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Jersey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Ward Yates

A key area of work for Ward Yates is real estate finance, in which the 'high-performing' Nick Ward, who is also qualified in the BVI, demonstrates Islamic finance expertise on a range of deals. The 'calm and unflappable' Elaine Kelly handles many key deals concerning London real estate.

Practice head(s):Elaine Kelly

Other key lawyers:Nick Ward

Testimonials

'The firm's strength lies in their ability to be nimble and quick, and work in a collaborative manner with the client when deadlines are approaching, giving guidance which is in plain English.'

'Ward Yates is an excellent firm with real focus on customer service and deal execution. They have great technical expertise but are also extremely user-friendly.'

'Nick Ward and Elaine Kelly are high-performing individuals: responsive, always owning their part of the transaction.'

'Nick Ward is an excellent lawyer, very competent technically and very commercially oriented. He shows great commitment to his clients.'

'Elaine Kelly is a huge asset to the firm - she always finds a solution in the event of any problems.'

Key Clients

MTD Group

AustralianSuper

Lodha Group

Moobility Telecom International Holding Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised MTD Group on borrowing £280m to develop One Crown Place in London.
Leading individuals

Nick Ward - Ward Yates

Next Generation Partners

Elaine Kelly - Ward Yates

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Ward Yates

Deals concerning the elite of London real estate sit at the core of Ward Yates' corporate practice. Victoria Yates, Elaine Kelly and practice head Nick Ward (who is also BVI qualified) are the key names in the team, which also handles technical restructuring matters, many of which are cross-border.

Practice head(s):Nick Ward

Other key lawyers:Victoria Yates; Elaine Kelly

Testimonials

'Ward Yates provides a bespoke service which is tailored to the individual needs of a diverse range of clients. It is flexible and adaptable, and provides a consistency of service irrespective of whether the client is a multinational group or a standalone property company.'

'It is always a joy to work with the team because of their friendly and approachable manner and incisive legal minds.'

'The firm is run by committed senior people who provide excellent service and high-quality advice: the sort of people you need on a big value deal where the advice has to be just right.'

'Nick Ward is highly knowledgeable, extremely commercial, and always happy to put forward a view rather than simply sit on the fence. His advice is always clear and to the point, and the quality of the documents he prepares is excellent.'

'Victoria Yates combines experience in the Jersey market with a genuine desire to get the deal done - and done efficiently.'

Key Clients

AustralianSuper

First Names Group

LGL Trustees

Sanne

Hawksford

Helm

Intertrust

Katara Hospitality

Lodha Group

Link Group

Rakison

Summit Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Kantara Hospitality, a Qatari-based hotel developer, on its purchase of the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Next Generation Partners

Elaine Kelly - Ward Yates

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Ward Yates

Boutique firm Ward Yates, previously known exclusively for its corporate, finance and trusts work, recently recruited the 'formidableElena Moran from Collas Crill to lead its dispute resolution practice. The firm now offers its roster of clients in the corporate and commercial, banking and finance and private client spheres contentious expertise covering matters including breach of fiduciary duty claims, Hastings-Bass applications and commercial litigation. Defamation is another area of expertise; Moran spent eight years in-house at the BBC.

Practice head(s):Elena Moran

Testimonials

'Elena Moran is an able and independent-minded lawyer who is able to take on complicated, bespoke tasks'

'Elena is exceptionally clever. She gets to grip with complex disputes rapidly'

'Elena is a tenacious advocate. She is energetic and shows great commitment to her clients'

'Elena Moran is a fiercely bright and energetic lawyer, dogged in pursuit of her client's interests, with a shrewd tactical brain and a good sense of how to persuade a court'

'Elena Moran always looks to provide the best service for her clients'

Key Clients

Tepe Inșaat Sanayi AS

Sanne Fiduciary Services Limited

Ocorian Services Limited

RBC Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tepe Inșaat Sanayi AS in a long-running dispute with a state owned entity over the enforcement of various ICC arbitration awards.

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 2

Ward Yates

Boutique firm Ward Yates is routinely praised for its personable approach to wealth structuring mandates such as the establishment, administration, restructuring and termination of trusts, foundations and family offices. Owing to the firm’s expanded dispute resolution offering, highly sought-after trust law expert Victoria Yates is increasingly involved in the semi-contentious field, with recent matters involving the removal and replacement of incumbent trustees and set-aside applications arising from negative tax consequences. Commercial lawyer Nick Ward is well placed to advise on transactional work relating to investment holding and commercial wealth structures.

Practice head(s):Victoria Yates

Other key lawyers:Nick Ward; Corinne Barnes

Testimonials

The service levels and expertise within the firm are exemplary and its turnaround time is second to none

The level of knowledge for a small team is second to none and it provides an expert service at a most reasonable cost in a very timely manner

This is a firm that has the weight of intellect associated with highly regarded partners of international law firms, but without the weight of institutionalism

Ward Yates provides excellent customer service. The work carried out is always of a high standard, the response times are exceptional and fees are clear and very competitive

The team at Ward Yates is approachable, super responsive and able to take complex matters and provide simple solutions

Victoria Yates’ knowledge and expertise combined with her pragmatic approach and responsiveness is unrivalled

Victoria Yates and Nick Ward are excellent in their respective fields, with many years of experience in navigating through complex issues in a pragmatic and commercial manner

Nick Ward is a first-rate, highly respected lawyer who gives sound advice

Corinne Barnes is extremely diligent in her work and provides the highest quality of legal advice available

Victoria Yates is always willing to go the extra mile for clients. She is pragmatic and offers good advice, tailored to what the client needs

Key Clients

First Names Group

LGL Trustees

Sanne

Forsters

Ince Gordon Dadds

Hawksford

Helm

Intertrust

Link Group

Rakison

Summit Trust

Macfarlanes

Leading individuals

Victoria Yates - Ward Yates

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Jersey

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    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
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