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Dickinson Gleeson


James Gleeson TEP is an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey and a non-practising English qualified solicitor. James is a founding Partner of Dickinson Gleeson. James specialises in civil and commercial litigation, in particular trusts and funds disputes and complex cross-border fraud and asset tracing matters. He also advises in relation to regulatory matters and insolvency. He acts for wealth providers, trustees, corporates, law firms, banks and government agencies.  James has appeared in a number of leading cases on the Island, shaping Jersey law in the process.

Recent cases include acting on behalf of a Swiss-based trustee of a Jersey trust, GTC, in relation to administration proceedings that are shaping the law on dealing with insolvent trusts and the competing rights of creditors (the famous Z Trusts cases). The matter has been the subject of ground-breaking decisions by the Jersey Royal Court and Court of Appeal: most recently, Re Z Trusts [2020] JRC 72.  James Gleeson is instructed by EFG to appear as an expert of Jersey law in proceedings before the Singapore High Court worth USD 200m. The proceedings concern the validity of a pledge over the assets of a Jersey unit trust, apparent versus actual authority in the company law setting and the question of what is actual and constructive notice for the purposes inter alia of Article 55 of the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (as amended). 

Following on from the high profile Crociani v Crociani USD 200m breach of trust claim, James was appointed to act for the new trustees, Ocorian, and recently secured Court approval of a global settlement reached between the parties for an undisclosable substantial sum.

James is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and the CityWealth Leaders List. The Legal 500 2019/20 notes: James Gleeson is very bright and works exceptionally hard for his clients. An excellent cross-examiner”. Chambers 2019/20 notes:  “he is super smart, very sophisticated and very sensible.”


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 2000 (admitted as an English Solicitor – non-practising); admitted as an advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey 2005; Bedell Cristin 2003, partner 2008; partner Partner Dickinson Gleeson 2010 to date. Publications of note: ‘International Fraud and Asset Tracing – First Edition’.


Fluent French and conversational Spanish.


Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists; STEP; ARIES and Overseas Chancery Bar Association.


Victoria College, Jersey; Jesus College, Cambridge University (1993 MA Cantab (Double 1st) English Literature); University of East Anglia (1994 MA Creative Writing); College of Law (1997 CPE and LPC).


Music, film, poetry, golf, surfing, skiing and tennis.

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Jersey > Dispute resolution > Dispute resolution

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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.