Edward Bennett


Edward is head of the International Private Client group. He has considerable experience advising local and international clients on all aspects of trusts, foundations and related corporate and commercial law issues - he frequently advises on the establishment, restructuring and ongoing administration of fiduciary structures holding a variety of assets located around the world.

Edward is also a Jersey Notary Public.

  • Advocate - Jersey
  • Notary Public - Jersey
  • Solicitor* - England & Wales
  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • STEP Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising


Areas of expertise
Industry focus
  • Edward is regularly invited to speak at client seminars and presentations.
  • A member of the Board of Examiners for the Advocates and Solicitors Qualifying Examination.
  • 'Leader in their field' - Chambers UK, Europe and Global 2018 and 2017
  • 'Leading Lawyers' category¬†- 2017 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 'Leading individual' - Legal 500 2017, 2016
  • 'Honours List' in the 'Leading Trustees' category - 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 'Honours List' in the 'Leading Lawyers' category - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 Citywealth Leaders List
  • He gets to the crux of a matter quickly and he gives good pragmatic solutions.
    Chambers 2018
  • A very hands-on approach.
    Legal 500 2015
  • Provides a fast, proactive and price competitive service.
    Chambers 2016
Bedell Cristin named finalist in STEP Private Client Awards
28 Jun 2015 Jersey

Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted in the prestigious STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) Private Client Awards for 2015.

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The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") - Bedell Cristin FATCA services

The latest version of the Crown Dependency Guidance Notes to FATCA, which was released on 28 July 2014, has provided further changes to, and clarifications of, the obligations of Jersey Financial Institutions in respect of FATCA.

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Breaking news: Trusts (Amendment No 6) (Jersey) Law 2013 comes into force
International Private Client 25 Oct 2013 Jersey

Jersey's trusts legislation has been amended today to enshrine in statute the existing Jersey case law provisions in relation to mistake and Hastings-Bass.

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Non-charitable purpose trusts
Briefings | 01 Sep 2017

Non-charitable purpose trusts are expressly provided for by the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 as amended (the "Trusts Law"). Whilst the Trusts Law provides that a trust will be invalid to the extent that "it is created for a purpose in relation to which there is...

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Foundations: mergers
Briefings | 01 Sep 2017

The Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009 (the "Law") allows for the establishment of Jersey foundations, and adds significantly to the structuring opportunities available to clients selecting Jersey as a jurisdiction for private wealth management purposes.

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Foundations: migrating to Jersey
Briefings | 01 Sep 2017

The Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009 (the "Law") allows for the establishment of Jersey foundations, and adds significantly to the structuring opportunities available to clients selecting Jersey as a jurisdiction for private wealth management purposes.

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Jersey foundations: how are they being used?
Briefings | 01 Sep 2017

The Jersey foundation was introduced in July 2009 as a new form of incorporated vehicle. From the beginning, three broad categories of use for the Jersey foundation - for succession planning, as orphan structures for specified purposes, and for philanthrop...

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Jersey foundations
Briefings | 01 Sep 2017

The Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009 (the "Law") allows for the incorporation of Jersey foundations.

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Registered charities in Jersey
Briefings | 05 Feb 2016

The Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the "Charities Law") is a new piece of legislation which forms part of the Island's initiative to strengthen and develop Jersey's position as a centre of excellence for philanthropic wealth management. It is being brought i...

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Briefings | 14 Apr 2015

For many people, philanthropy is a topic of increasing importance. Whilst philanthropy may, in strict terms, focus on the wellbeing of human kind, the term tends to be given a wider meaning, encompassing a broad range of giving initiatives. Some of those i...

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The duties of directors under Jersey law
Briefings | 06 Feb 2015

The text of this briefing is limited in its application to Jersey companies. This is a complex area of law not easily summarised into short form. It follows that this briefing should in no way be regarded as exhaustive.

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Jersey trusts
Briefings | 18 Feb 2014

A "trust" is a legal arrangement which exists in many jurisdictions when one person (a "trustee") owns assets not for his own use and benefit but for the benefit of others (the "beneficiaries"). It is normal, but not essential, for a trust to be constituted...

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Trusts (Amendment No.5) (Jersey) Law 2012
Briefings | 02 Nov 2012

The Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984, as amended (the "1984 Law") has been the backbone of Jersey's success story as one of the private wealth jurisdictions of choice. Indeed, the 1984 Law has been used as the model for similar laws in other jurisdictions. The late...

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Rectification of trust documents
Briefings | 18 Mar 2011

In circumstances where an error is identified in trust documents, one of the possible solutions to consider is the remedy of rectification. Rectification is awarded by the Royal Court in the exercise of its discretion. Where the remedy is awarded, the usua...

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Procedure for the incorporation of a Jersey company
Briefings | 15 Apr 2010

This briefing provides an outline of the procedure for the incorporation of a Jersey company. Jersey company law is governed by the Companies (Jersey) Law, 1991, as amended (the "1991 Law") which came into force on 30 March, 1992 and repealed the earlier C...

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Distinction between public and private companies in Jersey
Briefings | 28 Jan 2009

This briefing outlines the distinctions between public and private companies in Jersey. The Companies (Jersey) Law 1991, as amended (the "1991 Law") provides for companies incorporated in Jersey to be either public or private.

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Migration of a foreign incorporated body to Jersey
Briefings | 10 Nov 2008

In 2002, changes were made to the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991, as amended, (the "1991 Law") to enable a body incorporated in a foreign jurisdiction to move its place of incorporation to Jersey.

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Trusts (Amendment No.4) (Jersey) Law 2006
Briefings | 01 Oct 2006

The Trusts (Amendment No.4) (Jersey) Law 2006 (the "Law") was registered on 20 October 2006 by the Royal Court and came into force on 27 October 2006. The Law introduces several important amendments to the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (the "1984 Law") as highl...

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Foundations v Trusts (now the dust has settled)
Articles | 28 Jul 2014

Foundations v Trusts (now the dust has settled), Edward Bennett looks at the pros and cons when using a trust or foundation to protect assets. Published in eprivate client magazine 2014.

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