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Mourant Ozannes

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Giles Corbin

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Mourant Ozannes

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International trusts and private client.


Giles is an Advocate and Partner in the International Trusts & Private Client team in Jersey. He has over 20 years of legal experience in Jersey, 16 as a Jersey qualified Advocate. Giles practices in all aspects of non-contentious trust and foundation law, whether private, purpose, philanthropic or hybrid in nature. His practice focuses on positively assisting trust companies on issues concerning private Jersey trusts and Jersey foundations. He is involved in drafting new trusts and the charters and regulations for new Jersey Foundations, trustee indemnities, supplemental instruments, reserved power provisions, loans, loan assignments, legal opinions and all private trust company related documentation.

Giles has spoken at international trust conferences in Jersey, Moscow, London, Geneva and Singapore for various industry bodies including Jersey Finance, The Jersey Association of Trust Companies (JATCo) and STEP.

"Giles Corbin is recognised as a 'seasoned practitioner who provides excellent advice and guidance.' He is said to have 'one of the best technical minds on the island when it comes to Jersey trust law matters'," Chambers UK, 2016.

"The 'very clear and straightforward' Giles Corbin 'is pragmatic and delivers the advice we need in a very tight timescale'," Chambers UK, 2015. Giles is ranked in Trusts.

Giles Corbin is "responsive," Legal 500 UK, 2015 and is ranked as a Leading individual/recommended in Private Client, Trusts and Tax.

Giles Corbin is listed as a Leading Lawyer in the Citywealth Leading Lawyers Honours List, 2014. 


Called to the Jersey Bar as an advocate 2000; partner 2005.


The Jersey Trusts Law Working Group, which assists in industry consultation, deliberation and recommendation of changes set out in the no 4, 5, 6 and 7 Amendments to the primary legislation, the Trusts (Jersey) Law, 1984;

The Jersey Foundations Law Working Group, which work included assistance in the industry consultation, drafting and promotion of the primary legislation for Jersey Foundations, being the Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009, and the associated Winding-up, Continuance and Merger regulations;  

The Jersey Charities Law Working Group, which work included assistance in the drafting of the Charities (Jersey) Law 2014;

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners;

The Jersey Law Society;

and he has been a committee member for over 5 years on the Jersey Association of Trust Companies (JATCo);


Private client, trusts and tax

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Giles Corbin - Mourant Ozannes

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

Edward Devenport spearheads the private client offering at Mourant Ozannes, which brings together contentious and advisory work for an enviable client base of high-net-worth individuals, family offices and international trust structures. The team was appointed by the qualified member of two Jersey trusts to oversee the merger of the two structures, and Devenport led the advice to a utilities provider with regard to the review of its pension scheme, namely regarding its obligations under Jersey’s pension law reform. In other highlights, the team guided the principal beneficiary of a Jersey trust through the risks and benefits of restructuring the structure into two new US trusts. Counsel Fred Milner ‘always goes beyond the call of duty’ and was part of the team which designed a structure for ring-fenced family governance on behalf of a family business in Latin America. Giles Corbin is also a name to note on the non-contentious side, while ‘charming, urbane and exceptionally clever stand-out star’ Jonathan Speck and ‘superb trust litigator’ Bruce Lincoln are key on the contentious front.

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