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Sam Williams is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team in Jersey.

He is an experienced litigator and advocate, having been called to the Jersey Bar in 2015, and appears regularly in the Royal Court of Jersey and Court of Appeal. Sam has particular expertise in private wealth disputes, including breach of trust proceedings, fiduciary removal applications, contentious restructurings, construction and tax mistake applications.  He advises trustees, beneficiaries and settlors.

In addition, Sam has experience of enforcing foreign arbitral awards and judgments and obtaining urgent injunctive relief, often in the context of fraud and asset tracing. He also advises on corporate and shareholder disputes, as well as on insolvency matters.

Work Highlights

  • Appearing for the successful respondent beneficiaries in the Court of Appeal in G v SG Kleinwort Hambros [2023] JCA 088, a leading authority on trustee directions applications and the scope of “non-binding guidance”
  • Appearing at trial on behalf of beneficiaries seeking the removal of a protector in B v Ward 2022 (1) JLR 170
  • Obtaining relief to set aside transfers of assets to a foundation on the basis of tax mistake in Re B and C [2023] JRC 166
  • Appearing on behalf of the trustee in the leading Jersey case on charitable trusts and the rules against perpetuities, Re Mattas [2024] JRC 068, and obtaining Beddoe relief for the purpose of a challenge to a foreign tax liability
  • Appearing at trial on behalf of a trustee in the Crociani v Crociani breach of trust proceedings, as well as obtaining a worldwide freezing order in respect of a claim for contribution based on dishonest assistance


Sam is ranked as a Next Generation Partner by Legal 500 and as Up and Coming by Chambers UK. The directories describe him as follows:

  • Sam Williams is excellent on his feet and extremely clever.”
  • “Sam Williams is phenomenally bright and a very attractive advocate: the Court loves him.”
  • “Sam is a robust, hard-working and effective lawyer who is also commercial.”
  • “Sam is fiercely intelligent and really good on his feet.”

Coverage & Insights

Sam regularly delivers training and webinars and has previously spoken at a number of leading conferences. He has had briefings and articles published by LexisNexis, STEP, ThoughtLeaders4 and in Trusts & Trustees.

Qualifications & Education

  • University of Oxford, BA in Modern History
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (non-practising), 2010
  • Jersey Advocate, 2015

Memberships & Associations

Sam is a member of the Board of Examiners for the Jersey bar examinations. He is also a member of the Contentious Trusts Association.

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