film.


Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

James Dickinson - Dickinson Gleeson

Within: Dispute resolution

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-working’ James 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

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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