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Niall MacDonald is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department in Appleby’s Jersey office.

He advises on all types of commercial dispute and has extensive advocacy experience ranging from representing clients regarding trusts and multi-jurisdictional issues (before the Royal Court of Jersey and Court of Appeal) to resolving local employment disputes (before the Jersey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal).

His practice now focuses on the following specialisms: commercial & contractual disputes; employment & regulatory matters; trust litigation; together with fraud, asset tracing & insolvency cases.  The breadth of his experience equips him particularly well when such issues overlap, for example with misconduct investigations concerning regulatory matters.

His clients range from high net worth individuals and executives, to leading global and local corporate entities.

The cases which he has resolved over the last 15 years have involved a broad range of other areas of the law (including company, contract, criminal, data protection, insolvency, insurance, planning, professional negligence and regulatory).

Niall began his career as Fiscal Officer at the Civil Recovery Unit of the Scottish Government, when it was winning test cases in 2003, before training as Scottish solicitor with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (now Dentons). In 2006 he qualified into their Commercial Dispute Resolution Practice and worked there for two years before relocating to Jersey. He subsequently spent 12 years at another major international offshore law firm before joining Appleby in 2021.


Clients told Legal 500:

‘Niall MacDonald – personable with wide experience. A good team player.’

‘Niall MacDonald is a responsive lawyer who is easy to talk to and is always demonstrating his legal expertise and professionalism during the provision of the legal services to my company’s case.’

‘He is very clever, analytical and talented in applying the law to the facts in the case at hand.’

We were so lucky to be allocated Niall MacDonald. He was responsive to queries and explained everything in a clear, logical manner without the use of jargon. He absorbed the information we gave him rapidly and was empathetic to our concerns for staff members. He was knowledgeable and professional but above all kind and calming in a very stressful situation. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.’

‘Niall MacDonald has provided my organisation with an exceptional service. Niall is approachable, accessible and very responsive. Niall considers all eventualities and provides information in a way that supports informed choice and decision-making. When facing difficult circumstances, Niall is fully prepared, his knowledge and skills provide confidence and security.’

‘Niall MacDonald was outstanding. From initial contact to conclusion we were treated with the utmost professionalism and courtesy.’

‘Niall MacDonald was excellent – he worked hard on our case and provided us with sound legal advice and documentation and kept in regular contact. Niall took the emotion out of the case for us and made sure also that we were all content with how things were moving forward.’

Clients told Chambers:

“Niall provides an excellent service.”

“Niall provides excellent support, advice and solutions. He is extremely responsive and understands the industry well, always looking for the most cost-effective route.”

“Niall is very responsive and able to pivot quickly to requirement.”



Qualifications & Education

  • Edinburgh University (Law Degree (Honours) and Diploma in Legal Practice)­

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