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James Gleeson TEP is an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey and a non-practicing English qualified solicitor. James is a founding Partner of Dickinson Gleeson.

James specialises in civil and commercial litigation, in particular trusts and funds disputes and complex cross-border fraud and asset tracing matters. He also advises in relation to regulatory matters and insolvency. He acts for wealth providers, trustees, corporates, law firms, banks and government agencies. James has appeared in a number of leading cases on the Island, shaping Jersey law in the process. Recent cases include acting for Ocorian, the new trustee in the long-running Crociani dispute. The case, which went to trial in April 2017 and to the Court of Appeal in February 2018, is one of the largest matters before Jersey Courts. Subject to appeals and further Court-ordered inquiries, as much as US$200m could be recovered for the Trust.

James is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and the CityWealth Leaders List. These guides have variously described him as “very intelligent and pragmatic,” "excellent cross-examiner" who "works exceptionally hard for his clients“ and “an outstanding technician who is responsive, pragmatic and commercial”.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 2000 (admitted as an English Solicitor – non-practising); admitted as an advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey 2005; Bedell Cristin 2003, partner 2008; partner Partner Dickinson Gleeson 2010 to date. Publications of note: ‘International Fraud and Asset Tracing – First Edition’.


Fluent French and conversational Spanish.


Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists; STEP; ARIES and Overseas Chancery Bar Association.


Victoria College, Jersey; Jesus College, Cambridge University (1993 MA Cantab (Double 1st) English Literature); University of East Anglia (1994 MA Creative Writing); College of Law (1997 CPE and LPC).


Music, film, poetry, philosophy and tennis.


Corporate and commercial

Within: Corporate and commercial

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

Within: Leading individuals

James Gleeson - 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-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

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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