Baker & Partners is a Jersey litigation boutique, commended for being ‘very coordinated, knowing the local courts well and therefore setting itself the right targets for winning locally‘. Lawyers focus on asset recovery, commercial and trust litigation, as well as contentious insolvencies, with an impressive client list comprising corporates, trustees, beneficiaries, high-net-worth individuals and governments. Founding partner Stephen Baker has developed a niche in the interaction between civil and criminal law in fraud cases, as well as his main practice, which involves trust and commercial litigation. Simon Thomas is an external crown advocate, and is frequently instructed by the Jersey attorney general in criminal cases; while William Redgrave is a veteran of commercial disputes, specialising in obtaining freezing and disclosure orders to assist in asset tracing and the preservation of assets. Lynne Gregory is the name to note for contentious insolvencies and trust. James Sheedy and Charlie Sorensen are also recommended.
Dispute resolution in Jersey
Baker & Partners
Stephen Baker; Simon Thomas; William Redgrave; Lynne Gregory
Other key lawyers:
James Sheedy; Charles Sorensen; Adam Crane
‘Very coordinated, knows the local courts very well and therefore sets itself the right targets for winning locally. Has excellent advocates and excellent research juniors. Has good leadership.’
‘Stephen Baker himself is a great leader, great Advocate but also a great captain of the ship. Very business-like and still pure as an advocate and attorney. A powerful combination. William Redgrave is a really great Advocate. I have seen him closely and he has a very attractive style and is capable of getting points across in a very credible way. He is very good at soaking up and blending in information from different sources. Lynne Gregory is a very clever, senior associate who will make partner soon. She is excellent and highly intelligent.’
‘Collaborative and responsive team. Reasonable fees despite the expertise within the team.’
‘Steve Baker – very responsive, collaborative, great experience in criminal and civil actions, has built a good team around him. Lynne Gregory – very efficient, organised, clear and concise advice, very responsive, understands the key issues quickly. Adam Crane – Very knowledgeable in the jurisdiction and personable. Advocates well in Court and picks up issues quickly.’
‘Very responsive and proactive in looking in after our clients’ interests. It is the pleasure working with them as despite the above, Stephen and his team are pleasant to deal with.’
‘Proactive in taking the necessary steps to ensure clients’ interests are protected, Stephen Baker in particular.’
‘An extremely hard working team. Attentive and very responsive. Always willing to go above and beyond to assist the client. Able to provide reasonable alternatives to resolve issues and puts every effort to ensure that client’s interests are protected. They are equipped with latest updates, and are on top of their game with a good network locally and abroad.’
‘The team are the go-to team in Jersey for high-value catastrophic personal injury claims. They have a wealth of experience and a depth of talent unmatched by any firm in this jurisdiction.’
BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation
Attorney General re LGL
Emirates NBD Bank PJSC
Viscount of Jersey
Punter Southall Group Limited
- Acting for the defendant majority investor in a shareholder dispute brought in Jersey by a former director and minority shareholder claiming a multi-million-pound award.
- Acting for a Middle Eastern bank seeking to recover assets from a Dubai resident who guaranteed loans and has not paid the guarantee. The bank is seeking to enforce Dubai judgments around the world including in Jersey.
- Continuing to assist BNP Paribas Trust Corporation (Jersey) Limited in its worldwide efforts to recover well over $100m from the Crociani family, after the head of the family failed to comply with Jersey court order to compensate the Grand Trust or BNP.
Clients praise the team at Carey Olsen for being ‘technically very strong, collaborative and user friendly‘, handling the spectrum of trust-related disputes, as well as fielding a strong contentious insolvency offering, where it represents funds and companies, boards of directors and shareholders. John Kelleher lead’s the firm-wide dispute resolution practice group, bringing to bear substantial contentious financial services experience. Marcus Pallot focuses on insolvencies, regulatory disputes and civil litigation, while Andreas Kistler is noted for the court-related aspects of trust and private wealth issues. William Grace dedicates his time to regulatory and white-collar criminal cases, acting on behalf of corporates. Counsel Louise Woolrich is known for multi-jurisdictional trust disputes. Richard Holden has left the firm for Walkers.
Other key lawyers:
Marcus Pallot; Andreas Kistler; William Grace; Richard Holden; Louise Woolrich
‘A well coordinated team from partner to associate, very responsive, flexible, reliable and going straight to the point.’
‘We selected the partner because we thought during our first conversation prior to retaining him that his analytical skills seemed quite acute. This was confirmed to be true and extends to his team, particularly the senior associate.’
‘Carey Olsen is incredibly responsive and technically knowledgeable. They’ve been involved in some really interesting cases in the last year and are clearly at the heart of legal developments and innovation in the Jersey legal market.’
‘I work in particular with Andreas Kistler and Richard Holden and think they are both incredibly technically skilled, very client friendly and great to work with. They demonstrate high proficiency and I consider them to be experts in contentious trusts. Would recommend them highly to others and would definitely work with them again.’
‘The disputes team assisted our client with enforcement of an arbitral award in Jersey. They were technically very strong, collaborative and user friendly. They were able to provide high quality advice in respect of both Jersey and enforcement steps in other offshore jurisdictions.’
‘Richard Holden in particular is excellent. He is very collaborative, gives clear advice and is a strong advocate.’
‘The team comprises lawyers with different styles and skillsets who work together effectively but can use their individual approaches to address specific issues. All are very hands-on and dedicated to achieving the best result for the client. The team are very responsive and can always make themselves available at short notice. The team are happy to discuss billing and deliver good value; there is never a sense that an extra associate is there to drum up more fees.’
‘Marcus Pallot is a very impressive individual, combining a huge wealth of experience with a non-nonsense, common-sense approach. He is very practical, understands the commercial interests of the client, and is very good at finding a way through a problem. Marcus is a very persuasive advocate with real presence and gravitas. Marcus is extremely down-to-earth. He is always easy to get hold of and a pleasure to work with. Richard Holden is a very clever, technical lawyer. He has enormous experience and an in-depth knowledge of his craft. Richard is very eloquent and produces exceptional written advocacy. Richard is very collaborative in his approach, down-to-earth, accessible and easy to work with.’
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Hard Rock Limited
Zurich Insurance plc
Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP
- Acting for the Hard Rock group in relation to allegations of fraud and misrepresentation by employees
- Acting for Dresser-Rand BV (a subsidiary of Siemens group) to enforce a $US 43.5 million arbitration award against a Saudi joint venture party
According to clients of Collas Crill, ‘the advice given and case management is first rate‘. The team, which is most known for trust disputes, handles domestic and cross-border disputes, and in Jersey, lawyers have experience in cases before the Privy and Royal courts. Damian James is the practice head, with a stellar reputation among clients for trust disputes, where he has substantial experience in high-value, multi-jurisdictional and -party cases, often working alongside Dan Boxall . Nuno Santos-Costa is a commercial litigation expert, with a strong track-record in trust, contract and fraud-related cases. He also acts as a crown advocate, prosecuting criminal cases on the island. Simon Hurry ‘s practice spans corporate disputes, as well as insolvencies, fraud cases, asset tracing and recovery. Senior associate Lynne Calder has developed a name for herself in construction and property disputes, but also takes on contentious trust issues, banking litigation and professional negligence claims. Sam Williams is another key lawyer.
Other key lawyers:
Nuno Santos-Costa; Dan Boxall; Simon Hurry; Sam Williams; Lynne Calder; Kirsten Bailey; Caitlin Bruce
‘In Jersey Nuno Santos Costa is a superb advocate, his cross examination is excellent and he is a ken tactician. Sam Williams is phenomenally bright and a very attractive advocate: the Court loves him. Kirsten Bailey is exceptionally clever and good with clients.’
‘The team consists of experienced lawyers who thoroughly understand dispute resolution. The advice they give and case management is first rate. They are also a pleasure to work with.’
‘Nuno Santos-Costa is an astute, practical lawyer, who provides excellent wise counsel. He really gets to the nub of a case quickly, and easily grasps the technical, commercial matters. He is a first class litigator. Lynne Calder continues to impress, she is smart, tenacious and a great strategist. She manages difficult technical cases with ease, her drafting is impeccable. She really is a great asset to have on your side in a dispute. Kirsten Bailey’s work is simply excellent, she has an innate ability to subsume information, process it and produce exceptional product. She definitely has a bright future ahead of her.’
‘The team, from junior associates to partner, are commercially-focused and all over the detail. They are able to produce concise, easily-digestible memoranda quickly and efficiently, and which are always greatly appreciated by the client.’
‘I have been very impressed with Partner Simon Hurry. He is extremely responsive, commercially sensible and a pleasure to work with generally. He will be my first port of call for any Jersey-related matters going forward.’
‘I have worked on a variety of contentious matters with this team over the years. Commercial and pragmatic, achieving great results for the client without the need to “go for the jugular”’
‘Damian James – my primary contact in the DR practice. A pleasure to work with. He has a calm, quiet manner and immediately gets to the heart of the issue.’
‘Agile, user friendly, team players, highly experienced.’
Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Limited.
FRP Advisory Limited
Salzgitter Mannesmann International (USA) Inc. (SMIH) Salzgitter Mannesmann International GmbH (SMID)
Kea Investments Limited
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
Epworth Building Limited
Farrer & Co
Payne Hicks Beach
Deutsche Bank AG London
Rysaffe Fiduciaires Sarl
- Representing the Appellant in the Privy Council in a highly anticipated appeal in relation to the legal position regarding insolvent trusts. It will dictate the priorities of payments in the event that a trust is insolvent and therefore crystallises a trustee’s exposure.
- Representing a private individual in defending a multi-jurisdictional effort by Emirates NBD Bank in Dubai, Geneva, New York, England and Jersey to recover in excess of US$95million which include ancient customary law actions and rare types of claims in Jersey.
- Representing one branch of a family, beneficiaries of a US$1billion Jersey trust, who are seeking the removal of the trustee and private trust company protector
At Mourant, the litigation and dispute resolution group has an impressive depth of practice that includes banking and securities disputes, commercial and employment disputes, as well as public law and insolvency litigation. The team is also noted for contentious matters involving data protection. Taking the lead is Stephen Alexander , ‘a brilliant technical lawyer who is also incredibly user friendly and commercially minded‘, who is adept at multi-jurisdictional trust and commercial litigation, also handling arbitrations and regulatory matters. With ‘a unique ability to guide a client through complex litigation‘, former practice head Bruce Lincoln , who stepped down in November 2021, continues to be instructed by institutional and high-net-worth individual clients in contentious trust issues, also an area of expertise for Jonathan Speck and Katie Hooper, who became a partner in February 2022. Mathew Cook is the key name for regulatory and white-collar criminal defence work. Counsel Luke Olivier is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Bruce Lincoln; Jonathan Speck; Justin Harvey-Hills; Mathew Cook; Katie Hooper; Luke Olivier
‘Jonathan Speck is the partner all others aspire to emulate. Ben Thorpe is his raising star.’
‘A very good team, with some very sensible team members and excellent advocates. Well practiced in delivering what clients need.’
‘Luke Oliver is very commercially aware and client friendly.’
‘Great depth of knowledge across all levels of the team. adopt a collaborative working style both within the team and with us a client mix of both female and male lawyers at different levels within the team excellent practical experience of litigating’
‘Bruce Lincoln has a unique ability to guide a client through complex litigation matters by assisting a client in setting aside personal feelings to get to the core of the commercial decision to be made. With significant court experience, he is able to apply that knowledge to provide clients with practical solutions to real life problems. Bruce is always well prepared for court, considering all possible outcomes, as part of his overall strategy when litigating.’
‘Katie Hooper is great in Court and always prepares thoroughly. Her calm demeanour always puts a client at ease.’
‘Excellent level of service and responsiveness. Ability to think tactically and ‘outside the box’. Very adept at multi-jurisdictional proceedings and the challenges those bring.’
‘Justin Harvey-Hills is a litigation heavy-weight who really knows his stuff and thinks strategically.’
JTC Trust Company Limited (JTC)
BUJ Architects LLP
ETFS Capital Limited
Monteagle International Limited (MIL) & Monteagle International (UK) Limited (MUK)
Bharti – TIEA matter
Triton Administration (Jersey) Limited (TAJ) and Peder Erik Prahl (PP)
- Represented a settlor, beneficiary and co-trustee of a trust with estimated assets of over £1 billion to facilitate the transfer of trusteeship on an urgent basis.
- Representing two subsidiaries of a large multi-jurisdictional group of companies in significant claims against a former senior employee of MM Group and a consultant company to one of the subsidiaries.
- Acting for a Jersey PTC trustee of a Jersey discretionary trust. The settlor and his wife have been engaged in highly acrimonious divorce proceedings for a number of years (to which the Trustee has been joined) and the financial aspects are yet to be resolved.
The Jersey disputes team at Ogier has substantial trial and hearing experience. The team has been through a period of expansion recently, with the promotion to partner of trust litigator James Angus in February 2022. The group is led by Nick Williams , who co-leads the firm-wide regulatory practice, and specialises in a variety of disputes, including in relation to shareholders, trusts and estates and regulatory issues, where he focuses on the financial services sector. Global managing partner Edward Mackereth maintains a contentious trusts practice, but is also noted for cases involving fraud and asset tracing, as well as financial services regulation. Damian Evans and Oliver Passmore are also known for trusts litigation. Counsel Rebecca McNulty has built a strong cross-border contentious insolvency practice.
Other key lawyers:
Edward Mackereth; Damian Evans; Oliver Passmore; James Angus; Rebecca McNulty; Ralph Spencer-Tucker; Matthew Davies
‘Strength in depth and clear practical advice.’
‘Nick Williams inspires confidence, and provides sound, solutions-based advice.’
‘Hard working, quick thinking disputes team.’
‘Nick Williams – hard working, willing to spend time to delve into the details of the case and then focuses on the important issues. James Angus – good advocate. Matthew Davies – hard working. Ralph Spencer-Tucker – good communicator, diligent, responsive.’
‘One of the leading Jersey firms, Ogier get all the top work. they were involved in a case for a Royal family-it was hard to imagine anything more top drawer.’
‘Oliver Passmore is absolutely excellent-clever, a very good advocate and delivered a very good result’
‘Strong client focus, always available to deal with questions and give updates. Transparent billing practices and good value for money. Generally, they ran the litigation excellently.’
‘James Angus had a fantastic grasp of both the details of the case and at the same time maintained a good overview, which enabled his advice to be particularly valuable. When conducting the trial, his grasp of the detail was a very important factor in our success. Matthew Davies showed strong commitment to the case and had an excellent knowledge of the facts and documentation, as well as the legal issues. Was very attentive to me as a client and was always prepared to step up and deal with issues when the partner was unavailable.’
Financial Technology Ventures
Millennium Technology Ventures Partners
Viscount of the Royal Court
SIG Growth Equity Fund
Parish of St Helier
- Acting for three private equity investors as Plaintiff minority shareholders in ETFS Capital Limited, alleging unfair prejudice against the majority shareholder. Judgment following a 4 week trial handed down in January 2021, with the Appeal heard in July 2021. The Royal Court found that the Plaintiff minority shareholders had been unfairly prejudiced.
- Acting for the Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey in a large cross-jurisdictional 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 trusts and estates dispute. Successful finding of fraud against the Defendant former trustee following a 2 week trial.
Appleby utilises its teams across offshore jurisdictions, including the Crown Dependencies team of which the Jersey group is a part of, as well as Hong Kong and Shanghai, to offer a multi-jurisdictional disputes service spanning international commercial litigation, trust disputes, insolvency and restructuring work. Jared Dann heads the practice group, specialising in trust litigation and matters involving fraud and asset recovery. Fraser Robertson is a commercial litigator, handling contentious trust, contractual disputes and professional negligence claims, while Niall MacDonald, who joined from Walkers in 2021, has a varied practice regarding trusts and high-value employment disputes. Senior associate Amy Benest is also noted for trust litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Fraser Robertson; Niall MacDonald; Amy Benest
‘Jared Dann is excellent-a superb advocate who never overstates matters. he is excellent at handling difficult clients and takes a sensible pragmatic approach to matters.’
‘Appleby Jersey has provided excellent advice to my clients. Their approach is practical and pragmatic. They are aware of cost issues and are able to manage expectations very well. Lawyers are courteous and responsive. Billing is reasonable and what should be expected for a firm of its stature. It is truly a pleasure working with Appleby Jersey.’
‘Jared Dann is a very intelligent, personable and practical litigation lawyer. He has an excellent knowledge of trust law and Jersey court procedures. He is able to set expectations straight from the beginning and guide clients through the litigation process in an easy-to-understand manner. He is also a pleasure to work with.’
‘Appleby Jersey is known as one of the leading disputes practices in Jersey, especially in the field of trusts litigation but also generally.’
‘Jared Dann, who leads the disputes practice at Appleby Jersey, is one of Jersey’s pre-eminent trusts litigators. He has comprehensive expertise and an effective courtroom manner. His clients value his focus and practicality. In my work with Jared over several years he has always impressed with his common sense and clarity of mind.’
‘Appleby are still one of the leading litigation/dispute resolution firms in the island. I am very happy to work with them.’
‘I instruct Fraser Robertson on a regular basis. He has wisdom and judgement which has been accumulated over many years of practice. He is a clear thinker and a good courtroom advocate. He has an ability to think through problems. I am very happy to recommend him. I have also worked with Jared Dann who is a safe pair of hands.’
Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited
Grant Thornton Limited
Jersey Trust Corporation
HWA 555 Owners LLS as a subsidiary of the Vornado Realty Trust
- Following 3 landmark decisions acting for beneficiaries of Piedmont and Riviera Trusts in relation to Proceedings for blessing of Trustees’ decision to partition trusts.
- Advising Alix Partner as administrators of the Casual Dining Group and obtaining recognition in Jersey where there are number of sites including well-known brands like Bella Italia.
- Acting for Advanz Pharma Limited in relation to its acquisition of Nordic Capital by way of a Court-sponsored Scheme of Arrangement.
The litigation department at Bedell Cristin mainly handles big-ticket commercial litigation, trust disputes and contentious and non-contentious insolvencies. It is also regularly instructed in shareholder disputes. Robert Gardner is the practice head and an experienced trial advocate, as is former managing partner David Cadin . Edward Drummond is a commercial litigator, also focusing on regulatory and compliance work. Robert Christie and associate Sonia Shah have substantial contentious trusts experience between them, while associate Sonia Minns has recent experience in unfair prejudice claims.
Other key lawyers:
David Cadin; Ed Drummond; Robert Christie; Sonia Shah; Sonia Minns
‘Bobby Christie is the partner and main fee earner working on the matter. He is outstanding as an advocate, gives clear and practical advice, and does so very promptly. First class.’
‘Good dispute resolution capabilities across the board.’
‘Willingness to ‘go the extra mile’. Very user friendly.’
‘Very good on asset tracing and enforcement.’
‘Bobby Christie has been fantastic. Very easy to work with and very good strategically.’
‘The partners are well versed in many aspects of dispute resolution including commercial trust and insolvency. They give concise advice and will inform you if your case lacks sufficient merit or is otherwise flawed thus saving one from expensive litigation which you could well lose.’
‘Rob Gardner is a font of knowledge when it comes to Jersey Insolvency law and he is an engaging thoughtful individual who can be humorous in the face of adversity.’
‘Good commercial judgement always lead by the Partner on all matters.’
Creditors Committee – Purdue Pharma LP
Traynor as liquidators of BetIndex
Adeem Investment Holding Company KSCH
JSC Commercial Bank Privat Bank
Insurance Corp of the C I Ltd / States of Jersey
Rysaffe Fiduciaries S.à.r.l .
Sakab Saudi Holdings Limited
Cristi a na
Dominion (Film Schemes / Sundax )
New World TMT Limited
- Acting for the Begbies Traynor liquidators of Betindex Limited.
Dispute resolution is a core component of Dickinson Gleeson‘s offering. The team is well suited to contentious trusts, with deep knowledge in Jersey trust law. It has an impressive client roster of high-net-worth individuals and their trusts, as well as a variety of trustees and creditors, in the case of bankruptcy proceedings. Jointly taking the lead are co-founding partners and experienced commercial litigators James Dickinson and James Gleeson , both of whom are focused on trust and funds disputes. Craig Swart is a South African attorney specialising in trusts and insolvency law, while Guillaume Staal has a niche in estates disputes. Senior associate Pierre Ali-Noor puts an emphasis on emphasis on trusts, fraud and investment disputes.
James Dickinson; James Gleeson
Other key lawyers:
Craig Swart; Guillaume Staal; Jonathan Barham; Pierre Ali-Noor
‘The team is very responsive and provides timely and detailed answers in judicial proceedings.’
‘Availability and adaptability to the clients’ needs.’
‘They are a specialist and high quality law firm on Jersey.’
‘James Dickinson is a very technical and astute lawyer with a good grasp of strategy.’
‘The team headed up by named partner James Gleeson and senior associate Pierre Ali Noor was excellent. Jonathan Barham who joined the team later in the case was a valuable addition.’
‘James Gleeson is a fierce advocate in the court room and left the other side bruised after a particularly incisive cross-examination. James is also a fantastic black letter lawyer and can wrestle with even the most unhelpful precedent and make it seem like it sits on all fours with your case. James brilliantly marshalled this complex piece of litigation that ran for two years. Jonathan Barham has a fantastic eye for detail.’
‘Always clear in describing the issues involved potential implications. Clear, transparent and competitive on fees.’
‘Guillaume Staal is upfront, easy to deal with and describes situations in a clear and non-jargon basis.’
Geneva Trust Company (GTC)
Redox PLC (acting for the bankruptcy trustee)
EFG Bank AG
Loan Assignment Group Association
Viberts‘ disputes team is known for handling a wide variety of cases, including administrative reviews, insurance-related claims, a specialty of Corinne Holmes, construction disputes, contentious trust and probate work, as well as commercial litigation. The team is led by Christina Hall, an experienced commercial and trust litigator. Rebecca Morley-Kirk is focused on disputes involving human rights, employment and immigration law, but also has a criminal law practice. Giles Emmanuel is instructed in cases involving insolvencies, trusts, construction and real estate.
Other key lawyers:
Rebecca Morley-Kirk; Giles Emmanuel; Corinne Holmes
‘Outstanding client care. Fight for clients. Always properly resourced and know the legal personalities in Jersey.’
‘Christina Hall and Corinne Holmes.’
‘Christina Hall has been most involved in recent years I/we cannot fault her work. The care, attention and understanding she has given to our requirements together with her professional acumen is outstanding.’
‘Viberts has a range of experience but I have only utilised them for one case therefore focused on Christina Hall and her team who have been excellent.’
‘Christina Hall has a wide range of experience but exceptional at personal injury. She can grasp complex technical factual and legal points. Sensible and commercially minded lawyer, provide business focused solutions for commercial clients but compassionate to lay individuals. Clearly very experienced and bright but responsive and personable.’
‘The Viberts team have been very thorough when dealing with this case, they have good communication and and have looked into every area which may help us with our case. They have attended meetings out of hours and and generally been very supportive with any of our questions or concerns.’
‘Christina Hall has been looking after our case, and her experience with other cases of similar claims has been invaluable and she’s been able to help move ours forward by having a thorough and clear knowledge of what we require.’
‘Received clear advice and guidance and was supported throughout a relatively long and drawn-out process by a non-compliant “other side”. I almost enjoyed the process!’
Rok Construction Limited
Rok Homes Limited
Maillard & Co
Unite the Union
Representation of the minor children in Crociani
Royal College of Nursing
British Cycling Association
- In the Representation of the Milbanke Trust; representating the settlor and beneficiary to set aside the Trust on the grounds of duress.
- In the Representation of Falle; representing the representor seeking to establish Jersey law ancillary rights to contractual servitudes.
- In Corbin v Dorynek and Flath; represented the defendant in a liability trial in the first maritime trial to come before the Jersey court.
The dispute resolution and insolvency team at Walkers is made up of experts in Jersey and international litigation and insolvencies, with a strong focus on multi-jurisdictional matters. An area of focus that stands out for the group is high-value trust litigation, but it also has sizeable commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and contested regulatory practices. On the insolvency and restructuring front, the group is well-versed in contentious and non-contentious matters. Veteran commercial litigator Nigel Sanders heads the team and is admitted in Jersey, England, BVI and Cayman, allowing him to handle a variety of cross-border disputes. Fraser Hern takes the lead on numerous offshore insolvency matters, and is also an expert in asset recovery. Marc Seddon combines commercial litigation expertise with contentious trusts and regulatory knowledge. Senior associate James Turnbull is also recommended, specialising in fraud-related, regulatory and trust disputes. Richard Holden has recently joined from Carey Olsen.
Other key lawyers:
Fraser Hern; Marc Seddon; James Turnbull
‘Incredibly reactive when needed, proactive and very considered in managing risk around dispute. A very approachable team who have taken the time to fully understand the issues, personalities and history.’
‘Marc Seddon – outstanding. Proactive and very measured, giving significant consideration to the handling of approach, communication, documentation and actions. Always available.’
‘A sizeable team very well versed in Jersey litigation and imaginative in approach’
‘Marc Seddon – great client skills, delivers sensible and realistic advice calmly and professionally James Turnbull – excellent strategist, sees the big picture, and impressive on the law. Craig MacLeod – an up and coming associate; determined and driven.’
‘Responsive, sophisticated and good at thinking creatively about problems. Good team players and joined up across their different offices.‘
‘Nigel Sanders and Marc Seddon are exceptional litigators that truly understand the client’s needs and objectives.’
‘The team is proactive and highly proficient. The occasional legal opinions they have produced have been detailed, relevant and surprisingly readable. On top of this they seem approachable and sympathetic to my clients’ needs. I have recommended them to others.’
‘Largely by coincidence, Marc Seddon and I have been working together on three separate matters, one of which is highly complex, high value and multi-jurisdictional. Marc is a great support with a clear understanding of the issues and an ability to focus on what is important. His knowledge of Jersey trust law is excellent but he also has a sound feeling for the right approach to adopt in contentious circumstances. I hope to work with him further on other matters.’
Consolidated Minerals Limited
Limora Investments Limited
RBC Trustees (CI) Limited
Jasmine Trustees Limited
Lutea Trustees Limited
- Representing Consolidated Minerals as defendant in its defence of a claim for constructive dismissal and breach of contract by a former CEO. Matter involves complex factual analysis across a global business of the role of claimant.
- Representing RBC Trustees as the trustee of five charitable sub-trusts in litigation known as Trilogy Management Limited –v- YT Charitable Foundation International Limited & Others. The case was the first of its kind in Jersey where the Royal Court had to consider the nature and ambit of its quasi-parental jurisdiction to supervise charitable trusts.
- Represented the trustees of two trusts in relation to in principle decisions to distribute all the assets of the trusts.
Ardent Chambers is modelled after English barristers’ chambers, comprising independent advocates and litigators specialising in commercial and trust disputes, civil litigation, contractual disputes, as well as matters pertaining to international fraud and asset recovery, regulatory investigations and employment disputes. Howard Sharp is a silk with an established contentious commercial litigation practice. Caroline Dutot focuses on contractual, licensing, regulatory, public law and employment cases. Michael Cushing is experienced in commercial and trust disputes, while Michael O’Connell is a seasoned trial advocate who also handles arbitrations and mediations.
Howard Sharp KC; Caroline Dutot; Michael Cushing; Michael O’Connell
‘For me Ardent is all about Mike Cushing. He is my favourite litigation and contentious lawyer. If I was in a tight spot Mike would be first lawyer I would call. His good sense and analytical skills are second to none. He is certainly one of the best lawyers in the island.’
Trident Trust Company Limited
Hunters Investments Limited
- Acting for Hunters Investments Limited in a civil fraud claim seeking damages of £150 million against Sanne corporate entities.
Ingram Advocates is a litigation boutique handling insurance-related litigation and regulatory defendant cases, with a burgeoning commercial litigation, contentious trusts and insolvency practice; areas that are led on by Danny Le Maistre. Managing partner Lee Ingram heads the contentious insurance and insured risks team, ably supported by senior associate Debbie Corbel, representing banking syndicates, brokers, international insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries.
Lee Ingram; Danny Le Maistre
Other key lawyers:
‘Ingram Advocates are making great strides since their creation a few years ago and are now firmly established as a leading firm in Jersey in the field of dispute resolution. They have a first reputation as the go-to firm amongst UK and other insurers who underwrite business in Jersey.’
‘Lee Ingram – Highly personable and professional in equal measure, and a very experienced advocate, with a commercial awareness that is second to none. Debbie Corbel is one to watch.’
‘A highly respected boutique firm who can match any of the bigger firms in terms of intellect, experience and tactical nous and without the conflicts that can trouble such larger firms.’
‘Danny Le Maistre – an excellent litigator, a tough advocate and a very shrewd negotiator. Someone you definitely want fighting your corner in court or negotiations.’
‘Small friendly, and good in their own areas of expertise. Insurance and Personnel/HR matters’
‘Helpful and personable’
‘A hugely knowledgeable, technical and yet commercially-minded service, from a personable and helpful team in Jersey.’
‘Lee Ingram is one of the stand-out litigators I have had the pleasure of working with, not only on Jersey but generally. Personable, approachable, and level-headed, even in the face of significant technical challenges, Lee very much makes his clients feel involved, in control and that they are in receipt of sound legal advice and tactical suggestions at every step of the litigation process.’
Garfield-Bennett Trust Company Limited
J. Design Limited
Athos Trustees (Switzerland) AG
Tokio Marine Kiln
Medical Protection Society
Jersey Hospice Care
Jersey Mutual Insurance Society
Motor Insurers Bureau
Hepburns Insurance Limited
Markerstudy Insurance services Limited
Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands Limited
The States of Jersey
The States of Jersey Employment Board
- Instructed by the MIB in respect to a catastrophic personal injury claim. The Plaintiff’s claim had been brought against an uninsured driver for damages following very serious injuries arising out of a road accident. The claim was compromised in a confidential agreement which was blessed by the Royal Court with our assistance acting on behalf of the MIB.
- Acted on behalf of the defendant insurers in respect to a catastrophic personal injury claim and the subsequent settlement, blessing and approval of the same.
- Acted for the settlor of two Jersey trusts in connection with proceedings brought by the trustee seeking a blessing of their decision to exclude his daughter as a beneficiary of the trusts.
Seymour Law LLP
Seymour Law LLP brings together expertise in dispute resolution, employment, trust and regulatory issues, predominantly assisting professional trustees and beneficiaries in contentious trust cases. The team is led by seasoned advocate Mark Renouf, who has experience in trust disputes involving high-profile divorce proceedings. Jean-Marie Renouf is also recommended for his advocacy.
Other key lawyers:
Jean-Marie Renouf; Paul Matthams
‘Approachable, unstuffy, attentive, knowledgeable, pragmatic and focused on delivering practical solutions.’
‘Mark Renouf tries to make himself available at all times when circumstances require it – quick turnaround with reassuring and sensible advice at all times. Always a pleasure to do business with him, which is rare in contentious litigation.’
‘This is a boutique firm specialising in Trust litigation. You have their undivided attention to detail and the two partners Mark Renouf and Jean Marie Renouf have the experience to cut to the chase.’
‘Personal approach from highly experienced litigation lawyers.’
‘Small boutique specializing in litigation, with highly skilled lawyers who take charge personally of the matter.’
‘The team is very well prepared and skilled, attentive to the best interests of the client and always available to explain the necessary and useful steps in the procedure to reach and meet client’s expectations and objectives.’
‘Mark and Jean-Marie Renouf are able to understand the client’s needs and interests to reflect them in the right strategies and actions to represent the client’s best interests.’
‘Mark Renouf stands out. He is hands-down the BEST and most caring advocate I have dealt with overseas. Communication for him is paramount. He will be there for you, every step of the way. Very thorough. The law and the case is important, but to him… people and the client are also important and at the forefront. 5 stars all around.’
Baccata Trustees Limited
Titris SA and Nerina Cucchiaro
- Instructed by six family members in the matter of the Piedmont and Riviera Trusts, a long running Jersey trust case.
- Advising former trustees in the Titris SA and Cucchiaro Inter family dispute over ownership of a major manufacturing company held in trust.
- Acting for one of the professional trustees in a highly contentious dispute amongst family members connected to sister trusts in Jersey holding a very valuable manufacturing business through a multi-jurisdiction structure.
Steenson Nicholls LLP
At litigation boutique Steenson Nicholls LLP, lawyers provide a comprehensive service to clients engaged in disputes, with an often high-profile roster of cases. The practice is led by veteran litigators Paul Nicholls and David Steenson , ably supported by Nicholas Mière , who focuses on regulatory, white-collar and contentious trust cases.
Paul Nicholls; David Steenson; Nicholas Miere
‘This is a small boutique firm that provides an individual approach to client care.’
‘David Steenson is a hugely experienced lawyer and talented advocate across a range of fields of law with good judgment of the strengths and weaknesses of a case. He is fearless and determined in court and has strong negotiating skills. Paul Nicholls has extensive experience of trust and asset tracing litigation and an approachable nature, which instils confidence.’
‘The team is efficient and responsive’
‘Paul Nicholls is absolutely fearless He’s a great tactical mind backed with 30 years of expertise and real knowledge of the Jersey courts.’
DWF Law LLP
Kobre & Kim LLP
Hawksford Trust Company (Jersey) Limited
The Swedish Trust
Shell House Limited
Guardian Global Capital (Suisse) SA
EUAS International ICC
Angel Fish Group
Future Finance Group
DAS Legal Expenses
Retail Ventures Limited
PII Verulam Gardens Limited
Trowers & Hamlins
- Acted as the court appointed representative of minor children in Kea Investments Limited v Watson and others.
- Representing Aquilon AG in contentious trust proceedings concerning two Jersey trusts with a combined value in excess of £100 million.
- Representing the former Attorney General of Kenya in connection with proceedings for breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and knowing receipt.
Oben Law is geared towards dispute resolution, with experience in matters involving financial services businesses, trusts and fiduciary issues, insolvencies (where lawyers are instructed by creditors), as well as contentious regulatory issues. Managing partner David Wilson is well-known for financial services disputes.
‘I instructed them because of their expertise in matters involving regulatory prosecutions and experience with insurance issues.’
‘David Wilson provided Jersey Law advice to me on a matter I was handling that involved circumstances in Jersey and and an English Law policy. He was readily contactable, quick to respond, knowledgeable and provided sound written advice. He was mindful of the needs of an overseas client not familiar with Jersey and produced advice that was readily understood by the client. He was also prepared to take account of the fact that Jersey appear fees are very high to a London insurer client, and moderated the rates to assist.’
‘David Wilson is thorough and comprehensive.’
‘Really good team, particular stand out being David Wilson. Looks of practical and good advice’
‘David Wilson – commercial, knows his law and tactics. A friend beside you but very firm and a formidable opponent.’
‘The Oben Law team are very approachable, willing to assist and great to work with and would highly recommend them.’
‘David Wilson is very approachable and has been fantastically helpful on a number of cases. He has been efficient and timely in helping us resolve any issues which may arise.’
‘David Wilson – subject matter knowledge; court experience; will give commercial and pragmatic advice.’