Edward Bennett

Partner

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.

What his clients say:
'Edward Bennett delivers advice in a careful and well thought-out manner'
'He knows this stuff inside out and is very well known'
'He gets to the crux of a matter quickly and he gives good pragmatic solutions'
'He's calm, measured, well established and respected in the Jersey legal world'

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

*non-practising

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.
Credentials
  • 'Leading Lawyers' category - 2018, 2017 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 50 most influential list 2019 - eprivateclient
  • 'Leader in their field' - Chambers UK, Europe, Global High Net Worth 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • 'Leading individual' - Legal 500 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • 'Hall of Fame' - Legal 500 2019 and 2020
  • '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's calm, measured, well established and respected in the Jersey legal world
    Chambers and Partners
  • He gets to the crux of a matter quickly and he gives good pragmatic solutions
    Chambers and Partners
  • Edward Bennett delivers advice in a careful and well thought-out manner
    Legal 500
News/Experience
Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted in seven award categories in the Citywealth IFC Awards 2020
11 Dec 2019 Guernsey Jersey BVI Cayman Islands

The Citywealth IFC Awards were established to highlight the excellence of the advisers and managers in the private wealth sector in the major international financial centres.

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Bedell Cristin shortlisted for six Citywealth IFC Awards
26 Jul 2019 Jersey Guernsey Cayman Islands

Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted six times in five categories of Citywealth’s International Finance Centre (IFC) Awards 2020.

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Bedell Cristin Partner named as one of eprivateclient’s 50 Most Influential
International Private Client 18 Dec 2018 Jersey

Partner Edward Bennett has been named on eprivateclient’s 50 Most Influential list, an annual initiative which identifies and recognises those at the pinnacle of their profession.

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Bank's costly error highlights the importance of following due probate process in Jersey

For the first time, a financial institution in Jersey has been sentenced in the Royal Court for the offence of intermeddling under the Probate (Jersey) Law 1998 ("the Probate Law"). This article explains the lessons to be learnt.

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Consultation paper - proposals to affect Jersey trusts and foundations
International Private Client 25 Sep 2018 Jersey

The Jersey Financial Crime Strategy Group of the Government of Jersey has published a consultation paper entitled the "Implementation of the 2012 FATF Recommendations on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism - proposed revisions to...

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Bedell Cristin Partner works with Jersey Finance to produce succession report
International Private Client 13 Sep 2018 Jersey

Edward Bennett, Partner and head of Bedell Cristin's International Private Client practice has worked in partnership with Jersey Finance to produce a private wealth thought leadership report named Flourishing Futures: Making Succession a Success.

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Jersey's Trusts Law: Amendment No.7 is coming into force
International Private Client 04 Jun 2018 Jersey

The Government of Jersey has agreed a series of amendments to be made to the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984. These are contained within the Trusts (Amendment No.7) (Jersey) Law 2018 which will be brought into force on 8 June 2018.

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Jersey's Trusts Law: Amendment No.7
International Private Client 22 Mar 2018 Jersey

The Government of Jersey has agreed a series of amendments to be made to the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984. These are contained within the draft Trusts (Amendment No.7) (Jersey) Law 201- and are expected to be brought into force during 2018, subject to Privy Co...

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Innovative system of charity registration in Jersey

With effect from 1 May 2018, it will be possible to register a charity in Jersey.

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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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New Charities Law in Jersey

The Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the "Charities Law") is being brought into force on a staged basis, beginning today, as part of the Island's initiative to strengthen and develop Jersey's position as a centre of excellence for philanthropic wealth management.

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Privy council approves charities law
International Private Client 06 Nov 2014 Jersey

The draft Charities (Jersey) Law 201- (the "Charities Law") received Privy Council approval yesterday.

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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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Registered charities in Jersey
International Private Client 18 Jul 2014 Jersey

The draft Charities (Jersey) Law 201- (the "Charities Law") was passed by the States Assembly (Jersey's government) today and is now awaiting Privy Council approval.

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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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Insights
Registered charities in Jersey
Briefings | 08 Nov 2019

Jersey's innovative system of charity registration opened on 1 May 2018 and (1) offers two alternative categories of registration, with the choice impacting on the accessibility of information on the public register; and (2) provides for registration to be ...

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Jersey structures for philanthropy
Briefings | 08 Nov 2019

Philanthropy is important for many families, with increasing numbers establishing new structures to support particular altruistic causes that they identify with, whether those causes are technically charitable or not.

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Distinction between public and private companies in Jersey
Briefings | 04 Oct 2019

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

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Jersey companies and their incorporation
Briefings | 03 Oct 2019

This briefing discusses the different types of Jersey companies and provides an outline of the procedure for their incorporation.

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Migration of companies into and out of Jersey
Briefings | 01 Oct 2019

The Companies (Jersey) Law 1991, as amended (the "Law") has long been recognised as a robust but modern companies law which has adopted a versatile and flexible approach to corporate regulation. One of the features of the Law which typifies this approach i...

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The Great Wealth Transfer: Jersey structures for international families
Briefings | 24 May 2019

We are at a time of great transition in relation to the private wealth of international families. What is referred to as the Great Wealth Transfer will see significant values passing across the generations over the coming years.

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Jersey foundations
Briefings | 17 May 2019

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

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Jersey foundations: key uses
Briefings | 17 May 2019

A decade since the introduction of the Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009 (the "Foundations Law"), the Jersey foundation has an established role in private wealth structuring. Key uses are for succession planning, as orphan structures for specific purposes, and ...

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Wills & Successions (Amendment No.2) (Jersey) Law 2013
Briefings | 06 Nov 2018

The Wills & Successions (Jersey) Law 1993, as amended (the "Law") was the subject of a Report by Professor Meryl Thomas ("Professor Thomas") dated 12 October 2009, which was commissioned by the Jersey Community Relations Trust in 2009 (the "Report"). The Re...

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Making a will in Jersey for non-Jersey domiciled individuals
Briefings | 06 Nov 2018

This briefing explains when you should make a Jersey will if you are not domiciled in Jersey. It only deals with movable assets in Jersey and not, therefore, land or other immovable property situate in Jersey.

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Making a will in Jersey for Jersey domiciled individuals
Briefings | 06 Nov 2018

This briefing provides answers to some of the key questions which you may have regarding the need for you to make a will. It should be noted that this briefing only applies to individuals who are domiciled in Jersey.

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Jersey Lasting Powers of Attorney
Briefings | 11 Oct 2018

The Capacity and Self-Determination (Jersey) Law 2016 (the "Capacity Law"), which came into effect on 1 October 2018, has introduced lasting powers of attorney ("LPA") to Jersey. A Jersey LPA is a new instrument whereby a person (the "donor") appoints ano...

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Jersey takes a step closer to modern mental capacity law
Briefings | 04 Oct 2018

The Capacity and Self Determination (Jersey) Law 2016 (the 'new Law'), which came into force on 1 October 2018, radically alters the way in which mental health issues are dealt with in Jersey.

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Jersey's Trusts Law: Amendment No.7
Briefings | 04 Jun 2018

The Government of Jersey has agreed a series of amendments to be made to the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (the "Trusts Law"). The amendments are contained within the Trusts (Amendment No.7) (Jersey) Law 2018 ("Amendment No.7") which will be brought into force o...

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Innovative system of charity registration in Jersey
Briefings | 07 Mar 2018

With effect from 1 May 2018, it will be possible to register a charity in Jersey. The Island's innovative system of charity registration: - offers two alternative categories of registration, with the choice impacting on the accessibility of information on ...

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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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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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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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