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Dickinson Gleeson is a leading dispute resolution, trust and corporate practice. The firm specialises in contentious trusts and estates, company and funds, insolvency and fraud litigation. It also provides non-contentious trust, corporate, finance and insolvency advice. Clients include wealth providers, leading international law firms, trustees, corporates, banks and government agencies.

The firm: The practice was established in 2009 by James Dickinson and became Dickinson Gleeson in 2010 when James Gleeson joined James Dickinson in partnership. Craig Swart joined as a partner to head the firms non-contentious trust and insolvency practice in 2014 and Edward Scott joined as a partner in July 2016 to head its corporate and finance practice.

During 2017 and 2018 the firm has continued to expand and its work and lawyers continue to be recognised by market-leading directories and industry bodies. The firm won Citywealth IFC Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2018 Award following on from the Legal 500 Offshore Law Firm of the Year award in 2017 and is shortlisted for the Citywealth IFC Boutique Law Firm of the year 2019

Its litigators, who have historically been involved in some of the island’s largest cases, including the renowned Alhamrani litigation, have continued to be involved in complex, high value and cutting-edge cases, including cases brought with the support of litigation funding, obtaining one of Jersey’s first Chabra orders within 24 hours of instruction, the representation of the new trustee in the renowned Crociani litigation, the representation of a trustee in relation to several insolvent trusts, securing the dismissal of an appeal to the Privy Council, obtaining one of Jersey’s first statutory Hastings-Bass and mistake orders establishing before the Court of Appeal (for the first time) that a law firm has locus standi to obtain documents that have been improperly obtained from it, and assisting a HNWI in establishing property rights including by establishing for the first time that a common intention constructive trust can apply to a commercial loan. The firm’s non-contentious trust advisory work has seen an expansion of its trust company client base and highlights have included complex and high value trust restructuring work. The firm’s corporate and finance department has rapidly shown its ability to deal with complex transactions.

Types of work undertaken: Contentious trust and estates: representing HNWI settlors, trustees, executors, protectors and beneficiaries in relation to high profile, high value and complex contentious trust and estates cases, including breach of trust claims, sham claims and all types of administrative directions applications.

Fraud asset tracing and insolvency: representing clients in relation to fraud, asset tracing claims and insolvency procedures, including securing worldwide freezing and Norwich Pharmacal orders with and without gagging orders.

Company and funds litigation: representing clients in company and funds litigation, including shareholders disputes, unfair prejudice claims, derivative claims and the defence of director liability claims.

Corporate and finance: advising on a wide range of corporate matters through the life cycle of a Jersey entity, including establishing, buying and selling, re-domiciling, winding up and reinstating Jersey companies and assisting clients to structure groups to acquire assets, especially in the real estate sector. Also advising in relation to loans made to Jersey entities, security taken under Jersey law and high-profile real estate finance and acquisition finance matters with a particular specialism in Islamic finance.

Non-contentious trust advisory: advising trust companies, HNWI settlors, protectors and beneficiaries in relation to all issues affecting the establishment, administration and termination of all types of Jersey trusts.

Private client: advising UHNWI’s and other professionals both local and foreign, in relation to the structuring and administration of Jersey estates and related matters.

Regulatory: advising trust companies, beneficiaries and UBOs in relation to compliance with regulatory and anti-money laundering legislation. The firm has undertaken investigative work pursuant to directions of the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

Employment: advising in relation to non-contentious and contentious employment matters, including the dismissal of employees and enforcement of restrictive covenants.

  • Number of UK partners: 4
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 5
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Litigation: 75
  • Trust advisory, corporate and banking, employment and private client: 25

Above material supplied by Dickinson Gleeson.

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