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Dickinson Gleeson

Dispute resolution Tier 2

An independent firm with a track record of representing key names in the island's financial services economy, Dickinson Gleeson is active in a range of Chancery litigation representing various different stakeholders. James Dickinson's work includes complex cases with issues of legal professional privilege among others, as well as commercial disputes and asset recovery matters. James Gleeson represents leading trust companies in high-profile trusts cases including the Z Trusts and Crociani cases (in the latter, he represents the new trustees, Ocorian). Senior associate Guillaume Staal is a key name below partner level, and in 2019 well-regarded senior associate Pierre Ali-Noor joined from Mourant.

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‘Dickinson Gleeson has lawyers sophisticated and experienced enough to tackle the most complex and challenging of big commercial and trust cases.’

‘James Dickinson is extraordinarily hard working, and very bright. He wants to understand everything and attains a really strong grasp of the factual issues and legal nuances of a case. Not afraid to get stuck in and robust on his feet. Extremely thorough in his preparations and devastatingly effective in court.’

‘James Gleeson is cerebrally intelligent, and wears it lightly. Very, very good lawyer to have on your side in a complex commercial or chancery dispute.’

‘Pierre Ali-Noor is hard working, charming and diligent. He really gets into the meat of a case.’

‘Guillaume Staal is a future star. A very understated but very intelligent legal mind.’

Key clients

Geneva Trust Company (GTC) SA

EFG Bank AG, Singapore branch

Ocorian Trustees (Jersey) Limited



LGL Trust

Trident Trust Company

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 3

Craig Swart  heads up the non-contentious trusts side of the practice at Dickinson Gleeson, and also handles a number of semi-contentious court applications such as mistake applications himself as well as working with the firm's well-regarded litigation practice on contentious work. Recent mandates have concerned issues such as trust restructurings, including ones under strained circumstances, and structures and trust companies subjected to regulatory attention. The practice in particular has close connections with a number of the island's professional trustees.

 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 2019/2020 the firm has continued to win and 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 2020 award (winning this award for the third year in a row), was nominated for the Legal 500 Offshore Law Firm of the Year award (having won it in 2017), has (yet again) been shortlisted for the STEP PCA Boutique Firm of the Year 2020 award and was, in a Legal 500 client survey conducted during 2020, ranked as one of the top 4 law firms in Jersey for client service.

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.


Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation James Dickinson
Litigation James Gleeson
Litigation Craig Swart
Litigation Guillaume Staal
Private client and employment James Dickinson
Private client and employment James Gleeson
Private client and employment Craig Swart
Private client and employment Guillaume Staal
Photo Name Position Profile
 Pierre Ali-Noor  photo Pierre Ali-Noor Senior Associate
 James Dickinson  photo James Dickinson James is the firm’s Managing Partner and a partner in the Firm’s…
 James Gleeson  photo James Gleeson James Gleeson TEP is an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey…
 Guillaume Staal  photo Guillaume Staal Guillaume Staal is a Partner at Dickinson Gleeson and an Advocate of…
 Craig Swart  photo Craig Swart Craig Swart TEP is an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey…
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 5