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Dickinson Gleeson

Dispute resolution Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

Geneva Trust Company (GTC)

Redox PLC (acting for the bankruptcy trustee)



Loan Assignment Group Association

Andrew Valmorbida

Work highlights

    Jersey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 3

    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;


    ‘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.

     Dickinson Gleeson is a multi-award-winning, dynamic and innovative specialist disputes firm which acts in relation to contentious trusts and estates, commercial, fraud, company, funds and insolvency litigation. The firm also provides non-contentious trust, corporate and lending advice.

    The firm is conflict-free and has acted in some of the highest value cases to have come before the Jersey Courts, on behalf of both claimants and defendants. It also regularly acts for clients in complex trust matters and on Jersey aspects of international transactions. Clients include financial institutions, government agencies, professional firms, religious bodies, executors, trustees, protectors, ultra-HNWIs and HNWIs.

    During 2021/2022 the firm has continued to be nominated for industry awards and its lawyers have continued to be recognised by market-leading directories and industry bodies. The firm won the Citywealth IFC Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2021 award (winning this award for the fourth year in a row), Citywealth Litigation Team of the Year 2021 and Craig Swart won Citywealth Lawyer of the Year Channel Islands and Isle of Man 2021. The firm was also shortlisted for the STEP PCA Boutique Firm of the Year 2021 award and recognised as one of the eprivateclient Top offshore law firms for 2021.

    Its litigators, who have historically been involved in some of the Island’s largest cases, continue to be involved in complex, cutting-edge and high value cases, in which claims run in to the tens of millions and the courts make new law.

    The firm’s non-contentious trust advisory/corporate practice continues to see an expansion of its trust company client base. Highlights of the last 12 months have included complex and high value trust restructuring work.

    Types of work undertaken
    Contentious trust and estates: representing UHNWI and HNWI settlors, trustees, executors, protectors and beneficiaries in relation to high profile, high value and complex contentious trust and estates cases, including breach of trust claims, sham claims and all types of administrative directions applications.

    Fraud asset tracing and insolvency: representing clients in relation to fraud, asset tracing claims and insolvency procedures, including securing worldwide freezing and Norwich Pharmacal orders with and without gagging orders.

     Company and funds litigation: representing clients in company and funds litigation, including shareholders disputes, unfair prejudice claims, derivative claims and the defence of director’s liability claims.

     Corporate and finance: advising on a wide range of corporate matters through the life cycle of a Jersey entity, including establishing, buying and selling, re-domiciling, winding up and reinstating Jersey companies and assisting clients to structure groups to acquire assets. Also advising in relation to loans made to Jersey entities and security taken under Jersey law.

     Non-contentious trust advisory: advising trust companies, UHNWI and HNWI settlors, protectors and beneficiaries in relation to all issues affecting the establishment, administration and termination of all types of Jersey trusts.

     Private client: advising UHNWI, HNWI and professionals (both based in Jersey and overseas) in relation to the structuring and administration of Jersey estates and related matters.

     Regulatory: advising trust companies, beneficiaries and UBOs in relation to compliance with regulatory and anti-money laundering legislation. The firm has undertaken investigative work pursuant to directions of the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

     Employment: advising in relation to non-contentious and contentious employment matters, including the dismissal of employees and enforcement of restrictive covenants.

    Dispute Resolution James Dickinson
    Dispute Resolution James Gleeson
    Private client, Trusts and Tax Craig Swart
    Probate and Employment Guillaume Staal
    Pierre Ali-Noor photo Pierre Ali-NoorPierre is a Jersey Advocate and an English barrister and solicitor (the…
    Jonathan Barham photo Jonathan BarhamJonathan is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team and deals…
    James Dickinson photo James DickinsonJames is the firm’s Managing Partner and a partner in the Firm’s…
    Guillaume Staal photo Guillaume StaalGuillaume Staal is a Partner at Dickinson Gleeson and an Advocate of…
    Craig Swart photo Craig SwartCraig Swart TEP is an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey…
    Number of UK partners : 4
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 4