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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Dispute resolution
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Baker & Partners presents a truly full-service offering of highly-regarded advocates who are routinely praised by a client list of blue-chip businesses, corporate service providers, foreign governments, private clients and UK law firms. Mandates largely comprise high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes in the fields of contentious trusts, insolvency, asset recovery, civil fraud, commercial litigation and regulatory matters. Adding substantial weight to the already extensive team, which includes stand-out members Stephen Baker ('pragmatic, commercial and creative'), William Redgrave ('clever and tactical') and senior associates James Sheedy ('level-headed'), Charlie Sorensen and Lynne Gregory is the appointment of senior counsel James Corbett QC, who formerly led Kobre & Kim's office in the Cayman Islands.

Practice head(s):Stephen Baker; Simon Thomas; William Redgrave

Other key lawyers:James Corbett QC; Lynne Redgrave; James Sheedy; Amita Chohan; Simon Thomas; Charlie Sorensen

Testimonials

'A powerhouse of a firm, with practitioners who are friendly and practical'

'William Redgrave is a superb advocate'

'James Corbett QC is an exceptional advocate; eloquent, always engages with the judge positively, and has an exceptional knowledge of all aspects of commercial law'

'Lynne Gregory is an extremely competent lawyer'

'James Sheedy has an encyclopedic knowledge of trusts law'

'Amita Chohan is an exceptionally bright lawyer'

'Steve Baker is the driving force behind the firm. He is very commercial and fights his client's corner'

'Simon Thomas is very intelligent, helpful and always a pleasure to work with'

'James Corbett QC is calm, extremely knowledgeable, organised and creative'

'Charlie Sorensen is a responsive and diligent senior associate, whose analysis is measured and client-friendly'

'A very strong team'

Key Clients

CMC Holdings

BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation

Elesh Gheewala

Grant Thornton

Margaret Smith (trustee in the bankruptcy of the Joseph M. De Mauro estate)

Lumiere

Samantha Scott

Temple Estates Limited

Barclays Pharmaceuticals

Beneficiaries of the I, J, L, K trusts

Work highlights

  • Acting for CMC Holdings on claims of fiduciary duty breaches against a former company director.
  • Representing BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation as defendants in the Crociani v Crociani litigation.
  • Appointed by the US Bankruptcy Court as special counsel to the client in the bankruptcy of the Joseph M. De Mauro estate.
  • Successfully prosecuted (on behlaf of the Attorney General of Jersey) the former managing director of Lumiere Wealth Limited for a number of mis-selling offences.
  • Defended Temple Estates Limited in an action brought by the current directors alleging breach of duty.

Contentious trust and probate litigation remain the core area of expertise for the Bedell Cristin team, with the likes of Robert Gardner, Edward Drummond, Mark Taylor and Sonia Shah acting in some of Jersey’s most significant cases in this field. The breadth of the practice also encompasses multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes and contentious insolvency matters for a client list consisting of international financial institutions, high-profile individuals, trust companies and trust beneficiaries.

Practice head(s):Robert Gardener

Other key lawyers:Edward Drummond; Mark Taylor; Sonia Minns; Sonia Shah

Testimonials

'A quality, heavy-hitting litigation outfit'

'A group of outstanding advocates'

'Well respected by the bench and peers'

'Clever, fast-thinking lawyers'

'Mark Taylor has the ear of the court and a deft touch. An awesome advocate'

'Edward Drummond is very clever, very thorough, very sensible and very effective in court'

'Edward Drummond has a very sharp legal mind and an intuitive understanding of litigation strategy'

'Robert Gardner has a good feel for what the judge will think and is great on strategy'

'Sonia Shah is unflappable, thorough and completely on top of every detail of her cases'

'Sonia Minns has a direct and down to earth approach'

Key Clients

Cristiana Crociani

Nedgroup

Patrick Cheung

Linda Mackie

CPA

Garfield Bennett TC

Bortha Woudsma

Ernst & Young

Affinity

Ocorian

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cristiana Crociani before the Royal Court and Court of Appeal in $200m breach of trust proceedings.
  • Acting for Nedgroup, the trustee in the long-running Westley Trust dispute.
  • Acting for Patrick and Anthony Cheung as two executors in a contentious estate dispute worth in excess of $1bn.
  • Acting for Garfield Bennett in an ongoing family dispute concerning the division of £8m of trust assets.
  • Acting for Bortha Woudsma in obtaining injunctive relief in support of her ongoing matrimonial dispute in the Netherlands.

Carey Olsen’s disputes offering is a market leader in the field, regularly acting in some of Jersey’s largest contentious insolvency cases for funds, international companies, boards of directors and creditors, as well as receiving instructions from elite London law firms. Jeremy Garrood and Marcus Pallot are stand-out names in this field while practice head John Kelleher is noted for his commercial disputes expertise and William Grace  is sought-after by international financial institutions for financial services matters, including regulatory disputes. The firm has a solid offering for contentious trusts and is also well-placed to act on the growing field of shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):John Kelleher

Other key lawyers:William Grace; Marcus Pallot; Jeremy Garrood

Testimonials

'The team has a real ability to quickly comprehend issues and come up with a commercial and pragmatic solution in a tight time frame'

'The firm is approachable and knowledgeable'

'A personable and professional team that is very good to work with'

'John Kelleher is clear, concise and practical'

'Marcus Pallot is approachable, contactable and a font of knowledge. He is super commercial and is able to see through the complex issues with ease'

'William Grace demonstrates fantastic knowledge and provides first-class advice in a tight time frame'

'The team is efficient, courteous and make you feel like you are the only client'

'John Keheller and Richard Holden are stand-out practitioners. Their knowledge, tactical acumen and finesse in dealing with matters, including in particular difficult issues that arise during the course of proceedings, distinguishes them from other practitioners'

Key Clients

Duff & Phelps

Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton

Hard Rock Limited

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Advising the Hard Rock group on allegations of fraud and misrepresentation by employees of the Hard Rock group.
  • Represented the directors of Bellzone Mining plc in an application to wind up the company in Jersey and subsequent processes.
  • Represented Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, which was prosecuted for the offence of intermeddling under the Probate (Jersey) Law 1998.
  • Represented a secured lender in a Jersey bankruptcy process known as "dégrèvement".

Mourant's dispute resolution team has an enviable institutional client base including multinational banks, corporate service providers and fund managers as well as private clients. The team of 'formidable opponents' has considerable expertise in banking and finance disputes, fund and asset tracing, commercial arbitration, employment, trust disputes, insolvency and regulatory investigations. The breadth and expertise of the partnership is evidenced by the client praise given to Jonathan Speck ('a great leader'; 'hugely respected'), Bruce Lincoln ('exceptional technical knowledge'), Justin Harvey-Hills, ('a tenacious litigator'), Mathew Cook  ('a smooth and friendly lawyer') and Stephen Alexander ('rising star'). Counsel Luke Olivier ('very knowledgeable and pragmatic') is also recommended expertise in corporate and commercial litigation, with a particular specialism in dealing with foreign tax authorities.

Practice head(s):Bruce Lincoln

Other key lawyers:Justin Harvey-Hills; Matthew Cook; Stephen Alexander; Luke Olivier

Testimonials

'Without doubt, the insolvency and litigation team with the greatest depth of quality in the Channel Islands.'

'Years of experience between them and all well-respected by the court'

'Jonathan Speck brings gravitas to court proceedings and commands respect'

'Bruce Lincoln stands out as a formidable intellect and strategist. He has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the top lawyers in his field and he is a clear-headed and persuasive advocate'

'Justin Harvey-Hills is an extremely capable advocate who combines a detailed knowledge of the case with stylish and clear presentation'

'Luke Olivier stands out as an exceptionally commercial and charismatic associate'

'Ben Thorp is impressive'

'With an impressive range and depth of skills, Mourant Ozannes is able to put together teams on individual cases with excellent technical capability, a wealth of experience, commercial nous and outstanding client-facing skills'

'Chris Vincent is a promising junior associate'

Key Clients

Lolita Danilina

Berge Gerdt Larsen

Jersey Home Loans

Virtue Trustees (Switzerland) AG

Vantage Capital Management AG

RBC Trust Company (International) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as Jersey counsel for Lolita Danilina in a dispute with Vladimir Chernukhin (ex-Russian finance minister) as to rightful ownership of assets accumulated during, and divided after, their former relationship.
  • Acting for Berge Gerdt Larsen in relation to challenges to notices issued by both the Comptroller of Taxes in Jersey and the Attorney General.
  • Acting for Jersey Home Loans Limited in relation to contested debt enforcement proceedings before the Royal Court.
  • Representing RBC Trust Company in proceedings brought before the Royal Court in Jersey by two Kenyan plaintiff companies.
  • Acting for Virtue Trustees (a Swiss corporate trustee and protector of a $20m Jersey law trust) on a contentious application for rectification of the trust.

Owing to Appleby’s considerable global footprint, its Jersey team regularly receives big-ticket instructions from global financial institutions, including recent court-approved multibillion-pound restructuring mandates. The practice, which includes highly-praised advocates Michael Cushing and Fraser Robertson, also acts on trust and fiduciary disputes, professional negligence claims and contentious insolvency. Newly-promoted partner Jared Dann is also recommended for his expertise in contentious trust, fraud and asset tracing matters.

Practice head(s):Michael Cushing

Other key lawyers:Fraser Robertson; Jared Dann

Testimonials

'The team works together as a seamless unit, capable of meeting very tight deadlines'

'A strong and established team with worldwide off shore support'

'The firm's advice is always very clear and extremely practical'

'Michael Cushing is an exceptional lawyer. He combines hard work with unfailing good humour'

'Fraser Robertson and Jared Dann are both excellent court lawyers and give sound pragmatic advice'

'Michael Cushing has a breadth of experience and is great to work with'

'When it comes to large-scale court room litigation, Fraser Robertson is at the very top in the island'

Key Clients

Santander

Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Santander in the court-approved transfer of the banking business of the bank's Jersey branch.
  • Represented a trust beneficiary in a unique decision regarding validity of revocation notices.
  • Acting for the Nigerian government in relation to a $300m claim over assets held in Jersey.
  • Representing Private Equity Fund Finance Limited in its application for directions from the court to effect an orderly winding-up of a Jersey limited partnership.

Collas Crill has a full-service team with a solid roster of advocates offering leading expertise in their respective fields. Damian James leads on contentious trust matters for a client roster of local trust companies, banks and private clients. Nuno Santos-Costa, also handles, among other matters, property litigation and construction disputes - he also serves as a crown advocate, prosecuting serious criminal cases. The team also regularly acts on corporate litigation and complex, multi-jurisdictional family disputes. Danny Le Maistre is now at Ingram Advocates.

Practice head(s):Nuno Santos-Costa; Damian James

Testimonials

'Practical approach to resolution and key partners respected and recognised in their field.'

'I watched the team take on an enormous piece of litigation very much at the last minute and they had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the papers. They are good advocates and extremely talented lawyers.'

'Very modern and fluid approach.'

'Excellence across all disciplines with a cohesive and effective collaborative approach within Jersey and through other jurisdictions. A true one-stop shop for serious Channel Island commercial disputes.'

'Damian James and Nuno Santos-Costa are standout partners.'

'Senior associate Sam Williams is a real star and a very promising advocate. He is also a very sound lawyer.'

'Dan Boxall has an incredible eye for detail and considers every angle with great intellect.'

'Damian James is always articulate and practical.'

'Personable, client focused and legally gifted, the service offered is pretty perfect. Swift turn-arounds on complex issues and invariably spot-on in their advice and tactical nous.'

Key Clients

Beresford Services Limited

Estera Trust (Jersey) Limited

Estera Trust (Isle of Man) Limited

Equiom (Jersey) Limited

Grant Thornton Limited

Hawksford

Vistra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited

Appleby

Edwin Coe LLP

Farrer & Co

KPMG LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Mishcon de Reya

Pinsent Masons

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

Vinson & Elkins

Zurich Insurance Company

Natwest Isle of Man

Andium Homes Limited

Dandara Jersey Limited

The Liberation Group Limited

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc

HMRC

Law Officers' Department

Work highlights

  • Successfully halved Appleby Trust's liability to pay equitable compensation in the high-profile Crociani litigation.
  • Acting for Robert Tchenguiz and two corporate trustees in connection with an ongoing, multi-faceted contentious trust dispute with Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees.
  • Acting for Salzgitter Mannesmann International in connection to the winding up of five insolvent Jersey companies on a just and equitable basis.
  • Instructed by HMRC on an urgent basis to apply to intervene in an application brought by the trustee-in-bankruptcy of a former billionaire made bankrupt in England.
  • Instructed by Alan Roberts and Jamie Toynton of Grant Thornton who were appointed by the Royal Court in September 2017 as receivers over a promissory note in the value of €52m.

Dickinson Gleeson attracts an expanding client roster of trust companies, financial institutions, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and Jersey-based businesses. The core of the offering includes contentious trust, shareholder and insolvency disputes, and the team often handles asset tracing, fraud and employment disputes. Commercial, trust and regulatory litigator Robert Christie was elected to the partnership, joining James Dickinson and James Gleeson.

Practice head(s):James Dickinson; James Gleeson

Other key lawyers:Robert Christie

Testimonials

'A veritable litigation force with a client-care that is second-to-none'

'Dickinson Gleeson holds its own against any and all of the firms in Jersey, even the larger ones'

'Dickinson Gleeson punches well above its weight by its stellar knowledge and experience of Jersey law'

'James Dickinson is a seriously clever chap who comes up with imaginative solutions to the most horrible legal problems'

'James Dickinson is able, sensible and very articulate'

'James Gleeson is very bright'

'James Gleeson works exceptionally hard for his clients. An excellent cross-examiner'

'James Dickinson works exceptionally hard for his clients. He takes complex litigation in his stride and assembles detailed facts and arguments into a clear and persuasive form'

'James Dickinson remains impressively hardworking, focused and committed and continues to offers prompt, high quality and pragmatic legal advice'

'Robert Christie is very bright and a pleasure to deal with'

Key Clients

LGL Trust

Intertrust

Moore Stephens

Ocorian

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees S.A.

RBC Trust Company

Richard Campbell

Rossborough Insurance (Jersey) Limited

Trident Trust Company

Vistra

Work highlights

  • Acting for the new trustee, Ocorian, in the long-running Crociani litigation.
  • Representing Rawlinson & Hunter in £72.5m of negligence claims against a former trustee for breaches of duty.
  • Acting for entrepreneur Richard Campbell in a long-running dispute concerning the recovery of assets (disputed value of £27m).
  • Acting for R. A. Rossborough in a £750,000 property dispute.
  • Advising Geneva Trust Company on the restructuring of eight connected Jersey trusts, where two are insolvent and face multiple claims to their assets.

Ogier’s dispute resolution team, led by Nick Williams , covers a range of high-value work. On top of its relationship with the corporate team handling court-sanctioned schemes of arrangement takeovers, fully contentious work includes trust litigation (including breach of duty matters), civil fraud claims, professional negligence claims and intellectual property litigation. the practice retains a strong client portfolio of institutional clients in the financial services, trust and insolvency fields. The firm also saw the addition of counsel Damian Evans from WALKERS who, alongside Edward Mackereth and Oliver Passmore, brings substantial expertise in trusts law as well as experience in TIEAs applications. In September 2019, the firm also added Nic Journeaux, previously of the London office of Carey Olsen. Nigel Sanders moved in the opposite direction to Evans.

Practice head(s):Nick Williams

Other key lawyers:Edward Mackereth; Oliver Passmore; James Angus; Damian Evans

Testimonials

'An excellent set of lawyers'

'The team is approachable, knowledgeable and responsive'

'The team has vast experience in high-quality, multi-jurisdictional trust and commercial litigation'

'Knowledgeable and responsive'

'Edward Mackereth is a very astute litigator with a good sense for the right answer to a problem'

'Nick Williams is unflappable and a calm advocate'

'Edward Mackereth, Nick Williams and James Angus are measured, capable individuals who are approachable and empathetic'

Key Clients

BDO

Rawlinson & Hunter

Randgold Resources

Shire

Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited

Deloitte

Grant Thornton

Moore Stephens

IQ-EQ

EFG Trustees

TMF Group

Praxis IFM

Lutea Trustees

Trident Trust

Azure Trust

Accuro

Canaccord Wealth Genuity

The Viscount of Jersey

Parish Of St. Helier

Intermediate Capital Group

Boots Properties

United Company Rusal

G4S

Northern Trust Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Limited

Intertrust Fiduciary Services (Jersey) Limited

Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Highvern Trustees

Stonehage Fleming

Work highlights

  • Represented Takeda Pharmaceuticals in its £46bn acquisition of Shire by scheme of arrangement.
  • Successfully represented Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) in an application seeking to set aside both the settlement and termination of two family trusts on grounds of tax consequences.

WALKERS’ dispute resolution practice has seen significant recent expansion, as exemplified by the recruitment of Nigel Sanders as head of the practice, greatly enhancing its expertise in international trust, commercial litigation and insolvency matters. Marc Seddon continues to be a go-to name in contentious trust and commercial litigation. The firm’s substantial global footprint also makes it well placed to handle cross-border insolvency matters. Senior associate James Turnbull is routinely praised by clients for his expertise in trust, fraud and commercial litigation. The office also includes group partner Fraser Hern, who relocated from Hong Kong in July 2018, bringing with him experience of litigation in the British Virgin Islands, where he is admitted.

Practice head(s):Nigel Sanders; Marc Seddon; Fraser Hern

Other key lawyers:James Turnbull

Testimonials

'Pragmatic and very commercially minded'

'A very solid team'

'James Turnbull is a good all-round litigator, an effective court advocate and experienced and knowledgeable about trusts, insolvency and company matters'

'Marc Seddon is extremely approachable and commercially minded; always thinking of the long term relationship'

'Marc Seddon is a leading light in the dispute team who is trusted by his clients to deliver. Responsive and commercial'

'Fraser Hern gives good, experienced advice'

Key Clients

RBC Trustees

Botas International Limited

Consolidated Minerals Ltd

United Energy Group Plc

STM Fiduciaire Limited

Jersey Mutual Insurance Society

Work highlights

  • Representing the trustee of five charitable sub-trusts in the Trilogy Management Litigation.
  • Representing Consolidated Minerals Limited in constructive dismissal and breach of contract litigation.
  • Instructed by Botas International to contest the enforcement of arbitration awards amounting to in excess of £100m made against Turkish state-owned companies.
  • Advising Jersey Mutual Insurance Society on a significant fraud uncovered involving a former senior employee.
  • Advised and acted for United Energy Group, the purchaser by a scheme of arrangement, relating to the purchase of shares in Kuwait Energy Group.

BCR Law has a healthy list of local clients, who regularly instruct the team on insurance-backed work such as high-value clinical negligence, professional negligence and personal injury claims as well as more general commercial disputes. David Benest and Jeremy Heywood also have experience in contentious trust matters, property disputes and criminal law. Jean-Marie Renouf and Mark Renouf are now at Noirmont Consulting.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Heywood

Other key lawyers:David Benest

Testimonials

'The team is very knowledgeable and instills confidence'

'A driven team that will go the extra mile'

Key Clients

Gowling WLG

Taylor Wessing

Aviva

Berrymans Lace Mawer

Ageas Insurance Limited

Axa Insurance

Alex Picot Group

ARAG Insurance

Boodle Hatfield

Channel Islands Cooperative Society

Harcus Sinclair

His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor

Holman Fenwick Willan

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

Jersey Financial Services Commission

Jersey General Hospital

LGL Trustees Limited

Lloyds Pharmacy

Medical Defence Union

Minister for Health & Social Services

NIG Insurance

Payne Hicks Beach

States of Jersey

Stewarts Law

Weightmans

Work highlights

  • Instructed by two siblings in a negligence claim against the Minister for Health & Social Services.
  • Instructed by The Jersey Financial Services Commission to defend an appeal against decisions made by the commission to remove a regulated entity's registration.
  • Instructed by Aviva to recover costs paid out to an insured.
  • Instructed by Graham Pallot to bring an appeal of a decision by the Minister for Planning & Environment to refuse the client's planning application.
  • Instructed by Petroleum Distributors (Jersey) to defend the client against a prosecution under Jersey's health and safety legislation.

Previously known for its corporate services offering, Noirmont Law LLP  entered the dispute resolution market with the recruitment of Mark Renouf and Jean-Marie Renouf from BCR Law. The team has a track record of commercial litigation, trust disputes, employment litigation, shareholder litigation and professional negligence cases. Regular clients include HNWIs, trustees, beneficiaries and local companies.

Practice head(s):Mark Renouf

Other key lawyers:Jean-Marie Renouf

Key Clients

Kreston

Aneta Jensen

Bowls Clubs

Titris

Work highlights

  • Represented a subsidiary of Kreston concerning the rectification of numerous historic Jersey trusts administered in other jurisdictions.
  • Represented Bowls Clubs in lengthy, multi-party proceedings involving multiple courts concerning membership rights.

Dispute resolution boutique Oben Law¬†has a highly-praised and sought-after suite of advocates with a solid client list including local and international banks, trust companies, insolvency practitioners, directors of insolvent companies and corporate service providers. The¬†‚Äėtechnically excellent‚Äô¬†David Wilson¬†and¬†‚Äėfirst-class litigator‚Äô¬†Simon Franckel¬†are key names for trust disputes, many of which with elements of fraud and asset tracing and anti-money laundering matters. The firm also handles insolvency litigation, professional negligence matters (some of which for other law firms) and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):Simon Franckel; David Wilson

Testimonials

'David Wilson is very practical and commercial in his approach'

'Oben's emphasis on availability and service time response is what sets the firm apart from competitors in the Jersey legal market'

'An extremely knowledgeable team and extremely pleasant to deal with'

'A high-performance team that compliments each other well'

'A quality boutique law firm with excellent technical competence and good partner accessibility'

'David Wilson is personable, professional, and has the knowledge and experience to be able to get to the crux of the matter straight away'

'David Wilson is an enormously talented disputes lawyer and his user-friendliness is what makes him different from competitors'

'Simon Franckel's knowledge relating to data protection is outstanding and invaluable'

'Simon is very personable, proactive and offers practical, commercial advice and solutions'

'Simon Franckel is a reliable, pragmatic, dependable, straight-talking lawyer who provides excellent advice and pragmatic solutions for clients'

Key Clients

Appleby

Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC

FCM

Aqua

Zada Capital

Vistra

Baccata

Vantage

Consortia

Equiom

Astall

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dubai Investment Bank in an action to set aside a Jersey trust, administered by Citigroup, on the basis that it comprised the proceeds of a $432m fraud.
  • Continuing to act for the Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey in a challenge to an administered bankruptcy.
  • Advising directors of FCM on a hard-fought dispute between its beneficial owners, who are brothers.

Blakeley Legal is a respected name in the field of criminal and civil litigation, with Olaf Blakeley representing both claimants and defendants in a number of high-profile cases.

Testimonials

'Outstanding'

Sinels often represents individuals and companies in mid-level domestic commercial disputes including breach of contract claims, defamation cases, property litigation, professional negligence and trust disputes. The team also provides expertise in fraud and asset recovery and insolvency matters. In addition, Steven Chiddicks also has expertise in construction disputes, having represented both employers and contractors in recent instructions. Philip Sinel is the firm's name partner.

Practice head(s):Philip Sinel; Steven Chiddicks; Robin Leeuwenburg

Testimonials

'A first-rate litigation firm'

'A strong boutique law firm with a reputation for taking the tough fights and getting stuck in'

'Sinels' reputation on the island is for tough litigation, often coming up against big opponents and Jersey establishment'

'Tenacious and tactically astute litigators'

'Philip Sinel is extremely experienced and something of a tactical visionary'

'Steven Chiddicks is very hard-working and popular with clients'

'Steven Chiddicks is extremely conscientious, hard-working and fully up to speed on litigation strategy. A stand-out partner'

Key Clients

Amar Alwitry

Camerons Limited

F Nicholson & Sons Limited

Auriel Capital Limited

Alpha Strategies Limited

John Freeman

David Davies

Work highlights

  • Representing surgeon Amar Alwitry in an £8m breach of contract claim against the States Employment Board for dismissal after patient safety concerns were raised.
  • Representing building contractor Camerons Limited in a dispute over a multimillion-pound property development.
  • Representing Auriel Capital Limited in action taken against a disgruntled rouge ex-employee investor.
  • Represented two businessmen (John Freeman and David Davies) in a defamation claim against a former business partner.

Voisin Law has a reputation for involvement in a range of commercial and trust litigation, construction disputes, regulatory matters and property disputes. Ashley Hoy and Estelle Burns are the key locally-qualified names.

Boutique firm Ward Yates, previously known exclusively for its corporate, finance and trusts work, recently recruited the 'formidable' Elena Moran from Collas Crill to lead its dispute resolution practice. The firm now offers its roster of clients in the corporate and commercial, banking and finance and private client spheres contentious expertise covering matters including breach of fiduciary duty claims, Hastings-Bass applications and commercial litigation. Defamation is another area of expertise; Moran spent eight years in-house at the BBC.

Practice head(s):Elena Moran

Testimonials

'Elena Moran is an able and independent-minded lawyer who is able to take on complicated, bespoke tasks'

'Elena is exceptionally clever. She gets to grip with complex disputes rapidly'

'Elena is a tenacious advocate. She is energetic and shows great commitment to her clients'

'Elena Moran is a fiercely bright and energetic lawyer, dogged in pursuit of her client's interests, with a shrewd tactical brain and a good sense of how to persuade a court'

'Elena Moran always looks to provide the best service for her clients'

Key Clients

Tepe Inșaat Sanayi AS

Sanne Fiduciary Services Limited

Ocorian Services Limited

RBC Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tepe Inșaat Sanayi AS in a long-running dispute with a state owned entity over the enforcement of various ICC arbitration awards.


Regulatory and White-collar

Index of tables

  1. Regulatory and White-collar
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Baker & Partners is a leading name in the field of regulatory investigations, regularly acting for both businesses and Jersey’s regulatory prosecutors in a number of high-profile cases. Simon Thomas' experience covers fraud prosecutions, negligent financing claims and regulatory public law issues. Recent mandates for William Redgrave include securing high-value freezing orders for both domestic and international litigation actions, as well as acting in banking-sector mis-selling claims. The also team also has expertise in mutual legal assistance matters.

Practice head(s):Stephen Baker; Simon Thomas; William Redgrave

Other key lawyers:Julian Gollop

Testimonials

'An excellent combination of established advocates from Jersey and specialist barristers with a UK background'

'One of the pre-eminent litigation practices in Jersey'

'Simon Thomas acts on complex and serious trial proceedings smoothly and according to plan'

'Simon has a very approachable manner and prepares cases thoroughly'

'Simon Thomas is an excellent jury advocate and his cross-examination is devastating. He is not simply a good advocate but an excellent lawyer who understands how to present cases which makes him very jury friendly'

'Stephen Baker and Julian Gollop are very competent advocates'

'Baker & Partners provides excellent and insightful knowledge of the law'

'Baker & Partners is approachable and works in a collegiate manner'

'No other firm has the same level of experience in Jersey'

Key Clients

Meinl Bank

Beneficiaries of the I, J, K and L Trusts

Link Asset Services Limited

The Attorney General of Jersey

Jersey Financial Services Commission

Work highlights

  • Acted for Meinl Bank in challenging attempts by the Austrian authorities to obtain Jersey-held material to use in criminal investigations.
  • Instructed to act for the UHNW beneficiaries of four trusts which are the subject of investigation by Jersey and international authorities.
  • Successfully prosecuted the former managing director of Lumiere Wealth for a number of mis-selling offences on behalf of the Attorney General of Jersey.
  • Instructed to prosecute the director of Parisma Trading with offences of fraud and fraudulent conversion on behalf of the Attorney General of Jersey

Carey Olsen has a dedicated regulatory and white collar disputes team as part of its full-service offering to an extensive list of international corporate clients. William Grace is a leading figure in the field and is often sought-after by regulated businesses to advise on money laundering, proceeds of crime and sanctions matters, as well as regulatory investigations, including ones concerning alleged insider trading. The team has expertise in mutual legal assistance and regulatory appeals. Marcus Pallot has experience of gambling regulation, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Marcus Pallot

Other key lawyers:William Grace

Testimonials

'Carey Olsen's knowledge of regulatory law is first-class'

'Carey Olsen provides advice which is commercial and pragmatic'

'The team has depth of knowledge of regulatory law'

'John Kelleher, Guy Coltman and William Grace are unrivaled in their experience'

'William Grace has a no-nonsense approach to resolving matters'

'William Grace's knowledge of regulatory law is second to none. He is extremely thorough yet provides concise advice that is solutions-driven'

Key Clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

US Government

Butterfield Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for the US government on the enforcement of a financial order in a criminal proceeding and a mutual legal assistance request.
  • Represented Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in a prosecution for intermeddling.
  • Instructed to appeal a decision by the Jersey Competition and Regulatory Authority.

Bedell Cristin operates closely with its offices in Guernsey, the Cayman Islands and beyond to advise multi-jurisdictional financial institutions  on regulatory compliance obligations, including anti-corruption and anti-money laundering regimes. Recent work includes handling litigation concerning freezing orders, health and safety prosecutions and proceeds of crime orders.

Practice head(s):Edward Drummond; Martin Paul

Testimonials

'An excellent team with a broad range of knowledge'

'Approachable partners who are able to explain, in everyday language, complex legal and regulatory matters'

'Edward Drummond not just gets on with it but always seems to get it'

Key Clients

Credit Suisse AG (Singapore)

Boubyan Petrochemical

STEP Jersey

Harbour Litigation Funding

Work highlights

  • Acted for Credit Suisse (Singapore) in securing the release of property subject to criminal freezing orders in Jersey.
  • Acting for Boubyan Petrochemical Company against a number of parties (including the former general partner and asset manager) concerning claims arising from certain UK property purchases.
  • Acting for Harbour Litigation Funding in litigation against Dr. Gail Cochrane and her company Orb, and the related seizure over the assets of convicted fraudster Gerald Smith.

Alongside its affiliated entity Oben Regulatory, Oben Law is a sought-after firm for both regulatory bodies and regulated businesses, predominantly in the financial sector. The team provides advice to clients subject to criminal charges, enforcement proceedings, money laundering investigations, among others. Director Jamie Biddle is often instructed to carry out independent internal compliance reviews and remediation support following Jersey Financial Services Commission applications.

Practice head(s):Simon Franckel; David Wilson

Other key lawyers:Jamie Biddle

Testimonials

'An industry leader in regulatory law'

'Fantastic attention to detail'

Key Clients

The Jersey Financial Services Commission

Work highlights

  • Acting for an investor claim group in a mis-selling claim against Brooks MacDonald.

Boutique outfit Callington Chambers is considered a go-to name for data protection, having recently advised on the implementation of domestic legislation as well as handling criminal cases in this field. Davida Blackmore is praised as a leader in this field, as well as being a sought-after name by public bodies for advice regarding Jersey’s freedom of information laws.

Practice head(s):Davida Blackmore

Testimonials

'The team at Callington Chambers is very flexible and client focussed'

'An amazing practice with transparent people who don't keep you in the dark about anything'

'Davida Blackmore is the go-to person for GDPR issues in Jersey'

'Davida Blackmore instinctively knows the answers to difficult GDPR issues'

'Davida Blackmore is responsive and clear with her advice and is very easy to work with'

Key Clients

Information Commissioner for Jersey

Work highlights

  • Advising the Information Commissioner for Jersey on updated Jersey data protection legislation law in light of the GDPR and assisting with proposed amendments to the draft laws during the legislative consultation.

Mourant provides advice to regulated entities in the trust, banking and finance sectors, including sanctions, anti-money laundering and data protection advice. The team represents clients in regulatory litigation, including tax information exchange agreement matters.


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  • Enhanced Information for Cayman Entities

    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
  • New Cayman Data Protection Law ‚Äď A guide for Cayman funds

    The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 ( DP Law ) is currently scheduled to come into effect on 30 September 2019.  Once commenced, it will enact a framework of rights and duties to regulate the processing of individuals' personal data broadly based on the same internationally recognised privacy principles that form the basis for other data protection laws globally.  The DP Law will regulate the processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands and will affect any entity established in the Cayman Islands, including investment funds, that processes personal data regardless of whether such processing takes place within the Cayman Islands and regardless of whether the personal data relates to Cayman individuals.  For our full briefing see Cayman Islands Data Protection Law: An Ogier Client Guide .
  • Exempt bodies: Substance regulations may still apply

    The Income Tax (Substance Requirements)(Implementation) Regulations, 2018 as amended (the Substance Regulations ) came into force on 1 January 2019 and have recently been further updated by The Income Tax (Substance Requirements)(Implementation)(Amendment) Regulations, 2019 (the Amendment Regulations ), with effect from 1 August 2019.¬† The Amendment Regulations have extended the scope of the Substance Regulations to include all tax exempt bodies that have been granted an exemption under paragraphs (3) and (5) of Schedule 1 of the Income Tax (Exempt Bodies) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 1989 (as amended) (the Exempt Bodies Ordinance ).¬† In addition, the Amendment Regulations clarify the scope of the Substance Regulations in relation to IP Assets and High Risk IP Companies ‚Äď the balance of this note focuses on the change in status of tax exempt bodies.¬†
  • Cayman Islands wills law heralds a more flexible approach

    The rules recognising the legal formality of wills in the Cayman Islands are prescriptive, requiring the will to be executed in writing, signed at the foot of the document by the testator and witnessed by two witnesses who formally attest the will in writing in the presence of the testator.
  • Luxembourg Government submits bill to Parliament implementing the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive 2

    On 8 August 2019, the Luxembourg Government submitted a draft law to the Parliament (the Draft Law ) to implement the Council Directive (EU) 2017/952 of 29 May 2017 ( ATAD 2 or the Directive ) into Luxembourg domestic law.
  • Ogier fund finance team now offers Luxembourg legal advice from US time zone with return of Catharin

    Ogier's fund finance team now offers Luxembourg legal advice from a US time zone with the return of fund finance specialist Catharina von Finckenhagen to the Cayman Islands as a dual-qualified Luxembourg advocate and Cayman attorney.
  • Enhanced Information for Cayman Entities

    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
  • Register of beneficial owners deadline approaching ‚Äď are you ready?

    As of 1 March 2019, the Luxembourg law of 13 January 2019 (the Law ) creating a register of beneficial owners ( Registre des bénéficiaires effectifs or " RBE ") is in force.
  • Jersey substance proposals ‚Äď the Banking and Finance perspective

    EU finance ministers have formally approved Jersey's economic substance legislation by removing the jurisdiction from the "grey list" on 12 March 2019 and the Privy Council granted formal approval to the Taxation (Companies - Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 2019 (the Law) on 13 March 2019. The Law takes effect from 1 January 2019.
  • Ogier advises on $889 million acquisition of AIM traded payment services company by way of scheme of

    Ogier has advised Canadian payments technology company Nuvei Corporation on the US$889 million acquisition of AIM traded SafeCharge International Group Limited by means of a Court-sanctioned Guernsey scheme of arrangement.

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