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.


His clients describe him as “charming, friendly and capable” (Legal 500) and “an absolute pleasure to work with … sensible, displays excellent judgement and is always calm … comes up with innovative ideas, is able to manage a significant workload and provides detailed and timely updates” (Chambers).

In 2015 he was awarded the Junior Lawyer of the Year by the Law Society of Jersey with its President noting that Niall stands out having “represented clients in a wide range of litigation issues … achieving consistently good results.”


Qualifications & Education

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

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