Dispute resolution in Guernsey

Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen offers a full offshore litigation service to clients, covering commercial and trust litigation, as well as corporate and banking work, IP and data protection issues, and claimant-side professional negligence cases. It also has a separate contentious restructuring and insolvency group, led by David Jones . The team is often at the forefront of disputes, and has an increasingly active practice involving fintech and crypto assets and their regulation. Elaine Gray  is the department head, and is a veteran Guernsey litigator. Tim Corfield  focuses on commercial litigation, and the group is able to draw on the knowledge of John Greenfield, who is often instructed as senior counsel, particularly in cases involving allegations of fraud. Mark Dunster  is known for regulatory litigation and criminal cases, while senior associate Julia Schaefer is increasingly known for contentious trusts work.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Gray

Other key lawyers:

Tim Corfield; Mark Dunster; Karen Le Cras; David Jones; Julia Schaefer

Testimonials

‘I am impressed with their wide range of skilled and experienced lawyers, positive approach to the case, and unique way of working attitude, Gentle and strong relationships with the clients, timely and efficient communication even during the pandemic situation.’

‘The team provides market-leading experience and expertise on local regulatory matters and international sanctions as applied locally.’

‘This is the largest and best litigation practice in Guernsey and the Channel Islands. Elaine Gray is an outstanding litigator and advocate and undoubtedly has the ear of the court. I have worked with Elaine on a long running hedge fund partnership dispute and her responsiveness and judgement have never failed. She is supported by an excellent team. The ability of the firm to work collaboratively with lawyers from other jurisdictions something that I have witnessed it first hand over an extended period’

‘Elaine Gray is the go to advocate on Guernsey. Not only does she have outstanding judgement as to which points to take and which points not, there is no hint of arrogance about her leadership. She is happy to work with foreign council and two input ideas into her litigation strategy as appropriate. She is very ably assisted by Julia Shaeffer who provides a timely response even if called upon to work under pressure.’

‘Tim Corfield – still the very best litigator. Tremendously bright, and very good presence both in and out of court. If you haven’t got him, you’ve got second best. Tim Bamford – very able lawyer. Always very useful in providing pragmatic advice and support.’

‘This is a very talented team – on top of all the detail of the case, as well as the difficult points of law. In a large and very messy dispute, they had a clear oversight of the consequences of pulling at each different string, and working with them was good fun.’

‘David Jones is the stand out dispute resolution partner who offers extremely commercial and knowledge advice on a breadth of restructuring matters. David is also adept at managing his team and knowing when his very strong bench of associates can deal with a matter or when he needs to become involved. David would be the go to lawyer, in Guernsey, for complex restructuring advice and turnaround services.’

Key clients

Alvarez & Marsal (Europe) LLP

Begbies Traynor

EY

Grant Thornton

Highland Capital Management

Intertrust

KPMG

Krys Global

Leonard Curtis

Medical Specialist Group

PwC

Saudi Sakab Holding Company

Stobart Group

Sure (Guernsey) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised JPO on its financial difficulties and with regard to an ultimately unsuccessful restructuring of its significant bank debt leading to the appointment of joint administrators and subsequently joint liquidators from Alvarez and Marsal (Europe) LLP.
  • Instructed as lead counsel to EPEA Administration Limited from claims by BVI-incorporated Premium Currencies Limited for breach of contract arising from allegations of historic miscalculations of the fund’s net asset value (which in turn allegedly meant that traded shares and investors would have been dealing in over-inflated securities for a period exceeding two years).
  • Advising Sure (Guernsey) on an investigation and thereafter enforcement action by the Guernsey Competition and Regulatory Authority (GCRA) in relation to alleged collusion and market sharing between Sure and another local telecoms provider, JT. The GCRA has now found against Sure and JT and an appeal is afoot before the Royal Court of Guernsey.

Collas Crill

Collas Crill‘s dispute resolution practitioners have an impressive director and shareholder litigation practice, regularly involved in major corporate litigation. Contentious trusts and probate are a mainstay for the team, which also has an impressive contentious insolvency practice. Taking the lead is managing partner Christian Hay , secretary of the Guernsey Bar Council with experience in arbitrations. Gareth Bell  has a varied practice that involves contentious trusts, company and insolvency matters, in addition to profession negligence cases and financial services disputes; while Michael Adkins  focuses on insolvency and risk assessment, as well as regulatory issues. Ben Havard  has a specialism in disputes arising from distressed trust structures; and Nin Ritchie  has developed a reputation for handling cases involving financial crime, anti-bribery, corruption and sanctions issues.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hay

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Bell; Michael Adkins; David O’Hanlon; Ben Havard; Nin Ritchie; James Tee; Sarah Millar

Testimonials

‘Ben Havard is a proactive, prompt, transparent, strategic thinker.’

‘More proactive and involved in substance of the case than one sometimes sees with offshore firms. Well integrated as part of an international team and not just a “postbox”. The team knows its market well’

‘The partner involved in our case was Gareth Bell. Whilst the case was long and drawn out Gareth kept us in focus at all times. It was also with Gareth’s help that insurers were convinced that payment was required from them. Whilst not wishing to go through a similar process Gareth made the process Come to a conclusion is quickly and efficiently as possible’

‘Great interaction with clients, fee transparency and service.’

‘An excellent offering from a number of key jurisdictions, Collas Crill regularly appear in the largest cases and provide an exceptional service which mixes client care, expertise, experience and commerciality.’

David O’Hanlon brings clears-sightedness, good sense and commerciality to difficult cases and handles them with skill.

‘The sheer expertise of this team is fantastic. They have breadth and depth if knowledge which, when combined with superb client relationship skills, means they are top of their game.’

‘Nin Ritchie is my go to sanctions and compliance expert at Collas Crill. She is supremely clever and has a maturity in her approach to clients that is very much appreciated. Her ability to collaborate is also a key skill. Whenever there is a CI nexus, I will go to Nin.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton Channel Islands

Circumference Holdings Ltd

Guernsey Housing Association

White & Case

Payne Hicks Beach

Withers

Kingsley Napley

Keystone Law

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Wedlake Bell

Mishcon

Zhong Lun

Geneva Trust Company  (formerly Rawlinson & Hunter S.A.)

Sequent (formerly Rothschild Trust Guernsey Limited)

Artemis Trustees Limited

Bank Julius Baer & Co

Investec Bank Channel Islands

Work highlights

  • Defending the directors of a Middle Eastern construction company against significant claims exceeding £1.5billion arising from alleged breaches of their common law duties as a director, fraudulent and wrongful trading and breach of their fiduciary duties.
  • Defending New East International Limited, a Guernsey entity owned by the son of former Saudi Intelligence Minister Dr Al Jabri, against disclosure and freezing orders brought by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an attempt to recover $4billion it claims it is owed, as part of global litigation also ongoing in Ontario, UK, Jersey, Bahrain, the BVI and the USA.
  • Representing Ajaz Rahim, accused in the USA of insider trading, in enforcement action brought by Her Majesty’s Procureur on behalf of the Government of the United States of America, against his Guernsey bank account (the largest forfeiture order ever to be enforced in Guernsey).

Mourant

Mourant‘s litigation practice is fully integrated between the firm’s international offshore office network. Trust disputes are a core of the work, and lawyers are often instructed on the most high-profile cases in Guernsey. Another area where the firm stands out is insolvency and restructuring, acting for creditors and liquidators, and the group is experienced in court-ordered schemes of arrangement. On the regulatory front, the department houses go-to lawyers for financial institutions in disputes with the Guernsey regulators. The team is led by Abel Lyall , an experienced court room advocate, and includes trust litigator Jeremy Wessels ; contentious regulatory lawyer Gordon Dawes  and counsel Sandra Duerden, who has built an impressive trust litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Abel Lyall

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Wessels; Gordon Dawes; Sandra Duerden; Chantal Barrett

Testimonials

‘They are adaptive and responsive and the team have a very broad range of strengths with relevant experts for all fields. Billing is always clear (and fair!) and they apply thought to all elements of staffing and deployment.’

‘I have been predominantly dealing with Abel Lyall and his approach to collaborative project management has been very beneficial for us. He has become part of our team when necessary and I have come to rely on Abel and his team time and again. Whether in-person meetings or in written actions, the output from them in all areas is excellent. Abel is always available when needed, often at short notice, and provides formal, semi-formal and informal support as necessary.’

‘Gordon Dawes is superb. He is technically excellent, calm under pressure and very responsive.’

‘Abel Lyall provides exceptional advocacy; supported by a very strong team.’

‘Mourant’s Guernsey office is regarded by many as the go-to firm for dispute matters. They have a strong and long standing reputation in this sector. Their advice is prompt and practical. They have appeared in many of the leading commercial and trust dispute cases of recent years and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to clients who find themselves in challenging situations.’

‘Jeremy Wessels is an outstanding commercial litigator. He is widely regarded as the island’s leading court room advocate. Outside of court, his advisory practice is equally valued. He is clear and concise in the advice he gives and, despite his significant workload, he appears to be always available.’

‘A friendly approachable law firm who are pragmatic, calm under pressure and incredibly intelligent.’

‘Abel Lyall is a stand out practitioner who is ‘unflappable’ and extremely calm under pressure.’

Key clients

Oak Group

Saffery Champness

Artex

EFG Private Bank

Credit Suisse Group

Investec Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank

Kleinwort Hambros

Butterfield Bank and Trust

IQ-EQ

PraxisIFM Group and Nerine Group

Grant Thornton

GFSC

Asta Managing Agency Limited

Trident Trust

Sequent Guernsey Limited

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

Trust Corporation (now Ocorian)

Apex

Work highlights

  • Acting for Investec as former trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust in relation to a long-running, complex trust dispute.
  • Acting for the Joint Liquidators of JJW Limited in the complex, cross-border insolvency of a hotel owning and operating group.
  • Acting for Lloyd’s Syndicate 4242 in relation to contentious proceedings against Cells of White Rock Insurance Company PCC Limited.

Ogier

At Ogier, the dispute resolution team handles the waterfront of contentious issues that arise offshore, with a particular strength in matters involving trusts, insolvency, as well as commercial litigation and regulatory disputes. The team works closely with the firm’s other departments and colleagues in other jurisdictions, enabling it to run cross-border disputes with corporate, funds, private client and property experts. Mathew Newman  leads the Guernsey team, and focuses on insolvency and restructuring issues, as well as having substantial experience in professional negligence claims in the financial services space. He co-leads the team alongside Simon Davies , an experienced advocate with a track record in contentious trusts. Bryan De Verneuil-Smith is another commercial litigator of note focusing on trust and fund disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Newman; Simon Davies

Other key lawyers:

Bryan De Verneuil-Smith; Sandie Lyne; Alex Horsbrugh-Porter

Testimonials

‘Everyone within the team was a good lawyer as well as a good manager of the case and the client. Each of them was responsive and hands. Every member was at all times fully aware of all the issues and able to assist with them.’

‘Bryan de Verneuil Smith was outstanding and very easy to deal with. He has great analytical skills and enjoyed dealing with detailed and complex legal arguments without losing sight of the bigger picture and the commercial realities of the case. He also remained calm under pressure.’

‘Very good team – broad knowledge across the team’

‘Ogier has a large team with substantial expertise to effectively deal with high value complex claims.’

‘Mathew Newman is a remarkable advocate and not afraid of a fight.’

‘They have been very upfront in providing good quality guidance and support in a long standing matter. They have been prompt to point out areas that they feel present the risk of generating conflicts for them and for myself (the dispute was between two clients of my company) and assisted in ensuring that these were managed effectively. Charging has always been more than fair with work being done at the right level within the firm to manage costs. At no point has it felt as if we were being “milked for fees”.’

‘I have been in contact with Bryan De Verneuil-Smith who has met every target and deadline required. On a technical/legal level I trust his judgement and am comforted that he is open in saying he will go and have a think rather than attempting to present himself as an oracle on all matters and making snap judgements.’

‘Simon Davies is clearly one of, if not the leading advocate on the island. Simon has an encyclopaedic memory of Guernsey precedents. He is detail oriented, exquisitely prepared for every argument and submission, and has a good rapport with the Guernsey courts. He is respected by bench and bar alike, having been selected to serve as the battonier or head of the Guernsey bar. As importantly, Simon is easy to deal with and incredibly responsive, which is very important when dealing with an off-shore jurisdiction.

Matthew Newman is the rising star in the Guernsey insolvency bar. In fact his star has probably already risen. Matthew combines affability with keen insight and excellent judgment.

Bryan De Verneuil-Smith is a newer partner and continues in the Ogier tradition of providing timely, efficient and on-point advice on complex issues. He is a delight to work with.

Key clients

BDO LLP

Securis Investment Partners

Deloitte

MND Georgia

Krys Global

EEA Life Settlements PCC Limited

The Public Trustee of Guernsey

DSO Limited/the Gupta family

Alvarez & Marsal

HSBC Bank (CI and UK)

Praxis

Teneo Restructuring

Leonard Curtis

Work highlights

  • Acting for Teneo as administration managers of Providence Investment Funds PCC and Providence Investment Management International Limited in their claim against their auditors, PwC, for failing to detect and report a clear Ponzi scheme fraud being perpetrated on the fund by its controlling director; the claim will go to a four week trial in May 2022.
  • Acting for the Public Trustee of Guernsey in relation to the clawback of assets into a large number of Guernsey pension schemes whose operators allegedly misappropriated the funds for their own personal benefit.
  • Acting for the trustee of a high value Guernsey law trust facing complex cross-border beneficiary claims and issues following the death of the settlor.

Walkers

The team at Walkers is ‘personable and able to express often complex technical arguments into a more understandable lay language‘, qualities it brings to bear in contentious and semi-contentious fiduciary and insolvency matters, and regulatory disputes. It is well integrated into the firm’s wider office network, enabling it to handle complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters. Heading the team is Alison Ozanne , who is a qualified mediator, and has experience in ta variety of trust disputes. Sarah Brehaut  is on the steering committee for reform to the Royal Court procedure rules, and is a founding member of the women’s insolvency and restructuring confederation. Adam Cole has a background in insurance and reinsurance litigation, but has a more general offshore litigation practice that includes contentious insolvencies, trust and fiduciary disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alison Ozanne

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Brehaut; Adam Cole; Jamie Bookless; Helena Lavin

Testimonials

‘The Walkers team are very personable and are able to express often complex technical arguments into a more understandable lay language. Litigation can be overwhelming at times and the Team is able to lead and guide clients through the process whilst at the same time giving reassurance and clear options.’

‘Very good team; high quality advocates and lawyers’

‘Walkers Guernsey is an extremely diverse and knowledgeable team with a well balanced and experienced skill set.’

‘Sarah Brehaut is a very experienced and calm litigator who is very adept at providing sensible advice with a minimum of fuss. She delegates and uses her team very effectively to provide a seamless and cost effective client experience.’

‘Alison Ozanne is a superb advocate; truly exceptional in her qualifications, case management, strategy and remarkable in terms of her ability to provide genuine client support. She truly cares about her clients and this resonates with her prompt response and continuous contact. Alison is a rare breed of advocate who utilises empathy, integrity and the highest level of legal prowess to move cases forward and is very well respected for her ability locally. She has earned the respect provided to her and achieves results.’

‘Walkers’ Guernsey Team stands out from its competitors in three respects: 1. They exude a non arrogant confidence which only comes from a thorough mastery of their case; 2. They quite obviously put their clients’ interests at the forefront of their conduct of the case without falling into the trap of myopic indifference to the realities of their clients, position. 3. In the many mediations I have conducted for the team they epitomise the adage of “agreeing to disagree agreeably” which disarms their opponents and advances their clients interests far more successfully than the aggressive bullishness chosen by so many lawyers. Above all they are charming and obviously work together as a team

‘The team at Walkers have always bee very helpful and we have engaged with them in multiple areas. They are very cognisant of our commercial requirements and have been prepared to provide advice at short notice when necessary.’

Key clients

Leonard Curtis

Rusnano Group

Grant Thornton

KRyS Global

Nabarro Olswang LLP

Swedish Sea Rescue Society

Sovereign Trust (Guernsey) Limited

White Rock Insurance Company PCC Limited

The Bangkok Commerce Public Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Administrators of BSG Resources Limited c/o Alvarez and Marsal in the largest and most high profile administration before the Royal Court and represents a significant “win” for Guernsey’s IDR team in acting for the office holders.
  • Acting for the joint voluntary liquidators of c/o Grant Thornton in the Victus European Student Accommodation Fund IC Limited in relation to all aspects of the liquidation.
  • Acting for a former Thai National Bank through its official receiver seeking to recognise a number of Thai Judgments in excess of £80 million in Guernsey pertaining to assets frozen within the jurisdiction.

Appleby

The dispute resolution team at Appleby attracts plaudits from clients for ‘unparalleled experience in Guernsey financial services law‘. It has a strong track-record across  disputes, particularly pertaining to financial crime cases, contentious insolvencies, trust litigation, data protection cases and high-value commercial disputes. Practice head Anthony Williams  is an experienced commercial litigator, regularly appearing before the Royal Court of Guernsey and the Court of Appeal, including for fraud claims. Richard Field  is a regulatory expert and is often instructed in privacy and data protection cases, an area where he is the firm’s global lead. Senior associate Alex Thornton de Mauroy, who joined from Stephenson Harwood in August 2021, has recent experience in complex litigation involving allegations of fraud.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Williams

Other key lawyers:

Richard Field; Alex Thornton de Mauroy

Testimonials

‘The team engage well with the subject matter and are open to meaningful and helpful discussion about the best way to progress taking into account all of the angles that need to be considered.’

‘Richard Sheldon provides insightful analysis and adds value through pragmatism and useful debate about the key issues with clear communication and a wealth of experience. Richard Field is a good communicator verbally and in writing with good knowledge of the subject matter and the law.’

‘The team have unparalleled experience of Guernsey financial services law and specifically its application to firms and senior managers. Well resourced and fight tooth and nail to do their absolute best for clients.’

‘Richard Sheldon stands out from peers in the market due to his client care, ability to get under the skin of a firm and its client base and steeliness with the regulator.’

‘Excellent team, ably led by Anthony Williams. Broad skills amongst the team. Very capable. Commercial awareness as well as sound advice.’

‘Anthony Williams – first class Advocate; leading expert in insolvency and restructuring’

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

Achernar Assets AG

Blenheim Fiduciary Group

CBW

CRGF GP Ltd

Deloitte LLP

Duff & Phelps

EPEA Fund Services

Ernst & Young

FRP Trading Limited

Grant Thornton

HSBC Group

Intertrust Group

Northern Trust

Oak Group

Peters & Peters

PraxisIFM Group

Standard Chartered Trust

Standard Bank Group

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented CRGP GP in relation to a dispute between it and the Rusano Group, a Russian State-owned investment company. The dispute concerned the establishment and ultimate ownership of a Limited Partnership in Guernsey, CRGF LP, into which the Rusano Group had made a substantial investment.
  • Advising the liquidators of various Blenheim entities, including the former administrator of Momentum Engineering Limited, an Irish entity, and the former trustee of a family trust that held the shares in Momentum.
  • Appeared before the Royal Court representing a director of a trust company, challenging against the decision of the GFSC to impose a prohibition order in respect of alleged regulatory breaches.

Babbé LLP

The ‘commercially minded and astute‘ lawyers at Babbé LLP have substantial experience as advocates in proceedings before Guernsey courts, as well as assisting with the Guernsey law aspects of foreign proceedings, particularly in the US and England. The group is led by Todd McGuffin, who takes the lead on contentious trust, investment fund and insolvency matters. Managing partner Nick Robison is a seasoned trust litigator, often acting as the court-appointed representative of minor and unborn trust beneficiaries. Managing associate Kirthi Kalyan has built a practice representing high-net-worth individuals in trust-related disputes, and is also regularly involved in contentious regulatory matters involving enforcement investigations by the Guernsey financial services regulator.

Practice head(s):

Todd McGuffin

Other key lawyers:

Nick Robison; Kirthi Kalyan; David Doutney

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Babbe on many occasions as a mediator. They are always well prepared and client driven. They have a relaxed but commercial approach with clients and guide them appropriately to look at solutions .’

‘We found the litigation team to be very commercially minded and astute in an exceptionally difficult Insolvency matter involving a Trust Company which had ceased business and where the plaintiff was an offshore liquidator’

‘Extremely personable and attentive. Excellent client service.’

‘Refreshing to have counsel who you have full confidence in. Nick Robison’s approach from the start has been second to none on both a personable and professional level. He has the rare gift of great in depth technical expertise and excellent commercial acumen. He also has an excellent team around him specifically Emma Maguire who has been exemplary in her work on the case.’

‘Good experience of local courts and procedures, and related tactics.’

‘The team are able to see the issue that needs to be resolved and then construct a legal solution that matches up with the pragmatic commercial solution that has been negotiated.’

‘Todd McGuffin and David Doutney do an excellent job of ensuring pragmatic commercial solutions don’t have any legal flaws.’

‘Nick Robison is one of the best on the island. Very responsive and willing to go in to bat hard for a client.’

Key clients

Fort Trustees Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Saffery Champness

Intertrust

Robert Tchenguiz

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fort Trustees Limited and Balchan Management Limited, the Guernsey-based trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust (TDT) in a suite of proceedings
  • Acting for PricewaterhouseCoopers in a long running high profile Providence investment fund litigations.
  • Represented a client in a dispute arising from a loan transaction concerning the maintenance and operation of a high value Russian built Czech registered heavy lift aircraft.

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin has a broad practice spanning contentious trusts and insolvency, commercial litigation, fraud and asset tracing, and contentious regulatory matters. The group is led by Alasdair Davidson , a commercial litigator with additional experience in professional negligence cases. Jon Barclay  regularly appears before the Guernsey courts, with a specialism in financial services litigation. Robert Fullman, who joined from Babbé LLP in December 2021, brought with him substantial experience in commercial and asset enforcement work.

Practice head(s):

Alasdair Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Jon Barclay; Robert Fullman; Rebecca Hale; Cassie Wade

Testimonials

‘Jon Barclay – excellent judgment, knowledge and experience. The best on the Island.’

‘Rob Fullman has excellent knowledge and is clear and precise in his dealings with me (as the client) and with the Court.’

‘Main work recently has been with with Jon Barclay and Rebecca Hale who are always a pleasure to work with on any matter any I would repeat the above comments regarding the team. Both approachable, knowledgeable and provide clear, logical advice based on the situation at hand.’

‘Bedell have an excellent private client disputes practice in Guernsey, Jersey and the Cayman Islands but have recently expanded into Singapore. They are a cost effective alternative to the offshore magic circle teams.’

‘David Cadin is a highly experienced and knowledgeable litigator on Jersey regulatory matters, familiar with the local politics as well as regulatory and competition issues.’

‘The team provides a focused, energetic and forward thinking response to diverse problems.’

‘Alasdair Davidson is a stand-out individual. He is very experienced and very well respected in Guernsey and the wider Offshore network. He is a safe pair of hands and knows how to read the Court. Provides excellent advice and knows how to address issues in a practical way.’

‘Bedells remain a leading light in a number of key jurisdictions around the world and feature in many of the very biggest cases. They have a powerful Channel Islands offering and increasingly appear in large matters in many of the other major jurisdictions as well.’

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

JT Group

Trustee of the Madoff Estate

Stewarts Law

US DOJ

Dutch Revenue Service

Teneo

Charles Russell Speechly

Kent and Reliance Building Society

Cherry Godfrey

Sarnia Mutual

Adil Popat

Bachman Marine

Work highlights

  • Defending claims brought against Costas Kyriakides, former CFO by liquidators with sums sought in excess of US$1 billion.
  • Securing urgent freezing orders for New World across the globe in support of a fraud claim exceeding US$2 billion

AFR Advocates

Litigation-focused AFR Advocates represents clients in cases involving banking and finance, trusts, probate and insurance, in addition to having a specialism in commercial and corporate disputes. The group is also well-versed in fraud cases, asset and debt recovery, and white-collar criminal defence. Practice co-head Mark Ferbrache is an expert in contentious inheritance matters; he leads alongside managing partner and veteran commercial litigator Paul Richardson and Robin Cowling, who was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Paul Richardson; Mark Ferbrache; Robin Cowling

Other key lawyers:

Tim Richards

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP is known for commercial disputes, including trust litigation and contentious insolvency, as well as contentious regulatory issues concerning medical negligence, employment and housing license issues. The team also has experience in planning and family law matters. Taking the lead is Martin Jones, a specialist in local and international commercial litigation, in addition to cross-border fraud claims. Alison Antill is lead associate on a number of the firm’s instructions, across commercial, trust and insolvency cases. Senior associate Ian Davis  joined from AFR Advocates in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Robert Breckon; Alison Antill; Ian Davis

Testimonials

‘Robert Breckon was outstanding – clear, concise and at all time upfront with our litigation. There is no doubt we obtained value for money and were always steered in the right direction where there was risk and the possibility of racking up unnecessary cost. First class!’

‘I have worked with Robert Breckon and his team – they work collaboratively using a thorough and highly professional approach recognising the issues and they drill into the concerns without unnecessary extra work. The team are focussed on the relevant facts to resolve the issues that have been raised.’

‘Robert Breckon is the partner who uses his deft approach to finding answers to create an atmosphere of positivity in the approach to resolving issues and problems which he achieves with his team with focussed and the targeted identification of issues which guides clients to a resolution route with the minimum of fuss but the maximum of understanding of the detail.’

‘The practice is resolutely client-focused putting realistic commercial considerations at the forefront of its professional services without compromising technical expertise.’

‘Very attentive and professional, caring advice.’

‘Martin Jones was particularly good and was always available and excellent in communication.’

‘Very thoughtful and explain clearly’

‘Ferbrache & Farrell is a relatively small, locally owned Guernsey Practice with an experienced team which from my experience has a real client focussed approach. Aside from strong technical expertise, I regard their strength as ready availability of team members at all levels, very close ‘hand holding’ and in addition to advice, providing reassurance through complicated legal process. Rather than innovation, I would regarding this strength as “back to basics” in terms of a strong, client focussed, ethic.’

‘I deal predominantly with Martin Jones  and Ian Davis who aside from being strong technically, I find very approachable, easy to work with, with a calm reassuring manner. They always find time, no question is ‘too stupid’, response times are excellent and I am finding their overall guidance, help and support to be first class.’