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Babbé LLP has ‘a high level of professionalism and is a quality firm that operates to a very high level’. Ian Swan, in addition to being ‘Guernsey’s best contentious trusts lawyer’, is also viewed by some as ‘one of its best trial lawyers’. He spearheaded a team representing the former directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation in a long-running case regarding mortgage-backed securities. He also represented HM Revenue and Customs in Gresh v RBC & HMRC, which involved the first attempt by the Revenue to intervene in a Hastings-Bass application. The practice also includes Anna Guggenheim QC, a former English circuit court judge who was promoted to the partnership in 2016; she is advising Grant Thornton on the liquidation of the Channel Islands Stock Exchange. Other newly promoted partners include Nick Robison (who is ‘a highly impressive advocate – he is not deterred by a challenge, and always offers a clear, concise and commercial way forward’) and Todd McGuffin, who is the ‘tough as nails, fearless and seriously sharp’. McGuffin represented Protec International’s directors on the rescission of a winding-up order, after another director stripped assets, while Robison handles a range of trust disputes. Other clients include Rawlinson & Hunter, the former trustees of Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust.

Carey Olsen (Guernsey) is ‘a first port of call’ and provides ‘an excellent level of service with exceptional client care, acting professionally on urgent instructions’. The ‘responsive team meets timelines, and has experience and expertise in technically complex areas that are second to none’. The firm handles a range of litigation, with particular strengths in trust litigation and related asset tracing; John Greenfield and Elaine Gray are leading a team representing Grant Thornton as liquidators of four BVI companies in the long-running litigation concerning the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust, which is scheduled to be heard by the Privy Council. Greenfield also acted for the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, securing orders to wind up Providence Global in the light of evidence of an apparent fraud. In the insolvency space, counsel David Jones advised KRyS Global on obtaining a voluntary winding-up order; he also acted alongside Tom Carey from the corporate team for the Long Port Group on its insolvency. Practice head Karen Le Cras, in addition to being ‘exactly the type of lawyer who you want on your side in a regulatory dispute’, ‘brings commercial experience to trust litigation’. The team also includes ‘highly agile and effective advocateTim Corfield and Mark Dunster, who is ‘precisely the type of calm and straight-talking lawyer that is required in difficult situations’. Other clients include HSBC and SG Kleinwort Hambros. Martin Jones left to found Ferbrache & Farrell LLP.

One of the leading firms in Guernsey in this area’, Mourant Ozannes has ‘a range of advocates who are able to turn their hands to a variety of disputes’. Jeremy Wesselshas all the same qualities you would expect from a top Silk in England: he always has his eye on the big picture and is excellent at running a large multi-jurisdictional team’. He and Abel Lyall (who is ‘very experienced; he uses good technical knowledge to give practical advice’) are representing the joint liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation, an investment fund which collapsed in 2008 after a leveraged purchase of mortgage-backed securities, in long-running litigation concerning directors’ duties. Jessica Roland is ‘an extremely versatile advocate who is calm under pressure, diligent in preparation and reliable in court’ – she and Wessels successfully defended ITG Limited, the previous trustee and defendant in the negligence aspect of the Tchenguiz case. In addition to handling a range of work for Sir David Barclay, Gordon Dawesputs in a great deal of effort into developing a deep understanding of his brief’; he represented Hartford Financial Holdings in a third-party-funded claim against a hedge fund manager for unpaid fees, and is also defending medical practitioners subjected to negligence claims. In the professional regulatory space, senior partner Robert Shepherd represented the director of an insurance company in a statutory appeal, securing a reduction of the fine imposed from the maximum to zero. Practice leader Christopher Edwards is ‘extremely practical and knowledgeable’ – he handles sensitive disputes concerning private wealth management.

AFR Advocates has ‘a combination of deep understanding of the regulatory regimes applicable in Guernsey, first-class commercial common sense and very good client-management skills’. The firm covers the full range of work, including complex fraud and other serious criminal matters, professional regulation, estate disputes, professional negligence, employment law and insurance litigation. Managing partner Paul Richardson is ‘not afraid to take a difficult case and argue it’ – his work includes high-profile fraud cases and complex criminal work. Senior partner and STEP executive committee member Mark Ferbrache has ‘considerable knowledge, and is fantastic in cross-examination – he always looks at things in depth’; his work includes complex inheritance and trust disputes. Simon Geall is also a name of note. Senior associate Ian Davis is ‘hardworking and conscientious, one of the most diligent litigators on the island’.

Collas Crill provides ‘very good, clear and comprehensive advice’ on a range of litigation, as well as matters concerning insolvency and asset tracing. The ‘very capable and knowledgeableGareth Bell and of counsel David O’Hanlon are representing the defendant independent directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation in the Carlyle litigation. Christian Hay, who handles a range of trust litigation, is ‘very good at managing client relationships and giving a good overview of strategy’ – he represents Louvre Trustees in the Popat v Popat case concerning the estate of a deceased Kenyan businessman. Michael Adkins has significant expertise in insolvency matters and is representing Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency in a dispute concerning piercing the corporate veil in the context of a bankruptcy, with significant London property at stake. Below partner level, associate Ben Havard is ‘extremely hardworking and responsive to the needs of demanding clients’, while senior associate James Tee is also a name of note in the insolvency arena.

Ogier is ‘excellent on all factors – one of few firms with the resources to deal with a complex case’. Simon Davies is ‘in high demand for the most difficult cases’, as evidenced by his role representing The Carlyle Group in the Carlyle Capital Corporation case. Mathew Newman and senior associate Sandie Lyne are ‘diligent, thorough and methodical’; they represented companies owned by former Formula 1 team owner Alex Shnaider in a dispute with a co-owner who deemed the company deadlocked and therefore sought its liquidation. Newman is also acting for on different sides of two discrete disputes (for HSBC Private Bank and a Canadian private client) concerning the freezing of assets by the Financial Integrity Unit following a report by the client of a bank alleging suspicious activity. Newman’s work includes representing Deloitte as administrators and/or liquidators in a number of insolvency cases, including the Long Port Group insolvency, which owned a significant amount of real estate on the island, and the Providence Investment Fund insolvency, which collapsed following fraud.

A young firm with a growing reputation’, Ashton Barnes Tee attracts praise for its specialist expertise in trusts and estates litigation, as well as commercial disputes. The firm also handles employment matters and proceeds of crime litigation. Jeremy Le Tissier represented the former chief operating officer of TISE in a dispute following the failure to pay a settlement agreement. He also handles trust litigation and proceeds of crime work and represented the defendants in a judicial review case concerning an alleged MTIC fraud. Clare Tee has ‘a no-nonsense approach, and provides refreshingly clear and concise advice’. She represented the defendant, Michael Doyle, in Guernsey’s largest-ever money laundering case. Other clients include two-time Ryder Cup winning golfer Jesper Parnevik, who Le Tissier is representing in a case regarding freezing orders to enforce a judgement for $185m from a court in Colorado.

Appleby’s ‘strong team’ handles work involving directors’ duties, professional regulation and alleged breach of trust. Anthony Williams (who is ‘very commercial, with good technical understanding’) is representing a former partner of Arch Financial Products in directors’ duties litigation concerning the demise of the Arch Cru funds. In addition, he represented Perpetual Media Capital in a directors’ duties case concerning film finance schemes.

Bedell Cristin is ‘very user-friendly, giving clear and direct advice’ on various matters including trust litigation, fraud cases and professional regulation. Alasdair Davidson is ‘a great advocate with an excellent ability to analyse and give straightforward advice’. He represented a high-net-worth individual in a trust dispute with elements of shari’ah law and parties located across Egypt and Libya. He is also representing a law firm in Guernsey in a dispute concerning allegedly negligent advice on a property transaction. Jon Barclay, who brings experience from criminal practice in England, has ‘excellent technical skills and knowledge’, which he deploys on matters such as financial regulation and allegations of fraud. Both successfully represented Prodefin Trading in a dispute regarding the dissolution of a joint venture involving several companies connected to Midland Resources, which objected to the winding-up.

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP handles a range of litigation work, with particular strength in private client-related work. Alison Ozanne handles a range of trusts litigation and private client litigation, including mental health law matters, trustee negligence and succession disputes, as well as public law. Sarah Brehaut is also a key contact.

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