• "Their response times are excellent and their business acumen and industry knowledge are exemplary. They provide us with a thorough all-round service and explain complex issues in an easily understandable manner."
    Chambers 2017
  • "They have got strength in depth and the lawyers there are very quick, pragmatic and always have an eye on the commerciality."
    Chambers 2018
  • "Very user-friendly, giving clear and direct advice."
    Legal 500 2017
  • "They have the quality of a large London law firm combined with the benefits of working with a smaller firm."
    Chambers 2016
  • "Incisive, with good connections to leading counsel."

Litigation

Our internationally recognised litigation team enjoys top tier status with both the Chambers and Legal 500 legal directories. We are consistently instructed to act in the highest profile disputes in both Guernsey and Jersey and have been at the forefront of litigation in the Channel Islands for many years. Many members of the team have worked previously with City of London law firms, at the English Bar or gained experience in other offshore jurisdictions, and we regularly work alongside highly respected international law firms in cross-border matters.

We act for a wide range of financial institutions, fiduciary service providers, commercial entities and private individuals. Through our "partner-led" approach, clients have ready access to one of our experienced litigation partners throughout the duration of the case.

Our practice is focussed on three key areas:

Commercial Disputes and Fraud
We regularly act in high value commercial disputes. We can assist the client to obtain a resolution to cases where appropriate (whether by mediation or negotiation), but we also have the expertise to pursue cases through to a successful conclusion at trial. The subject matter of our cases is diverse: contract claims, investment disputes and mis-selling, professional negligence (including clinical negligence) and insurance claims, shareholder and joint venture disputes, partnership and employment disputes and disciplinary issues. We also regularly advise on directors' duties. We can assist with the registration and enforcement of foreign judgments in the Channel Islands.

Where fraud is alleged, we have extensive experience of obtaining urgent orders for disclosure and the freezing of assets held in the Channel Islands, and of obtaining recognition of foreign court appointed receivers. In fraud cases we often act as part of an international team of lawyers in different jurisdictions to maximise our clients' prospects of securing and recovering assets.

Contentious Trust and Probate
We have one of the largest contentious trust and probate teams in the Channel Islands. Our team works closely with senior and experienced practitioners in our private wealth and fiduciary group to provide the best possible advice on each case.

As well as providing practical assistance and advice, we have particular expertise in relation to novel and challenging applications and generally in obtaining sanction from the Court in complex cases.

We act regularly, whether for trustees or beneficiaries, in some of the most complicated breach of trust actions to come before the courts in the Channel Islands.

Regulatory
We have extensive experience of dealing with regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, both for regulated entities and the regulator, often to challenging timescales. Our experience acting for the regulator gives us an insight into its concerns and priorities, helping us to provide tailored advice and to deliver successful solutions to regulated entities.

We also advise on sanctions, Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA) requests, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering and competition issues, and all aspects of data protection, document retention and information governance.

  • They have got strength in depth and the lawyers there are very quick, pragmatic and always have an eye on the commerciality.
    Chambers 2018
  • Their response times are excellent and their business acumen and industry knowledge are exemplary. They provide us with a thorough all-round service and explain complex issues in an easily understandable manner.
    Chambers 2017
  • Very user-friendly, giving clear and direct advice.
    Legal 500 2017
News/Experience
Bedell Cristin is shortlisted for Offshore Firm of the Year in the Legal 500 UK Awards 2018
27 Nov 2017 Jersey Guernsey London Singapore BVI

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Bedell Cristin secures successful outcome for the Plaintiffs in the US$200m Crociani case
Litigation 21 Sep 2017 Jersey

On 11 September the Royal Court handed down its judgment in Crociani & O'rs v Crociani & O'rs [2017] JRC146 in favour of the Plaintiffs, Cristiana Crociani and her minor daughters, following the trial, which ran from mid-January until early April 2017. The...

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Bedell Cristin shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year - Jersey and Guernsey
16 Aug 2017 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Jersey and Guernsey have been shortlisted for 'Law Firm of the Year' in the Citywealth IFC Awards 2018.

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Bedell Cristin Partner on shortlist in Citywealth leadership category
Litigation 09 Aug 2017 Jersey

Bedell Cristin Partner, Lisa Springate, has been shortlisted in the ‘Woman of the Year, Leadership (Professional Services)’ category in the Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2018.

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Here to Guide you through GDPR

There has been a great deal of activity across the Channel Islands because of the pending introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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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 finalist in two STEP categories
13 Jun 2017 BVI Guernsey Jersey London Singapore

Bedell Cristin is a finalist in two categories of the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards 2017/18.

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Bedell Cristin is shortlisted for Lawyer magazine award
11 May 2017 Jersey Guernsey London Singapore BVI

Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted for ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ in the prestigious annual awards organised by The Lawyer.

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Bedell Cristin Partner to speak at inaugural fraud and trust conference
Litigation 11 May 2017 Guernsey

Alasdair Davidson, a partner and head of litigation at Bedell Cristin’s Guernsey office is to speak at the forthcoming inaugural international contentious fraud and trusts conference organised by a panel of top lawyers from leading London law firms.

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Bedell Cristin Partner to speak at GDPR seminar - What businesses should be thinking about now
Litigation Regulatory & Compliance 28 Apr 2017 Jersey

Bedell Cristin Partner, Edward Drummond is one of the expert speakers discussing the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new EU Regime on data protection which will impact on businesses in the Channel Islands when it is introd...

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Partners to speak on insolvency hot topics

Two Bedell Cristin partners will be speaking at a seminar devoted to legal updates and developments in Jersey insolvency law and practice.

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Bedell Cristin recruits new associates to strengthen Guernsey teams
Litigation Banking & Finance 10 Apr 2017 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has appointed a number of experienced lawyers to strengthen its teams and to support the continued growth of the firm.

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Bedell Cristin's outstanding service secures European Award
10 Apr 2017 BVI Guernsey Jersey London Singapore

Bedell Cristin has been awarded the Offshore Client Service Award at the prestigious Chambers Europe Awards.

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Partner to address Jersey company director issues
Litigation 09 Mar 2017 Jersey

Partner, Lisa Springate, will be highlighting the responsibilities facing company directors when she speaks at a seminar later this month together with Charlotte Valeur of Board Apprentice and others.

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Three Bedell Cristin lawyers sworn in as Advocates

Three Advocates from Bedell Cristin, Rebecca McNulty, Laura Hendrick, and Richard Laignel were recently sworn in at Jersey’s Royal Court.

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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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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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Guernsey register of beneficial ownership
Litigation 17 Feb 2017 Guernsey

Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee has recently submitted its proposals for the establishment of a Register of Beneficial Ownership for consideration by the States of Guernsey at its sitting on 15 February 2017.

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Preparing for future UK legislation
Litigation Regulatory & Compliance 13 Feb 2017 Jersey

Finance professionals were alerted to future UK legislation focusing on tax evasion and avoidance and wider corporate economic crime in a seminar hosted by us last week entitled ‘Business Ethics – The Bribery Act was just the start…'

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Partner to speak at Global Compliance Conference
Litigation 03 Feb 2017 Guernsey

Partner, Alasdair Davidson, has been invited to speak at a one day symposium hosted by ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists) on February 9 2017.

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Significant milestone for Bedell Cristin
20 Sep 2016 Jersey BVI Guernsey London Singapore

The management buyout of Bedell Trust has completed following regulatory approvals. As a result, Bedell Cristin is now a wholly separate business to Bedell Trust.

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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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Bedell Cristin appoints new Managing Partner in Guernsey
22 Aug 2016 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin has appointed Advocate Kate Ovenden as the new Managing Partner of its award winning Guernsey office.

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Bedell Cristin's David Cadin reappointed Bâtonnier
Litigation 05 Jul 2016 Jersey

Litigation partner, and Bedell Cristin’s new Managing Partner, David Cadin, has been re-elected to the post of Bâtonnier.

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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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Where disruption meets opportunity

Bedell Cristin, commercial litigation partner, Lisa Springate has been invited to speak at the annual Trusts Conference hosted by BL Events in Jersey, on 25 May 2016.

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Bedell Cristin partners to speak at Anti-Money Laundering, Financial Crime and Sanctions Conference
Regulatory & Compliance Litigation 07 Apr 2016 Jersey

Bedell Cristin partners, Lisa Springate and James Campbell, have been invited to speak at the Anti-Money Laundering, Financial Crime and Sanctions Conference hosted by Infoline in Jersey, on 26 May 2016.

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Bedell Cristin successfully represented the first-named Defendant
Litigation 18 Dec 2015 Jersey

Bedell Cristin successfully represented the first-named Defendant, an Italian lawyer who spoke very little English

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Bedell Cristin acts for Joint Liquidators in high value winding up proceedings

Bedell Cristin has acted for Joint Liquidators in the winding up of three Jersey companies ordered under Article 155 of the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991.

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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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Jersey directors: yet more personal responsibility - Seminar
Litigation 28 Sep 2015 Jersey

JFSC directions, disqualification, criminal and civil penalties: there are a plethora of Jersey domestic provisions covering the ways in which sanctions of this nature can be imposed on Jersey directors.

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The nature of credits and debits that apply when operating a bank account

On 3 August 2015, the Privy Council has helpfully explained the nature of the credits and debits that apply when operating a bank account.

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Guernsey Insolvency - new Practice Direction on liquidator appointment costs and procedure
Insolvency & Restructuring Litigation 19 Aug 2015 Guernsey

On 19 August 2015 the Royal Court of Guernsey issued an important Practice Direction concerning the information which will be required to accompany any future application for the appointment of a liquidator or administrator.

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Leading finance professionals learn more about the changing landscape for litigation funding
Litigation 15 Jul 2015 Jersey

An outline of recent developments in how litigation can be funded, both in the Jersey and English Courts, attracted a wide range of senior finance professionals to a seminar hosted by Bedell on 8 July 2015 entitled ‘The New Dawn in Litigation Funding’.

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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 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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The New Dawn in Litigation Funding - Seminar
Litigation 11 Jun 2015 Jersey

Litigation funding arrangements were first approved by the Royal Court in Jersey in 2011. Since then the market and legal thinking has developed and the options available have increased such that illiquidity, limited assets or simply a desire not to risk ev...

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Bedell Cristin is finalist in leading SE Asia Awards
06 May 2015 Singapore

Bedell has been shortlisted in the ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ category in the prestigious Asian Legal Business SE Asia Awards 2015 for the third consecutive year.

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Bedell Cristin shortlisted for a further award
12 Mar 2015 Jersey

Bedell Crsitin has been shortlisted for a further industry awards adding to the accolades achieved to date this year.

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Edward Drummond to speak at C5 Fraud Conference in Geneva
Litigation 06 Mar 2015 Jersey London

Bedell Cristin partner Edward Drummond is due to speak at C5's 28th Forum on Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery in Geneva.

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Strathmullan Trust
Litigation 04 Mar 2015 Jersey

Partner Robert Gardner acted for the settlor of the Strathmullan Trust who had settled substantial funds into a Jersey law trust some 15 years ago.

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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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Hans-Peter Dohr
Litigation 25 Feb 2015 Jersey

Partner Robert Gardner and Senior Associate Paul Lewis acted for Hans-Peter Dohr in a dispute relating to Mr Dohr's former directorships of two Jersey airport infrastructure and power investment funds which previously had €1.3 billion under management.

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Bedell Cristin act for Rokos in dispute with Brevan Howard
Litigation 06 Feb 2015 Jersey

Anthony Robinson, assisted by David Cadin, Edward Drummond and Dina El-Gazzar recently acted for Christopher Rokos, one of the co-founders and a highly successful trader with Brevan Howard (the largest hedge fund manager in Europe).

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Litigation Partner only Jersey lawyer named in UK Awards
Litigation 30 Jan 2015 Jersey

Bedell partner, Lisa Springate, was the only Jersey lawyer included among 24 individual award winners from firms across the country, including partners in many of the leading City law firms, in the Citywealth Power Women Awards 2015.

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey wins top captive award for third year
28 Jan 2015 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named Offshore Law Firm of the Year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2015.

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New Year begins with series of awards for Bedell Cristin
27 Jan 2015 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell has been recognised in a number of industry awards.

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The deep freeze: the growing impact of sanctions on Jersey

In recent times, there has been a marked increase in the use of co-ordinated economic sanctions by the European Union, the United Nations and individual states against rogue states and organisations and, on a targeted basis, against specific individuals and...

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Privy Council rules on trust jurisdiction clauses: Crociani & O'rs v Crociani & O'rs [2014] UKPC 40
Litigation 26 Nov 2014

The Privy Council has delivered a significant ruling on trust jurisdiction clauses in Crociani & O'rs v Crociani & O'rs [2014] UKPC 40.

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Oligarch on the run - lessons to be learned

The amazing tale of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh oligarch alleged to have committed a multi-billion dollar fraud, was the subject of a seminar jointly hosted by Bedell Cristin and KPMG at the Pomme D'Or on 5 November 2014.

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Bedell Cristin acts on $5 billion debt restructuring

Bedell Cristin partners Anthony Dessain and Edward Drummond and Associate Jessica Bermingham have acted on the recent successful restructuring of syndicated bank facilities of over $5 billion for United Company Rusal plc ("Rusal"), a Jersey company listed o...

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Bedell Cristin joins the World Services Group
05 Sep 2014 Guernsey Jersey Singapore BVI London

We are pleased to announce our membership of the World Services Group (WSG) representing both Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. We are looking forward to working with other member firms and developing our membership.

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Court of Appeal in Jersey breaks new ground by ordering first ever interim payment on account of costs
Litigation 14 Jul 2014 Jersey

The Court of Appeal in Jersey has broken new ground by ordering an interim payment on account of costs in Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & O'rs [2014] JCA 095.

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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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Bedell Cristin Guernsey Insolvency “First”
Litigation Insolvency & Restructuring 11 Jun 2014 Guernsey

The Royal Court of Guernsey has delivered a landmark ruling in the matter of Esquire Realty Holdings Limited on 16 April 2014.

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Chambers name Bedell Cristin ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’
30 Apr 2014 Jersey

Bedell Cristin has been named ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014.

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Overruled: Court of Appeal sets new test for permission to appeal applications in Jersey
Litigation 14 Apr 2014 Jersey

The Court of Appeal in Jersey has set a new test for permission to appeal from all future decisions of the Royal Court in civil proceedings.

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Bedell Cristin appears for successful Respondents in landmark trusts ruling of the Court of Appeal in Jersey
Litigation 09 Apr 2014 Jersey

The Court of Appeal in Jersey has delivered a landmark ruling in Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & Others [2014] JCA 089 (“Crociani”).

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Adducing fresh evidence in Judicial Review
Litigation 19 Mar 2014 Jersey

Bedell Cristin recently advised and acted for a Jersey company (the "Company") in respect of a challenge to a notice issued pursuant to Taxation (Exchange of Information with Third Countries) (Jersey) Regulations 2008 (the "Regulations") by the Comptroller ...

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The test for mistake when creating a trust has been clarified by the Royal Court of Jersey
Litigation 10 Mar 2014 Jersey

On 4 March 2014, the Royal Court gave judgment in Boyd v. Rozel Channel Islands Limited and Others [2014] JRC056

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Chevron Corporation
Litigation Guernsey

Acting for Chevron Corporation in litigation and related issues in Guernsey.

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Bedell Cristin to sponsor INSOL Channel Islands Conference in June

INSOL Channel Islands One Day Seminar - 12 June 2014

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A new dawn for Tax Information Exchange Agreements

Bedell Cristin is currently advising a number of trust companies and individuals in relation to requests under Tax Information Exchange Agreements ("TIEAs").

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Bedell Cristin overturn JCRA decision in successful appeal for JT
Litigation 29 Nov 2013 Jersey

Bedell Cristin acted for JT (Jersey) Limited ("JT") in successfully overturning a decision of the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority ("the JCRA") which would have modified JT's licence and required JT to implement a new system of wholesale line rental.

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New Channel Islands insolvency body earns world-wide recognition

The Channel Islands insolvency body, the Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts ('ARIES') has had its membership of the premier global insolvency body, INSOL International, ratified.

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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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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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In the Matter of the Onorati Settlement
Litigation Guernsey

Acting for the beneficiaries of a Jersey law trust in the first Hastings-Bass application after the Supreme Court judgement in Futter-v-Futter / Pitt-v-Holt.

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STEP Presentation - The changing landscape of litigation - 17 October 2013
Litigation 04 Oct 2013 Jersey

Bedell Cristin litigation partners, Mark Taylor and Lisa Springate have been invited to speak to members of the STEP Committee in Geneva on 17 October 2013.

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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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Crociani and others v Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation and Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd
Litigation Jersey

Acting for the Plaintiffs in breach of trust proceedings seeking restitution of in excess of US$ 100m.

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Opening of the Legal Year in Jersey
Litigation 17 Sep 2013 Jersey

In a tradition which dates back to at least 1309, the Royal Court of Jersey yesterday held its annual Assise d'Heritage which marks, with much pomp and ceremony, the opening of the legal year in Jersey.

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Bedell Cristin strengthens experienced litigation team with two Partner appointments

Bedell Cristin has appointed Rob Gardner and Edward Drummond as partners to further strengthen the firm’s top ranking litigation group in Jersey.

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Bedell Cristin Partner to speak at International Trust and Estates Litigation Conference
Litigation 04 Sep 2013 Jersey

Bedell Cristin Litigation Partner, Lisa Springate has been invited to speak at the "International Trust and Estates Litigation Conference" to be hosted by Butterworths Conferences in London on 30 September 2013.

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Bedell Cristin's David Cadin is new Jersey Bâtonnier
Litigation 19 Jul 2013 Jersey Guernsey

It has been announced that Bedell Cristin’s Litigation Partner, David Cadin, has been appointed to the post of Bâtonnier.

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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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Guidance for costs in trustee applications
Litigation 26 Jun 2013 Jersey

In the case of In the Matter of the Dunlop Settlement [2013] JRC 123 the Royal Court of Jersey has provided useful guidance as to the costs position of a beneficiary convened to a neutral application relating to the administration of the trust.

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Gemini
Litigation Jersey

Acting for Deloitte LLP, the joint administrators to the four companies that hold the 35 property strong “Gemini” securitised property portfolio.

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Funds for Feuds - Recent challenge to landmark litigation funding decision
Litigation 06 Jun 2013 Jersey

The Royal Court of Jersey has handed down its judgment in the most recent hearing of the proceedings brought by Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Limited and Barclays Wealth Fund Managers (Jersey) Limited as trustee and manager of the R2R Funds against the ...

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Bedell Cristin named International Law Firm of the Year
Litigation 21 May 2013 Jersey

Bedell Cristin has been named ‘International Law Firm of the Year’ in the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2013.

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Litigation Judgment Summary - Protectors: role and duties
Litigation 14 May 2013 Jersey

In the Matter of the Representation of C, D, E and F and In the Matter of the A and B Trusts [2012] JRC 169A, in a judgment released at the end of April, the Royal Court of Jersey has provided welcome guidance as to the scope of the duties of a trust protec...

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Bedell Cristin Partner shortlisted as 'Best in Offshore' at Europe Women in Business Law Awards
Litigation 08 May 2013 Jersey

Bedell Cristin Partner, Lisa Springate has been shortlisted for the 'Best in Offshore' in the Europe Women in Business Law Awards organised by the Euromoney Legal Media Group.

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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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Cross-border insolvency and the Golden Thread - the latest case and its appeal
Litigation 02 May 2013 Jersey

The Golden Thread has been referred to in several recent cases, including by the English Supreme Court in the well known case of Rubin v. Eurofinance SA; New Cap Reinsurance Corp Limited v. Grant [2012] UK SC 46. This case examined the effect of enforcement...

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Law Via the Internet (LVI) Conference to be held in Jersey in September 2013
Litigation 23 Apr 2013 Jersey

Bedell Cristin Partner David Cadin will be chairing one of the sessions as a confirmed speaker at the prestigious Law Via the Internet (LVI) conference to be held in Jersey this September.

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The Frontiers of Discovery
Litigation 28 Mar 2013 Jersey

Received wisdom may be that discovery is a stage in litigation which is only reached after pleadings have closed and which requires the parties to that litigation to list the relevant documents that are or were within their custody, power or possession and ...

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Bedell Cristin shortlisted in Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2013
Litigation 19 Mar 2013 Jersey

Bedell Cristin has been included in the short list for International Law Firm of the Year

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Storm Cloud on the horizon - how safe is your information and how safe are you?
Litigation 19 Mar 2013 Jersey Guernsey

Cloud computing has been much publicised as the next big innovation in business computing. Over the past 12 months, internet companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon have ramped up their offering of cloud services, selling the convenience of 24/7 acce...

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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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Bedell Cristin continues to expand litigation team
Litigation 26 Feb 2013 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell Cristin has continued to bolster the pan-Channel Island capabilities of its litigation team.

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Scoping out legal advice privilege
Litigation 05 Feb 2013 Jersey

The Supreme Court has now given its judgment on the eagerly awaited appeal by Prudential regarding whether or not legal advice privilege should be extended to communications in connection with advice given by professional people who are not qualified lawyers.

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Enforcing English matrimonial orders against Jersey trusts
Litigation 29 Jan 2013 Jersey

The enforcement of English matrimonial orders against Jersey trusts has undergone huge change in recent times, including the latest changes made by the Trusts (Amendment No.5) (Jersey) Law 2012.

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Bedell Cristin breaks new ground on a novel cross-border Jersey scheme of arrangement
Litigation Banking & Finance 08 Jan 2013 Jersey

A team from Bedell Cristin acted for Longreach Oil & Gas Limited (a Jersey company) ("Longreach") on its successful acquisition of APIC Petroleum Corporation (a Canadian company) ("APIC").

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In the Matter of the Shirnovic Trust
Litigation Jersey

There is a long-standing principle in English law that, in certain circumstances, equity will aid the defective execution of a power. In the recent case of In the Matter of the Shirnovic Trust, the Royal Court had to consider whether this principle applied ...

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In the Matter of the Valetta Trust
Litigation Jersey

We represent the Plaintiffs in the case of "In the Matter of the Valetta Trust".

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Re the B, C and D Settlements
Litigation Jersey

We are instructed by a Jersey trustee in proceedings involving various family trusts (with different proper laws) and foreign underlying companies.

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Belgravia

Acting for Deloitte LLP, the Joint Liquidators of numerous companies in the Belgravia Group.

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Insights
Sham trusts, the High Court and "Putin's Banker"
Briefings | 03 Nov 2017

On 11 October 2017, the High Court released its latest judgment in the long running saga between Mezhprom Bank and its liquidator, the Deposit Insurance Agency (the "DIA"), and Russian businessman Mr Sergei Pugachev (also known as "Putin's banker").

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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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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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Enforcement of foreign judgments in Jersey
Briefings | 20 Jan 2017

This briefing explains how foreign judgments may be enforced in Jersey. Jersey has its own legal system and is a separate jurisdiction from that of England and Wales. Judgments obtained outside Jersey which provide for the payment of a sum of money may be ...

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Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Jersey
Briefings | 20 Jan 2017

This briefing explains how foreign arbitral awards may be enforced in Jersey.

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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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Recent developments in the funding of litigation in Jersey
Briefings | 17 Jul 2015

There have been significant developments in the United Kingdom during the past two decades in the funding of commercial litigation. Some, although not all, of these developments have also impacted on the Jersey commercial litigation market.

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The deep freeze: the growing impact of sanctions on Jersey
Briefings | 20 Jan 2015

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Privy Council rules on trust jurisdiction clauses: Crociani & O'rs v Crociani & O'rs [2014] UKPC 40
Briefings | 26 Nov 2014

In Crociani & O'rs v Crociani & O'rs & Camilla de Bourbon des deux Siciles [2014] UKPC 40 ("Crociani"), the Privy Council has delivered a significant ruling which will have far reaching effects for trust lawyers (both contentious and non-contentious) all ov...

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Court of Appeal in Jersey orders first ever interim payment on account of costs
Briefings | 14 Jul 2014

In Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & O'rs [2014] JCA 095 ("Crociani"), the Jersey Court of Appeal has awarded an interim payment on account of costs to the successful Respondents to the ...

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Overruled: Court of Appeal sets new test for permission to appeal applications in Jersey
Briefings | 14 Apr 2014

In Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & Others [2014] JCA 089 ("Crociani"), Bedell Cristin appeared for the successful Respondents to the appeal in what is already being hailed as a landmar...

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Landmark ruling on trust jurisdiction clauses: Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & Others [2014] JCA 089
Briefings | 09 Apr 2014

In Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd & Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd v Crociani & Others [2014] ("Crociani"), the Jersey Court of Appeal has delivered a landmark ruling which will have far reaching effects for trust lawyers (both c...

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The status of Jersey as a well regulated international financial centre
Briefings | 03 Feb 2014

The Channel Islands comprise Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, other islands and islets. The relationship with the British monarchy is a long and strong one. Continental Normandy and the Channel Islands were one duchy at the time of the Norman Conquest of ...

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Tax Information Exchange Agreements
Briefings | 06 Dec 2013

Tax Information Exchange Agreements ("TIEAs") are international agreements which allow governments to exchange information relevant to their domestic tax laws and as provided for within the TIEAs. Jersey has entered into numerous TIEAs, in compliance with t...

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The test for administrative appeals: JT (Jersey) Limited v Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority [2013]JRC238
Briefings | 04 Dec 2013

The judgment issued on 29 November, 2013 in JT (Jersey) Limited v Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority [2013]JRC238 ("JT v JCRA") provides some much needed clarity with regard to the legal test for administrative appeals. The case relates to an appeal u...

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New guidance for public body decision-makers: JT (Jersey) Limited v Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority [2013]JRC238
Briefings | 29 Nov 2013

Public body decision-makers are often concerned to ensure that decisions they take will not be susceptible to challenge, for instance by making sure they comply with a fair and proper process and taking into account all relevant factors. The judgment of the...

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Enforcing English matrimonial orders against Jersey trusts
Briefings | 16 Oct 2013

The English matrimonial courts have jurisdiction to vary a trust in accordance with domestic law. This is so, even where the trust is located abroad and governed by the law of another jurisdiction. Thus, 'nuptial settlements' (whether on-shore or off-shore)...

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Intellectual Property (Unregistered Rights) (Jersey) Law 2011
Briefings | 18 Jul 2013

The Intellectual Property (Unregistered Rights) (Jersey) Law 2011 (the "Law") came into force on 18 December 2012. The introduction of the Law marks a significant change to the legal framework in Jersey in relation to unregistered intellectual property rig...

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Costs in trustee applications
Briefings | 25 Jun 2013

This briefing looks at the principles which apply in relation to the recovery of costs from a trust fund.

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The new frontiers of discovery
Briefings | 28 Mar 2013

Litigation Partner, David Cadin, recently obtained orders from the Master of the Royal Court which extended the boundaries of discovery in Jersey. Proceedings were started by Order of Justice in 2010 for breach of trust against Bedell Cristin's clients and...

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Storm cloud on the horizon - How safe is your information and how safe are you?
Briefings | 19 Mar 2013

2012 has been the year of the cloud. It is estimated that Amazon's cloud services alone now account for at least 1% of all internet consumer traffic and that this is likely to only increase over the next few years. The big internet companies, in particular ...

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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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With or without prejudice?
Briefings | 18 Feb 2013

The settlement of disputes through without prejudice negotiations, particularly at mediation, is a prominent feature of the post-Woolf litigation world, even in offshore jurisdictions such as Jersey. Parties are encouraged to put their cards on the table wi...

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A modern take on an old classic - equity aiding the defective execution of a power
Briefings | 15 Jan 2013

There is a long-standing principle in English law that, in certain circumstances, equity will aid the defective execution of a power. In the recent case of In the matter of the Shinorvic Trust, the Royal Court of Jersey had to consider whether this principl...

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Corporate wealth protection on divorce given boost by English Court of Appeal
Briefings | 13 Nov 2012

In Petrodel Resources Ltd & Ors v Prest & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 1395 ("Prest"), the English Court of Appeal has delivered a startling ruling which will have far reaching effects for wealthy individuals seeking to protect their assets on divorce.

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Iniquitous acts and sharp practice - fraud unravels all
Briefings | 07 Nov 2012

This briefing explains the crime/fraud exception to legal professional privilege and considers the position in Jersey in light of the English case of BBGP Managing General Partner Ltd and others v Babcock & Brown Global Partners ("BBGP").

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Bribery and corruption - Jersey
Briefings | 19 Sep 2012

This briefing explains the laws governing bribery and corruption in Jersey. Jersey has its own legal system and is a separate jurisdiction from that of England and Wales. To combat bribery and corruption, it enacted the Corruption (Jersey) Law 2006 (the "C...

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Instituting civil proceedings in Jersey
Briefings | 31 Aug 2012

Jersey has a legal system which is separate from that of any other jurisdiction. Whilst it is judicially independent, unsurprisingly, it reflects many of the practices and procedures to be found in the courts of England and Wales, but with distinct differen...

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The discovery process in Jersey litigation
Briefings | 31 Aug 2012

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. Discovery is the legal process pursuant to which the parties to litigation reve...

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Disclosure from third parties – a panoply of remedies
Briefings | 31 Aug 2012

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Mediation in Jersey
Briefings | 10 Aug 2012

This briefing focuses on mediation, perhaps the most common form of alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") procedures. Mediation is widely used in the UK and has well established advantages over traditional litigation including: substantial costs savings a...

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The pre-nups and downs of modern marriage
Briefings | 10 Aug 2012

As divorce and remarriage become more commonplace, many are realising that it may be prudent not to rely on the promise of ever lasting love, especially where finances are concerned. Paradoxically, your spouse is probably the greatest threat to your wealth ...

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Family law in Jersey
Briefings | 10 Aug 2012

This briefing is intended to provide answers to some of the key questions that you may have regarding family law proceedings in Jersey whether you are married, unmarried or in a civil partnership.

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Obtaining evidence in Jersey at the request of a foreign court
Briefings | 24 Jul 2012

The purpose of this briefing is to summarise the procedure for obtaining evidence in Jersey at the request of a foreign court (the "Requesting Court") in civil or commercial proceedings pending or in contemplation outside the Island.

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The informal freeze under the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999
Briefings | 24 Jul 2012

This briefing looks at the importance of "knowing your client", an important obligation that sits on many financial and non-financial services businesses, including law firms, in the context of recent Jersey litigation where the client of a bank had his ass...

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Mareva relief in Jersey in aid of foreign litigation
Briefings | 23 Jul 2012

The purpose of this briefing is to set out how and when the Jersey courts will grant Mareva relief to assist litigants in foreign jurisdictions.

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Dispute resolution in Jersey
Briefings | 23 Jul 2012

In many cases, Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") might offer a more cost effective, time efficient solution to dealing with a dispute than traditional litigation. This briefing gives an overview of the approach to ADR in Jersey.

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Guernsey litigation update – admission of hearsay evidence in civil proceedings
Briefings | 10 Jun 2011

The law relating to the admission of evidence in civil proceedings in Guernsey has been overhauled. On 28 April, 2011 the Evidence in Civil Proceedings (Guernsey and Alderney) Law 2009 came into force and it has removed many previous restrictions concerning...

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Enforcement of foreign judgments in Guernsey
Briefings | 08 Jun 2011

This briefing explains how foreign judgments may be recognised and enforced in Guernsey.

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Security for costs and the corporate plaintiff - paying for the privilege of limited liability?
Briefings | 28 Jan 2011

The usual costs rule in litigation is that the losing party pays the winning party's reasonable legal costs. If a Defendant fears that a Plaintiff will not or will be unable to pay those costs, it can attempt to safeguard against that risk by bringing an ap...

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To Protect & To Serve
Articles | 05 Apr 2017

Alasdair Davidson and Rupert Morris discuss the role of protectors in Guernsey trusts. Published in the STEP Journal - April 2017.

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Trust sector and continued litigation. How can Guernsey's trust legislation respond?
Articles | 18 Jan 2017

Rupert Morris and Alasdair Davidson assess how trust law in Guernsey may respond to changes in the sector. Published in eprivateclient Guernsey Report - January 2017.

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The EU-US ‘Privacy Shield’ heralds new era of trans-Atlantic data transfers
Articles | 13 Dec 2016

Rebecca McNulty considers the new “EU-US Privacy Shield”, and whether, as some say, it might one day be successfully challenged, amid calls for something still more robust. Published on International Investment online - 13 December 2016.

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Trust Litigation in Guernsey
Articles | 01 Jan 2016

Litigation in the trust sector has seen a number of high profile cases in Guernsey and Rupert Morris examines the impact two of these cases could have on trust work on the island. Published in eprivateclient - January 2016.

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Guernsey: innovating pre-packs
Articles | 24 Sep 2015

Alasdair Davidson discusses innovating pre-packs. Published in Legal Week September 2014.

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Jurisdiction clauses in trusts
Articles | 29 Apr 2015

Anthony Robinson and Eason Rajah QC write about jurisdiction clauses in trusts - published in Trust and Trustees, 29 April 2015.

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Litigation: To the rescue
Articles | 04 Jun 2013

Lisa Springate and Dina El-Gazzar examine the importance of the landmark decision in Re The Shinorvic Trust - published in Trust and Estates Law and Tax Journal, June 2013.

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Litigation: A modern take on an old classic
Articles | 11 May 2013

A modern take on an old classic by Lisa Springate and Dina El Gazzar - published in ACTAPS newsletter May 2013.

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Litigation: Landmark decision reached on the validity of litigation funding in Jersey
Articles | 13 Apr 2012

Lisa Springate and Robert Gardner discuss the landmark decision reached on the validity of litigation funding in Jersey - published in STEP Journal April 2012.

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Litigation: Case Notes
Articles | 15 Feb 2012

Advocate and partner Lisa Springate and Advocate Robert Gardner examine a new way to fund litigation - published in JEP Law and Accountancy Review 15 February 2012.

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