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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Oben Law

Oben Law is a young litigation boutique specialising in trusts, financial services and regulatory disputes. The names to note are Advocate Simon Franckel and Advocate David Wilson, who founded the firm in 2016, and the team recently welcomed senior associate Louise Godley, who previously worked with Wilson at Mourant Ozannes. Recent work highlights include acting for an investor group in mis-selling claims against Brooks Macdonald, and representing a UK celebrity chef in the breakdown of his relationship with his financial sponsors. The firm’s diverse caseload also involves high-net-worth estate disputes and being instructed by insurers on high-profile personal injury cases; the team continues to defend a major offshore law firm in professional negligence claims brought by several parties.

Leading individuals

David Wilson - Oben Law

Simon Franckel - Oben Law

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 4

Oben Law

Oben Law specialises in financial service regulations, dispute resolution and trust law, and continues to represent the minor and unborn beneficiaries of a trust in a dispute arising from competing claims to local trust assets involving allegations of lack of capacity, lack of due process and undue influence. In recent highlights, the group was instructed to challenge a decision by the Royal Court to bless a momentous decision by a trustee involving ultra-high-net-worth individuals, and the team continues to act for Dubai Investment Bank in its appeal against an action seeking to set aside a Jersey trust on the grounds that it comprises the proceeds of fraud. Founding partners Advocate Simon Franckel  and Advocate David Wilson  head the team alongside regulatory experts Jamie Biddle and Nicola Ingram. Senior associate Louise Godley recently joined the team from an in-house role with a fund administrator.

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    Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law
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    Jersey opens the door to QROPs
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    Jersey Legislation Overview
  • Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes

    Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes
  • AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences

    AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences under the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999 
  • The New Charities Law - a bright new dawn

    As of Friday 21 November 2014, the new Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the " Law ") (or at least certain parts of it) came into effect.  This represents a quantum leap forward for Jersey in the charity field.  The Law has introduced a new test for what is charitable (the " Charity Test "), has introduced the post of a Charity Commissioner and a Charity Tribunal, and in time will introduce standards that those who run charities in the Island will have to abide by.  It is hoped that the Law will enable the Island to flourish as a centre for the administration of charitable and philanthropic structures.
  • New Managed Account Regime for Jersey Hedge Fund Managers

    An exemption which will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to be appointed in relation to managed accounts has now been introduced.  This will enable hedge fund managers that are already regulated under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law (FS Law) in Jersey to carry out fund services business (FSB) to also service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need to seek additional regulation for the conduct of investment business under the FS Law.
  • The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012: Changes to Jersey's security regime

    On 2 January 2014, the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 came into force in respect of Jersey law security over intangible movable property (e.g. shares/securities, bank accounts and custody assets).  The new law replaces the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (which was in force for the last three decades) and introduces a number of important changes which modernise Jersey's security regime.
  • Exclusive and Inherent Jurisdictions: to boldly go where no Court has gone before?

    On 26 November 2014, the Privy Council delivered judgment in the long-running case of Crociani & Others v. Crociani & Others [2014] UKPC 40 .  The case is of interest to trustees because it provides conclusive and binding guidance on the treatment of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust deeds.  However, it also raises questions as to the fundamental nature of the inherent supervisory jurisdiction of the Royal Court in connection with trust matters, and whether it is in fact broader than previously thought.
  • Accessing EU Institutional investor capital

    Luxembourg is one of the largest global investment fund domiciles, benefiting from the following factors: