Babbé LLP > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Firm Profile

Babbé LLP
La Vieille Cour
La Plaiderie
St Peter Port

Guernsey > Banking and finance Tier 2

Babbé LLP advises clients on a broad range of banking and finance matters, including real estate, securities and structured finance, as well as multi-jurisdictional financing arrangements, including those that necessitate Sharia-compliant structures. Leading the team is Tristan Ozanne, who assists lenders and borrowers with cross-border real estate and secured finance deals. Counsel Ann Halliday regularly advises on the drafting and negotiation of LMA documents. Associate Amy Parker joined the firm from a financial services company in June 2022, and focuses on securities transactions, in addition to corporate governance and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Tristan Ozanne

Other key lawyers:


‘A friendly team that is willing to help, providing clear, timely and thoughtful advice and transactional assistance.’

‘Tristan Ozanne is solid, reliable and dependable.’

‘Tristan Ozanne has a personable approach; his advice is clear and targeted to the client’s objectives. Tristan has also been open to collaboration where appropriate and I would not hesitate to recommend his services.’

Guernsey > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Specialising in representing clients from the financial services sector, the team at Babbé LLP handles commercial and insolvency disputes, as well as acting on contentious trusts matters. Overseeing the practice is Todd McGuffin, who specialises in trust, banking, funds and regulatory disputes, often with a cross-border aspect. Managing partner Nicholas Robison‘s practice covers both corporate and trust disputes, while senior associate David Doutney handles insolvency and shareholder claims.

Practice head(s):

Todd McGuffin

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Robison; David Doutney; Vicky Olivier; Ruairi Pollins


‘The team is commercial and responsive, with excellent knowledge of cross-jurisdictional matters.’

‘A consistently exceptional team, both in terms of quality of lawyers and excellent service. I have come to know a culture of integrity, expertise and professionalism that is woven through the team.’

‘I have been impressed by the team’s acute awareness to ensure time is spent to the best value of the client. Advice is delivered quickly and efficiently, and all contacts have been very responsive. They are always on hand when you need them, they are endlessly supportive. An excellent, seamless legal service for clients.’

‘Excellent strength. Very easy to work with.’

‘Todd McGuffin is always available and realistic about viable strategies. He is not afraid to tell clients what they don’t want to hear if it will further their case. A ferocious worker.’

‘Todd McGuffin has a detailed knowledge of dispute resolution in this sector and is always well prepared and thoughtful in assisting his clients in their negotiations. He is a good lawyer but also very commercial. He has a good manner with his clients.’

‘Nick Robison gives practical, pragmatic advice tailored to client needs. His collaborative approach is inclusive, and welcoming to both clients and other advisers.’

As you would expect of an advocate of Nick Robison’s standing, his reputation on the island speaks for itself – his knowledge, experience and expertise in trust law and regulatory matters is phenomenal. Remarkably, he can absorb and retain huge amounts of detail, with a grip on the bigger picture. He has excellent instinct. Nick cuts through the legal jargon, and quickly provides concise advice. He is a swift and very responsive. He has a strategic mind and a great presence… he is everything you would want in an advocate of his high calibre.’

Key clients

Fort Trustees Limited


Saffery Champness


Robert Tchenguiz

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fort Trustees and Balchan Management, the Guernsey-based trustees of the Jersey-based Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust, the assets of which are the subject of ongoing claims in excess of £230m.
  • Acting for PricewaterhouseCoopers in a dispute arising from the failure of the Providence investment fund.
  • Acted for a HNWI who was the subject of a £5.5m tax assessment by HMRC.

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The ‘proactive and collaborative’ Babbé LLP team advises on international M&A, and local regulatory and advisory issues, with a particular specialisation in assisting investment managers with the establishment of Guernsey-domiciled funds and associated transactions. Leading the practice is Tristan Ozanne, who offers combined M&A and banking and finance expertise. Counsel Ann Halliday is noted for her retail and commercial banking practice, while associate Amy Parker, who joined the firm from a South African investment manager in June 2022, handles private M&A and corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Tristan Ozanne

Other key lawyers:


‘I have worked on a joint multi-jurisdiction project with Babbé and have found Babbé to be proactive and collaborative. They have focused on identifying the client’s key objectives and then advising on those objectives in turn. I have been impressed with their responsiveness, openness to discussion and have found them to be a pleasure to work with. I would recommend Babbé to all clients requiring Guernsey legal advice.’

‘I have worked with Tristan Ozanne. Tristan has a personable approach and clearly has strong knowledge of Guernsey corporate and commercial law in particular. I have noted that Tristan’s advice is clear and targeted to the client’s objectives. Tristan has also been open to collaboration where appropriate. I would not hesitate to recommend his services.’

Guernsey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 3

The team at Babbé LLP supports HNWIs, trustees, settlors and financial institutions with the setting up of complex wealth management structures, including family offices and trusts. Jointly leading the practice are Andrew Laws, a trusts and fiduciary matters specialist, and Michael Riddiford, whose practice is centred on wills, estate planning and property transactions. Nicholas Robison leads on contentious trusts matters, representing trustees and beneficiaries. Scott McPherson left to work in the funds administration business.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Laws; Michael Riddiford

Other key lawyers:


‘What differentiates them is their ability to deliver bespoke solutions whilst listening to the client.’

Key clients

Mminor and unborn beneficiaries of one branch of a Guernsey trust in an ongoing Public Trustee v Cooper application

Credit Suisse Trust Limited

Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited

Saffery Champness Management International Limited/Saffery Champness Trust Corporation

Artemis Trustees Limited

Aquitaine Trust Limited/Aquitaine Group Limited

Imperium Trust Company Limited

Aon Services (Guernsey) Limited

St Peters Trust Company Limited

LTS Tax Limited

New Street Trust Limited/New Street Management Limited

Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited

Oak Trust (Mauritius) Limited

Gower Financial Services Limited/Gower Pensions Management Limited

Weighbridge Trust Limited

2mi Limited

Dixcart Trust Corporation Limited

Zedra Trust Company (Guernsey) Limited

Parish Trustees Limited

Butterfield Trust (Guernsey) Limited

Fides Trust Limited

Perkins Trustees Limited

Bourse Trust Company Limited

Belasko Administration Limited

Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Limited

Crossways Trustees

Louvre Trustees Limited

Moore Stephens

Praxis (including Nerine)



Crossways Trustees



Grant Thornton


Cherry Godfrey

Fort Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the co-trustee of a Guernsey trust, as the defendant, together with the corporate co-trustee, in an ongoing application before the Royal Court in relation to trustee liabilities in terms of Sections 22 and 39 of the Trusts (Guernsey) Law 2007.
  • Represented the interests of the minor and unborn beneficiaries of one branch of a Guernsey trust, which has been the subject of an ongoing Public Trustee v Cooper application.
  • Acted for the trustee of a Guernsey Trust, which has been the subject of, and involved in, various unconnected hostile multimillion pound proceedings in a number of international jurisdictions.

Babbé LLP is a leading, independent, Guernsey-based law firm, with a reputation for providing excellent dispute resolution, regulatory, corporate and other transactional legal services. Our independence enables us to put our clients first, making us a leader in client relationships in the Bailiwick.

We listen, understand, innovate and tailor practical solutions to help international corporates, financial institutions, and high net worth individuals succeed.

The firm: In a demanding and challenging business environment, clients value the firm’s dynamic ethos and its focus on directness and efficiency, combined with a strong tradition of personal service. Our firm is widely recognised for the depth of experience of our lawyers and has a consistent track record of acting on leading and landmark cases in Guernsey. We provide our clients, with whom we have formed partnerships built over a century of practice, with an integrated and seamless service. We are approachable and accessible, and have the skills, expertise and scale to handle the most demanding, complex and innovative instructions.

Types of work undertaken
Dispute resolution: We offer strategic thinking and exceptional advocacy to help our clients deal with commercial and financial disputes. We work across a full range of commercial activity, but with a particular focus on finance-related matters. We are widely acknowledged for our expertise in a number of fields including contentious trust litigation, investment fund litigation, commercial fraud, insolvency, and professional indemnity.

Our top tier-ranked dispute resolution team has a consistent track record of acting on the leading and landmark cases in Guernsey and is widely recognised as the first choice for many in complex commercial litigation or contentious regulatory advice. Our advocates have represented clients in more judgments relating to large commercial disputes than any other firm in the island. We have one of the largest dispute resolution teams in Guernsey, known for its pre-eminent advocacy skills and experience and strength of team, with a focus on international work.

Regulatory services: We deliver realistic and valued regulatory advice to complex compliance issues.

Babbé’s regulatory team specialises in providing high quality legal advice and support on regulatory issues. We strive for excellence, to deliver exceptional client service to help our clients meet their regulatory obligations, respond to regulatory investigations and interventions when the continued operation or reputation of the individual or the business is at stake. We advise on a diverse range of contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues, including regulatory investigations, AML/CFT, sanctions, data protection, risk, enforcement or any other transaction in which compliance is required.

Restructuring and insolvency: Our restructuring and insolvency lawyers are at the forefront of the most significant cross-border restructuring and insolvency cases involving complex multi-jurisdictional issues and insolvency laws. We provide commercial and time-critical advice to directors, shareholders, lenders, investors, private equity sponsors, insurers and insolvency practitioners in a wide range of corporate distress situations. Our expertise ranges from directors’ and officers’ duties and liabilities to debt and security restructuring, distressed financing, and disposal of assets by insolvent companies.

At Babbé, we put our clients first and focus on providing the best outcome to maximize the returns for our clients.

Our experience, combined with our top-flight advocacy capability, has resulted in frequent instructions to advise and appear on behalf of stakeholders in the largest and most complex corporate insolvencies that have come before the Royal Court of Guernsey, this includes advising on the first ever Scheme of Arrangement under Guernsey law.

Trusts and private clients: We use our experience to provide excellent private and commercial trust solutions for our clients. Our extensive trust practice advises on a full range of private and commercial trusts, family offices, and foundations in Guernsey. Our speciality is providing advice on the establishment and all other aspects of complex asset-holding and wealth management structures utilising trusts, foundations and private trust companies. We are a market leader in advising on the establishment and running of family office structures, including designing bespoke structures and advising on governance and regulatory issues.

Our team has a wealth of experience in the private trust sector. Our expertise is enhanced by having both in-house and private practice experience, enabling the team to have a substantially deeper understanding of our clients and their businesses. Additionally each member of the team, whilst predominantly acting on private trust matters, has individual specialisms including foundations and family offices.

The independence and structure of our practice promotes a thorough and deep understanding of our clients and their businesses. We provide a fully integrated service to meet the needs of our clients and our unified team works closely with specialist lawyers throughout the Firm.

Banking and finance: Babbé LLP’s reputable banking and finance practice has a wealth of expertise which enables it to deliver clear and practical advice on a wide range of banking and finance transactions, from simple commercial loans to larger complex structured deals.

The firm acts for investment banks, insurers, fund managers and corporates, whether lenders, borrowers, or advisors, on the full range of banking and financial services including; LMA grade facility arrangements, securitisations, capital markets, structured products, alternative debt financing and on any related regulatory aspects.

Corporate: Our corporate practice provides advice to international and domestic companies, directors, shareholders and other stakeholders on a full range of corporate activity. Our focus is to ensure we provide tailored, practical advice that helps our clients succeed. We consider our clients’ objectives and the stage of development of their project and business. We use our experience, skills and resources to advise on all the options and potential risks to deliver a successful outcome.

Our unified team has an integrated approach, working alongside our regulatory, employment, trust, dispute resolution and property team to deliver exceptional client service and excellent legal advice. We have strong and long-lasting relationships with our clients, intermediaries and regulators.

Investment funds: Babbé LLP helps clients navigate the Guernsey fund landscape and assists with the formation and ongoing legal advice regarding all types of collective investment schemes, whether open or closed ended and authorised or registered.  The firm has extensive experience with all types of funds, whether it be private equity, infrastructure, property, debt, qualifying investor funds, feeders, carry vehicles or private investment funds and can assist with listings if required.

Employment: Babbé LLP provides specialist employment advice, on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues. Our employment lawyers provide practical advice on all types of employment challenges and opportunities, including foundational policies, disciplinary and grievance issues, restructuring teams, departments and businesses and assisting clients to manage their workforce effectively.

Our employment practice is supported by a strong dispute resolution team who work alongside our trust, corporate and regulatory practices to support employment issues arising from regulatory investigations, trust company mergers and acquisitions and corporate activity. We provide highly-responsive and realistic advice to resolve matters protecting the best interests of our clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Dispute Resolution Nick Robison
Trusts Andrew Laws
Dispute resolution Todd McGuffin
Commercial Litigation Todd McGuffin
Banking Litigation Todd McGuffin
Restructuring & Insolvency Todd McGuffin
Trusts - contentious Todd McGuffin
Trusts - contentious Nick Robison
Listings (TISE) Tristan Ozanne
Corporate & Commercial Tristan Ozanne
Mergers & Acquisitions Tristan Ozanne
Banking & Finance Tristan Ozanne
Regulatory Tristan Ozanne
Funds Tristan Ozanne
Banking & Finance Ann Halliday
Corporate & Commercial Ann Halliday
Employment Andrew Laws
Commercial Property Andrew Laws
Photo Name Position Profile
David Doutney photo Mr David Doutney Senior Associate
Simon Howitt photo Advocate Simon Howitt Partner in the trusts department specialising in trusts, banking and general company/commercial…
Andrew Laws photo Advocate Andrew Laws Senior partner; areas of practice include contentious and non-contentious trusts, private clients,…
Todd McGuffin photo Advocate Todd McGuffin Partner Todd specialises in contentious insolvency, funds and trust matters.
Tristan Ozanne photo Tristan Ozanne Partner, with experience in: Commercial (including mergers and acquisitions) Corporate Regulatory (including…
Amy Parker photo Ms Amy Parker Associate. Amy has an extensive knowledge of mergers & acquisitions, private equity…
Michael Riddiford photo Advocate Michael Riddiford Partner within the private client department, specialising in wills, probate and estate…
Nicholas Robison photo Advocate Nicholas Robison Managing Partner Nick specialises in disputes involving complex international trust and corporate…
Photo Name Position Profile
Ann Halliday photo Ann Halliday Counsel Ann holds the position of Counsel within the Corporate team at…
Number of partners : 5
Number of other fee-earners : 14
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
INSOL - International Association of Restructuring
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors