Next Generation Partners

Rising Stars

Private client, trusts and tax in Guernsey

Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen‘s team supports HNWIs with the setup and restructuring of trusts, private trust companies and family offices, while working alongside the firm’s litigation practice to represent clients engaged in multijurisdictional trust disputes. Practice head Russell Clark handles both contentious and non-contentious trust matters, notably advising on the establishment of complex trust structures. Natasha Kapp‘s practice encompasses both private wealth structuring and philanthropy, as well as contentious trust issues. Having retired from the partnership in June 2022, Konrad Friedlaender continues to advise on a wide range of trust matters in addition to pensions, employee benefit and share option schemes as a consultant. Counsel Laila Arstall focuses on a wide range of tax issues, while fellow counsel Wendy Garrard assists trustees, beneficiaries and protectors with matters concerning regulatory and fiduciary law.

Practice head(s):

Russell Clark

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Kapp; Konrad Friedlaender; Laila Arstall; Wendy Garrard; Patricia Montgomery


‘For me, the strongest private client and trust team in Guernsey; long experience, deep knowledge, excellent connections to industry and government to give us practical, value for money advice. The team always looks at matters from different angles and balances extensive fiduciary knowledge with strong commercial awareness, to provide sound advice.’

‘I have worked with Konrad Friedlaender for many years and his legal knowledge, commercial awareness, practical approach and calmness are strengths he brings to all matters. He is also a diplomat, and I have seen him defuse many challenging situations with third parties. I have no hesitation bringing him into meetings and calls, to work though issues and find solutions.’

‘Russell Clark is always there to protect and defend our interests, clear communication and excellent at balancing fiduciary and commercial considerations. ‘

‘Their personal service and breadth of expertise always delivers.’

‘They are extremely personable and collaborative. I also found them to be pragmatic and technically strong.’

‘Natasha Kapp was very impressive in a complex matter.’

‘The team at Carey Olsen have provided fantastic legal support over many years. Their advice on trust matters is always first rate, demonstrating both their technical knowledge and their understanding of the dynamics involved between trustee, settlor and beneficiaries.’

‘Konrad Friedlaender and Natasha Kapp particularly stand out as we have worked closely with them on trust matters for many years, during which time we have appreciated their knowledge of the historic trust and family issues, and their ability to apply that together with their technical knowledge in providing very high quality and often very practical legal advice and support.’


Mourant‘s trusts and private client team is instructed by clients engaged in both contentious and non-contentious matters, supporting HNWIs and trustees, settlors and beneficiaries with a range of trust and tax matters. Leading the team is Gilly Kennedy-Smith, a specialist in tax, succession and generation planning matters. Litigators Abel Lyall and Jeremy Wessels handle trust disputes, including acting on matters concerning the structuring of trusts, and disputes between family members and trustees. Senior associate Alexander Hawkins assists HNWIs with wealth and succession structuring, in addition to advising on pension and foundation law.

Practice head(s):

Gilly Kennedy-Smith

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Wessels; Sandra Duerden; Alexander Hawkins; William Ostick


‘Jeremy Wessels continues to be a problem solver for the big cases.’

‘The team is very customer focused and, due to having representation in other locations, has a very good knowledge of the trust industry and is able to assist with a number of our private client matters. The firm is very responsive and provides an excellent level of service.’

‘Their speed of response makes them stand out from some of their competitors in Guernsey.’

Key clients

ITG Limited & Bayeux Limited (Tchenguiz’s)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Investec, as former trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust, in a trust dispute.


Ogier‘s team advises clients including HNWIs, their family offices and fiduciary service providers on a range of trust matters, including the establishment and restructuring of Guernsey structures, succession and estate planning, family governance, and tax efficiency. Spearheading the practice is Matthew Guthrie, noted for setting up and restructuring complex cross-border structures, in addition to representing trustees involved in disputes. Catherine Moore assists HNWIs and fiduciaries with the structuring of private wealth and regulatory issues, while managing associate Chris Hards supports clients with matters of trusts and foundation law, with further expertise in pensions issues. Gavin Ferguson completes the roster of recommended names.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Guthrie

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Moore; Chris Hards


‘Ogier has helped our company in many ways over the years. Understanding our business and our clients has been essential in Ogier providing bespoke options to us and our clients. This helps us get to the heart of matters quickly, reduces cost and helps us resolve matters efficiently too. Ogier can explain complex matters in a way that is easily understandable so that we can identify the issues. Ogier are also very responsive.’

‘Prompt and efficient service, with really personable staff. There is a real sense of commercial thinking, whilst safeguarding the interest of the trustees and beneficiaries as a whole.’

‘Chris Hards is personable, efficient and has a great way of explaining complex matters and never gets flustered. Matthew Guthrie has excellent technical ability and is able to pick up on the key elements without issue and cut through to the heart of what is really important.’

‘They couple a private client expertise with the corporate mindset which clients are looking for.’

‘The team is very strong in trusts, with a track record of advising on and structuring complex assets in the HNW and UHNW space for international clients.’

‘Ogier have a very strong team in Guernsey which provides a wide range of skillsets and experience. We have benefitted from their advice and support in general trust matters, and more complex matters such as divorces of trust settlors and beneficiaries, and charity legislation. It is reassuring to know that a wide range of advice and support can be obtained from within one firm.’

‘Very cohesive and great partner engagement.’

‘The team at Ogier, led by Matthew Guthrie, is first tier. I’ve worked with them on a number of complex and very high value trust matters, and they are responsive, detailed and also commercial in their provision of advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a local trust company on Guernsey law concerning a trust which was established to receive the shares in a Guernsey holding company following the settlor’s death.
  • Advised on a significant business wind-down involving the transfer of a large number of structures.
  • Acted for a large trust company in a highly contentious restructuring of a trust involving an application by a beneficiary for the removal of the trustee and numerous additional applications.


The team at Walkers advises HNWIs on the structuring of trusts and family offices, with its strong offshore network complementing its Guernsey practice. The firm has also advised on the creation of a number of novel decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO) trusts, which hold digital assets, including cryptocurrencies; this effort is being led by practice head and structuring specialist Rupert Morris, who also handles contentious matters. Rajah Abusrewil advises on all issues related to wealth structuring, and leads the firm’s Jersey private clients team alongside her Guernsey practice. David Cooney advises clients on trust matters, including where cryptocurrency assets are held in trust, and associated regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Morris

Other key lawyers:

Rajah Abusrewil; David Cooney


‘The partners and associates alike are readily available for questions and discussions and are flexible with their time to meet our needs.’

‘Rupert Morris has assisted us with many contentious trust matters and his advice and guidance is always on point and is appreciated by our clients. Rajah Abusrewil’s technical ability assisted us in the production of various documents to be used internally.’

‘David Cooney has great experience and is a quite outstanding private client practitioner in the offshore world. A clear leader. He has a rare combination of a strong strategic orientation, commercial sense, a great mastery of detail and a first class work ethic. He is greatly valued by our business.’

‘It is always a pleasure to work with Rajah Abureswil. Her advice is polished and practical, client-focused and clear. In particular, Rajah’s knowledge of the Middle East and the manner in which Guernsey structures can be used to meet the needs of complex dynastic planning makes her the go-to for my Middle Eastern clients looking to create structures through the Channel Islands.’

‘Key strengths are very strong technical knowledge and familiarity with the Cayman market and laws, as well as crypto knowledge.’

‘David Cooney is a standout lawyer for his technical expertise and his way of explaining very complicated things simply to clients and intermediaries.’

‘The team are responsive and efficient, and the work produced is always accurate and fair. There is a very pleasing lack of aggression for litigators, born no doubt out of the mixed contentious/non-contentious nature of the team, and they are not interested in fighting for fighting’s sake.’

‘Rupert Morris is an excellent practitioner, seamlessly blending a robustness when required with a tempered, logical, fair and technically superb approach. I have no hesitation in recommending clients with Guernsey trust issues to Rupert in the first instance, every time.’

Key clients

Terraform Labs Pte. Ltd

dYdX Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised Terraform Labs and K&L Gates on the creation of the first DAO purpose trust structure to enable the Terra Community to enter into its recently announced partnership with the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team.
  • Advised the dYdX Foundation on the creation of an innovative Guernsey grants purpose trust structure for a crypto DAO.

Collas Crill

The private client and trusts team at Collas Crill advises on a number of issues, including cross-border trust structures and fiduciary matters, wills and estates, and Guernsey-based family issues. Practice head Angela Calnan is a trust structuring specialist, with further strengths in setting up Sharia-compliant structures for MENA clients. Joanne Seal oversees the firm’s international wills and estate practice, advising on estate planning and inheritance matters. Cerisse Fisher, who made group partner in January 2023, assists with the establishment, restructuring and winding up of trusts. Associate Marco Nel joined the team from Babbé LLP in October 2022, focusing on trusts, estates and power of attorney proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Angela Calnan

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Seal; Cerisse Fisher; Marco Nel


‘Collas Crill is our go-to team when we need Guernsey trust advice. We have recently been carrying out some complex family governance structuring, which involves not just trusts, but also foundations, bespoke drafting of companies articles of association and shareholder agreements. We have worked with them for a number of years, they are responsive and their advice is always constructive.’

‘Angela Calnan is a first-rate trust lawyer. She has a pragmatic approach and looks for solutions rather than problems.’

‘Collas Crill’s approach instils confidence in their technical expertise, and their quick response times, open approach and plain English communication style contribute to a reassuring experience.’

‘Angela Calnan provides clear advice in an open and friendly manner that reassures the client that she is abreast of both the current legal position and the management of the client’s requirements.’

‘Cerisse Fisher’s amiable approach and clear communication style provides the client with confidence that she is on top of technical matters and developments in the trust and fiduciary field and that their affairs are in safe hands.’

Key clients

HFL Limited

Praxis Trustees

Lancaster Trustees

Artemis Trustees

Maurice Turnor Grdner

Laytons LLP

Cazenove Capital

Charles Russell Speechlys



Stenham Trustees Limited

Grayson Clements Ltd

Intertrust Trustees (Guernsey) Limited

MJ Hudson

Charles Mia Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a Guernsey high street bank on an application to the Guernsey Courts for a Guernsey grant of probate.
  • Advised on the registration of LPA-appointed trustees to act as corporate attorneys following loss of capacity consequent on the introduction of the new LPA system in April 2022.
  • Assisted with the registration of a bespoke charitable foundation, PTC and other trusts for a high-profile Jordanian family.


Appleby makes use of its international network to advise professional trustees and corporations on a variety of trust matters, including the establishment of trust structures, issues between trustees and beneficiaries, and employee benefit trusts and pensions. Co-heads Jeremy Berchem and Stuart Tyler handle commercial matters related to trusts, notably transactions, while senior associate Paula Fry handles both contentious and non-contentious trust matters, including restructuring and mistake applications.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Tyler; Jeremy Berchem

Other key lawyers:

Paula Fry


‘Covers a wide range of issues efficiently and capably.’

‘Paula Fry responds promptly and effectively to all queries and will often raise aspects others have not considered.’

‘Very proactive, personable and professional.’

‘Jeremy Berchem and Paula Fry being very proactive and talented helps to drive deals through.’

Key clients

BOW Trustees

HSBC Group

Oak Trust

Pensioneer Trustee Company (Guernsey) Limited

PraxisIFM Group

PTC Holdings Limited

Trireme Pension Services (Guernsey) Limited

Babbé LLP

The team at Babbé LLP supports HNWIs, trustees, settlors and financial institutions with the setting up of complex wealth management structures, including family offices and trusts. Jointly leading the practice are Andrew Laws, a trusts and fiduciary matters specialist, and Michael Riddiford, whose practice is centred on wills, estate planning and property transactions. Nicholas Robison leads on contentious trusts matters, representing trustees and beneficiaries. Scott McPherson left to work in the funds administration business.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Laws; Michael Riddiford

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Robison


‘What differentiates them is their ability to deliver bespoke solutions whilst listening to the client.’

Key clients

Mminor and unborn beneficiaries of one branch of a Guernsey trust in an ongoing Public Trustee v Cooper application

Credit Suisse Trust Limited

Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited

Saffery Champness Management International Limited/Saffery Champness Trust Corporation

Artemis Trustees Limited

Aquitaine Trust Limited/Aquitaine Group Limited

Imperium Trust Company Limited

Aon Services (Guernsey) Limited

St Peters Trust Company Limited

LTS Tax Limited

New Street Trust Limited/New Street Management Limited

Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited

Oak Trust (Mauritius) Limited

Gower Financial Services Limited/Gower Pensions Management Limited

Weighbridge Trust Limited

2mi Limited

Dixcart Trust Corporation Limited

Zedra Trust Company (Guernsey) Limited

Parish Trustees Limited

Butterfield Trust (Guernsey) Limited

Fides Trust Limited

Perkins Trustees Limited

Bourse Trust Company Limited

Belasko Administration Limited

Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Limited

Crossways Trustees

Louvre Trustees Limited

Moore Stephens

Praxis (including Nerine)



Crossways Trustees



Grant Thornton


Cherry Godfrey

Fort Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the co-trustee of a Guernsey trust, as the defendant, together with the corporate co-trustee, in an ongoing application before the Royal Court in relation to trustee liabilities in terms of Sections 22 and 39 of the Trusts (Guernsey) Law 2007.
  • Represented the interests of the minor and unborn beneficiaries of one branch of a Guernsey trust, which has been the subject of an ongoing Public Trustee v Cooper application.
  • Acted for the trustee of a Guernsey Trust, which has been the subject of, and involved in, various unconnected hostile multimillion pound proceedings in a number of international jurisdictions.

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin advises HNWIs and wealth managers on a range of trust structures, including private trusts and trust companies, foundations and charitable structures. In addition, the firm is also able to support clients with regulatory matters, such as those arising out of beneficial disclosure registers. Leading the team is Elena Gogh, a specialist in family office structures who advises fiduciaries, government bodies and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Elena Gogh


‘The team is well rounded with some great individual lawyers. It’s approachable, professional and accessible. I refer work to it in the private client field – this team is strong in this area and has great capability in related fields; I feel that I get very well-rounded advice with no corners overlooked.’

‘Elena Gogh is an exceptionally talented private client lawyer. She is a ‘go-to’ lawyer if you want flair, spot-on analysis and a commercially pragmatic job done. She knows how to advise properly rather than leave a client ‘hanging with no direction’. She is incredibly available and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Elena Gogh – firstly, a great person to deal and work with. An exceptional professional, reliable and accessible, precise and great attention to detail. Pleasure to deal with.’

‘Bedell Cristin is our first port of call for all legal matters. Bedell Cristin has a very approachable team which is happy to discuss a particular matter on an informal basis before proceeding to formal engagement.’

‘Elena Gogh recently took the lead role on a multijurisdictional restructuring exercise and provided sound guidance in a timely manner with excellent attention to detail throughout.’

‘This a sophisticated team who have, for a long time now, been doing some of the best work coming into Guernsey.’

‘I have recently worked with Elena Gough. This was on transferring an international asset structure into Guernsey. She provided me with careful and thorough and creative advice. She’s a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her.’