Alasdair Davidson


Alasdair is a partner and the head of the litigation and private wealth and fiduciary teams in Guernsey. He has been in practice for nearly 25 years and, before qualifying in Guernsey, not only practised as a barrister in England but also spent several years working in the Caribbean. He is instructed by law firms and institutional clients based worldwide and has acted for most of Guernsey’s leading fiduciaries, fund providers and banks.

Alasdair has a genuine depth of experience having handled a great variety of contentious and non-contentious matters covering most corporate, insolvency and fiduciary fields including appearing before a wide variety of courts and tribunals worldwide. He has particular expertise and established track record in conducting complex high value cross-border work.

Alasdair is also a Guernsey Notary Public.

  • Advocate - Guernsey
  • Notary Public - Guernsey
  • Barrister* - England & Wales
  • Attorney at law* - Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
  • STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) Member
  • Chancery Bar Association (full member)
  • INSOL International, Insolvency Lawyers Association


Industry focus
  • A regular speaker at conferences worldwide.
  • Alasdair has also contributed to a number of publications and briefings including STEP Journal, INSOL World, TQLR, Arbitration Law Monthly and the International Bar Association’s Anti Money Laundering Forum guide on Guernsey.
  • He is the author of the Guernsey chapters of Greene on Shareholder Disputes and the Dispute Resolution Review.
  • Alasdair is a member of the Guernsey Bar Council.
  • Alasdair sits on the Legal and Regulatory Committee of ARIES (The Channel Islands' branch of INSOL International).
  • 'Leading Lawyers' category - 2018, 2017 Citywealth Leaders List
  • Legal Week Private Client Global Elite List - 2018 and 2017
  • 'Leader in their field' - Chambers UK, Europe and Global 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • 'Leading individual' - Legal 500 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • 'Honours List' in the 'Leading Lawyers' category - 2016 and 2015 Citywealth Leaders List
  • Private Client Expert - Who's Who Legal 2016
  • Asset recovery Expert - Who's Who Legal 2016
  • He has a deep knowledge of the law and good judgement.
    Chambers 2018
  • A great advocate with an excellent ability to analyse and give straightforward advice.
    Legal 500 2017
  • A very reassuring pair of hands to guide clients through the maze of Guernsey procedure.
    Chambers 2017
A shift towards outcomes-based regulation of private trust companies in Guernsey

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission has released important guidance for private trust companies and licensed fiduciaries who administer them. The clarity and simplicity of licensing exemptions will be welcomed news for local industry and those lookin...

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Directors liable for legal costs in company winding-up proceedings
Litigation 01 Mar 2019 Guernsey

In Re Fountain Street Development Limited, the Royal Court ordered individual directors, and not the company, to pay the legal costs of a shareholder led winding-up application that was sought on "just and equitable" grounds.

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“If it looks like Calibri…”: helping creditors access a sham trust through fonts
Insolvency & Restructuring 13 Feb 2019 Cayman Islands Jersey Guernsey

A decision from the Ontario Superior Court (‘OSC’) provides a useful summary of the common law ‘red flags’ which help creditors and insolvency practitioners identify when a bankrupt’s assets are held in a sham trust. Of interest was the expert evidence show...

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Economic torts shred the corporate veil
Litigation 26 Oct 2018

A recent dispute highlights the benefit of adopting alternative enforcement routes against company directors.

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Freezing injunctions - can we be frank?
Litigation 20 Sep 2018 Guernsey

A recent judgment in London provides a reminder to those seeking an ex parte worldwide freezing order ("WFO") that they must give full and frank disclosure when making the application. Failure to do so can be catastrophic and costly.

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Bedell Cristin expertise recognised in the Private Client Global Elite list 2018
International Private Client 24 Jul 2018 Jersey Guernsey

Two of our experienced private client lawyers, Alasdair Davidson and Zillah Howard, are included in the Private Client Global Elite list 2018.

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Partners Robert Gardner and Alasdair Davidson to speak at 'Trust in the future?' an international contentious trusts conference in Barcelona 13-14 May 2018
Litigation 11 May 2018 Guernsey Jersey

Partners, Robert Gardner and Alasdair Davidson, will be speaking at an international contentious trusts conference hosted by Boodle Hatfield, Charles Russell Speechlys, Clifford Chance, Forsters, Stephenson Harwood and Taylor Wessing.

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Bedell Cristin partners to attend INSOL New York

Alasdair Davidson and Robert Gardner will be attending INSOL New York which takes places at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York from 29 April to 1 May 2018. They would welcome the opportunity to meet up should you or one of your colleagues also be attending - ...

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Limitation of trustee liability under Jersey law - some clarity for trustees
25 Apr 2018 Jersey

A judgment, eagerly awaited by Jersey and Guernsey trustees, has been delivered by the Privy Council (on appeal from the Guernsey Court of Appeal) in a matter involving the Tchenguiz family trusts. Of most interest to trustees and their contractual counterp...

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Bedell Cristin Partner to discuss Crociani case at Geneva conference
Litigation 16 Apr 2018 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Partner, Alasdair Davison, is a speaker at the forthcoming international trust conference in Geneva. His presentation will focus on the high-profile court case of Crociani & O’rs vs Crociani & O’rs [2017] JRC146.

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CRS and FATCA: the second edition of the CRS Implementation Handbook
International Private Client 10 Apr 2018 Jersey Guernsey

On 5 April 2018, the OECD released the Second Edition of the CRS Implementation Handbook. This helpfully contains an extensive section on the treatment of trusts in Chapter 6, which will hopefully provide some much needed guidance for practitioners where an...

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Bedell Cristin secures the first successful Hastings-Bass relief under Guernsey law
Litigation 19 Feb 2018 Guernsey

On 16 February 2018 in Re the Achilles Trust, the Royal Court granted - for the first time - an order setting aside a transaction made by a trustee of a Guernsey trust on the grounds of what has become known as the rule in Hastings-Bass - a jurisdiction int...

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Relief against mystery fraudsters: the new normal?
Litigation 13 Feb 2018 Guernsey

"Online fraud", "cyberattack" and "phishing" are just some of the buzz words making frequent headlines in the news and keeping business owners awake at night.

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Guernsey Register of Beneficial Ownership - now live!

The Beneficial Ownership of Legal Persons (Guernsey) Law, 2017 (the "Law") came into force on 15 August 2017.

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Bedell Cristin lawyers feature in Global Elite Private Client list
Litigation International Private Client 05 Jul 2017 Jersey Guernsey

Two of our experienced private client lawyers, Alasdair Davidson and Zillah Howard, are included in the re-launched Legal Week Private Global Elite.

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Bedell Cristin Partner to speak at inaugural fraud and trust conference
Litigation 11 May 2017 Guernsey

Alasdair Davidson, a partner and head of litigation at Bedell Cristin’s Guernsey office is to speak at the forthcoming inaugural international contentious fraud and trusts conference organised by a panel of top lawyers from leading London law firms.

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ARIES launch Guernsey Insolvency Practice Statements
Insolvency & Restructuring 03 May 2017 Guernsey

Today ARIES, the Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts, being the Channel Islands member of INSOL International, has produced Guernsey Insolvency Practice Statements (“GIPS”). These are a voluntary initiative launched in Guernsey intended for ...

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Bedell Cristin recruits new associates to strengthen Guernsey teams
Litigation Banking & Finance 10 Apr 2017 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has appointed a number of experienced lawyers to strengthen its teams and to support the continued growth of the firm.

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Two Bedell Cristin partners are panellists at forthcoming international trust conferences, the largest staged in the Channel Islands
Litigation International Private Client 22 Feb 2017 Jersey Guernsey

Two Bedell Cristin partners are panellists at forthcoming international trust conferences, the largest staged in the Channel Islands

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Guernsey's first significant just and equitable winding up
Litigation 17 Feb 2017 Guernsey

Jon Barclay and Alasdair Davidson have obtained orders for the compulsory liquidation of Midland Resources Holding Limited, an international joint venture holding company, on just and equitable grounds.

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Guernsey register of beneficial ownership
Litigation 17 Feb 2017 Guernsey

Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee has recently submitted its proposals for the establishment of a Register of Beneficial Ownership for consideration by the States of Guernsey at its sitting on 15 February 2017.

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Partner to speak at Global Compliance Conference
Litigation 03 Feb 2017 Guernsey

Partner, Alasdair Davidson, has been invited to speak at a one day symposium hosted by ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists) on February 9 2017.

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Guernsey Insolvency - new Practice Direction on liquidator appointment costs and procedure
Insolvency & Restructuring Litigation 19 Aug 2015 Guernsey

On 19 August 2015 the Royal Court of Guernsey issued an important Practice Direction concerning the information which will be required to accompany any future application for the appointment of a liquidator or administrator.

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey Insolvency “First”
Litigation Insolvency & Restructuring 11 Jun 2014 Guernsey

The Royal Court of Guernsey has delivered a landmark ruling in the matter of Esquire Realty Holdings Limited on 16 April 2014.

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Esquire Realty Holdings Limited - First Guernsey "Pre-pack"
Insolvency & Restructuring Litigation 11 Jun 2014 Guernsey

Alasdair Davidson, assisted by Jon Barclay led the successful application in the matter of Esquire Realty Holdings Limited on 16 April 2014.

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Chevron Corporation
Litigation Guernsey

Acting for Chevron Corporation in litigation and related issues in Guernsey.

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Bedell Cristin to sponsor INSOL Channel Islands Conference in June

INSOL Channel Islands One Day Seminar - 12 June 2014

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New Channel Islands insolvency body earns world-wide recognition

The Channel Islands insolvency body, the Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts ('ARIES') has had its membership of the premier global insolvency body, INSOL International, ratified.

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Important development in Guernsey litigation costs recovery
Litigation 03 May 2013 Guernsey

Ability to order interim payments on account of costs confirmed

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Storm Cloud on the horizon - how safe is your information and how safe are you?
Litigation 19 Mar 2013 Jersey Guernsey

Cloud computing has been much publicised as the next big innovation in business computing. Over the past 12 months, internet companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon have ramped up their offering of cloud services, selling the convenience of 24/7 acce...

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Probate in Guernsey
Briefings | 17 Jun 2019

When somebody dies leaving assets in Guernsey the deceased's personal representative needs to apply to the Ecclesiastical Court in Guernsey for a grant of representation in order to properly deal with their assets (known as their estate). This Briefings set...

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Directors' duties in the wake of Carlyle
Briefings | 22 Dec 2017

On 4 September 2017 Lieutenant Bailiff Hazel Marshall QC handed down her highly anticipated judgment in Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in Liquidation) and others v Conway and others.

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Sham trusts, the High Court and "Putin's Banker"
Briefings | 03 Nov 2017

On 11 October 2017, the High Court released its latest judgment in the long running saga between Mezhprom Bank and its liquidator, the Deposit Insurance Agency (the "DIA"), and Russian businessman Mr Sergei Pugachev (also known as "Putin's banker").

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Guernsey freezing injunctions
Briefings | 18 May 2017

The Royal Court of Guernsey has jurisdiction to grant freezing injunctions in support of domestic and international proceedings, both before and after judgment.

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Cross-border disputes and asset tracing - pre-action disclosure regimes in Guernsey
Briefings | 18 May 2017

In modern cross-border litigation it is often absolutely critical to be able to secure evidence and to identify assets in advance of commencing a legal claim. Sophisticated operators commonly deploy a complex and opaque web of international vehicles. Corpor...

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The new Arbitration (Guernsey) Law, 2016 - a guide to the key provisions
Briefings | 10 May 2017

Historically, parties in Guernsey have been reluctant to use arbitration as a means of resolving a dispute, largely due to perceived shortcomings in the previous 1982 legislation. The new Law seeks to address these concerns by introducing provisions akin to...

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The Arbitration (Guernsey) Law, 2016 - a summary
Briefings | 10 May 2017

This much anticipated Law came into force on 12 December 2016. It replaces the previous legislation from 1982 which was widely considered to be outdated and inefficient - conferring too few powers upon the tribunal and requiring too much judicial interventi...

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Guernsey document and records retention
Briefings | 07 Mar 2017

Over recent years, businesses and employers in Guernsey (as in the rest of the world) have come under increased pressure from legislators and regulators alike to take steps to combat financial crime, including money laundering and terrorist financing. Some ...

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Guernsey register of beneficial ownership
Briefings | 17 Feb 2017

Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee has recently submitted its proposals for the establishment of a register of beneficial ownership for consideration by the States of Guernsey at its sitting on 15 February 2017. Following consultation papers issued ...

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Public access to documents in Guernsey civil proceedings
Briefings | 16 Aug 2016

The presumption in Guernsey is that justice must be done in public. Accordingly, unless there is some exceptional factor in any particular case which means the interests of justice can only be served by conducting proceedings in private, all civil hearings ...

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An introduction to Guernsey's legal system
Briefings | 18 Aug 2015

This briefing is intended to provide a high-level overview of Guernsey's status as a self-governing jurisdiction with its own independent legal system and jurisprudence. It will be of interest to clients who may not be familiar with Guernsey's unique const...

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Appeals in Guernsey civil proceedings
Briefings | 18 Aug 2015

This briefing provides an outline of the routes of appeal from Guernsey's principal court of first instance, the Royal Court. Note that in minor civil cases which are heard in the Magistrate's Court in Guernsey, or any civil cases which are heard in the Cou...

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Guernsey case management and civil proceedings
Briefings | 18 Aug 2015

Proactive case management is a concept that pervades modern Guernsey civil procedure. This briefing outlines the powers of the court with respect to case management, together with various interlocutory procedures which form part of the civil litigation tool...

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Responding to a Guernsey civil claim
Briefings | 18 Aug 2015

This briefing outlines the procedural steps which follow commencement of a Guernsey civil claim, including consideration of the types of pleadings which are lodged in Guernsey proceedings and the procedure for amending those pleadings.

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Bribery and corruption - Guernsey
Briefings | 18 Aug 2015

Historically, the law against bribery in Guernsey and Sark consisted of a common law offence which was rather uncertain in its ambit and seldom, if ever, tested in court. The position in Alderney was similar, albeit reinforced to some extent by a 1994 statu...

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A guide to civil proceedings in Guernsey
Briefings | 03 Aug 2015

This briefing is intended to provide a high-level overview of how one brings proceedings and for the sake of simplicity this note will cover proceedings in Guernsey alone. It is important to note that the Bailiwick consists of the three separate and distinc...

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Storm cloud on the horizon - How safe is your information and how safe are you?
Briefings | 19 Mar 2013

2012 has been the year of the cloud. It is estimated that Amazon's cloud services alone now account for at least 1% of all internet consumer traffic and that this is likely to only increase over the next few years. The big internet companies, in particular ...

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Disclosure in Guernsey litigation
Briefings | 13 Mar 2013

In any litigation, documents are likely to feature as evidence. Those documents may be significant in their own right or may be crucial in refreshing the memories of witnesses. Disclosure is the legal process pursuant to which the parties to litigation reve...

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Third party disclosure in Guernsey
Briefings | 13 Mar 2013

The Guernsey courts have a selection of tools available to them to enable documents to be obtained from third parties who may be caught up in fraud or other wrongdoing.

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The new Foundations (Guernsey) Law: Solid foundations built on Guernsey granite
Briefings | 12 Jul 2012

Guernsey has a long and successful history in demonstrating its flexibility and pragmatism in reflecting and adapting to changes in world trade and commercial needs. Stretching back to the days of the "impôt" and merchant trading with the European continen...

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Guernsey insolvency law – administration orders
Briefings | 03 Aug 2011

In everThe concept of administration under Guernsey insolvency law is a relatively recent one. Since the changes to Guernsey company law in 2008 it is now possible to obtain an administration order from the Royal Court in Guernsey. The purpose of such an or...

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Guernsey litigation update – admission of hearsay evidence in civil proceedings
Briefings | 10 Jun 2011

The law relating to the admission of evidence in civil proceedings in Guernsey has been overhauled. On 28 April, 2011 the Evidence in Civil Proceedings (Guernsey and Alderney) Law 2009 came into force and it has removed many previous restrictions concerning...

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Enforcement of foreign judgments in Guernsey
Briefings | 08 Jun 2011

This briefing explains how foreign judgments may be recognised and enforced in Guernsey.

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To Protect & To Serve
Articles | 05 Apr 2017

Alasdair Davidson and Rupert Morris discuss the role of protectors in Guernsey trusts. Published in the STEP Journal - April 2017.

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Trust sector and continued litigation. How can Guernsey's trust legislation respond?
Articles | 18 Jan 2017

Rupert Morris and Alasdair Davidson assess how trust law in Guernsey may respond to changes in the sector. Published in eprivateclient Guernsey Report - January 2017.

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The Company Administration Regime in Guernsey
Articles | 06 Oct 2015

Alasdair Davidson looks at The Company Administration Regime in Guernsey - a Flexible and Creative Jurisdiction. Published in INSOL World 3rd Quarter 2014.

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Guernsey: innovating pre-packs
Articles | 24 Sep 2015

Alasdair Davidson discusses innovating pre-packs. Published in Legal Week September 2014.

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Data: Shelter from the Storm
Articles | 17 Dec 2013

Alasdair Davidson and Rupert Morris discuss how to keep you and your data safe when using cloud-computing services. Published in STEP Journal December 2013 / January 2014.

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Insolvency: Guernsey Insolvency Update
Articles | 17 Sep 2012

Alasdair Davidson upates readers on Guernsey insolvency - published in International Corporate Rescue Magazine Vol 9 issue 6.

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Social Media: The Twitter Trap
Articles | 17 Sep 2012

Alasdair Davidson, cites how to ruin a business in 140 characters or less - published in Blue Skies magazine September 2012.

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Litigation: Alternative resolutions
Articles | 18 Jun 2012

Alasdair Davidson and Jon Barclay look at the increasing success of different ways of resolving disputes outside the courtroom - published in the Business Review, Guernsey Press 18 June 2012.

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Social Media: Legal Sector Review
Articles | 01 Mar 2012

It has become extremely easy to take a public tumble over Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media, Alasdair Davidson discusses - published in Contact Magazine February/March 2012.

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Litigation: Commercial litigation funding explained
Articles | 11 Dec 2011

Alasdair Davidson, partner, litigation group at Bedell Cristin in Guernsey, considers commercial litigation funding - published in the Guernsey Press, Law and Accountancy Review 12 September 2011.

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