Nancy Chien

Partner

Nancy has extensive experience in a wide range of trust-related structures, ranging from private client discretionary settlements to pensions, and employee benefit trusts.

She advises on all aspects of Jersey trusts, foundations and related corporate law issues, and has considerable experience in advising on complex restructurings, the establishment and ongoing operations of private trust companies, use of settlor reserved powers and the role of protectors.

In a corporate trust context Nancy advises trustees and employers on issues arising from pension schemes (including QROPS) and employee benefit trusts. Nancy also advises on Jersey FATCA and the common reporting standard.

Nancy's clients include professional trustees as well as families from the Channel Islands, UK, Switzerland, the Far East and the Middle East and she is fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese.

Professional
  • Advocate - Jersey
  • Solicitor* - England & Wales
  • Barrister - New Zealand
  • Solicitor - British Virgin Islands
  • Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

*non-practising

Industry focus
  • Member of the International pensions working group in Jersey.
  • Chairman of the Jersey Pensions Association.
Credentials
  • 'Leading Lawyers Contentious Trusts' category and 'Powerwomen' category - 2017 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 'Next generation lawyers' - Legal 500 2017
  • 'Prominent Figure' in the 'Leading Lawyers' category - 2016 and 2015 Citywealth Leaders List
  • Lawyer of the Year IFC - Partner - bronze award - Nancy Chien - Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2016
  • 'Top 35 Under 35' - Private Client Practitioner 2014 and 2013
  • Jersey Future Leaders List - Citywealth 2015 and 2013
  • Approachable and helpful – her knowledge of FATCA and CRS as applied to trustees is a credit to the firm.
    Legal 500 2017
  • A proactive advisor who impresses with appropriate advice that comes with high service levels.
    Legal 500
  • Helpful and practical.
    Legal 500 2016
News/Experience
STEP Asia Conference 2017
International Private Client 10 Oct 2017 Jersey Singapore

Bedell Cristin partners Nancy Chien and Kristian Wilson are attending STEP Asia Conference in Singapore, 7 - 8 November 2017.

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Call for pension regulation in Jersey
Pensions & Employee Incentives 03 Nov 2016 Jersey

Speaking at the recent Jersey Pensions Association conference, Bedell Cristin's Nancy Chien highlighted the need for pension regulation in Jersey.

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A chance to vote for our lawyers
International Private Client 12 Oct 2016 Jersey

Two of our leading private client lawyers have been shortlisted in the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2017.

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Two Bedell lawyers included on Citywealth’s Future Leaders List
International Private Client 23 Sep 2016 Jersey

Nancy Chien, a Partner in the firm’s Private Wealth and Fiduciary group and Henry Wickham, a Senior Associate in the same group, have been named on a list of young professionals under the age of 40 identified as among the most talented working in the privat...

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Inaugural Jersey Pensions Association Conference
Pensions & Employee Incentives 13 Sep 2016 Jersey

The Jersey Pensions Association is staging its inaugural conference next month to address some of the key developments affecting providers of local and international pensions.

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Bedell Cristin acts in €990 million trust application
Litigation 29 Apr 2016 Jersey

Bedell Cristin acts for incumbent trustee in complex application dealing with issues of trust law, criminal law, money laundering and international cooperation.

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The Common Reporting Standard: Jersey Guidance Notes update

Further to our briefing note "The Common Reporting Standard: draft Jersey legislation released" dated November 2015, the Chief Minister's Department has published draft guidance notes dated February 2016 ("Guidance Notes") which provide guidance on the impl...

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The Common Reporting Standard: draft Jersey legislation released

The draft Taxation (Implementation) (International Tax Compliance) (Common Reporting Standard) (Jersey) Regulations 201- (the "Regulations") were lodged au Greffe on 13 October 2015.

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The Royal Court's jurisdiction to declare invalid the exercise of fiduciary powers

In a recent decision of 23 September 2015, in the matter of the Piedmont Trust and in the matter of the Riviera Trust [2015] JRC 196, the Royal Court in Jersey examined the extent of the duties of a person exercising a power to appoint trustees and protecto...

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New Partner for International Private Client Team
International Private Client 01 Sep 2015 Jersey

Nancy Chien has been appointed a partner of Bedell Cristin in Jersey.

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UK QROPS changes will affect Jersey Pension Plans
Pensions & Employee Incentives 28 Jan 2015 Jersey

The draft regulations on Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes ("QROPS") (The Overseas Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2015) (the "Draft Regulations")) published by HMRC on 19 December 2014 will have an impact on all Jersey pension sche...

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New pensions law in Jersey
Pensions & Employee Incentives 24 Sep 2014 Jersey

The draft Income Tax (Amendment No. 44) (Jersey) Law 201- (the "New Law") was passed by the States Assembly (Jersey's government) today. The introduction of this legislation is designed to simplify and modernise the taxation of pensions and to increase the ...

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Bedell Cristin has two lawyers featured in industry rising stars list
International Private Client 11 Sep 2014 Jersey

Bedell Cristin is the only offshore law firm to have two practitioners included in the lists of the ‘Top 35 Under 35’ published this week by the leading private wealth magazine, eprivateclient.com (Private Client Practitioner).

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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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Pensions changes finalised and coming into effect on 1 January 2015

The Minister for Treasury and Resources announced major changes to Jersey's pensions regime as part of the 2015 Budget on 17 July 2014; draft legislation on those changes was lodged au Greffe on 18 July 2014 ("Draft Law").

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The art of decision making by pension trustees: clarity provided by the Element Six Pension case
Pensions & Employee Incentives 01 May 2014 Jersey

On 4 February 2014 the Commercial Court in Ireland (the "Court") gave its judgment in Greene and Others v Coady & Others [2014] IEHC 38, otherwise known as the "Element Six" case.

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Bedell Cristin's BVI team strengthened following further growth
10 Feb 2014 BVI

Erica Mandryko, an experienced corporate and commercial specialist in BVI law, has been appointed to strengthen the BVI team.

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Rejuvenation of Jersey's pensions regime
International Private Client 08 Nov 2013 Jersey

On 8 October 2013, the tax policy unit of the States of Jersey issued a consultation paper entitled 'Tax rules applying to pensions and pension schemes' ("Consultation Paper").

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Bedell Cristin has two of the best

Bedell has two people from its legal teams recognised in the Citywealth Jersey’s future leaders list for 2013, more than any other Jersey firm.

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Bedell Cristin has two rising stars in private wealth list
12 Sep 2013 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell Cristin is the only firm in the Channel Islands to have two practitioners included in a list of the ‘Top 35 under 35’ published this week by the leading private wealth magazine, Private Client Practitioner.

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Is your pension scheme compliant with the requirements for QROPS?
Pensions & Employee Incentives 15 Apr 2013 Jersey

It is important that Jersey pension schemes which receive transfers from UK pension schemes or other Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes ("QROPS") comply with the requirements in the UK.

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New lawyer joins Bedell Cristin's Private Wealth and Fiduciary group
International Private Client 08 Feb 2013 Jersey

Bedell Cristin Jersey has recently recruited a new lawyer into its Private Wealth and Fiduciary group.

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Insights
The Common Reporting Standard: Jersey Guidance Notes update
Briefings | 07 Mar 2016

Further to our briefing note "The Common Reporting Standard: draft Jersey legislation released" dated November 2015 ("November Briefing Note"), the Chief Minister's Department has published draft guidance notes dated February 2016 ("Guidance Notes") which p...

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The Common Reporting Standard: draft Jersey legislation released
Briefings | 04 Nov 2015

The draft Taxation (Implementation) (International Tax Compliance) (Common Reporting Standard) (Jersey) Regulations 201- (the "Regulations") were lodged au Greffe on 13 October 2015. The purpose of the Regulations is to give effect to Jersey's obligations ...

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UK QROPS changes will affect Jersey pension plans
Briefings | 28 Jan 2015

The draft regulations on Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes ("QROPS") (The Overseas Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2015) (the "Draft Regulations")) published by HMRC on 19 December 2014 will have an impact on all Jersey pension sche...

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Pensions changes finalised and coming into effect on 1 January 2015
Briefings | 13 Aug 2014

Our pensions briefing of November 2013 summarised the consultation paper entitled "Tax rules applying to pensions and pension schemes" ("Consultation"). A summary of the responses to the Consultation was subsequently presented to the States by the Minister ...

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BVI FATCA update
Briefings | 06 Jun 2014

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") was introduced by the United States in 2010 as part of the US Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (known as the HIRE Act). The purpose of FATCA is to reduce tax evasion by US citizens. FATCA requires ...

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The art of decision making by pension trustees: clarity provided by the Element Six Pension case
Briefings | 01 May 2014

On 4 February 2014 the Commercial Court in Ireland (the "Court") gave its judgment in Greene and Others v Coady & Others [2014] IEHC 38, otherwise known as the "Element Six" case. The judgment provides insight into the duties of pension trustees and fundame...

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Rejuvenation of Jersey's pensions regime
Briefings | 08 Nov 2013

On 8 October 2013, the tax policy unit of the States of Jersey issued a consultation paper entitled "tax rules applying to pensions and pension schemes" ("Consultation Paper"). The Consultation Paper seeks to modernise and simplify the current arcane rules...

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Is your pension scheme compliant with the requirements for QROPS?
Briefings | 08 Apr 2013

This briefing is relevant for trustees, employers, members and administrators of Jersey pension schemes that receive transfers from UK pension schemes or other Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes ("QROPS") for Jersey residents. In practice this i...

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Pensions: Flexible approach
Articles | 12 Feb 2014

Senior Associate, Nancy Chien says that significant changes are on the horizon for pensions in the Island. Published in JEP Law and Accountancy Review 2014.

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On course for success
Articles | 12 Feb 2014

Two Islanders who are currently pursuing law courses with the Institute of Law reveal their very different reasons for choosing to resume their studies. Published in JEP Law and Accountancy Review 2014.

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Making an impact in the Far East
Articles | 31 Dec 2013

Nancy Chien, examines the reason behind a growing number of Channel Islands firms' decision to establish themselves in the Far East. Published in Business Brief - December 2013.

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Pensions: Protecting your QROPS
Articles | 15 Mar 2013

Nancy Chien, senior associate in the Private Wealth and Fiduciary, examines the importance of not falling foul of HMRC when moving benefits in a UK pension scheme in Jersey - published in the JEP Business Review - 14 March 2013.

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