Jeremy Wessels > Mourant > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Lawyer Profile

Mourant
ROYAL CHAMBERS
ST JULIAN'S AVENUE
ST PETER PORT
GY1 4HP
Guernsey

Work Department

Litigation, financial services and regulatory, insolvency and restructuring and international trusts & private client.

Position

Jeremy specialises in commercial litigation generally, particularly cases involving insolvency, contentious trust disputes and financial services businesses, along with asset tracing and freezing orders. He also advises on regulatory and money laundering issues.

Jeremy has been involved in many of the more significant cases before the Royal Court of Guernsey. He acted for Westminster City Council in relation to the proceedings against Dame Shirley Porter and has been involved with a number of high value insolvencies. He acted for the liquidators in the Flightlease Group liquidations, part of the SwissAir Group which involved disputed claims against the group for several billion dollars. He currently acts for Investec Trust (Guernsey) Limited in relation to a disputed breach of trust claim and for the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation in the pursuit of a claim for US$1billion against a number of parties.

Jeremy also deals with insolvency issues relating to various structures such as protected cell companies, incorporated cell companies and limited partnerships and acted for the Guernsey Financial Services Commission in relation to the administration of Messenger PCC which is believed to be the first insolvency process involving a PCC. Jeremy has been involved with and continues to be involved with a number of disputes relating to the operation of PCCs and similar entities.

What the directories say:
“Jeremy Wessels is praised for being ‘extremely dedicated,’ because ‘you know he reads every page and prepares religiously.’ Commentators add: ‘Judges listen to him, he’s persuasive, good at thinking on his feet and very experienced. One of the best in Guernsey’,” (Chambers UK, 2016). “Market sources report that Jeremy Wessels ‘is a first-class lawyer, and he can translate that cerebral knowledge into good courtroom skills.’ Another interviewee says he is ‘the most respected litigator for trust matters in the jurisdiction’,” (Chambers UK, 2015). Jeremy is ranked in Dispute Resolution. “Jeremy Wessels is a ‘great litigator’,” (Who’s Who Legal, 2015). Jeremy is recommended in Private Client. (Legal 500 UK, 2015) Jeremy is ranked as a Leading individual and recommended in Private client, trusts and tax & Dispute resolution. Jeremy Wessels is “remarkably personable,” (Legal 500 UK, 2014).  “A deeply impressive character.” “An exceptional advocate,” (Chambers UK, 2014). (Who’s Who Legal, 2014) lists Jeremy in Asset Recovery, Private Client and Insolvency & Restructuring. Jeremy is recommended in the International Who’s Who of Private Client Lawyers, the International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers, 2013. “Jeremy Wessels is a ‘first-class litigator’,” (Legal 500, 2013). “Jeremy Wessels is ‘a leading lawyer in insolvency matters,’ and ‘outstanding in litigation,’ according to sources,” (Chambers UK, 2013). Jeremy Wessels is listed as a Prominent Figure for Contentious Trusts in the Citywealth Leading Lawyers List, 2013.

Career

Joined Mourant Ozannes 2002.

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Jeremy WesselsMourant Ozannes

As ‘one of the leading lights in the jurisdiction‘, Mourant’s Guernsey dispute resolution practice is instructed by trustees and joint liquidators on major trust litigation, insolvent funds proceedings and contentious business restructurings as led by practice head Abel Lyall and international litigation head Jeremy WesselsChristopher Edwards and Gordon Dawes take the lead on regulatory disputes (including AML actions), cross-border tax disputes and GFSC investigations. Financial services clients are the primary focus on this side. At the sub-partner level, counsel Chantal Barrett applies her knowledge of insurance law to weighty commercial litigation, while senior associate Benjamin Manchak and counsel Sandra Duerden (who brings French and German language capabilities) provide additional support in international trust disputes.