Private client, trusts and tax in Jersey

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin‘s international private client department is led by the ‘consistently fantasticNancy Chien, who has developed a strong reputation for advising private clients from China and the Middle East on trust and foundation issues. The team excels in wills and probate, pensions and employee incentives, with the ability to provide BVI law assistance from Jersey. Edward Bennett is an expert in trusts, foundations, international estate planning and related corporate and commercial issues. Managing associate Donna Withers leads the wills and probate team and has developed a niche in vulnerable person’s law, while senior associate Elizabeth Shaw is an expert in succession and tax planning through trust structures.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Chien

Other key lawyers:

Edward Bennett; Donna Withers; Elizabeth Shaw; Lydia Carter; Kirsten Brass

Testimonials

‘Nancy and the team are very personable, approachable and helpful. They will always try to find workable solutions to any problems presented. The team is diverse and well placed to cater for Asian clients; something that other law firms are lacking.’

‘Nancy Chien is consistently fantastic! She is practical and possesses commercial awareness which puts her at the forefront amongst her peers.’

‘This team has deep intellectual firepower and that’s why I use them. They think “out of the box” and actively look for practical solutions to complex problems. They are my “go to ” team on any legal issue that we may require advice on. On top of that they are lovely people to deal with!’

‘Edward Bennett – Quality through and through. He is measured in his approach, always accurate and super bright! Nancy Chien – Super quick to react and always on target with her advice.’

‘Edward Bennett has tremendous experience and is skilled at finding the right solutions and giving practical advice. Nancy Chien is highly energetic and well connected in Singapore and Dubai. She brings cultural awareness to her advice’

‘Bedell Cristin has perhaps the strongest pedigree in Jersey, which has been periodically refreshed by high quality recruits.’

‘Nancy Chien is a total expert on international trusts. Kirsten Brass is a relative newcomer but has quickly found her feet. Elizabeth Shaw is a solid analyst.’

Carey Olsen

Characterised by clients as ‘a market leader‘, Carey Olsen‘s trust and private client department advises trustees, family offices and high-net-worth private clients on commercial and private trusts, foundations, charitable and non-profit organisations, in addition to succession issues, pension and estate planning. The team is led by Siobhan Riley, who is an expert in private and commercial trust structures. Andreas Kistler  leads on the firm’s court-related trust work, and regularly appears in proceedings related to breach of trust, fraud and professional negligence, for plaintiffs and defendants. Keith Dixon  is noted for assisting with trusts, foundations and, chartable and not-for-profit organisations. Alexa Saunders  ‘speaks with considerable authority’ on non-contentious and semi-contentious trust matters; while Stephen Fitzgerald  is known for employee incentive arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Siobhan Riley

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Kistler; Keith Dixon; Alexa Saunders; Stephen Fitzgerald; Victoria Connolly

Testimonials

‘Carey Olsen is a market leader among the group of Channel Island firms with offices in British Overseas Territories and elsewhere, and would be my first firm of choice if there are no conflicts. It is very well resourced in all the jurisdictions and has many excellent practitioners. Their people are very accessible, the work is good and clear (they moved to a more modern drafting style a long time ago), and they are solutions driven. To be fair, all the firms with which they compete have a high standard, but I get much more sense of a common aim among the Carey Olsen offices.’

‘I work a lot with Victoria Connolly, who is an excellent trust lawyer and also very calm and very focussed, and I really enjoy working with her. We have worked on one particular set of trusts for a number of years so her historic knowledge is invaluable.’

‘They all have their specialisms and we know precisely who to go to, primarily as we have known them for a while but also that appears to be Carey Olsen’s approach. Not sure it necessarily sets them apart but they are sufficiently good at it to make it mentionable.’

‘We were designing an unusual family governance structure which required Jersey law input on a number of aspects, but principally trust and corporate law. Carey Olsen gave us a seamless service, despite the fact that there were a number of different specialisms feeding into the advice. Keith Dixon led the advice and I would go straight back to him and the firm if I have another Jersey structure of this nature.’

‘Excellent team with broad range of experience and expertise. Very responsive and user friendly.’

‘Victoria Connolly is very quick to respond and quality of work is always high.’

Alexa Saunders is very knowledgeable and speaks with considerable authority.’

‘Carey Olsen have a wide range of experience and act as a “one stop shop” for all legal matters.’

Work highlights

  • Instructed to bring an application before the Royal Court by the two ultimate beneficial owners of Giannco Investments Limited, a Jersey company. Those two owners were seeking the variation of a transfer of jointly-owned shares which had passed to them by survivorship on the death of the third co-owner. The application was a novel one as the Jersey Court had never used its statutory jurisdiction to vary “wills and other dispositions” to vary a transfer of title by way of survivorship in the past and there was no local and/or UK authority on the point.

Mourant

Mourant‘s international trusts and private client practice provides a fill service to high-net-worth individuals, with key lines in wealth structuring, contentious and non-contentious trusts and foundation issues, as well as matters pertaining to wills and probate. The group is also able to handle real estate transactions and private fund structuring. Edward Devenport takes the lead, focusing on private wealth trusts, but is also experience in commercial trust structures, including in relation to pensions and employee benefits. Fred Milner has thriving family office practice, while counsel William Burnell is another practitioner of note for wealth-holding structures. Associate Chiara Mundy is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ed Devenport

Other key lawyers:

Fred Milner; William Burnell; Luke Gingell; Chiara Mundy

Testimonials

‘Great time with excellent know how; outstanding bench strength across several jurisdictions. In general excellent understanding of complex cross-border issues.’

‘Edward Devenport: Very client-focused and dedicated lawyer.’

‘The Jersey practise is part of an international team that works together across the jurisdictions, giving a local client ready access to lawyers qualified in various jurisdictions, particularly offshore and including at different levels of experience. In terms of products and services it offers a suite of simple modern precedents which are clear and an accurate and rapid turn around. Team members make themselves readily available on short notice to discuss issues and are approachable and commercially aware in the giving of legal advice.’

‘Chiara Mundy is approachable and in tune with client needs, always taking on board what is required and ready to offer pragmatic solutions. Her meticulous and accurate drafting skills are commendable.’

Edward Devenport’s wealth of experience, pragmatism and intuition are second to none – you know you are in safe hands.’

‘They understand the Jersey trust world and issues affecting trustees and can provide practical advice as well as working to find amicable solutions based on our client base. In addition members of their team have been seconded to our particular business so have an understanding of our internal processes and procedures.’

‘Very strong technically, with detailed analysis and advice on issues.’

‘Excellent knowledge and collaboration with clients and lawyers in other jurisdictions.’

‘The work ethic, adaptability, co-operative approach and flexibility.’

Ogier

Ogier‘s private wealth group has a strength in advising on Jersey trust structures, with an increasing focus on ESG and sustainable investing for high-net-worth individuals and their families. The team is experienced in working with colleagues across the office network to advise on the establishment of trust across offshore jurisdictions. Share plans and employee benefit trusts are another area of expertise, where Katherine Neal  takes the lead, as are instructions relating to charity and philanthropy. James Campbell  heads up the global private wealth practice group, while Josephine Howe heads the department in Jersey. Steve Meiklejohn continues to advise on estate planning, trust and fiduciary structures.

Practice head(s):

James Campbell; Josephine Howe

Other key lawyers:

Steve Meiklejohn; Katherine Neal; Richard Laignel

Testimonials

‘The team go the extra mile, considering all options and assisting with even the smallest of queries.’

‘Katherine Neal has the unique ability to offer not just legal but wholly practical solutions to the most difficult of problems.’

‘Steve Meiklejohn is a doyen of private client world. What he doesn’t know about Jersey trusts isn’t worth knowing. Marvellous manner and very good judgment.’

‘Very proactive, responsive, commercial’

‘Josephine Howe – very thorough, extremely well organised and great at explaining things to clients. James Campbell – a good leader, nurtures the practice and is commercial and explains issues to clients in a clear and helpful manner. Richard Laignel – very hard working and super responsive. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Strong at all levels. tenacious and great tacticians.’

‘James Campbell always makes himself available and articulates sometimes difficult concepts in terms that are understandable to trustees and beneficiaries alike. He accepts fair challenge and will produce precedent and learned thinking to underpin his advice’

‘Katherine Neal is my go to. She is bright, approachable, knowledgeable and un-phased, with a manner which is supportive to Trustees. She has guided us through complex matters. Josephine Howe is an exceptional lawyer.’

Appleby

Appleby has developed a strong Jersey trusts practice, well positioned to advise on multi-jurisdictional issues with input from the firm’s international office network. Taking the lead is David Dorgan, who is noted for private and commercial trusts and foundations, where he focuses on trust establishment and ongoing administration. Dorgan is ably supported by senior associate Paula FryFraser Robertson and Jared Dann are specialists in trust litigation.

Practice head(s):

David Dorgan

Other key lawyers:

Fraser Robertson; Jared Dann; Paula Fry

Collas Crill

Collas Crill fields ‘a very experienced team of motivated lawyers‘, with a broad practice that includes advising on trust structures, relocating high-net-worth individuals, pension and employee incentive trusts, and contentious trust issues. The group is also able to utilise Laura Perkins , who is qualified to practice in the BVI, offering BVI private client advice from the Jersey offices. The department is led by Kellyann Ozouf , a thought-leader in Jersey trusts law, on the government’s trusts working group.

Practice head(s):

Kellyann Ozouf

Other key lawyers:

Laura Perkins; Craig Dinnett; Scott Bell

Testimonials

‘Strong support of the team to diversity especially gender as female are leading especially in private practice. Very committed and always available teams with strong capabilities to identify and address clients needs in most efficient and speedy way.’

‘Kellyann Ozouf is a key and strong practice we not only within the firm but in the Jersey market. On top of being a tough litigator and to the point advocate she is a true pleasure to work with. Full of energy she has strong communication skills.’

‘They are a very experienced team of motivated employees. They think outside the box and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Laura Perkins is highly experienced and acts in the best interest of her clients. She is a very professional and trustworthy advisor. Laura sees the wider picture and is very pragmatic.’

‘Responsive, commercial and understand the needs and challenges faced by the corporate service provider.’

‘We needed legal advice and representation in Jersey at short notice. Collas Crill was recommended to us by our solicitor in London. I found the team at Collas Crill very responsive, all it took was one phone call, and I was signposted to the relevant partner who called me back to take some details to ensure there were no conflict of interest and made us fully aware of the terms of engagement.’

‘Easy to work with, friendly, responsive, highly motivated and extremely competent.’

‘Kellyann Ozouf is simply one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with – incredibly intelligent and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Trident (Jersey, BVI and Isle of Man)

Nedgroup

Affinity

Occorian

Equiom

JTC

Buck Trustees

Intertrust

Hawksford

Vistra

Zedra

Stenham Aldernay

Earl Fiduciary

Pacor Secoma

Wedlake Bell

Charles Russell Speechlys

Michelmores

Radcliffes Les Brasseurs

Work highlights

  • Advising an ultra high net worth client relocating to Jersey on structuring assets worth £160million.
  • Advising a Saudi based family on a Jersey structure to house in excess of £1 billion of non-Saudi investments including significant UK real estate.
  • Advising a corporate trustee on bringing an application to the Jersey court for (i) a declaratory order in relation to the validity of a will trust provision, (ii) “Beddoe” orders relating to a potential challenge against an assessment of a foreign tax authority levying a £1million tax bill on the trustee and (iii) a blessing of certain trustee decisions regarding the £25million trust fund.

Walkers

The team at Walkers brings together multi-jurisdictional expertise via its international office network, to advise on the spectrum of Jersey private capital, trusts and foundations matters. In recently promoted partner Sevyn Kalsi, the team has an expert in reorganising complex trust and company structures; and he is also instructed by high-net-worth families and their family offices on coordinating their offshore interests. Practice head Robert Dobbyn  is a Jersey foundation expert, also advising on trust structuring for a variety of Middle East-based clients. Disputes lawyer Nigel Sanders is the name to note for contentious trust issues.

Practice head(s):

Robert Dobbyn

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Sanders; Sevyn Kalsi; Marc Seddon; Charlotte Yates

Testimonials

‘The team provides pragmatic advice, particularly in relation to trusts (their creation, amendment and winding up). The Walkers team are easy to work with and take a genuinely collaborative approach to working across teams of advisors to provide the best result for the ultimate client.’

‘Robert Dobbyn is practical and easy to work with. His advice is clear and commercial.’

‘A very collaborative team of highly knowledgeable individuals. I find the team at Walkers incredibly supportive and responsive in helping you achieve your objectives.’

‘Robert Dobbyn and Sevyn Kalsi- very responsive, pragmatic and extremely knowledgeable in the private client space.’

‘It has been a pleasure to work with a pragmatic and innovative Team, their knowledge on Foundations is the best on Island. Always excellent client service when referring clients over.’

‘Robert Dobbyn – knowledgeable and commercial. Always on the end of the phone to share thoughts and advice. Sevyn Kelsi – great service and excellent technical skills.’

Key clients

Jasmine Trustees Limited and Lutea Trustees Limited

IQEQ (Jersey) Limited

UHNW Middle Eastern Family

RBC Trustees (CI) Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Jasmine Trustees Limited and Lutea Trustees Limited in a long-running highly contentious trusts dispute involving two trusts
  • Advising and representing trustee client IQEQ (Jersey) Limited in a blessing application relating to the trustees’ decision to contribute a large proportion of the trust assets to a philanthropic foundation at the request of the family for whom the assets are held.
  • Representing the trustees of five charitable sub-trusts (which are beneficiaries of a charitable foundation) in long-running litigation known as Trilogy Management Limited –v- YT Charitable Foundation International Limited & Others and subsequent decisions. 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.

Dickinson Gleeson

Dickinson Gleeson focuses on advising owner-managed businesses in Jersey on all aspects of their contentious, non-contentious and administrative trust matters. The team is led by Craig Swart , an experienced trusts lawyer. Co-founding partners James Dickinson  and James Gleeson are active in private client-related disputes, with a strong client base of high-net-worth individuals, financial institutions, law firms, and trustees.

Practice head(s):

Craig Swart

Other key lawyers:

James Dickinson; James Gleeson; Guillaume Staal;

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and knowledgeable team. They provide clear concise advice in a timely manner.’

‘Craig Swart is very approachable, expresses himself clearly and is knowledgeable in all areas relating to trusts.’

‘The lead partner Craig Swart is very well respected in the Jersey trust industry and has built a strong following. His advice is to the point and commercial, helping trustees to find solutions and mitigate risks where unusual circumstances arise.’

‘A strong commercial practice that combines legal expertise with an ability to help clients get deals done.’

‘James Dickinson and Craig Swart are tenacious, strong lawyers who put their clients’ interests first in getting a deal done, focusing on what matters and not letting legal arguments get in the way.’

Key clients

Geneva Trust Company (GTC) SA – Z Trusts

Geneva Trust Company (GTC) SA – Tchenguiz

EFG Bank AG

Loan Assignment Group of Association

The Jones Family

Work highlights

  • Acting for GTC, a Swiss-based Trustee of two Jersey Trusts, in relation to administration proceedings that are shaping the law on dealing with insolvent trusts and the competing rights of creditors
  • Instructed by EFG to appear as an expert of Jersey law, in proceedings before the Singapore High Court.

Viberts

The personal law team at Viberts is known for advising on will drafting, inheritance issues and estate planning. Clients include financial institutions including Lloyds Bank, overseas law firms and high-net-worth individuals. Key figures are Christopher Scholefield, who is experienced in succession planning and asset protection, particularly where there is a cross-border aspect; and managing partner Zoe Blomfield, a seasoned cross-border estate administration expert. Senior associate Eleanor Colley is building a notable trusts practice.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Scholefield; Zoe Blomfield

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Colley

Testimonials

‘Helpful detailed analysis and clear advice given.’

‘We always receive an excellent service from Viberts. Replies to our instructions are prompt. The advice we receive is well-considered, easy to understand and represents good value for money. The partners and associates that we deal with all demonstrate high levels of industry knowledge and they always exhibit a willingness to work with us to achieve a practical solution.’

‘Generally knowledgeable, approachable, accommodating and understanding of our Jersey trust company business and inherent risks.’

‘Very sound and practical advice – and very responsive.’

‘Christopher Scholefield is very responsive – readily available – excellent advice.’

‘I have always found that the team at Viberts are very professional and prompt in dealing with my requirements, not only that but they are friendly and approachable. It gives confidence that they act in my best interest. Viberts billing gives full details of how much time was devoted to what purpose in simple to understand terms.’

‘The “go-to” team for delegateship work in Jersey. Well-resourced, responsive, tenacious in fighting for their clients, impressive team depth.’

‘Zoe Blomfield – Head and shoulders the market leader in Jersey for delegateship work, backed up by a great team. GReat client-handling skills. A delight to work with.’

Key clients

Fiduchi Trustees Limited

Financial Consultants (Jersey) Limited (FCM)

Chamberlains UK LLP

Oak Trustees (Jersey) Limited

IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited

Oak Services Limited

CTJ Housing Trust

Victoria College Foundation Limited

Baccata Trustees Limited

Butterfield Trust (Guernsey) Limited

RBC Trustees (Jersey) Limited

GlenQ Trustees Limited

Dentons UK and Middle East LLP

Forward Group Limited

Saltgate Limited

Amity Partners

Zedra Trust Company Limited

Brightly

Lloyds Bank International Limited

Barclays Bank PLC

Cannacord

Blake Morgan LLP

DQ Advocates

AFR Advocates

Work highlights

  • Advised Glen Q Trustees on the refinancing of a facility used to purchase and English holding company.