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Bedell Cristin

Work Department

Litigation department.


Rob is head of Bedell Cristin’s litigation team. He is a very experienced commercial litigator and insolvency specialist.

On the litigation side he is involved in a broad range of commercial litigation, particularly disputes involving trusts and is regularly involved in assisting with applications by trustees and beneficiaries including in relation to rectification, mistake and the rule in Hastings-Bass.

On the insolvency side he also works closely with insolvency practitioners in Jersey and elsewhere. He regularly advises companies, directors, shareholders, creditors and insolvency office holders on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring work, particularly where there is a cross border element. Current or recent insolvency work includes acting for liquidators in the court winding up of a Jersey corporate group owning valuable real estate in Jersey; acting on a novel and contested letter of request application; acting for the company and thereafter the liquidators of a significant listed Jersey technology company; acting on a novel application to restore a company to the register and convert its status from summary winding up into creditors’ winding up.


After Cambridge University, Rob passed the Legal Practice Course at Chester Law School before commencing his training at Wilde Sapte, where in 2003 he qualified as a solicitor. In 2002, he moved to the Cayman Islands’ office of Walkers and practiced Cayman Islands law (as an attorney at law) and British Virgin Islands law (as a solicitor-advocate) until 2006. In 2006, he moved to Bedell Cristin. He was sworn in as a Jersey advocate in October 2011, and became a partner in 2013. Publications of note: Rob is a co-editor of the Fifth Edition of Jersey Insolvency and Asset Tracking, due for publication in September 2016. He drafted the Jersey chapter for Ian Kawaley’s book entitled Judicial Cooperation in Cross Border Corporate Insolvency cases and has had articles published in: International Corporate Rescue (Chase Cambria) 2010 (Issue 2) on the use of court winding up and UK administration (‘Keeping a Jersey Channel Islands Trading – two recent trends’); Trust Quarterly Review (2008 6 TQR Issue 2) on the Jersey law relating to Hastings Bass (‘Hastings Bass Alive and Well in Jersey’ co-authored with Anthony Dessain); Legal Week on litigation funding 3 February 2012 (‘Funds for Feuds’); ACTAPS’s quarterly newsletter (second quarter 2012) on litigation funding; Trust and Trustees (September 2012): ‘Re the Valetta Trust: Landmark decision reached on the validity of litigation funding in Jersey’, and trust and estate law and tax journal entitled ‘The Onorati settlement: how Jersey trustees should avoid breaches of duty when tax liabilities might be triggered’; Trust Quarterly Review (2016 14 TQR Issue 2) on the use of confirmatory orders following a successful mistake application;




St Peter’s School York, Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Law 2:1 (1988); LPC 1989; Jersey Bar 2011.

Lawyer Rankings

Jersey > Dispute resolution > Regulatory and white-collar crime

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.

Jersey > Dispute resolution > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Robert GardnerBedell Cristin

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.