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Robert Dobbyn

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Trust and Wealth Structuring


Robert is based in Walkers' Jersey office.  He provides advice and drafting in relation to Jersey trusts and foundations, mainly on non-contentious private wealth matters but he also assists his colleagues in the corporate and dispute resolution teams.  His clients typically comprise Jersey-based trustees but also include law firms, accountancy practices, settlors and beneficiaries from around the world.


Before joining Walkers, Robert spent five years with another eminent law firm in Jersey where he also focused on Jersey trusts and foundations.  Before that, Robert trained and qualified as a solicitor with Withers LLP in London, where he worked for four years.




Member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Jersey.

Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.


Admitted in:
England and Wales (not practising)


MA (Cantab) in History from Cambridge University
TEP qualification from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners


Private client, trusts and tax

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Robert Dobbyn - Walkers Jersey

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

Walkers Jersey senior counsel Robert Dobbyn is described as ‘a definite rising star in Jersey’; ‘his advice is always appropriate and exactly what clients are looking for’. Damian Evans spearheads the firm’s trust disputes team and recently represented the interests of the minor and unborn beneficiaries of a number of trusts with regard to the transfer of assets to a foreign government. Other notable contentious highlights include Marc Seddon’s ongoing advice to the trustee of five charitable sub-trusts with regard to longstanding litigation involving questions about the recoverability of legal costs in administrative and hostile proceedings and the rights of charitable trust beneficiaries to obtain disclosure from a trustee to instigate collateral proceedings. On the advisory side, Nigel Weston assisted an ultra-high-net-worth family with setting up a new trust to hold real estate and listed investments with significant reserved powers provisions and other oversight mechanisms.

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