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Mourant Ozannes

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Mourant Ozannes, Stephen Alexander, St Helier, JERSEY

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Stephen Alexander

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Mourant Ozannes

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Commercial litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters


I’m a Partner in our Jersey litigation practice.


I’m a Partner in our Jersey practice and have broad experience in multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters.

I regularly advise on a wide range of commercial disputes, insolvencies and restructurings with a particular focus in the areas of contentious trust matters, partnership and investment fund disputes, banking litigation and corporate liquidations and reorganisations.

I’ve been involved in some of the largest and most complex trust proceedings, funds disputes and insolvencies in Jersey and the Cayman Islands, and have regularly appeared before the English, Cayman Islands and Jersey courts.

I am listed on the Citywealth Leaders List, 2018.


  • The Jersey Law Society
  • The Law Society of the Cayman Islands
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • The International Bar Association
  • Insol International
  • The Restructuring and Insolvency Association in the Cayman Islands
  • The Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts (ARIES) in Jersey
  • Sit on the Legal and Regulatory Committee of ARIES
  • Sit on the Law Society of Jersey Committee


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

In tax disputes Mourant Ozannes ‘is pre-eminent, with an unmatched combination of expertise and experience’, and clients find its ‘first-rate’ team ‘is comprised of outstanding litigators doing top-quality work’. Bruce Lincoln is ‘a brilliant lawyer and astute tactician who leaves no stone unturned’; he heads the litigation offering and is representing a professional investor and his asset managing company in litigation filed against two founding shareholders of Hurricane TopCo regarding contractual provisions and issues of unfair prejudice. In other highlights, the ‘tremendously experienced and hugely respectedJonathan Speck led the advice to a number of clients on regulatory and consumer protection issues arising from the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers fiasco, while the ‘exceedingly intelligentJustin Harvey-Hills and the ‘extremely capableStephen Alexander were instructed by Level One to give evidence to the English High Court on the Jersey law of prescription pertaining to allegations of breach of fiduciary duties brought against the directors of two insolvent Jersey trusts. Associate Pierre Ali-Noor ‘is as smart as they come’ and also a name to note, alongside counsel Mathew Cook.

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