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Dickinson Gleeson

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Dickinson Gleeson provides a robust litigation bench for insolvency and trust disputes. Co-heads James Gleeson (who is 'an excellent strategic thinker') and James Dickinson represent clients in cross-border proceedings concerning breach of trust allegations and high-net-worth individuals and families in unfair prejudice and shareholder disputes. Gleeson, with assistance from senior associate Pierre Ali-Noor, is advising a trustee-in-bankruptcy in high-stakes proceedings across Luxembourg and Jersey. Recently promoted partner Guillaume Staal adds 'very impressive' strength to estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Gleeson; James Dickinson

Other key lawyers:

Pierre Ali-Noor; Guillaume Staal


‘James Gleeson is a stand-out partner, with great insight into the case yet trusting his associates to make much of the running. Pierre Ali Noor is a great senior associate with a great touch in client communication.’

‘The team have exceptional trust disputes expertise, they deliver quality advice in a cost effective way.’

‘James Gleeson – he is an excellent strategic thinker, very commercial and outcomes-focused.’

‘A great team at Dickinson Gleeson. We have used them for many years now. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘James Gleeson is a star – commercial, adept with court procedure and practically-minded. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘They are a specialist law firm in Jersey known for high-quality work in complex disputes.’

‘Pierre Ali-Noor is a great senior associate who works extremely hard and with technical precision. One to watch for the future.’

‘I have been working with Guillaume Staal who has been very impressive. He understands the issues which need to be considered, is clear and concise in his drafting and is a real team player. He also works well with clients and provides clear advice.’

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 3

Dickinson Gleeson is primarily known for its contentious work, but it also assists clients with the implementation and administration of trusts, family offices and foundations. South Africa-qualified practice head Craig Swart (who is 'personable, honest, approachable, commercial') handles transfers of wealth (and associated property law requirements) in and out of Jersey for high-wealth families.

Practice head(s):

Craig Swart


‘Craig has a natural empathy with my family. It has assisted us that he is of South African heritage. He has always been very understanding and sympathetic to each of my family’s concerns. At all times Craig has provided sage and considered advice.’

‘This firm is a solutions-driven firm. They are extremely approachable and their clients benefit from direct and ongoing engagement of the most senior members of the firm.’

‘Craig Swart – his advice is pragmatic and based on a real depth of knowledge and experience. His calmness and reasoned approach is highly appreciated and valued by his clients.’

‘I enjoy working with Craig Swart, who is very reliable and approachable. He has an excellent grasp of technical issues and provides clear well thought-out advice.’

‘Craig Swart for me is top of the list for legal work requests to support my trust client book. He always prices competitively, he always delivers quickly and efficiently, and is easily contactable through out the process to ensure all queries are considered and dealt with before matters are concluded. A very nice work relationship that is valued by me, my team and the client.’

‘Partner led, commercial thinking, swift delivery, approachable service with accountability by the partners.’

‘Craig Swart – personable, honest, approachable, commercial. Gets into client mindset and understands any issues arising perhaps over fees for example.’

 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 2020/2021 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 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, recognised as one of the eprivateclient Top offshore law firms for 2021 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
Dispute Resolution James Dickinson
Dispute Resolution James Gleeson
Private client, Trusts and Tax Craig Swart
Probate and Employment Guillaume Staal
Photo Name Position Profile
 Pierre Ali-Noor  photo Pierre Ali-Noor Pierre is a Senior Associate who advises on a variety of trusts,…
 Jonathan Barham  photo Jonathan Barham Jonathan is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team and deals…
 William Barnes  photo William Barnes 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…
 William Grassick  photo William Grassick William is an English-qualified solicitor (currently non-practising) who joined Dickinson Gleeson as…
 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