Jon Barclay


Jon is highly rated for his presence in court. He advises institutions, law firms and in-house teams worldwide across the range of international financial services litigation. He has a close interest in cross-border enforcement and asset recovery and has received particular recognition for his work in the fraud arena, with freezing injunctions and related orders.

Jon began his legal career in 1999 as a barrister in the chancery and commercial group at leading UK set No. 5 Chambers. He returned to his home island of Guernsey six years later and was admitted as an Advocate of the Royal Court in 2006.

  • Advocate - Guernsey
  • Barrister* - England & Wales


Industry focus
  • Jon is a regular speaker at international legal conferences.
  • He is a contributor to the Jersey and Guernsey Law Review.
  • He co-authored the Guernsey section of the Dispute Resolution Review.
  • Jon served on the Guernsey Bar Council between 2008 and 2011.
  • 'Leading Lawyers' category - 2018, 2017 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 'Leader in their field' - Chambers UK, Europe and Global 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • 'Honours List' in the 'Leading Lawyers Contentious Trusts' category - 2016, 2015 and 2013 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 'Prominent Figure' in the 'Leading Lawyers Contentious Trusts' category - 2015 and 2013 Citywealth Leaders List
  • Listed as an 'Asset Recovery Expert' and an 'Investigations Expert' - Who's Who Legal
  • Very impressive.
    Chambers 2019
  • Excellent technical skills and knowledge.
    Legal 500 2017
  • Very thorough and extremely good at handling detailed investigation matters.
    Chambers 2018
Proposed new discrimination legislation for Guernsey

The States of Guernsey has launched a 12 week consultation period for the proposed new discrimination legislation.

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Jon Barclay to speak at the ACAMS Cyprus Symposium on 7 February 2019
Regulatory & Compliance 01 Feb 2019 Guernsey

Jon Barclay, Partner, will be speaking at the Anti-Financial Crime Symposium (ACAMS) in Limassol, Cyprus on 7 February 2019.

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Bedell Cristin partner Jon Barclay to join panel at the Anti-Financial Crime Symposium taking place on Wednesday 7 February 2018 in Nicosia, Cyprus
Litigation Regulatory & Compliance 15 Jan 2018 Guernsey

This full-day event will focus on current challenges being faced by Mediterranean-based organisations and international finance centres as they seek to detect, prevent and disrupt financial crime in their regions. Against a backdrop of industry-wide demand ...

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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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Impressive global line up of law enforcement and compliance specialists at Guernsey conference
Regulatory & Compliance 17 Oct 2016 Guernsey

Leading global authorities on financial crime and compliance are in Guernsey next month for the 2016 Guernsey Compliance and & Economic Crime Symposium hosted by the Jersey International Business School.

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Bedell Cristin appoints two partners in Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has announced that two of its leading lawyers, Advocate Jon Barclay and Advocate Richard Sharp, have become partners in the firm.

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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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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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Client data: Manage the risk, avoid the crisis...
Litigation 15 Mar 2013 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell Cristin hosted a seminar yesterday, Thursday 14 March, at the Old Government House Hotel in Guernsey on the subject of data management and, in particular, electronic data management.

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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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The Population Management (Guernsey) Law, 2016
Briefings | 18 Oct 2016

In April 2017 the Population Management (Guernsey) Law, 2016 (the "New Law") will come into effect, reforming Guernsey's current population regime in a bid to diversify the demographic of an ageing population. This new strategy is the result of a political...

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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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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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Client Data: Manage the risk and avoid the crisis
Articles | 13 Jun 2013

Jon Barclay discusses client data: manage the risk and avoid the crisis - published in Blue Skies magazine Issue 32 - June 2013.

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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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