Firm Profile > Steenson Nicholls LLP > St Helier, Jersey

Steenson Nicholls LLP
Third Floor
Mielles House
La Rue des Mielles

Regulatory and white-collar crime Tier 2

Paul Nicholls and David Steenson comprise the regulatory and white collar partnership at Steenson Nicholls LLP, receiving instructions from foreign governments, beneficiaries and Jersey-based families. The team is currently defending clients in litigation pertaining to global fraud and fiduciary breaches, and also acts in asset forfeiture proceedings. Principle associate Nicholas Mière supports the team in professional negligence cases.

Practice head(s):

Paul Nicholls; David Steenson

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Mière


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

The range of criminal and regulatory work is broad, and the subject matter of the highest quality and interest. The firm is a recognised leader in its jurisdiction, and quite rightly so. Strong, expert advocates, and excellent advisory services.

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

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. Nicholas Mière – personable, intelligent and showed excellent case management skills. together they made an excellent team.

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

Key clients

Guardian Global Capital (Suisse) SA

Dispute resolution Tier 3

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


‘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

Steenson Nicholls is a boutique Jersey law firm specialising in litigation and dispute resolution.

The firm was founded in February 2019 by two highly experienced Jersey lawyers, David Steenson and Paul Nicholls both former partners and heads of litigation at one of the largest international offshore law firms.

The firm only practises its speciality, litigation and dispute resolution.  Providing practical, cost-effective solutions, the firm is committed to delivering the very highest quality of service to all its clients.

Practice areas
Bankruptcy and insolvency: Steenson Nicholls has considerable experience in dealing with all aspects of Jersey bankruptcy and insolvency. The firm’s practice extends to advising on asset recovery actions prior to and post insolvency procedures; advising officers and directors on duties and liabilities; pursuing and contesting désastre, dégrèvement and remise de biens applications; and winding up Jersey companies. The firm also undertakes significant cross-border international insolvency work, representing foreign insolvency practitioners seeking recognition and assistance in Jersey both under the statutory regime and pursuant to principles of comity.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Steenson Nicholls undertakes all forms of litigation resolution. In addition to commercial litigation and dispute resolution, the firm has specialism in banking and finance litigation; commercial contract disputes; construction and engineering disputes; debt collection; professional negligence; property litigation; reputational protection/defamation; and shareholder and partnership disputes. The firm focuses on helping their clients to avoid disputes becoming litigious wherever possible. The firm works with their clients to manage disputes in a way which identifies and analyses the risks, optimises the pressure points, and seeks out the opportunities for resolution, with the objective of cost effectively meeting the desired commercial outcome.

Compliance and regulatory disputes: The firm has a wealth of experience in dealing with Jersey compliance and regulatory matters. The firm’s work  includes advising and assisting in connection with AML/CFT and reporting obligations; anti-bribery and corruption investigations; customer due diligence; data protection; on-site-examinations; licence applications; remediation projects; and responding to “no-consent” informal freezes. The firm also advises on corporate governance and risk management issues and regularly represents clients in connection with the JFSC’s decision-making process.

Contentious trust: Steenson Nicholls’ act in some of the most complex, high value trust litigation in Jersey. The firm acts for trustees, beneficiaries, protectors of Jersey trusts and foundations in connection with breach of trust claims; constructive trust claims; knowing assistance claims; trustee applications for directions; Public Trustee v Cooper applications; trust administration disputes; applications to remove/appoint trustees; applications for the disclosure of information; fee disputes; proceedings/investigations brought by HMRC and other foreign revenue agencies; and tax information exchange agreement appeals.

Employment law: Steenson Nicholls advises on all aspects of Jersey employment law and has experience dealing with the full range of employment issues including claims for unfair dismissal; claims for constructive dismissal; claims for breach of contract; and claims for enforcement of restrictive covenants. The firm regularly advises employees in relation to compromise agreements following the termination of employment.

Fraud and asset recovery: Steenson Nicholls has almost unparalleled experience in pursuing and defending international fraud claims and asset recovery proceedings, representing clients in many landmark and high-profile cases. The firm handles the regulatory, data protection, intellectual property, governance, human resources, and loss recovery issues which arise from fraud, whether involving employees, suppliers, business partners or others. The firm has considerable experience in obtaining injunctions, including freezing orders, disclosure of information orders, notification orders, orders for the delivery up of assets or wrongly retained confidential information, as well as search and seizure orders. The firm’s practical experience extends to asset tracing claims; freezing and disclosure injunctions; Norwich Pharmacal orders; search and seize orders; civil fraud claims; fraudulent breach of trust claims; and civil confiscation and forfeiture proceedings.  The firm has recently acted in some of the most high profile cases brought pursuant to Jersey’s recently enacted civil forfeiture regime.

Personal Injury and clinical negligence: Steenson Nicholls’ dedicated personal injury and clinical negligence team have considerable practical experience in this field of law and have successfully acted in several of Jersey’s most high value personal injury and clinical negligence cases. The firm is 100% committed to claimant work and only represents the injured party, never the Defendant’s insurers. The firm undertakes accident at work compensation claims; attendance at inquests; catastrophic injury claims; criminal injury claims; fatal accident claims; faulty product claims; holiday accident claims; road traffic accident claims; sexual abuse compensation claims; sports injury claims; and spinal injury claims. Offering immediate legal representation and providing a sympathetic, dedicated service through the entire process, the firm arranges rehabilitation to final settlement negotiations and contested court hearings.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation and Dispute Resolution David Steenson +44 (0) 1534 888080
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Paul Nicholls +44 (0) 1534 888080
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Nicholas Mière +44 (0) 1534 888080
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Kathleen McGee +44 (0) 1534 888080
Photo Name Position Profile
 Cristina Goncalves  photo Cristina Goncalves Cristina Goncalves is a legal assistant within the Litigation and Disputes Resolution…
 Magdalena Hodas  photo Magdalena Hodas Magdalena specialises in personal injury law and principally deals with road traffic…
 Kathleen McGee  photo Kathleen McGee Kathleen is a Scottish Solicitor who specialises in personal injury and clinical…
Advocate Nicholas Mière  photo Advocate Nicholas Mière Nicholas is a Jersey Advocate who regularly represents clients in proceedings before…
Advocate Paul Nicholls photo Advocate Paul Nicholls Paul is a Jersey Advocate and English Solicitor (non-practising) and one of…
Advocate David Steenson  photo Advocate David Steenson David Steenson is a Jersey Advocate and one of the founding partners…
Number of partners : 2
Number of other fee-earners : 6
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Law Society of England and Wales
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors