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Sinels, Philip Sinel, St Helier, JERSEY

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Philip Sinel

Work 01534 620500

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Dispute resolution; fraud; and litigation.


Senior partner specialising in commercial litigation, fraud, trust law and private client. Significant cases include the following, as well as numerous other trust cases held in private: BS West, GB West, BI West and MM West v Lazard Brothers and Company (Jersey) Limited and Lazard Brothers Trustee Company (Jersey) Limited 1993; Mayo Associates SA, Troy Associates Limited and TTS International SA v Cantrade Private Bank Switzerland (CI) Limited and Touché Ross and Company; Bamford v Ellis & Others; Attorney General v Eichner; Buxani v Buxani; Re A Settlement (held largely in camera); Bhander v Barclays Private Bank & Trust Co Ltd; C v C; Ball v King; Syvret v Bailache & Hamon; Re The Eurotrust; Manley v Bell and PS v C; Caversham Trustees Ltd v Patel and six others; Sheikh Mohamed Ali M Alhamrani and four others v Sheikh Abdullah Ali M Alhamrani and four others; Leeds United Football Club v AdMatch; O’Brien v Marett; and Marett v Walkers.


Called to Bar England and Wales 1984; advocate Jersey 1987; attorney-at-law Anguilla 2002; rights of audience and to conduct litigation Dubai 2008.




Jersey Law Society; Jersey Family Law Society; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists; Institute of Directors; Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


Victoria College, Jersey; Millfield School, Somerset; University of Buckingham; College of Law, London.


Family, water sports, nature.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Sinels 'prides itself on taking on the establishment and acts against the large institutional clients the other firms usually wish to represent’; ‘they go where other lawyers fear to tread’, according to one client. The firm’s particular strength lies in trust and high-net-worth matrimonial disputes. In recent highlights, an individual appointed the firm to advise on his claim against the States Employment Board seeking exemplary damages for an allegedly deliberate breach of contract. The group also handled a number of commercial disputes, including a conflict between a high-net-worth individual and a building contractor – the client – revolving around the question of how payment would be made and whether the parties had put a cost cap in place. Philip Sinel, Robin Leeuwenburg and the ‘sensible, pragmatic, honest and hard-workingSteven Chiddicks are the names to note.

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