Dispute resolution in Jersey

Baker & Partners

As Jersey’s leading litigation boutique, Baker & Partners fields an impressive bench of advocates led by the 'unbelievably brightStephen Baker, Simon Thomas (who is praised as 'a match for anyone') and the 'very capable, calm and trustedWilliam Redgrave. Alongside a steady stream of contentious insolvency mandates from international liquidators and trust litigation from both trustees and beneficiaries, the team is also a leader in multimillion-pound asset recovery mandates and fraud proceedings; senior associate Charlie Sorensen often acts in the latter. Previously general counsel for a major mining company, recent partner promotion and 'excellent litigatorLynne Gregory provides further expertise in commercial litigation and shareholder disputes, while senior associate James Sheedy regularly acts in high-value breach of trust claims.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Baker; Simon Thomas; William Redgrave

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Sorensen; Lynne Gregory; James Sheedy; Eleanor Davies

Testimonials

‘I worked with Simon Thomas and his team, James Sheedy and Eleanor Davies. This was all conducted online due to Covid restrictions, including the court hearing. Despite these challenges, communication was clear, easy and efficient. The inter-team communication was faultless and communication with myself, likewise. As a team they were extremely professional, yet approachable and always very easy to communicate with. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Baker & Partners.’

‘Simon Thomas took on my case after four years of an aggressive and complex inter-family trust dispute in Dublin, Bermuda and Jersey. He was quick to familiarise himself with all the facts and the complications of my position. He argued my case in court with impressive understanding/clarity and professional sensitivity.’

‘James Sheedy – this guy cares about his clients and delivers.’

‘William Redgrave- Very capable, calm and trusted advocate.’

‘William Redgrave is a delight to work with – calm and cheerful. He is a superb advocate- never overstating his case and presenting his arguments to the court with charm and persuasion that has seen him secure victory after victory in litigation. Lynne Gregory is an excellent litigator- completely on top of procedure and her City firm background meant that she came into the case and hit the ground running. Her recent promotion to partner was richly deserved. James Sheedy is encyclopaedic as far as Jersey trust law is concerned and is a fine lawyer.’

‘First-class service; highly responsive; practical and cut to the chase.’

‘Stephen Baker – unbelievably bright disguised in a laid back style which is very effective.’

‘I have worked with Lynne Gregory and she was extremely professional and also commercial, quickly grasping the key issues and understanding and implementing the client’s objectives.’

Key clients

MB & Services Ltd

BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation

CMC Holdings Limited

Punter Southall Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing MB & Services against global aluminium producer Rusal in breach of confidence and restraint proceedings.  
  • Representing BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Limited in breach of trust litigation as part of the high-profile Crociani litigation.
  • Acted for CMC Holdings against a former company director for breach of fiduciary duty whereby millions of pounds in secret commissions were diverted into offshore accounts in Jersey and then secretly distributed among a select group of company executives.

Carey Olsen

Owing to 'a very impressive team from top to bottom,' Carey Olsen fields a preeminent trust litigation practice, acting for trustees and beneficiaries. Andreas Kistler and counsels Louise Woolrich and Richard Holden handle a constant stream of high-value proceedings pertaining to trustee removals, generational disputes, breach of trust issues and professional negligence claims. Marcus Pallot takes the lead on major contentious insolvencies for publicly traded companies and funds, as well as creditors. Practice head and 'very impressive litigatorJohn Kelleher leads on insurance and broader commercial disputes including shareholder litigation and associated damages claims, while William Grace takes on substantial proceedings with a regulatory angle.

Practice head(s):

John Kelleher

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Kistler; Louise Woolrich; Richard Holden; Marcus Pallot; William Grace

Testimonials

‘Richard Holden managed quite well a multijurisdictional issue involving transactions spanning a decade very efficiently and on a tight budget.’

‘Commercial, responsive and engaged. A very impressive team from top to bottom.’

‘John Kelleher leads the team and is a very impressive litigator. He is sensible, commercial but combines that with a razor-sharp legal mind. My top choice for Jersey work.’

‘I have worked with Richard Holden who has proved a valuable counsel. Richard is quick to understand and appreciate his customer’s position and concerns. He has the ability to communicate in a very clear manner the options in dealing with a situation, the possible risks of each one and provide a fair estimate as to how each option is likely to turn out. He has been impressive in providing a recommendation for a way forward and forming an overall strategy for a case.’

‘Down-to-earth realists who apply the skills and knowledge practically without airs and graces.’

‘The team was able to assist us with and guide us through a difficult and sensitive dispute, resulting in a favourable outcome for us. The team was pragmatic and sensible in its approach and was able to present us with various options that would work within our budget in a field of law where we had little or no court precedent to rely on. The collaboration was seamless and the team was able to accommodate any of our requests on short notice.’

‘Andreas Kistler and Louise Woolrich made a great team of no-nonsense, effective problem solvers.’

‘Marcus Pallot is an outstanding lawyer who provides the highest level of confidence during any difficult dispute. He evidences the highest levels of knowledge and experience, giving us peace of mind.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Hard Rock Limited

Sanne

Zurich Insurance plc

Fides Trustees

Consolidated Minerals

Cheval Roc

Gordian

Work highlights

  • Acting for Consolidated Minerals Limited to defend allegations of $500m fraud made by Ukrainian bank JFSC PrivatBank.
  • Represented Kaupthing as limited partner in an English law fund in an application to replace the general partner as liquidating trustee.
  • Acted for the Hard Rock group in relation to allegations of fraud and misrepresentation by employees.

Collas Crill

Led by Damian James (who is considered 'a leader in his field'), Collas Crill’s dispute resolution practice represents trustees and beneficiaries in high-stakes trust litigation; notable ongoing work concerns disputes arising from generational changes and the division of assets. Sam Williams is also a go-to partner in this space, while Nuno Santos-Costa is highly sought after in the private client sphere, often working in tandem with associate Lynne Calder on large-scale property and construction disputes and broader commercial litigation. In terms of insolvency and restructuring claims, the 'considered, detail-oriented, responsive and collaborativeSimon Hurry is a key market figure for asset recovery actions, commonly with a multijurisdictional element. The team also recently advised on medical negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Damian James

Other key lawyers:

Sam Williams; Nuno Santos-Costa; Lynne Calder; Simon Hurry; Dan Boxall; Kirsten Bailey

Testimonials

‘Damian James is a leader in his field, as effective in court as he is on paper, which is superb. Calm and measured approach identifying the key issues and focusing on the points that count for the client’s best outcome.’

‘One of the big players in Jersey, Collas Crill has highly experienced lawyers with real talent. The team has the ability to deal with the most high profile litigation and is in all the big Channel Island cases.’

‘Nuno Santos-Costa is extremely experienced. he has excellent client-handling skills and is very practical in seeking a solution for his client. Sam Williams is an excellent lawyer who is very good on his feet. He has grown into a highly skilled advocate. Kirsten Bailey is also an extremely good associate.’

‘The team consists of very experienced and knowledgeable lawyers, who are detail oriented and produce excellent advice. They effortlessly absorb the intricacies of a matter and are consistently appointed in construction, property, commercial and and trust disputes.’

‘Nuno Santos-Costa is a very smart lawyer. He understands issues quickly and is a great strategist. He is excellent with clients, has a pragmatic approach and is much sought after. Nuno has a pleasant, knowledgeable demeanour which commands respect.’

‘Lynne Calder is astute and easily gets to the nub of a matter. She is very good with clients, gives sound advice and has a tremendous ability to produce high-quality work.’

‘Simon Hurry was great to work with. The matter we worked on together was extremely time sensitive as well as raising novel, cross-jurisdictional points of law. Simon was considered, detail-oriented, responsive and collaborative. He provided excellent legal and strategic advice and felt like an extension of the team.’

‘Dan Boxall is incredibly astute and diligent and with a keen tactical brain.’

Key clients

Corporate Trustee W Limited

Navigator Equities Limited

Grant Thornton Limited

Equiom Group

Salzgitter Mannesmann International

Ocorian

Kea Investments Limited

Bonhay Investments Limited

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Taylor Wessing

Farrer & Co

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former CEO of a FTSE 100 company in connection with a long-running divorce, successfully defending a raft of applications by his spouse who sought to secure her share of the matrimonial wealth by invoking the trust jurisdiction of the Royal Court, rather than through the traditional family division.
  • Obtained interim relief for an individual from the Royal Court in the form of a vesting order in respect of legal title to shares in a Jersey company in aid of the enforcement of arbitral awards in excess of $115m as part of ongoing dispute.
  • Obtained urgent interim injunctions, asset disclosure and attachments of Jersey assets for Kea Investments in a £29m English judgment against a fraudster.

Mourant

The litigation and dispute resolution group at Mourant covers the entire spectrum of contentious work. Stephen Alexander 'is an innovator in the restructuring field', often working with 'tenacious advocateJustin Harvey-Hills and counsel Luke Olivier in headline proceedings for major creditors. The contentious trusts team is similarly broad; key names include Bruce Lincoln (the group's practice head with 'integrity and professionalism'), Jonathan Speck and Mathew Cook; it also has expertise in representing private clients in fraud, asset tracing and partnership disputes. Counsel Katie Hooper is an experienced advocate who successfully obtained freezing orders in a multijurisdictional action against a high-wealth beneficial owner.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Lincoln

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Alexander; Justin Harvey-Hills; Luke Olivier; Jonathan Speck; Mathew Cook; Ben Thorp; Max Galt; Katie Hooper

Testimonials

‘This firm has an abundance of seasoned dispute resolution professionals who have invariably worked on the largest cases in the Channel Islands.’

‘Bruce Lincoln – his integrity and professionalism shine through in his case management. His care and attention throughout matters yields very good results for his clients.’

‘Jonathan Speck – clearly a leader in the field.’

‘Exceptionally hardworking team with a diverse set of abilities.’

‘Justin Harvey Hills – tenacious advocate, unflappable under pressure. Luke Olivier is a thoughtful counsel with real tactical insight.’

‘Jonathan Speck and Stephen Alexander are very experienced and highly effective advocates, specialising in contentious trusts matters and cross-border disputes.’

‘Good strength in depth across the team with strong partner group supported by excellent associates and senior associates – team depth amongst the strongest for insolvency and restructuring in the Channel Islands.’

‘Stephen Alexander is an innovator in the restructuring field – identifying unique solutions to challenging issues whilst being approachable and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Novatrust Limited

Lydian International Limited

ETFS Capital Limited

Accuro Trustees (Jersey) Ltd

Jersey Home Loans Limited

Monteagle International Limited (MIL) & Monteagle International (UK) Limited (MUK)

Work highlights

  • Acting for an important creditor of an insolvent trust in the groundbreaking Re Z Trusts litigation in which the Jersey court has devised from scratch an insolvency regime for trusts.
  • Acting for ETFS Capital Limited in $95m unfair prejudice and solvent winding-up proceedings brought against it and its majority shareholder by institutional minority shareholders.
  • Acting for a Jersey incorporated mining company in relation to the Jersey aspects of its Canadian court-led restructuring, including its just and equitable winding-up.

Ogier

Ogier's 'first-rate' dispute resolution team benefited from numerous recent promotions and hires. Recently made-up partner Damian Evans works with Edward Mackereth and team head Nick Williams on contentious trust litigation, acting primarily for trustees in high-value proceedings. Williams is also handling very high-profile shareholder disputes for private equity clients involving claims of unfair prejudice. In the restructuring field, 'stand-out' new counsel recruit Rebecca McNulty and managing associate James Angus advise on cross-border contentious insolvencies. Oliver Passmore recently acted in negligent investment claims on behalf of a Jersey trust company, while counsel Daniel Maine supplies extensive knowledge to financial services clients in challenges brought by the JFSC.

Practice head(s):

Nick Williams

Other key lawyers:

Damian Evans; Edward Mackereth; Rebecca McNulty; James Angus; Oliver Passmore; Daniel Maine; Shaun Maloney

Testimonials

‘The disputes team at Ogier is first rate. They have ultra-high-net-worth clients for whom they provide an excellent service. The team is very good at getting to the heart of the issues in the case, but also at looking outside of the box for solutions. Clients come back time and again because they receive sound legal, practical and tactical advice to overcome issues. They are a very steady and reliable ship. They would be my firm of choice over some bigger names for more complex cases, as they are capable of dealing with complicated and voluminous facts and documents.’

‘Rebecca McNulty is a stand-out star for dispute resolution. She is brilliant with clients who trust her and her advice completely. Her legal analysis is first rate and she produces excellent written advice. She is very good at breaking down the issues and presenting her advice and arguments in a persuasive manner.’

‘Strength in depth and solid courtroom experience.’

‘Nick Williams: calm and measured courtroom style. Diligent and thorough.’

‘Strong, well-developed team – able to deal with complex litigation and collaborate with members of the wider team.’

‘James Angus is helpful and knowledgeable about local practice.’

‘Edward Mackereth leads from the front in terms of meeting client expectation. Damian Evans’ input on litigations matters is to the point and effective.’

‘Shaun Maloney stands out as being superb in every aspect. He is a brilliant lawyer, responsive, commercially savvy and great with clients.’

Key clients

BDO

FTV Capital Partners

The Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey

Tarsus Group

Millennium Technology Value Partners

SIG Growth Equity Fund

Legendre

Work highlights

  • Acting for three private equity investors as minority shareholders in ETFS Capital Limited, alleging unfair prejudice against the majority shareholder.
  • Acting for the Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey in a large multijurisdictional insolvency dispute involving multiple competing claims to assets situated worldwide, and involving multiple claims and counterclaims of fraudulent behaviour.
  • Acting for the Plaintiffs, including BDO LLP as High Court-appointed estate administrators, in a high-value, complex and cross-border trust and estate dispute.

Appleby

Appleby’s 'completely unflappable' dispute resolution practice head Jared Dann takes on major multijurisdictional insolvencies, including high-profile mandates for the administrators of Monsoon and Arcadia. Fraser Robertson and Michael O’Connell represent major beneficiaries, trustees and settlors in trust litigation, including removal applications, while Olwyn Barry handles commercial disputes and debt enforcements in domestic and international contexts. The team also acts in fraud and asset tracing mandates. Previous practice head Michael Cushing left for Ardent Chambers.

Practice head(s):

Jared Dann

Other key lawyers:

Fraser Robertson; Michael O’Connell; Olwyn Barry

Testimonials

‘I have worked with the team over many years. The case faced by the team was unprecedented. The sums involved went into billions rather than millions. The situation was a tricky one. It has handled with no fuss – calmly and practically with liaison with other legal teams in the US. It was a deeply impressive performance.’

‘Jared Dann is completely unflappable and dealt with an extremely complex high-value case with complete calm and authority. The clients clearly loved him. He is a superb advocate and held fast under fire from the court and did not shy away from arguing unpopular points. He is also an excellent trust lawyer. He reacted to the changing situation in the case with aplomb.’

‘Appleby in Jersey have a very long history in litigation and dispute resolution.’

‘Fraser Robertson is in the top five of the senior litigators in Jersey. He has plenty of wisdom and judgement which comes from long years of experience. He is a good courtroom operator and still has plenty of passion for the job. Jared Dann is proving to be a safe pair of hands.’

‘The dispute resolution team at Appleby are very responsive and solutions focused. They provide clear advice that is easy for clients to understand.’

‘Olwyn Barry is incredibly supportive and responsive. She analyses complex problems very quickly and provides clear commercial solutions.’

Key clients

Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited

Deloitte LLP

FRP Trading Limited

Grant Thornton Limited

VCI Limited

South Downs Investment LP

Kinstellar LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for beneficiaries following three successful landmark hearings in relation to court proceedings regarding trustees’ decision on the partitioning of trusts.
  • Acting for the Administrators of the Arcadia Group in an urgent application to have their appointment recognised in Jersey, coordinated with simultaneous applications in Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
  • Acting for the bidder company South Downs Investment LP (a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Global Management) in relation to the acquisition of Atlantic Leaf Properties by way of a court-sponsored scheme of arrangement.

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin’s litigation outfit houses stand-out names in contentious insolvency, namely practice head Robert Gardner and Edward Drummond. Of note is the team’s handling of clawback claims in the pharmaceuticals sector. Ultra-high-net-worth individuals are a key client base; David Cadin is representing these clients in high-value shareholder disputes. Recently recruited from Dickinson Gleeson, the 'persuasive and resoluteRobert Christie has a diverse skill set spanning unfair prejudice claims, trust litigation (acting for both beneficiaries and trustees) and multijurisdictional matrimonial proceedings. Associate Sonia Shah assists with contentious probate matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Edward Drummond; David Cadin; Robert Christie; Sonia Shah; Sonia Minns

Testimonials

‘I have been engaging both Sonia Minns and Robert Gardner of Bedell Cristin as legal advisors for our case. It has been a very good experience and they have been very helpful and understanding of my situation. They both provide me with great confidence with their understanding of my situation, analytical and communication skills, dedication and integrity.’

‘Robert Christie is exceptional. For the client, he responds quickly and is very good at explaining complex legal issues in plain English; his advice is clear and practical. In court, he is quick on his feet, persuasive and resolute. Highly recommended.’

‘Robert Christie is highly proficient, works hard to get into the details of the case personally. He is very thorough in his approach, ensuring that the important details of the case are not missed. He has adapted quickly and with flexibility to the evolution of the case, with a clear focus on the route to success. He is an absolutely first-class advocate.’

‘Bedell Cristin have a very high profile in offshore commercial and civil fraud work.’

‘Robert Christie is a star individual. He’s a former English barrister. He’s extremely bright and diligent, and an astute strategist. He’s a wonderful addition to the Bedell Cristin team.’

‘The team was client focused and user-friendly.’

‘Edward Drummond and Robert Gardner are superstars in the Jersey insolvency sphere. Both know their stuff and speak to their clients in an engaging manner.’

‘This is my go-to team when for any disputes work in Jersey. I’ve worked with them on complex commercial fraud cases and asset tracing matters and they are always knowledgeable, straightforward and provide useful, client-focused advice.’

Key clients

Creditors committee of Purdue Pharma

Montague Goldsmith AG (in liquidation)

Privat Bank

Harbour Litigation Funding

Energy Investments Global Limited and Heritage Oil Limited

Eagle Properties (No. 14) Limited

Alpen Partners Limited

Minister for Children and Housing

Ocorian Corporate Services

Sundax Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual in a high-profile claim concerning in excess of $100m and serious allegations against Jersey advocates.
  • Acting for the unsecured creditors committee of Purdue Pharma in Purdue Pharma’s multibillion-dollar Chapter 11 claim.
  • Acting for PrivatBank in pursuing fraud claims in Jersey of over $1.2bn.

Dickinson Gleeson

Dickinson Gleeson provides a robust litigation bench for insolvency and trust disputes. Co-heads James Gleeson (who is 'an excellent strategic thinker') and James Dickinson represent clients in cross-border proceedings concerning breach of trust allegations and high-net-worth individuals and families in unfair prejudice and shareholder disputes. Gleeson, with assistance from senior associate Pierre Ali-Noor, is advising a trustee-in-bankruptcy in high-stakes proceedings across Luxembourg and Jersey. Recently promoted partner Guillaume Staal adds 'very impressive' strength to estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Gleeson; James Dickinson

Other key lawyers:

Pierre Ali-Noor; Guillaume Staal

Testimonials

‘James Gleeson is a stand-out partner, with great insight into the case yet trusting his associates to make much of the running. Pierre Ali Noor is a great senior associate with a great touch in client communication.’

‘The team have exceptional trust disputes expertise, they deliver quality advice in a cost effective way.’

‘James Gleeson – he is an excellent strategic thinker, very commercial and outcomes-focused.’

‘A great team at Dickinson Gleeson. We have used them for many years now. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘James Gleeson is a star – commercial, adept with court procedure and practically-minded. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘They are a specialist law firm in Jersey known for high-quality work in complex disputes.’

‘Pierre Ali-Noor is a great senior associate who works extremely hard and with technical precision. One to watch for the future.’

‘I have been working with Guillaume Staal who has been very impressive. He understands the issues which need to be considered, is clear and concise in his drafting and is a real team player. He also works well with clients and provides clear advice.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a Swiss-based trustee of a Jersey Trust, GTC, in relation to administration proceedings dealing with insolvent trusts and the competing rights of creditors.
  • Representing the trustee in bankruptcy of Redox a “dual hatted” entity incorporated in both Jersey and Luxembourg.
  • Acting for a Jersey law firm which has had parts of its files misappropriated. Injunctive proceedings were issued to recover the documents (and copies thereof) and to prevent use.

WALKERS

WALKERS’ insolvency and dispute resolution team houses Fraser Hern, who is frequently engaged in cross-border restructurings, often in tandem with the firm's BVI desk. Trust litigation experts include practice head Nigel Sanders and associate James Turnbull; instructions are received from beneficiaries and trustees. Rounding out the partnership, Marc Seddon is a go-to name for breach of trust actions, constructive dismissal claims, recovery actions and partnership disputes. The practice works with the firm’s banking and finance professionals to handle security enforcements.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Fraser Hern; James Turnbull; Marc Seddon

Testimonials

‘Highly engaged and focused.’

‘Nigel Sanders is highly technical, commercial and great to work with.’

‘Responsive, fast turnaround times and technical accuracy.’

‘Walkers undoubtedly have a really strong insolvency disputes practice, who were able to act brilliantly on an international cross-border insolvency dispute. They were proactive, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Nigel Sanders – stand-out insolvency disputes lawyer. A great guy and a pleasure to work with. Very sharp and cuts to the commercial chase quickly and effectively. Very responsive and a high recommendation.’

‘The team at Walkers were extremely user friendly; they understood our issue from the get go and always applied acute commercial awareness. Legal knowledge of process and laws (both local and cross-jurisdictional) interplayed with the team’s flexible approach to work (differing time zones) and availability.’

‘James Turnbull – switched on, all over the detail, very good instincts and a highly capable lawyer. Marc Seddon steers the ship effortlessly, unflappable.’

‘Fraser Hern is smart, responsive and pragmatic. He works around his clients’ individual needs and isn’t shy about putting in a late night shift when required. Fraser also deals directly rather than trying to pass work to juniors.’

Key clients

Consolidated Minerals Limited

EFG Wealth Solutions (Singapore) Limited

Limora Investments Limited

RBC Trustees (CI) Limited

Travelex Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Travelex Group, the world’s largest foreign exchange bureau, on the complex, multijurisdictional, and high-value restructuring of its debt and equity.
  • Advising a corporate client on successfully implementing a settlement of claims in English litigation concerning widespread fraud claims against former management/shareholders.
  • Represented Consolidated Minerals Limited in its defence of a claim for constructive dismissal and breach of contract by its former CEO.

Ardent Chambers

Chambers-style dispute resolution firm Ardent Chambers was established by former Solicitor General Howard Sharp (who is 'one of the most accomplished courtroom advocates on the island' according to one client) and 'outstanding' advocate Caroline Dutot. Ongoing engagements include shareholder disputes, commercial contract claims, civil fraud issues and contested recovery proceedings. Joining from Appleby as a practice co-head, 'seasoned advocateMike Cushing’s recruitment fleshed out the team's trust litigation expertise; the group represents beneficiaries, trustees and settlors in breach of trust, insolvent trust and trust administration disputes.

Practice head(s):

Howard Sharp; Caroline Dutot; Mike Cushing

Testimonials

‘In Howard Sharp, Ardent Chambers have a former Solicitor General of Jersey, and one of the most accomplished courtroom advocates on the island. His background in the Law Officers’ Department gives him an exceptionally broad legal knowledge.’

‘Very accessible and responsive to contact. Clear presentation of both the legal position and the range of options. Decisive and active in handling my case.’

‘Caroline Dutot was both empathetic and also incisive in assessing the case and identifying the range of options. I found her trustworthy and easy to work with. She provided consistently excellent levels of service and was effective in delivering a very good outcome.’

‘Professional, responsive and discrete.’

‘Caroline Dutot was outstanding. She rapidly ascertained the key points of the case, developed a strategy and successfully guided to a successful conclusion. At all times she remained professional and calm, but caring and compassionate, understanding the challenges faced by her client were extremely difficult. Caroline maintained excellent communication with me throughout and enabled me to make key decisions, understanding all the implications. Caroline did a brilliant job.’

‘A team of talented individuals who have strong experience and expertise in their chosen areas and who offer advice at a more competitive rate than traditional law firms.’

‘Michael Cushing – is a seasoned advocate with a very rounded view who always gives great advice.’

‘The concept of a ‘chambers’ is unique in Jersey. Each of the individuals at Ardent have extensive experience and excellent reputations. The ability to instruct the relevant individual directly, and know that they will be dealing with the matter, is a big plus.’

Key clients

Hunters Investments Limited

Trico Limited

FAP Art Management GmbH & Co. KG

Hawk Lending Limited

Garfield Bennett Trustees

Work highlights

  • Handling a civil fraud case concerning allegations that shareholders interests in the local Jersey trust company Sanne were acquired at a significant undervalue.
  • Representing Trico Limited in a commercial contract dispute regarding the correct interpretation of the contract concerning the £1bn take private acquisition of Heritage Oil.
  • Acting for beneficiaries in an ongoing trust litigation case involving disputes with a principal beneficiary.

BCR Law

Owing to long-standing relationships with interntional insurers, BCR Law has a notable reputation in personal injury and professional negligence litigation. Practice head and 'fiery advocateJeremy Heywood and 'excellent advocate and negotiatorDavid Benest are often involved in significant on-island construction disputes, concerning Grade 1-listed sites and Jersey customary law. The team also acts in broader commercial litigation for domestic companies. Adam Harrison leads on criminal law matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Heywood

Other key lawyers:

David Benest; Adam Harrison; Alexandra Baker

Testimonials

‘The team at BCR is one of the few to offer a comprehensive service in personal injury and industrial disease on the island of Jersey. They use London counsel where necessary and display both detailed knowledge and complete professionalism in this area.’

‘David Benest is an excellent advocate and negotiator. His ability as an advocate (having trained at the English Bar) is exceptional on Jersey.’

‘Jeremy Heywood is a very honourable but determined and fiery advocate in all forms of litigation.’

‘Alexandra Baker is conscientious, well prepared and a delight to work with.’

‘David Benest is an accomplished litigator at the highest level in Jersey, respected by those he represents and those he litigates against. We have people who have experience of instructing the best UK lawyers, and Advocate Benest immediately won their respect and praise.’

Key clients

Aviva

Ageas

MDU

MDDUS

Jersey Financial Services Commission

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society

Freedom Church Jersey Limited

Mills & Reeve

Andium Homes

Work highlights

  • Provided Jersey law advice and representation in a multimillion-pound, multi-party, construction dispute for an insurer client.
  • Advised the financial services regulator in relation to judicial review proceedings brought by a regulated entity and the issue of costs where such proceedings were sought to be discontinued.
  • Acted for Aviva in the protection of the insured Co-op in respect of a serious workplace incident.

Ingram Advocates

Ingram Advocates’ litigation co-head and 'excellent advocate' Danny Le Maistre takes the lead on commercial litigation and contentious trust engagements, acting for trustees, settlors and beneficiaries including minor and unborn beneficiaries. Fellow co-head Lee Ingram has a consistent insurance practice, with UK-based insurers instructing him on catastrophic personal injury and professional negligence cases. The team also acts in shareholder disputes and insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Danny Le Maistre; Lee Ingram

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Corbel

Testimonials

‘Ingram Advocates are a boutique insurance firm with a large client base of insurers underwriting risks in Jersey, offering top-tier advocacy and ADR services. Lee Ingram’s background in the insurance industry gives him a first-class understanding of the commercial needs of his insurer clients as well as the technical know-how when it comes to insurance litigation and ADR in Jersey. The firm deals with some of the highest-profile insurance litigation in Jersey and is undoubtedly a market leader in the field.’

‘Lee Ingram: an experienced Jersey advocate whose background in insurance makes him a commercially and tactically astute litigator of the first order.’

‘Debbie Corbel: a rising star with a wide and varied practice and definitely an associate to watch.’

‘Danny Le Maistre is a stand-out individual. An excellent advocate and strategist. Calm under pressure and hugely efficient.’

‘A very good team ethic. Up to date on the law but with a very practical approach. Always see the wood for the trees.’

Debbie Corbel; conscientious and always goes the extra mile.’

‘We have dealt with Lee Ingram for eight years . We find him reliable and good at explanations of obscure points of his specialist subjects; insurance law, and HR laws.’

‘Lee Ingram is thoughtful and gives good considered advice.’

Key clients

Allied World

Garfield Bennett Trust Company Limited

Zimmer & Partners S.A.

Athos Trustees (Switzerland) AG

NFU Mutual

Islands Insurance

Hepburns Insurance Brokers Limited

QBE

Tokio Marine Kiln

Tradex

Medical Protection Society

Jersey Hospice Care

Jersey Mutual

Work highlights

  • Defending a local architectural and design practice against a significant claim for professional negligence brought by a developer.
  • Advising and representing the settlor of Jersey trusts in relation to long-running litigation in Jersey and connected proceedings in the US and Russia. The Jersey proceedings have involved a contested application by his beneficiary daughter for the removal of the trustee and contested blessing applications brought by the trustee.

Seymour Law LLP

Under the stewardship of 'responsive, creative and reassuringly calm' practice head Mark Renouf and Jean-Marie Renouf (who also leads on contentious employment instructions), litigation boutique Seymour Law LLP provides representation in headline trust disputes, often involving high-value cross-border assets. Though predominantly representing trustees, the firm also represents high-net-worth individuals in regulatory investigations and commercial disputes. Recently hired from BCR Law, senior associate Tom Robinson advises on personal injury and construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Renouf

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Marie Renouf; Tom Robinson

Testimonials

‘Unstuffy, approachable and pragmatic advice with satisfactory outcomes.’

‘Mark Renouf is an exceptionally helpful advisor. Responsive, creative and reassuringly calm.’

‘Seymour Law LLP is a niche performer specialising in difficult trust litigation. The partners are both highly experienced in this area and most helpful.’

‘Both Mark Renouf and Jean-Marie Renouf can draw easily on their experience and have a good idea for much detailed work . They also are well versed in all up-to-date litigation procedures and directions, so can helpfully advise.’

‘Because the size of the firm is small I found them to be close to the case, hands on, and personally implicated at all stages. The communication is easy and efficient, the result of the case was therefore outstanding.’

‘Outstanding attention to detail and customer service. Very responsive and communicative. Creative, out-of-the-box thinking and solutions.’

‘I have worked with Jean-Marie Renouf. The qualities I value is that he is pragmatic and conscious of cost, particularly when dealing with individual clients. He offers sensible and workable solutions and suggestions, which are appreciated.’

‘Seymour is as yet a very small firm, which they have made into a strength rather than a weakness, in particular in their close collaboration between the partners and their hands-on approach to their work. They are adept at use of technology to move cases forward. Their approach is very team oriented. I have worked with them on cases where the clients are also professionals (trustees and similar), their strength is the ability to bring perspectives of all those involved – often geographically dispersed – to the problem and still move matters forward.’

Key clients

V Trustees Limited

Baccata Trustees Limited

Titris SA

Work highlights

  • Representing a leading Jersey-based privately owned local trust company in a long-running multijurisdictional trust case: V Trustees Ltd, formerly G Trustees Ltd.
  • Acted for Titris SA in an inter-family dispute over ownership of major manufacturing company held in trust.
  • Acting for professional trustee Baccata Trustees Limited in a highly contentious dispute amongst family members connected to sister trusts in Jersey holding a very valuable manufacturing business through a multijurisdictional structure.

Steenson Nicholls LLP

In highlight engagements for Steenson Nicholls LLP’s dispute resolution practice, co-head Paul Nicholls ( who 'inspires confidence' and is an 'impressive tactician') secured a court appointment to represent certain parties in high-profile international fraud litigation, while 'personable, pragmatic, very experienced' co-head David Steenson handled numerous trustee removal applications on behalf of minor beneficiaries. Fellow co-head Nicholas Mière (who is 'highly persuasive and very articulate') was recently made partner and represents individuals in professional negligence and regulatory disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Nicholls; David Steenson; Nicholas Mière

Testimonials

‘Paul Nicholls inspires confidence. He is quick witted and enthusiastic as well as determined and seasoned. He obviously really cares about what he does.’

‘Paul Nicholls leads from the front. An impressive tactician, and a formidable presence. Clients feel immediately that they have an expert on their side.’

‘Nicholas Mière is a first-class advocate. Highly prepared, highly persuasive and very articulate.’

‘We instructed Steenson Nicholls LLP on a complicated piece of litigation in which our mutual client, a non-Jersey resident, was being sued as a third party in Jersey litigation. It was very protracted and we found the Steenson Nicholls team incredibly competent, responsive and clearly very experienced.’

‘David Steenson – personable, pragmatic, very experienced and able to explain complicated concepts very simply and intelligibly; a sign of someone who really knows their subject.’

Key clients

Princess Camilla de Bourbon des Deux Siciles

Sir Charles Njonjo

Aquilon AG

STM Fiduciare

Guardian Global Capital (Suisse) SA

EUAS International ICC

Angel Fish Group

Future Finance Group

Lindhurst Group

DAS Legal Expenses

Tulliallan St George Limited

Retail Ventures Limited

PII Verulam Gardens Limited

Fiduchi Group

Jersey Oak Limited

Work highlights

  • Court-appointed representative of the minor children in Kea Investments Limited v Watson and others.
  • Representing Swiss trust company Aquilion AG in contentious trust proceedings concerning two Jersey trusts with a combined value in excess of £100m.
  • Representing Guardian Global Capital in connection with judicial review proceedings to challenge the extra-territorial validity of a compulsory notice to produce documents served by the JFSC.

Viberts

Viberts’ dispute resolution practice acts in high-stakes personal injury mandates (including novel maritime claims) and clinical negligence disputes. Practice head Christina Hall is 'a strong advocate with a commercial approach' and is developing the firm's trust litigation offering for trustees and beneficiaries. Rebecca Morley-Kirk leads on matters of immigration and deportation, while senior associate Giles Emmanuel assists with contentious insolvency and bankruptcy matters.

Practice head(s):

Christina Hall

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Morley-Kirk; Giles Emmanuel; Corinne Holmes

Testimonials

‘Very friendly and approachable firm. Corinne Holmes is exceptionally astute, as is Christina Hall. They both also have the inside knowledge on the Jersey legal personalities which in such a small jurisdiction is of great assistance.’

‘Professional and aggressive if needed.’

‘Christina Hall is pragmatic, sensible and a pleasure to work with. A strong advocate with a commercial approach to matters.’

‘Viberts’ team is in my view impressive. Their partners are first rate, and provide a service on Jersey that is at least the equal of the very top firms operating in comparable areas of law in London.’

‘The team has a strong client-care ethic. They fight hard for plaintiffs whose cases are sometimes borderline, and have in my experience achieved remarkable results in cases that most would consider weak on the merits. Overall, Viberts is in my view a firm of the first rank.’

‘The stand-out individual at Viberts is Christina Hall. She is diligent, hard working, and professional. The quality I value highest in her is her manner: she is simultaneously a fierce advocate for her clients and also a measured, highly knowledgeable legal professional who is always on the lookout for the best resolution.’

‘Rebecca Morley-Kirk is exceptional in her ability to establish rapport with clients who have complex needs and is able to communicate her advice in a calm and respectful manner. She has an excellent awareness of mental illness and mental capacity issues and always remains professional and approachable.’

‘Viberts Law firm will forever hold a very strong place in my heart, thanks to the dedication and compassion I received as their client when the firm was appointed to represent me. Although this application was a first-of-its kind for Jersey, and daunting for all involved, I was kept well informed, directed, and guided through procedures with immense care and professionalism.’

Key clients

Rok Construction

Representation of the minor children in Crociani

Unite the Union

Royal College of Nursing

British Cycling Association

Police Association

Work highlights

  • Represented an amputee plaintiff against Channel-Islands Co-operative Society in a high-profile personal injury claim.
  • Representing a settlor in an application to set aside a trust on the grounds of duress.
  • Represented a creditor company in insolvency proceedings as first to use the recently amended law to allow ‘voluntary’ dégrèvement.

Mistry Law

The 'hardworking, knowledgeable and efficient' Hiren Mistry is the sole practitioner at Mistry Law, with previous experience as an English barrister and subsequently as partner at Viberts. Fields of expertise including acting in criminal proceedings for Jersey high-profile individuals, trust and commercial law, and high-stakes ancillary relief applications. Strategic risk mitigation advice is also provided to high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Hiren Mistry

Testimonials

‘A hands-on approach and a willingness to provide a solution.’

‘Hiren Mistry is a personable and knowledgeable professional, he has a relaxed style.’

‘Boutique firm. Excellent client care. Good knowledge of the inner workings of the island.’

‘Hiren Mistry: good pragmatic advice – always with an eye to the commercial realities of the situation.’

‘I have been very impressed with the litigation skills of Mistry Law.’

‘Hiren Mistry is essentially a sole practitioner. I have worked closely with him and he is hard working, knowledgeable and efficient.’

Oben Law

Oben Law’s dispute resolution experts primarily represent financial institutions, professional trustees and corporate services providers. Highlights for practice head David Wilson included the defending breach of trust claims, unfair prejudice issues and proceedings to determine property ownership. On-island company directors also engage the team in partnership disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Wilson

Testimonials

‘Throughout my dealings with David Wilson he maintained an upbeat attitude which significantly reduced my stress levels David provided quality, timely and easy-to-understand, straightforward advice.’

‘Oben’s high level of responsiveness and ability to hone in on the most important issues for a client are what sets is apart from its competitors.’

‘David Wilson is well regarded as a seasoned litigator in Jersey operating in a litigation firm with few commercial conflicts with non-contentious clients and we frequently therefore refer matters to him.’

‘David Wilson is experienced and able to take a commercial view of contentious matters.’

‘The most important attribute is that of the principal, David Wilson. He knows his subject, assesses matters carefully and considers how to achieve the best result. In a word he employs a strategy to maximise his client’s position.’

‘David Wilson – excellent technical knowledge, understanding of client needs; pragmatic.’

‘I deal primarily with David Wilson, who heads the firm. He is always a delight to deal with. Hugely well respected across the Jersey bar. He can be relied upon to give careful, considered and user-friendly advice, which is given with tact and experience.’

Key clients

Aqua

Equiom

Oak

Sanne

Zedra

Viscount

Praxis IFM

TMF

Fiduchi

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Viscount (the officer of the Jersey Court who administers Jersey bankruptcies) in a £5m bankruptcy process.
  • Acted for a corporate trustee of a trust holding sovereign wealth, in respect of sanction issues against the country.
  • Advised the directors of a company which is the focus of a hard-fought dispute.