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Dickinson Gleeson
3RD FLOOR LE GALLAIS BUILDING
6 MINDEN PLACE
ST HELIER
JE2 4WQ
Jersey

Position

Craig Swart TEP is an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey and a partner of the firm. He is also a qualified South African attorney (non-practising) and English Solicitor (also non-practising). Craig joined Dickinson Gleeson in January 2014 from Mourant Ozannes.  Craig advises trustees, directors, fiduciaries, settlors and beneficiaries in relation to a wide range of non-contentious and contentious matters involving trusts, companies, foundations and partnerships. He also has extensive insolvency and asset tracking experience.

Craig acted for the defendants in the long running Consolidated Resources Armenia v Global Gold Consolidated Resources Limited and two others ((2015] JCA061 and (2015] JRC233A); an unfair prejudice action where the plaintiff, CRA, tried unsuccessfully to side-step an arbitration agreement. He also continues to act for the incoming trustee in the ongoing proceedings concerning the “Z Trusts” [2015 (2) JLR 175], [2018]JRC119, two trusts that are “insolvent” and which face a multitude of claims; and separately for the outgoing trustee of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust, [2017]JRC178A.

Craig has for many years been ranked in leading directories including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and the IFC Citywealth Leaders List. Craig has variously been described as being “first class”, “a very experienced lawyer and is approachable, calm and collected’ and ‘exceptionally reliable’; knowledgeable and pragmatic

Career

Trained with Loon & Connellan Inc, Port Elizabeth, South Africa; partner Loon & Connellan Inc 1998- 2002; Bedell Cristin 2002-06; Mourant Ozannes 2007-13; partner Dickinson Gleeson January 2014 to date. Qualified in 1996 as Attorney and Notary of the High Court of South Africa; admitted as an English solicitor 2005 (non-practicing); admitted as Jersey advocate 2009. Publication of note: 2nd Edition of Dessain & Wilkins Jersey Insolvency and Asset Tracing.

Memberships

STEP; ACTAPS, ARIES and an overseas member of the Chancery Bar Association.

Education

University of Port Elizabeth (1994 LLB BJuris); Rand Afr. University (2000 Higher Diploma in Insolvency Practice and Procedure); UK Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (2004).

Leisure

Long distance sea swimming (Polar Bears Club); Surfing; Ocean ski long distance paddling; Water polo; History.

Lawyer Rankings

Jersey > Private client, trusts and tax

(Leading individuals)

Craig SwartDickinson Gleeson

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.