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Bedell Cristin

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Grand Cayman, London, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola

Zillah Howard

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Bedell Cristin

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Private Wealth & Fiduciary


Zillah is a highly experienced international private client lawyer. Zillah provides Jersey law advice in relation to trusts, foundations and philanthropy (and related company and commercial law issues), with a particular focus on the establishment, ongoing operation and re-organisation of complex and high value structures, the use of settlor reserved or granted powers, and the establishment and use of private trust companies.


Articled Slaughter and May; admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales 1987 (non-practising); admitted as an advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey 1990; partner Bedell Cristin 1994.


Law Society of England and Wales; Law Society of Jersey; STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) Member; Member of the Trusts Law working group; Member of the Foundations Law working group; Member of the Charities Law working group; Member of the STEP Philanthropy Advisors Special Interest Group; Member of the STEP Business Families Special Interest Group; Member of the STEP International Client Special Interest Group.


Pembroke College, Oxford (1984 BA Jurisprudence; 1989 MA).


Private client, trusts and tax

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

Bedell Cristin’s private client offering operates as part of the wider corporate and finance department and can be ‘summed up as efficiency with a personal touch’. The ‘highly intelligentNancy Chien ‘is at the top of her game’ and led the advice to the trustee of a Jersey structure with regard to a reorganisation for tax purposes in light of the recent changes in the UK’s non-domiciled tax regime. A group of trustees appointed a team led by practice head Edward Bennett to oversee the transfer of a managed trust company business, and Zillah Howard advised trustees on their retirement from a structure established to benefit an ultra-high-net-worth family with interests in the UK and US. Associates Lydia Carter and Kirsten Brass joined the firm from Collas Crill and Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP’s Glasgow office, respectively.

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