Zillah Howard

Partner

Zillah is a highly experienced international private client lawyer. Zillah provides Jersey law advice in relation to trusts, foundations and philanthropy (and related company and commercial law issues), with a particular focus on the establishment, ongoing operation and re-organisation of complex and high value structures, the use of settlor reserved or granted powers, and the establishment and use of private trust companies.

Professional
  • Advocate - Jersey
  • Solicitor* - England and Wales
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Member of the Trusts Law working group
  • Member of the Foundations Law working group
  • Member of the Charities Law working group
  • Member of the STEP Philanthropy Advisors Special Interest Group
  • Member of the STEP Business Families Special Interest Group
  • Member of the STEP International Client Special Interest Group

*non-practising

Areas of expertise
Industry focus
  • Active member of the Jersey working groups which help to shape legislation on trusts, foundations and charities law.
  • A regular conference speaker on wealth management structures and philanthropy.
  • Author of the chapter on Jersey in the Private Foundations World Survey published by Oxford University Press.
  • Zillah regularly produces communications to advise clients and contacts of the latest legal developments.
Credentials
  • 'Top 50 Professionals' - 'IFC editor's choice list' - Citywealth Autumn 2017
  • Legal Week Private Client Global Elite List - 2017
  • Band One 'Leader in their field' - Chambers UK, Europe, HNW and Global 2018 and 2017
  • 'Leading Lawyers Estate Planning' category and 'Powerwomen' category - 2017 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 'Best in Offshore' - Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2016 (winner for the fifth consecutive year)
  • 'UK's 50 Most Influential' - 2014 and 2013 Private Client Practitioner
  • 'Honours List' in the 'Leading Lawyers' category - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 Citywealth Leaders List
  • 'IFC Power Women Top 200' - 2016, 2015 and 2014 Citywealth
  • First-class, phenomenally bright... She is at the top of her game.
    Chambers 2016
  • Top-notch advice and first-class intellectual ability. She's very knowledgeable, but also very practical in terms of finding solutions where required.
    Chambers 2017
  • She is just very reassuring, she has a huge knowledge base and she is pragmatic with her advice.
    Chambers 2018
News/Experience
Two Bedell Cristin partners recognised on IFC 2017 Powerwomen Top 200 List
International Private Client 20 Nov 2017 Jersey

Bedell Cristin partners Zillah Howard and Nancy Chien are recognised on this list.

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Two Bedell Cristin Partners named in the 'Top 50 IFC editor's choice list' by Citywealth
05 Oct 2017 Jersey

David Cadin, Managing Partner and Zillah Howard, Partner have been named in the Autumn 2017 'Top 50 IFC editor's choice list' by Citywealth.

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Bedell Cristin lawyers feature in Global Elite Private Client list
Litigation International Private Client 05 Jul 2017 Jersey Guernsey

Two of our experienced private client lawyers, Alasdair Davidson and Zillah Howard, are included in the re-launched Legal Week Private Global Elite.

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Bedell Cristin partner on European award shortlist
International Private Client 12 May 2017 Jersey

Bedell Cristin partner Zillah Howard is the only lawyer from the Channel Islands shortlisted in the ‘best in trusts and estates’ category at the annual Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2017.

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Zillah Howard to sit on panel at forthcoming Jersey Finance Private Wealth Conference
International Private Client 06 Apr 2017 Jersey

Zillah Howard will sit on the panel at the forthcoming Jersey Finance Private Wealth Conference, titled A New Harmony, taking place on Tuesday 16 May in London.

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Two Bedell Cristin partners are panellists at forthcoming international trust conferences, the largest staged in the Channel Islands
Litigation International Private Client 22 Feb 2017 Jersey Guernsey

Two Bedell Cristin partners are panellists at forthcoming international trust conferences, the largest staged in the Channel Islands

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Bedell Cristin has two partners included in power women "Top 200" list
06 Dec 2016 Jersey

Bedell Cristin has two of its partners included in the Citywealth 2016 IFC Power Women "Top 200" list.

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Zillah Howard, partner is five times winner of European award
International Private Client 04 Jul 2016 Jersey

Bedell Cristin partner, Zillah Howard, has been named ‘Best in Offshore’ for the fifth consecutive year in the Europe Women in Business Law Awards organised by Euromoney Legal Media Group.

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Zillah Howard to sit on panel at forthcoming Jersey Finance Private Client Conference
International Private Client 13 Apr 2016 Jersey London

Zillah Howard will sit on the panel at the forthcoming Jersey Finance Private Client Conference

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Protectors: are their powers fiduciary and does the court have power to intervene?
International Private Client 15 Mar 2016 Jersey

Protectors feature regularly in Jersey trusts, being appointed by settlors as a means of ensuring that there will be some element of control over the exercise of the trustees' powers.

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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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Recognition for Bedell Cristin Partners in European legal awards

Two Bedell Cristin partners were recognised as leaders in their field across Europe in the Europe Women in Business Law Awards organised by Euromoney Legal Media Group.

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Bedell Cristin partners have been shortlisted in the WealthBriefing European Awards 2015.

Bedell Cristin partners have been shortlisted in the WealthBriefing European Awards 2015.

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Bedell Cristin has four lawyers included in power women "Top 200" list
27 Nov 2014 Jersey BVI

Bedell Cristin has four of its lawyers included in the Citywealth 2014 IFC Power Women list and is the only firm to have three included in the Jersey section.

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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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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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The Jersey foundation marks its fifth anniversary!
International Private Client 17 Jul 2014 Jersey

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the introduction of the Jersey foundation. Recognising the growing demand for foundations by the Island's increasingly international client base, the Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009 (the "Jersey Foundations Law") was brou...

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Bedell Cristin partner wins accolade for the third time
International Private Client 24 Jun 2014 Jersey

We are delighted to announce that, for the third successive year, Bedell Cristin partner Zillah Howard has been awarded ‘Best in offshore’ at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards organised by the Euromoney Legal Media Group.

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New Charities Law for Jersey

The draft Charities (Jersey) Law 201- (the "Charities Law") has been lodged today for debate in July by the States Assembly (Jersey's government).

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Three lawyers shortlisted in Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2014
19 May 2014 Jersey

The shortlist for the fourth annual Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Women in Business Law Awards has been announced where Bedell Cristin have three lawyers nominated.

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Bedell Cristin Partner named in most influential list
International Private Client 21 Nov 2013 Jersey

A partner of Bedell Cristin has once again been named among the top 50 most influential private client professionals by a leading wealth management publication.

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Bedell Cristin Partner named among the top 50 most influential
International Private Client 21 Nov 2013 Jersey

Zillah Howard has been named among the top 50 most influential private client professionals by a leading wealth management publication for the second consecutive time.

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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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Russia and CIS: Jersey structures for private clients
International Private Client 24 Oct 2013 Jersey

For Russian and CIS clients wishing to establish a structure for the preservation of private wealth, Jersey represents a very attractive choice.

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Breaking news: statutory changes to the law of mistake and Hastings-Bass receive Privy Council approval

On 9 October 2013, the Trusts (Amendment No. 6) (Jersey) Law 201-, the terms of which were summarised in our e-alert dated 17 July 2013 (please click here to review), was approved by the Privy Council.

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The new test for Hastings-Bass under Jersey law and the need to take tax advice
Litigation 24 Sep 2013 Jersey

On 17 September 2013, the Royal Court of Jersey delivered a judgment, In the matter of The Onorati Settlement [2013] JRC 182.

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Mistake and Hastings-Bass: the Jersey position

Jersey's government has approved an amendment to the Island's trusts legislation which will enshrine in statute the existing Jersey case law provisions in relation to mistake and Hastings-Bass.

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Bedell Cristin Partner wins European Award for second consecutive time
International Private Client 25 Jun 2013 Jersey

Bedell Cristin partner Zillah Howard has been awarded ‘Best in Offshore’ at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards organised by the Euromoney Legal Media Group.

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Insights
Private trust companies
Briefings | 01 Sep 2017

A private trust company ("PTC") is a useful vehicle to consider in the planning and establishment of trust structures for high net worth and ultra high net worth families. Rather than transferring assets to a service provider's professional trustee company,...

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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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Protectors: are their powers fiduciary and does the court have power to intervene?
Briefings | 15 Mar 2016

This briefing formed the basis of a presentation delivered by Zillah Howard at the IBC conference "Challenging Fiduciary Decisions" held in London on 3 March 2016.

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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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Russia and CIS: Jersey structures for private clients
Briefings | 14 Apr 2015

For Russian and CIS clients wishing to establish a structure for the preservation of private wealth, Jersey represents a very attractive choice. A British Crown Dependency, but not part of the United Kingdom, the Island has operated as an international fina...

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Philanthropy
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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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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Powers of attorney
Briefings | 14 Mar 2012

The Powers of Attorney (Jersey) Law 1995 (the "Powers of Attorney Law"), which came into force on 1 October 1995, effected a number of significant changes to the previous law on powers of attorney in the Island.

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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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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 in Jersey
Articles | 20 Jul 2017

Will foundations in Jersey draw upon jurisprudence in civil law countries, or will they develop separately, drawing parallels with the law and practice relating to trusts and companies? Zillah Howard, Partner discusses. Published in Trust & Trustees, Vol. 2...

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Proposed Amendments to Jersey's Trusts Law
Articles | 24 Mar 2017

The Government of Jersey has confirmed that amendments are to be made to the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984. Zillah Howard discusses the changes. Published in Jersey - First for Finance - March 2017.

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Jersey's Roundtable 2016
Articles | 16 May 2016

Zillah Howard, Partner participates in Jersey's Roundtable 2016. Published in Jersey First for Finance - March 2016

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Jersey: International centre for philanthropy.
Articles | 07 Apr 2015

Zillah Howard discusses Jersey: international centre for philanthropy, published in Jersey First for Finance.

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Foundations: popular addition to structuring opportunities in Jersey
Articles | 19 Sep 2014

Bedell Cristin partner Zillah Howard discusses Foundations: popular addition to structuring opportunities in Jersey, published in Women in Business Law Expert Guides.

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Private Wealth: Growing demand from Russia and CIS
Articles | 17 Sep 2013

Zillah Howard examines the opportunities for clients from Russia and CIS when investing in Jersey - published in Private Client Practitioner special review - September 2013.

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Wealth Management: Succession Planning & Wealth Preservation using Jersey Structures
Articles | 19 Jun 2013

For Russian clients wishing to establish a structure for the preservation of private wealth, Jersey is a very attractive choice, Zillah Howard and James Campbell write - published in Jersey Finance: Links with Russia publication, June 2013.

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Foundations: Foundations for philanthropy
Articles | 10 Dec 2012

Zillah Howard considers the benefits of Jersey foundations for philanthropic purposes - article first published in STEP Journal December 2012/January 2013.

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Foundations: Heart Foundation
Articles | 23 May 2012

While charitable and non-charitable purpose Trusts in Jersey have been used for philanthropy, there's a growing interest in foundations, says Zillah Howard, published in STEP Journal 2012. Copyright Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, article firs...

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Philanthropy: Philanthropy in Jersey
Articles | 13 Jan 2012

Partner, Zillah Howard explais why Jersey is an ideal jurisdiction in which to establish philanthropic structures - published in Jersey Finance Magazine 13 January 2012.

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Philanthropy: Flexible friend
Articles | 05 Dec 2011

Partner, Zillah Howard looks at using Jersey trusts and foundations for philanthropic purposes - published in STEP Journal December 2011/January 2012.

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Trust cases: In The Royal Court
Articles | 05 Sep 2011

Zillah Howard, Partner highlights some of 2011's Royal Court decisions in relation to trusts - published in Private Client Practitioner's Jersey Report 2011.

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