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David Dorgan

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David Dorgan is a partner and Group Head of the Private Client & Trusts department in Jersey. David has established himself as one of the leading lawyers in Jersey and Guernsey uniquely combining strengths in private client and trusts, corporate and finance work.

He has a significant specialism in private and commercial trusts and foundations, focusing on providing technical advice on their establishment and on-going administration which is tailored for the practical and commercial requirements of clients. He has extensive experience of drafting bespoke and complex trust instruments and foundation regulations for high and ultra-high net worth individuals and families, preparing bespoke will trusts and providing documentation for SPV, philanthropy, charitable and non-charitable purposes. He is a regular contributor of articles on trusts and foundations issues in the professional press, is the co-author of the ICSA Guide to Jersey Foundations and the author of the LexisNexis PSL Private Client Guides to Jersey trusts and foundations.

David also has considerable experience in corporate and finance matters, in particular transactions involving trustees refinancing or selling and/or purchasing trust fund property and/or high net worth individuals or families entering into entrepreneurial ventures. He has also provided opinions to foreign courts, foreign revenue authorities and institutional lenders on complex issues relating to trust and corporate issues.

Recent work highlights include: Advising the trustees in the interpretation of trusts originally established under Hong Kong Law in the 1980s for an internationally renowned film producer. Some of the trust’s original intentions had become obsolete; circumstances had radically altered since the 1980s to the extent there were questions over the validly of certain trusts, the identity of beneficiaries and excluded persons and how the trustee might restructure accordingly; Assisting in the drafting, and related advice, of a new trust structure for the benefit of the wife in the divorce of an internationally renowned UHNW couple. The trust fund was split into different funds, one in particular was for high-risk investments for which the trustee required protection; Advising potential trustees in deciding to take-on the administration of a trust from another jurisdiction which was subject to a Suspicious Activity Report and had its assets frozen by a foreign court order pending investigation; in particular assisting the potential trustee with the Jersey regulatory position and the response of the Joint Financial Crimes Unit.


David graduated with a Master of Laws degree, trained with a major offshore firm in Jersey and qualified as a Jersey Solicitor in 2006, as a Jersey Advocate in 2008 and as a Jersey Notary Public in 2011.


Jersey Finance Working Groups for Trusts and Foundations, STEP, holds the Islamic Finance Qualification from CISI.


The College of Law of England and Wales (England); The University of Buckingham (England)


Private client, trusts and tax

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David Dorgan - Appleby

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

The private client lawyers at Appleby ‘are all particularly timely in the delivery of their services and all have a keen technical and business acumen, ensuring their advice is appropriate and cost-effective’. Practice head David Dorgan is praised for his ‘sound knowledge of the law, availability, great communication skills and willingness to go the extra mile’; he recently handled the trust documentation for the establishment of a new charitable structure to hold shares in multiple SPVs on behalf of a commodities company. In other highlights, the group is advising the settlor of a new life income trust established through the relocation of an existing unregulated fund from the Cayman Islands to Jersey on discretionary capital and protector provisions. For contentious work, clients can rely on Michael Cushing, who acts as managing partner of the Jersey office, and dispute resolution practice head Fraser Robertson.

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