Anthony Robinson

Partner

Anthony is consistently ranked as a leading practitioner in his field. He specialises particularly in contentious trust and probate cases. His practice also extends to asset recovery whether in cases of commercial fraud or cross-border insolvency.

Current cases include acting for the Plaintiffs in breach of trust proceedings seeking restitution of in excess of US$ 100m. The Defendants issued a forum challenge in Jersey to stay the action in favour of proceedings which they commenced in Mauritius seeking court approval of their actions. Their application failed before the Royal Court of Jersey. The Defendants unsuccessfully appealed to both the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council, the latter handing down judgment in November 2014. The substantive case is now proceeding in Jersey (Crociani v Crociani).

Held in high regard by his peers, Anthony is often instructed by local professionals especially in trust cases and to defend allegations of professional negligence. Anthony has also acted for Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon in a family trust dispute who described him as "a master of detail" and "brilliant in court" in her recently published memoir "In My Shoes".

Professional
  • Advocate - Jersey
  • Barrister* - England & Wales
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
  • Member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

*non-practising

Credentials
  • Star Individual 'Leader in their field' - Chambers UK, Europe and Global 2018 and 2017
  • 'Leading Lawyers Contentious Trusts' category - 2017 Citywealth Leaders List
  • Band One 'Leader in their field' - Chambers 2016
  • 'Leading individual' ­- Legal 500 2017, 2016
  • 'Honours List' in the 'Leading Lawyers Contentious Trusts' category - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 'Prominent Figure' in the 'Leading Lawyers Contentious Trusts' category - 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 'Leading Lawyer' in financial services, regulatory, investment management and real estate - IFLR1000 2016
  • The best advocate on the island, tremendous respect from judges and very clever approach.
    Chambers 2017
  • Standout litigator. He is the best advocate in Jersey. He is a terrific lawyer and a wonderfully calm, common-sense, persuasive advocate.
    Chambers 2018
  • Is frankly an outstanding advocate. He has dealt with some of the largest trust litigation in Jersey and he is absolutely fantastic.
    Chambers 2016
News/Experience
Bedell Cristin secures successful outcome for the Plaintiffs in the US$200m Crociani case
Litigation 21 Sep 2017 Jersey

On 11 September the Royal Court handed down its judgment in Crociani & O'rs v Crociani & O'rs [2017] JRC146 in favour of the Plaintiffs, Cristiana Crociani and her minor daughters, following the trial, which ran from mid-January until early April 2017. The...

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Bedell Cristin's David Cadin reappointed Bâtonnier
Litigation 05 Jul 2016 Jersey

Litigation partner, and Bedell Cristin’s new Managing Partner, David Cadin, has been re-elected to the post of Bâtonnier.

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Bedell Cristin act for Rokos in dispute with Brevan Howard
Litigation 06 Feb 2015 Jersey

Anthony Robinson, assisted by David Cadin, Edward Drummond and Dina El-Gazzar recently acted for Christopher Rokos, one of the co-founders and a highly successful trader with Brevan Howard (the largest hedge fund manager in Europe).

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Privy Council rules on trust jurisdiction clauses: Crociani & O'rs v Crociani & O'rs [2014] UKPC 40
Litigation 26 Nov 2014

The Privy Council has delivered a significant ruling on trust jurisdiction clauses in Crociani & O'rs v Crociani & O'rs [2014] UKPC 40.

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Court of Appeal in Jersey breaks new ground by ordering first ever interim payment on account of costs
Litigation 14 Jul 2014 Jersey

The Court of Appeal in Jersey has broken new ground by ordering an interim payment on account of costs in Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & O'rs [2014] JCA 095.

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Overruled: Court of Appeal sets new test for permission to appeal applications in Jersey
Litigation 14 Apr 2014 Jersey

The Court of Appeal in Jersey has set a new test for permission to appeal from all future decisions of the Royal Court in civil proceedings.

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Bedell Cristin appears for successful Respondents in landmark trusts ruling of the Court of Appeal in Jersey
Litigation 09 Apr 2014 Jersey

The Court of Appeal in Jersey has delivered a landmark ruling in Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & Others [2014] JCA 089 (“Crociani”).

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Crociani and others v Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation and Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd
Litigation Jersey

Acting for the Plaintiffs in breach of trust proceedings seeking restitution of in excess of US$ 100m.

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Enforcing English matrimonial orders against Jersey trusts
Litigation 29 Jan 2013 Jersey

The enforcement of English matrimonial orders against Jersey trusts has undergone huge change in recent times, including the latest changes made by the Trusts (Amendment No.5) (Jersey) Law 2012.

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Insights
Enforcement of foreign judgments in Jersey
Briefings | 20 Jan 2017

This briefing explains how foreign judgments may be enforced in Jersey. Jersey has its own legal system and is a separate jurisdiction from that of England and Wales. Judgments obtained outside Jersey which provide for the payment of a sum of money may be ...

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Privy Council rules on trust jurisdiction clauses: Crociani & O'rs v Crociani & O'rs [2014] UKPC 40
Briefings | 26 Nov 2014

In Crociani & O'rs v Crociani & O'rs & Camilla de Bourbon des deux Siciles [2014] UKPC 40 ("Crociani"), the Privy Council has delivered a significant ruling which will have far reaching effects for trust lawyers (both contentious and non-contentious) all ov...

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Court of Appeal in Jersey orders first ever interim payment on account of costs
Briefings | 14 Jul 2014

In Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & O'rs [2014] JCA 095 ("Crociani"), the Jersey Court of Appeal has awarded an interim payment on account of costs to the successful Respondents to the ...

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Overruled: Court of Appeal sets new test for permission to appeal applications in Jersey
Briefings | 14 Apr 2014

In Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & Others [2014] JCA 089 ("Crociani"), Bedell Cristin appeared for the successful Respondents to the appeal in what is already being hailed as a landmar...

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Landmark ruling on trust jurisdiction clauses: Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & Others [2014] JCA 089
Briefings | 09 Apr 2014

In Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & Others [2014] ("Crociani"), the Jersey Court of Appeal has delivered a landmark ruling which will have far reaching effects for trust lawyers (both c...

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Enforcing English matrimonial orders against Jersey trusts
Briefings | 16 Oct 2013

The English matrimonial courts have jurisdiction to vary a trust in accordance with domestic law. This is so, even where the trust is located abroad and governed by the law of another jurisdiction. Thus, 'nuptial settlements' (whether on-shore or off-shore)...

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Corporate wealth protection on divorce given boost by English Court of Appeal
Briefings | 13 Nov 2012

In Petrodel Resources Ltd & Ors v Prest & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 1395 ("Prest"), the English Court of Appeal has delivered a startling ruling which will have far reaching effects for wealthy individuals seeking to protect their assets on divorce.

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Instituting civil proceedings in Jersey
Briefings | 31 Aug 2012

Jersey has a legal system which is separate from that of any other jurisdiction. Whilst it is judicially independent, unsurprisingly, it reflects many of the practices and procedures to be found in the courts of England and Wales, but with distinct differen...

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Mediation in Jersey
Briefings | 10 Aug 2012

This briefing focuses on mediation, perhaps the most common form of alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") procedures. Mediation is widely used in the UK and has well established advantages over traditional litigation including: substantial costs savings a...

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Obtaining evidence in Jersey at the request of a foreign court
Briefings | 24 Jul 2012

The purpose of this briefing is to summarise the procedure for obtaining evidence in Jersey at the request of a foreign court (the "Requesting Court") in civil or commercial proceedings pending or in contemplation outside the Island.

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Mareva relief in Jersey in aid of foreign litigation
Briefings | 23 Jul 2012

The purpose of this briefing is to set out how and when the Jersey courts will grant Mareva relief to assist litigants in foreign jurisdictions.

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Dispute resolution in Jersey
Briefings | 23 Jul 2012

In many cases, Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") might offer a more cost effective, time efficient solution to dealing with a dispute than traditional litigation. This briefing gives an overview of the approach to ADR in Jersey.

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Security for costs and the corporate plaintiff - paying for the privilege of limited liability?
Briefings | 28 Jan 2011

The usual costs rule in litigation is that the losing party pays the winning party's reasonable legal costs. If a Defendant fears that a Plaintiff will not or will be unable to pay those costs, it can attempt to safeguard against that risk by bringing an ap...

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Jurisdiction clauses in trusts
Articles | 29 Apr 2015

Anthony Robinson and Eason Rajah QC write about jurisdiction clauses in trusts - published in Trust and Trustees, 29 April 2015.

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