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Oben Law
5 Castle Street
St Helier

Regulatory and white-collar crime Tier 1

Boutique firm Oben Law's partners Simon Franckel and David Wilson act for a number of the island's key financial services businesses on a range of regulatory matters, including JFSC investigations and more general advice concerning issues such as anti-money laundering, intermeddling and sanctions. The firm also has additional expertise under the Oben Regulatory banner including Jamie Biddle and Nicola Ingram, former deputy director of enforcement and a regulatory supervisor respectively at the JFSC - in this capacity the firm accepts instructions to act as independent inspectors from its Guernsey counterpart.

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Dispute resolution Tier 3

Simon Franckel and David Wilson are the two partners at Oben Law, which handles a range of cases in the trust space, primarily acting for professional trustees, and the firm continues this theme through representing businesses in the regulated financial services sector in contentious regulatory matters and professional negligence cases. At associate level, Greg Herold-Howes is noted.

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‘Good quality team with strength in depth allied with a best in class regulatory team a unique and compelling offering.’

‘We have worked with the team who are experienced and level headed and responsive when its needed.’

‘David Wilson is a very experienced adviser and advocate: user friendly, well known to the Court and a strong tactician.’

‘Simon Franckel carries out sensitive investigations discretely and efficiently.’

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Praxis IFM

Oben comprises Oben Law, a Jersey-based law firm specialising in dispute resolution and trusts, and Oben Regulatory, a regulatory consulting firm.

The firm: Oben was founded on September 2016 as a partnership between advocates David Wilson and Simon Franckel, and in conjunction with Oben Regulatory Limited. The team at Oben has wide-ranging experience and expertise, provide legal and regulatory solutions tailored to clients’ needs.

Specialising in dispute resolution, the firm’s senior advocates have extensive experience working with a range of clients including trust companies, financial institutions, fiduciary businesses, private clients, family offices, government agencies, global companies and beneficiaries. It aims to provide a high-quality, responsive and personal service that builds solid relationships with clients and their advisers, in order to help them to resolve their problems effectively.

Oben Law is particularly well known for its work in litigation, trust advisory, company advisory and insolvency, and it offers advice and representation to clients, including courtroom representation. The team has a reputation for being experienced, professional and technically adept, with client relationships treated as paramount: Oben strives to deliver a uniquely tailored service that adds value to clients’ businesses.

The law firm has expanded this year including the appointment of Advocate Claire Rigby, who acts in respect of all family law matters.

The regulatory team comprises lawyers, a chartered accountant and individuals previously employed in senior positions at the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Their key objective is to provide a bespoke, focused service to assist financial services businesses in a wide range of matters.

Oben is currently expanding steadily and is alive to opportunities to develop the firm.

Types of work undertaken: The range of work undertaken by Oben includes litigation and trusts; alternative dispute resolution; asset tracing and recovery; company, shareholder and partnership disputes; directors’ duties, disqualification and board advice; disciplinary proceedings; disclosure and seizure notices; financial services, portfolio management and mis-selling claims; fraud, and serious and complex crime; funds disputes; injunctions, including freezing, disclosure, and search and seizure; insolvency, cross-border assistance, bankruptcy and liquidations; professional negligence and insurance issues; and regulatory action, including banning and disqualification orders.

In trusts, specialist areas include breach of trust claims and beneficiary disputes; powers, discretions and decision-making; retirement, removal and indemnities; and trustee directions and applications.

In matrimonial and family matters our experience and expertise includes divorce and separation; high net worth finance and property; matrimonial forensic accountancy; pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and arrangements affecting children.

Oben also undertakes agency work including the registration/recognition of judgments and debt service.

Department Name Email Telephone
Trust disputes Simon Franckel
Commercial disputes David Wilson
Insolvency David Wilson
Environment and property Simon Franckel
Matrimonial and Family Law Claire Rigby
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Advocate David Wilson  photo Advocate David Wilson Partner
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 4