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News Bedell Cristin lawyer included in prestigious Top 35 Under 35 list

21 September 2021

Bedell Cristin Senior Associate, Sonia Shah, has been recognized for her performance and career achievements through inclusion in the definitive annual list of leading young private client practitioners.

She is included in the Top 35 Under 35 in the UK and Crown Dependencies, a list of top legal talent published by eprivateclient, the leading website and news service for private client practitioners. Compiled annually following a rigorous judging process, the list aims to identify, recognise, introduce and promote the rising stars of the private client professions.

Sonia joined Bedell Cristin in Jersey as an Associate in 2016 to work in commercial and contentious trust litigation and was promoted to Senior Associate earlier this year. She advises leading onshore law firms, fiduciaries and high net worth individuals in relation to trusts, commercial, insolvency and regulatory matters and acts for trustees and beneficiaries in contentious and non-contentious matters with an international element.

She regularly assists with complex applications and trial work before the Royal Court in Jersey and Court of Appeal and has been part of the Bedell Cristin team acting for the successful plaintiffs in the Crociani v Crociani case, a $US 200m breach of trust claim.

After graduating with a BSc in mathematics from Durham University, Sonia completed her Graduate Diploma in Law, LPC and legal training in London, before moving to Jersey to join Bedell Cristin. She completed her STEP Diploma in International Trust Management with Distinction in 2020 and is currently studying for the Jersey law exams to become a Jersey Advocate.

It is the latest in a series of accolades she has received this year. She is described as ‘An Associate to Watch’ in the Chambers & Partners 2021 rankings and also made the ‘rising stars’ list in Legal 500. It is the second year she has been featured in the eprivateclient’s influential list, one of only ten women from the Channel Islands to make the list. She was also included again this year in their list of Top 35 Under 35 in the Channel Islands.

Congratulating Sonia on her continued recognition, Rob Gardner, Partner and Head of the firm’s litigation team, commented: ‘Sonia has secured a string of impressive accolades this year, a reflection of her commitment and determination to meet the needs of her clients effectively and her capabilities in advising on a broad range of private client issues. Her inclusion in this list of talented rising stars in the profession is thoroughly deserved.’

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