Firm Profile > Bedell Cristin > St Helier, Jersey
Bedell Cristin Offices
PO BOX 75, 26 NEW STREET
Bedell Cristin > The Legal 500 Rankings
Capital markets Tier 1
At Bedell Cristin's 'responsive, adaptable and tenacious' capital markets practice, Alasdair Hunter handles debt issuance work on TISE for clients in sectors ranging from entertainment to natural resources, and is also active in the CMBS space and other securitisation transactions concerning revenue streams from energy to credit card and trade receivables. Sara Johns joined the practice from Ogier in September 2019 and Richard Le Liard is a 2019 partner promotion. Clients also praise senior associate Louise Ridgway.
‘Combination of a sophisticated knowledge and expertise with complex financings and securitisation with high-end technical legal knowledge, a commercial sensibility and top quality execution.’
‘Alasdair Hunter is a star. He has worked in the Magic Circle on mega-transactions and he has the knowledge, experience and expertise. He speaks our language.’
First Quantum Minerals Ltd
Faro Energy Limited
JP Morgan Securities
Cineworld Group plc
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Red Ventures Limited
Lloyds Bank plc
Barclays Bank Plc
Bedell Cristin's private client offering covers the gamut of the area, with strong international connections. Edward Bennett, whose expertise includes employee benefits, heads the practice. Zillah Howard is a key name for establishing wealth structures and also handles work spanning both private wealth and charity law issues. Nancy Chien, in addition to being qualified in the BVI, is a Mandarin speaker and also has particular expertise in areas relating to the Middle East. Below partner level, Donna Withers is the firm's head of probate and wills - her expertise includes mental capacity issues for island residents.
‘Bedell Cristin is clearly one of the premier law firms in Jersey. A quick summing up would be “Efficiency with a personal touch.” Our firm has never received anything less than an excellent service from Bedell Cristin. Responses to our instructions are prompt. The advice received is proactive, pragmatic and value for money. The team exhibits strength and depth of knowledge and overall they demonstrate an excellent understanding of the full range of non-contentious trust matters.’
‘The team has a usefully broad range of expertise and address matters promptly and efficiently.’
‘A great Jersey practice offering high quality legal advice on both contentious and non contentious matters.’
‘Nancy Chien is an exceptionally diligent and knowledgeable Partner. She has knowledge across a number of areas that we find very helpful, particularly pensions and savings plans. In addition her international contacts have helped us progress projects that may have otherwise stalled. Nancy is knowledgeable, efficient, pragmatic and very pleasant to deal with.’
‘Edward Bennett impresses with his personal qualities of being utterly sincere and very caring of his clients. He takes the time to listen intently to the issues in question and with that understanding delivers succinct, practical and first-rate advice. He will always meet deadlines as required. He is an absolute pleasure to work with. Outstanding.’
The Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor
Banking and finance Tier 2
The Bedell Cristin banking practice saw some change in September 2019 with Tim Pearce designated as the firm's new global head of banking and corporate and Alasdair Hunter the head of the Jersey banking practice - the same month Richard Le Liard was elected to the partnership and Sara Johns joined from Ogier. Pearce handles locally important deals concerning both real estate and companies present on-island, while Hunter is active on the borrower side for private equity houses advising on the financing of companies and real estate, as well as work for respected banks, contributing BVI expertise. Malcolm Ellis is a notable senior associate, as is Antony Clerehugh. Mark Dunlop is now the firm's knowledge management partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘Bedell Cristin’s Jersey banking and finance team provide an outstanding service. They have good expertise in Islamic finance and a fantastic track record in assisting us with finance transactions in the context of Middle Eastern investment into UK real estate.’
‘I have worked with Bedell Cristin’s Jersey office for over 15 years. Their pricing is sensible and whilst their technical expertise is undoubted they combine it well with a practical and commercial approach. Most of all they tend to take ownership of a matter even if their role is largely a supporting one on what is primarily a UK transaction and are always quick to respond.’
‘With strong London transaction heavy experience, the Bedells team is well equipped to meet the demands of structurally complex finance transactions running on tight timetables.’
‘Alasdair Hunter and Antony Clerehugh provide invaluable advice and rapid turnaround. Both are commercially minded and ensure that transactions run smoothly.’
‘Tim Pearce is very user friendly and gets things done. A delight to work with.’
‘Mark Dunlop is faultless when you need the cavalry.’
‘Malcolm Ellis guides us efficiently through complex transactions and is a pleasure to work with.’
Aareal Bank AG
Aviva Commercial Finance
Bank of America, NA
Barclays Bank Plc
CBRE Loan Services Limited
Citigroup Global Markets Limited
Deutsche Bank AG
HSBC Bank plc
National Westminster Bank plc
The Royal Bank of Scotland plc
The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited
Commercial property Tier 2
Jeff O’Boyle, who made partner in 2019, is the key contact at Bedell Cristin's practice, which handles new developments, large-scale work around infrastructure and a range of retail landlord and tenant matters for both retailers and property owners. The firm is now the exclusive adviser to ITV in the Channel Islands. Other deals concern office space and agricultural land. Hannah Robinson is the key name to note at associate level.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very pragmatic, practical and pro-active, together with an exceptional knowledge of the local law.’
‘They are very approachable, extremely knowledgeable and quick to respond. They work very well together and step in when one is away or not available. Their response times are excellent and the new software they use has decreased response times making this more beneficial to our clients.’
‘Hannah and Jeff are extremely personable and approachable and very responsive. They have superb knowledge and give concise advice when others may be less to the point. Their knowledge and response times are really what stands them above others.’
St Saviours Realty
JT (Jersey) Limited
The Little Sisters of the Poor
Corporate and commercial Tier 2
Tim Pearce heads the corporate practice at Bedell Cristin, and handles distressed, real-estate heavy M&A deals. In addition, Guy Westmacott handles deals concerning London real estate, and having been in-house for over a decade at Mubadala, has a khaleeji following for a range of instructions. Sara Johns' practice includes on-island deals demanding competition law expertise, and Alasdair Hunter also has BVI expertise and has recently been involved in transactions in the energy and natural resources space. Richard Le Liard was a 2019 partner promotion.
‘Good team to work with. The individuals are personable, helpful and responsive. They have a good knowledge of the local market and are well connected.’
‘Commercially focussed and keen to work seamlessly with other advisers.’
‘We have worked with Guy Westmacott and his team and they have been pragmatic, responsive and supportive both of us and our mutual client in challenging circumstances.’
‘Sara Johns is great: technically strong, pragmatic, responsive and fun to work with!’
Apollo Global Management
Cindat Capital Management Limited
Crown UK Holdco Limited
Gap Group Limited
Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC (HSRE)
Highland Gold Mining Limited
JT (Jersey) Limited
Legal & General Pensions Limited
Pandora Jewellery UK Limited
Tilad 1QCS Real Estate Company Limited
Vitruvian Partners LLP
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Covering the gamut of offshore litigation, Bedell Cristin's Jersey disputes practice head Robert Gardner's work includes heavyweight shareholder cases involving allegations of unfair prejudice alongside. David Cadin, who is also the bâtonnier of the Jersey Law Society, has a practice that includes complex trust litigation. Edward Drummond has expertise in challenging insolvency law, ranging from complex international matters to ones with peculiarities of Jersey customary law, and trust disputes. Among the senior associates, Sonia Shah and Sonia Minns are key names, with the former having been lead associate in Crociani.
‘Rob Gardner brings common sense and good judgement to bear.’
‘Ed Drummond is a clever, hard working lawyer who is an outstanding advocate.’
‘David Cadin is highly respected by his peers and brings a lot of experience to bear.’
‘Sonia Shah is a simply superb senior associate who is always on top of the cases she is working on.’
The F Trust
Amicus for Royal Court of Jersey
Jersey Home Loans
KPMG – Ablyazov receivers
Bedell Cristin covers a range of work for trust companies and financial institutions, covering third-party involvement in white-collar crime matters and non-contentious compliance advice. Robert Gardner represents third parties in confiscation and asset-freezing matters. Edward Drummond's workload includes asset tracing matters, as well as issues of tax information exchange notices. David Cadin handles a number of matters regarding assets legitimate abroad but under Jersey proceeds of crime scrutiny. Martin Paul and Richard Le Liard advise trust companies on issues ranging from client due diligence and anti-money laundering through to sanctions. Health and safety is another area of expertise for Gardner and Drummond.
‘Robert Gardner is a strong advocate, legally very sound and commercially robust. He is the most discreet lawyer I know in Jersey and also very approachable.’
Credit Suisse AG (Singapore branch)
Harbour Litigation Funding
Employment Tier 3
Bedell Cristin's litigation team, spearheaded by Edward Drummond and David Cadin, handles a number of heavyweight disputes in the space, including contentious tribunals, and also assists with some semi-contentious work around executive departures. Sonia Minns is a notable senior associate.
Investment funds Tier 3
Property is the watchword at Bedell Cristin, which handles work spanning from private real estate funds through to matters around TISE-listed REITs. Martin Paul is active in a range of mandates in this space, including setting up Shari'ah-compliant structures. He also handles some work for fund services providers. Richard Le Liard, who was promoted to the partnership in 2019, also leads on private fund formation work.
Other key lawyers:
‘We have found Bedell to be comprehensive in their advice and definitely very good value for money. We get advice which is clear and concise. Their close working relationship with Ocorian helps us have a well co-ordinated approach.’
‘Richard Le Liard is technically excellent, very commercial, and always delivers within timescales, no matter how short they are! He operates very effectively as an additional, offshore, member of the team.’
90 North Real Estate Partners
BP4 Inv 4 LP
Global Student Accomodation
Harrison Street Real Estate Capital
JSS Global Real Estate Fund (part of the J. Safra Group)
Secure Income REIT Plc
UPP Group Plc
Guernsey > Corporate and M&A Tier 3
At Bedell Cristin , Kate Ovenden handles both the finance and Guernsey corporate elements of UK real estate deals - many of which concern trophy assets in London using a range of structures - and Richard Sharp also handles some property matters, as well as transactions in the insurance space. Ann Halliday is a new promotion to counsel, and Sukhvinder Chana is a key name in the London office working with the Guernsey team - he was promoted to managing associate in September 2019.
‘We have engaged Bedell Cristin Guernsey for a number of years and the team have always demonstrated an excellent understanding of the dynamics, particularly relevant in the insurance sector. As a team they co-ordinate excellently and it always feels the partners and associates are fully briefed and prepared. The team has always engaged well, and thankfully has always felt easy to get hold of. Their responses on matters have felt well considered, but easy to follow. We have completed a couple of transactions with the team, and they have delivered well every time.‘
‘The team are helpful and quick to respond.‘
‘The specific partners and associates have always been willing to engage at times that suit me as the client and always in a professional but friendly manner. Our lead partner on our latest transaction has been Richard Sharp, his communication and focus has been excellent, ensuring we do not get distracted, but most importantly he is also commercially astute and often has already anticipated our instructions and views.‘
Inflexion Private Equity
Robus Group Limited
Stobart Group (ESLL Group Limited)
Freedom Asset Management Limited
First Central Group Limited
The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP
Bedell Cristin > Firm Profile
Bedell Cristin is a leading offshore law firm with an international focus, operating from Jersey, Guernsey, London, BVI and Singapore. Acting for a wide range of clients, from financial institutions, multinationals, large corporates and high-net-worth individuals, to regulatory bodies, government agencies and private investors. The firm has been providing expert legal advice to the offshore banking and finance industry since the 1960s.
Bedell Cristin’s size, international outlook and strategic positioning mean it is capable of handling legal advice for complex cross-jurisdictional transactions in key offshore finance centres. The firm specialises in banking, corporate finance, structured finance, international private client, investment funds and private equity, insurance, commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency, regulatory advice and real estate investment transactions. It also provides local legal services, including property law and employment law.
The firm: The firm has an extensive blue-chip client base, including: Adveq Management, Aviva Investors, Axa Real Estate Investment Managers, Cromwell Property Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Bank, BlackRock Investment Management, Cerberus European Investments, Citigroup, Credit Agricole, Deutsche Asset Management, DZ Bank, Welltower, Inc., Ethos Partners, Family Offices, Goldman Sachs, Green Oak, Harrison Street, HSBC, IK Investment Partners, Legal and General, Lombard Odier, Morgan Stanley, Pacific Equity Partners, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, PGIM, Secure Income REIT, Sovereign Wealth Funds Trustees, Tishman Speyer, UBS, UHNW families, UNITE Group Plc and Westfield.
Types of work undertaken: Banking and corporate: advice is provided to many banks with a presence in the Channel Islands, and legal opinions are provided to banks, investment houses and multinationals globally. This group also advises on international M&A transactions, joint venture arrangement, shareholders’ agreements/arrangements, and acquisitions/disposals of Channel Island companies.
Structured finance: this group has a strong reputation in asset-backed finance, having acted as Jersey counsel in some of the most innovative transactions in the market. It also has a busy specialist high-yield and debt listing practice.
Investment funds and private equity: this group focuses on the establishment and legal servicing of pooled investment structures qualifying as public collective investment funds or non-public collective investment schemes, private equity funds and pension schemes. Sponsorship and listing services in connection with the Channel Islands Securities Exchange are available through the International Stock Exchange Group Limited, which is a category 1 sponsorship member of the TISE.
International private client: this group is probably the largest of its kind in the Channel Islands, providing specialist trust and related corporate law advice to individual and institutional clients on wealth preservation and management, employee and executive share incentive schemes, foundations, bespoke trust drafting, the restructuring of assets held in trust, and advice to fiduciaries.
Regulatory and compliance: this group is focused on advising local and international clients on the regulatory and compliance issues arising from their operations in the Channel Islands.
Litigation: the firm’s litigation practice is one of the largest in Jersey, with a full range of litigation, dispute resolution and insolvency services. Particular growth has taken place in contentious trust and regulatory work. Other key work areas include banking, insolvency and asset tracing.
Private client and local business: the group advises on a wide range of Jersey property and private client matters. The group has particular expertise in IT and telecoms.
Other offices: BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, London, Singapore
|Managing partner||David Cadin|
|Corporate and commercial||Mark Dunlop|
|Corporate and commercial||Tim Pearce|
|Corporate and commercial||Bruce Scott|
|Capital markets, securitisation and structured finance||Alasdair Hunter|
|Capital markets, securitisation and structured finance||Bruce Scott|
|Investment funds and private equity||Martin Paul|
|Investment funds and private equity||Simon Hopwood|
|Investment funds and private equity||Bruce Scott|
|Commercial litigation||Anthony Robinson|
|Commercial litigation||Mark Taylor|
|Commercial litigation||David Cadin|
|Commercial litigation||Lisa Springate|
|Insolvency and asset tracing||Edward Drummond|
|Insolvency and asset tracing||Robert Gardner|
|International private client||Edward Bennett|
|International private client||Zillah Howard|
|International private client||Nancy Chien|
|Local business||Guy Le Sueur|
|Edward Bennett||Edward is head of the International Private Client group. He has considerable experience…||View Profile|
|David Cadin||Managing Partner of Bedell Cristin. David has a wide and varied litigation…||View Profile|
|Nancy Chien||Nancy has extensive experience in a wide range of trust-related structures, ranging…||View Profile|
|Edward Drummond||Edward is an experienced commercial litigator and a qualified Jersey advocate who…||View Profile|
|Mark Dunlop||Before joining Bedell Cristin, Mark was a partner in the banking department…||View Profile|
|Robert Gardner||Rob is head of Bedell Cristin’s litigation team. He is a very…||View Profile|
|Alasdair Hunter||Based in Jersey, Alasdair practises both Jersey and British Virgin Islands law. His…||View Profile|
|Martin Paul||Partner and head of the investment funds and private equity group. Wide-ranging…||View Profile|
|Tim Pearce||Partner – banking and corporate. Considerable onshore and offshore corporate, commercial and…||View Profile|
|Guy Westmacott||Guy specialises in corporate and commercial matters with a focus on mergers…||View Profile|