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Dickinson Gleeson is an award winning, dynamic and innovative specialist dispute resolution, trust and corporate practice. The firm acts in relation to contentious trusts and estates, company and funds, insolvency and fraud litigation. It also provides non-contentious trust, corporate, finance and insolvency advice. Clients include ultra HNWI’s, wealth providers, leading international law firms, trustees, corporates, banks and government agencies.

The firm: The partnership was established in 2010. 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 2018 and 2019, the firm has continued to expand and its work and lawyers have been recognised by market-leading directories and industry bodies. The firm won the Citywealth IFC Boutique Law Firm of the Year award for 2018 and 2019 following on from the Legal 500 Offshore Law Firm of the Year award in 2017 and is shortlisted for the STEP PCA Boutique Firm of the Year 2019/2020, as well as (once again) the Citywealth IFC Boutique Law Firm of the Year award.

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 representing the new trustee in the Crociani litigation and, separately, in the Z Trusts litigation, including in new proceedings claiming very substantial sums against the former trustee for breach of trust, acting in Campbell since 2013, a multijurisdictional partnership dispute and acting for the former trustee in litigation involving the Tchenguiz family. We have made new law in a range of cases: establishing (on appeal to the Court of Appeal) that a law firm is entitled to recover documents that have been improperly obtained from it ([2018] JCA 095); establishing the new requirement in Jersey for a pleading of fraud ([2018] JRC 121); and clarifying the law on rectification ([2018] JCA 219).

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 had a busy year, particularly in relation to advising in relation to Jersey holding structures used to invest in UK commercial real estate and is well equipped to deal with the most 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: 5
  • 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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