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Collas Crill launches inaugural seminar series in Jersey

September 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Collas Crill has launched its inaugural seminar series inJersey.

The Channel Island law firm is hosting UK experts including a barrister from the UK Bar's Magic Circle, One Essex Court.

Managing partner Kathryn Purkis said: "We'll be taking a look at a range of topics that have been headline-grabbing, controversial and contentious. The seminars will look at how each issue affects Jersey, explore relevant examples and case studies and offer insight from the experts.

"We've chosen a broad range of topics and believe there is something in the series for most professionals in the finance industry in Jersey - indeed in the wider business community; trustees, private bankers, financial advisors, investors, trust managers and administrators, custodians, directors, accountants, Operations Directors/CEOs, compliance officers and HR professionals.

The first seminar, Investment losses  - whose responsibility is it? will look at the nature of the obligations of a trustee and a financial advisor to pursue those responsible for failed investments on behalf of his beneficiaries or clients. 

"Crises and difficulties in the world economy have led, in some quarters, to disappointing investment performance. When a beneficiary or a trustee feels that a trust's investments have performed less well than they should, they will sometimes ask themselves whether anyone is to blame, and can that person be made to pay for the failure?" said Ms Purkis.

The expert speakers are Steven Elliott, barrister at One Essex Court and Nick Holland, head of contentious trusts at Bircham Dyson Bell.

The second seminar in the series is FATCA - should we be concerned?

Ms Purkis said:"For many, the Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act is 'something that doesn't affect us'. The reality is that FATCA is likely to be one of the most significant, and onerous, developments in tax compliance in the next couple of years." 

Expert speakers will include Aileen Barry, Director National Tax Investigations at DLA Piper UK LLP.

The final seminar is The Bribery Act - the first 100 days and the first prosecution.

When the Bribery Act was first passed by the UK parliament in 2010, businesses became very concerned - and, considering the first prosecution under the act, their concerns are well placed.

Ms Purkis said: "The first 100 days have given us some insight into how serious the regulators are in their application of the Act."

The expert speakers will include Eoin O'Shea, Partner at Lawrence Graham Legal.


The seminars in the series are:

10 October: Investment Losses  - whose responsibility is it?

19 October: FATCA - should we be concerned?

3 November: The Bribery Act - the first 100 days and the first prosecution

Each seminar is a lunchtime presentation at the Royal Yacht Hotel. The seminars cost £25 per delegate per seminar, including a sandwich lunch.

To book a place email

For more information please visit




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