At Baker & Partners, lawyers focus on white-collar criminal defence and regulatory work. The team is focused on investigations and prosecutions, often handling cases with an international angle, with lawyers who often act on the prosecution side in fraud cases. The group is also called on to assist individuals and entities outside Jersey whose funds have been frozen having been suspected to represent the proceeds of crime. Another area where the firm is active is mutual legal assistance matters, where the team works closely with international law enforcement professionals. Key lawyers are Simon Thomas , who serves as a crown advocate for the attorney general; William Redgrave , who is noted for handling major fraud cases; Stephen Baker , who focuses on asset recovery; and Lynne Gregory , who handles multi-jurisdictional cases, often involving asset-tracing and fraud claims.
Regulatory and white-collar crime in Jersey
Stephen Baker; Simon Thomas; William Redgrave; Lynne Gregory
Viscount of Jersey
- Following the successful prosecution of the principal of Jersey-based Lumiere finance for mis selling offences arising out of the Providence International Ponzi scheme, instructed by the Attorney General and the Viscount of Jersey in relation to the enforcement of the confiscation order imposed following conviction.
- Advising the Viscount of Jersey in relation to long-running proceedings brought by the Attorney General to preserve trust assets in Jersey for the purpose of enforcement of criminal confiscation orders following criminal convictions in Indonesia
Carey Olsen‘s regulatory and white-collar crime group services a wide range of Jersey regulated businesses, providing financial services compliance advice and representing clients in litigation. In addition to the financial services sector, the group also has a strong track record in competition cases and issues involving the gambling and cannabis industries. Areas of expertise include anti-money laundering issues, including investigations, matters involving the mutual legal assistance treaty (such as production orders and taking of evidence) and cyber-related criminal and regulatory issues. William Grace is a stalwart of the team, with vast experience in corruption and money laundering investigations and cases, as well as cyber- and crypto-related risk work. Marcus Pallot leads the global contentious regulatory team, and concentrates on acting for regulated entities involved in actual or threatened proceedings before the Jersey regulators. Counsel Huw Thomas has experience in contentious employment issues arising in the regulated financial services space.
Other key lawyers:
William Grace; John Kelleher; Huw Thomas; Oliver Lindop
‘Carey Olsen is unique due to the breadth and depth or expertise. When you work with Carey Olsen you don’t just work with the individual partner and associate your really feel the support and weight of the broader Carey Olsen behind them, leveraging and combining expertise in different areas across complex matters the advice and support you receive is beyond anything else offered in the market. Of particular note in this team is their availability, their willingness, beyond that their desire to support and achieve the optimum outcome. Their advice, being pragmatic and effective is the result of their passion for what they do and derived from extensive experience gained at the very highest of levels.’
‘William Grace is a stand out in his field. He not only tells you what the law is but also what the law should be and why and when it may change. He is a leader in his specialism. His encyclopaedic knowledge and passion for the law, no nonsense approach and engagement in the highest level of financial services make him not only a partner of choice but a resource for success.’
‘Oliver Lindop has grown significantly over the last years becoming a leading figure in his field, His advice is well considered, timely and pragmatic . He brings a weight of experience across a variety of different areas effectively applying and leveraging knowledge to achieve meaningful outcomes.’
‘William Grace’s depth of knowledge is great but how it is applied practice is invaluable.’
‘Both William Grace and Oliver Lindop are very approachable and are always on the end of the phone for advice, when some other firms often have a barrier of voicemail to get through. They both ensure that their advice is put across in a way that is easy to understand and includes an explanation of what resolution they expect from their advice.’
‘The team is small, but this does not hamper its effectiveness, particularly with the growth this year through the addition of a new, experienced team member. The team is renowned in the local market as the “go to” for regulatory advice. Their strong technical knowledge and deep understanding of the regulatory framework and requirements enables them to act quickly to support clients in complex matters. Their transparent approach aids smooth communications with the regulator at times when this is a critical success factor. The partner’s approach has been well adopted by the team.’
Fairway (trust co)
Hawksford Trust Company Jersey Limited
LGL Trustees (trust co)
- Defending LGL (trust co) in respect of high-profile prosecution for breach of the Money Laundering Order, the key AML legislation which Jersey’s finance industry has to comply with day to day.
- Acting for Hawksford (trust co) in relation to a JFSC investigation and subsequent public statement.
Clients praise the team at Mourant for having ‘an incredible depth of knowledge, with individuals having obtained valuable experience in the public sector.‘ The group is drawn together from lawyers in the litigation, finance and corporate practices, handling a mixture of contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues, as well as white-collar criminal defence cases. Taking the lead on the non-contentious financial services side, Simon Gould and Sarah Huelin are experts in the establishment of regulated entities in Jersey. Mathew Cook is the name to note for contentious work, and is often instructed in regulatory cases, as well as assisting clients in the white-collar criminal defence space.
Mathew Cook; Simon Gould; Sarah Huelin
Other key lawyers:
Laurie Child; Dilly Wright; Jula Le Cornu
‘The team has incredible depth of knowledge, with individuals having obtained valuable experience in the public sector. Not only are they extremely knowledgeable and experienced, they are also genuinely interested in their areas of work and up to date with changes. They are also really nice to work with and complimentary to others who work with them, giving a great team feeling.’
‘I have worked with Simon Gould, Mathew Cook and Sarah Huelin who are all extremely knowledgeable and very nice to work with. I would have no hesitation recommending clients to Mourant and in particular, to the lawyers I have worked with previously.’
‘My dealings from day 1 have been nothing but positive. There is depth of knowledge within the team and they are responsive to all matters raised. They are able to make complex subject matter understandable.’
‘Having been with Mathew Cook, I can confirm he demonstrates wide subject matter knowledge, is responsive, approachable and able to make complex subject matter understandable. He is “On our Side” and able to put himself in his clients shoes, gives practical solutions to matters in hand.’
‘The team provide excellent and pragmatic advice in an area where is it hard to come by such advice. They work hard to ensure their clients are provided with the relevant information and advice and seek to guide them through the ever changing and increasingly complex world of regulation.’
‘Mathew Cook is an exceptional lawyer provided contentious matter advice as well as more preventative and business as usual advice in a commercial and pragmatic manner. He has been successful for us on matters where I believe other lawyers would have not. Sarah Huelin is an excellent partner who seeks to provide commercial advice in a coherent and commercial manner in an area where it is practically impossible to find such advice.’
H1 Trust Company Limited
Triton Administration (Jersey) Limited
Jersey Financial Services Commission
- Represented Hi Trust Company in a long running case concerning proceeds of crime freezing orders and potential future confiscation of alleged proceeds of crime on the part of a beneficiary of a Jersey structure.
- Advised Star Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in a Jersey regulated business, including all regulatory due diligence, licensing and consent requirements, working alongside various different teams in the firm.
- Advising Triton Administration (Jersey) on Tax Information Exchange Agreements and challenges to notices issued under that regime.
Oben Law utilises its affiliated entity Oben Regulatory to assist financial institutional clients, private individuals and Jersey regulatory bodies with regulatory investigations. The team benefits from in-house forensic accounting expertise, particularly in relation to asset-tracing and loss assessment issues. David Wilson takes the lead, specialising in fraud cases, asset tracing and recovery, as well as regulatory investigations. He also has expertise in anti-money laundering compliance, sanctions and bribery and corruption issues. Jamie Biddle is the name to note for defending regulatory actions. Nicola Ingram has particular knowledge in defending funds and regulated funds service businesses in heightened supervision situations, remediation and enforcement.
Other key lawyers:
Nicola Ingram; Alexandra Ruddy; Jamie Biddle
‘The team at Oben is approachable and flexible on fees.’
‘The team at Oben has a first class knowledge of regulatory matters that they are able to apply in a practical way to solve problems. They have a deep understanding of the law and how it is applied in regulatory scenarios and that helps us to evolve our business in a way that we can remain agile and compliant.’
‘Alex Ruddy is very professional and brings her wealth of experience to get to the heart of the matter quickly. She cares about the relationship with us and building a genuine partnership in which we both succeed.’
‘Oben is a Jersey regulatory and white-collar crime powerhouse. Working for the JFSC and the regulated community they are tuned into developments in regulation from both perspectives. David Wilson’s broad and deep experience as a litigator serves clients very well where regulatory and white collar crime turn contentious.’
‘David Wilson is a stand out practitioner in the regulatory and white collar crime field. His experience enables him to contextualise his client’s legal problems and to offer practical assistance quickly. He is also attuned to the human dimensions, the personalities involved. His advice is succinctly, accessibly and diplomatically delivered. David Wilson’s involvement on a matter is always a reassuring presence for the client.’
‘Excellent combination of forensic and regulatory experience.’
‘Nicola Ingram is a tenacious investigator.’
‘Remaining open-minded to enable them to understand the unique issues to which the company were exposed to’
‘The ability to quickly grasp the issue at hand and to provide meaningful resolutions and recommendations to enhance the company’s position.’
Advocate Davida Blackmore
At Advocate Davida Blackmore, name partner and sole practitioner Davida Blackmore is a key contact on the island for information law, data protection and freedom of information advice. With a client roster encompassing high-net-worth individuals, corporates, charities and regulatory bodies, Blackmore is also instructed by the Jersey Office of the Information Commission on criminal and civil enforcement sanctions under data protection and information law. The firm is also highly regarded for its work in the employment arena with particular expertise in employment-related personal injury claims and mental health and capacity mandates.
Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Institute of Law
JJ Fox International
- Providing advice and assistance to the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner regarding its regulatory functions under the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018, the Data Protection Authority (Jersey) Law 2018 (and Regulations thereunder) and the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 including acting in appeals issued to the Royal Court.
- Advising Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in respect of a contentious and complicated subject access request.
- Advising a private individual in respect of a significant breach of special category personal data by a Governmental department.
Ardent Chambers is a barrister-style chambers consisting of independent Jersey advocates specialising in dispute resolution, advice and trial advocacy. The group is particularly well-versed in international fraud cases, asset recovery and regulatory investigations. Howard Sharp is regularly instructed by the Jersey financial services commission and the Jersey competition authority, as well as acting for private individuals in white-collar fraud cases. Caroline Dutot is an expert in cases involving regulatory and employment issues. In 2021, the team was joined from Appleby by Mike Cushing, who often handles regulatory matters for offshore banks and fiduciary services firms; and Michael O’Connell, an experienced trial advocate with experience in criminal cases and professional negligence claims.
Howard Sharp KC; Caroline Dutot; Mike Cushing; Michael O’Connell
Law Officers Department, Jersey
Jersey Financial Services Commission
Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority
Investors in the Gignac fraud scheme.
- Acting for Jersey’s Law Officers Department in extradition proceedings in relation to Kenya’s former Energy Minister relating to allegations of money laundering and corruption.
- Acting for Jersey’s Law Officers Department in Judicial Review proceedings concerning Jersey’s tax information exchange laws and requests for evidence from overseas tax authorities.
- Acting for investors who were the victims of the Gignac frauds when he impersonated a member of the Saudi Royal Family.
Bedell Cristin‘s regulatory and compliance offering, which encompasses white-collar criminal defence,, brings together experts from across the firm. On the regulatory front, the key lawyer is David Cadin , who is an expert in competition law and utility regulation, as well as issues involving anti-money laundering. Cadin is also active in fraud cases, recently acting for a nationalised Ukrainian bank in claims against its former owners. Edward Drummond is also active in regulatory matters, advising on security enforcement matters. Martin Paul is also recommended.
Edward Drummond; Martin Paul
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has struck me as one of the leading litigation offshore firms in Jersey. Their reputation precedes them.’
‘Ed Drummond has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Jersey insolvency law and litigation. He is always on top of the detail and thinking five steps ahead on the cases which we have used him on.’
- Represented JT in a case involving an anti-competitive agreement entered into between JT and Sure (the incumbent telecommunications operators in Jersey and Guernsey respectively) in 2019. That agreement was the subject of investigations by the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA) and the Guernsey Competition Regulatory Authority (GCRA).
- Providing Santander with practical and commercial legal advice in real time as to regulatory, AML and other queries that arise in the course of its banking business.
- Representing JSC Commercial Bank Privat Bank in a claim it brought against its former owners alleging that prior to its nationalisation in 2016, it was subjected to large-scale fraudulent schemes.
Working closely with industry regulators across a range of offshore jurisdictions, Ogier is particularly active in the financial services sector including the banking, insurance, securities and funds spaces. The practice advises on registration, licensing and regulatory compliance work and is also experienced in investigations and enforcement actions including those arising from financial crimes. Nick Williams and Matthew Shaxson jointly lead the regulatory group, which also includes counsel Daniel Maine.
Nick Williams; Matthew Shaxson
Other key lawyers:
Steenson Nicholls LLP
Steenson Nicholls LLP is a boutique litigation and dispute resolution firm that has deep expertise in white-collar criminal defence and regulatory matters, representing corporate and private individual defendants, but also acting for claimants including sovereign clients in asset-tracing cases. Jointly taking the lead, Paul Nicholls is noted for asset-tracing issues, as well as representing defendants in fraud cases involving Jersey law; and English barrister David Steenson . Principal associate Nicholas Mière is another important part of the practice.
Paul Nicholls; David Steenson
Other key lawyers:
‘A small boutique firm that provides an individual service with good client care.’
‘David Steenson has extensive experience of a range of regulatory litigation within Jersey and is a tenacious advocate. He also has long experience of criminal litigation, both prosecuting and defending at the English Bar and as a Jersey advocate. He gets results.’
‘Paul Nicholls has great offshore litigation experience and sound assessment of the evidence and witnesses.’
‘Paul Nicholls is absolutely fearless. He is our “go to” for fraud and white collar crime related matters in Jersey. He’s a great tactical mind backed with 30 years of expertise and real knowledge of the Jersey courts and procedure. You want him in your corner on a tough case.’
Sir Charles Njonjo
Dr Kurt Sieger
Guardian Global Capital (Suisse) SA
Dr Gail Cochrane
Dr Gerald Smith
- Representing a Swiss Trust company in connection with judicial review proceedings to challenge the extra-territorial validity of a compulsory notice to produce documents served by the Jersey Financial Services Commission in relation to an investigation of unauthorised financial services business.
- Representing the former head of a Jersey-based LLP in connection with criminal and civil proceedings for fraud, falsification of accounts and fraudulent conversion.