As family arrangements become more complex, trustees and beneficiaries are frequently being drawn into disputes which lead to court proceedings. Our talented, experienced and solution driven team is committed to delivering the highest possible level of client service and regularly work together across our global locations to provide expert multi-jurisdictional advice.

Our global presence enables us to provide timely and comprehensive legal advice at the times most critical to our clients.

Our team have significant experience in all aspects of the law including:

  • Validation and administration of trusts, including the consideration of sham trusts, constructive trusteeship and tracing claims
  • Bringing or defending actions against trustees for breach of trust
  • Resolving disputes among beneficiaries or between them and trustees
  • Representation of minor and unascertained beneficiaries
  • Applications for court approval for the variation or resettlement of trusts
  • Applications to court for directions by trustees or beneficiaries

Client experience

Representative work

Representing Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei

Representing Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in high-profile litigation with the Sultan of Brunei to recover assets arising out of alleged misappropriation of US$15 billion from the Brunei Investment Agency, requiring parallel proceedings in both the Cayman Islands and Jersey

Recovery of funds deposited by Kadhir Abacha

Acting in relation to the recovery of funds said to have been deposited in a bank in the Isle of Man by Abdul Kadhir Abacha, brother of the late General Abacha, the former military dictator of Nigeria

Advising a trustee in relation to conflict of interest

Advising a trustee in relation to a hostile application to remove its co-trustee as trustee of a number of trusts on the basis of a clear and obvious conflict of interest, culminating in an order from the Royal Court of Jersey removing the co-trustee

Our Experts

Christopher Cope

Consultant: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 633
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Jared Dann

Partner: Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 313
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Charles Davies

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 622
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Mark Holligon

Managing Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 691
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Fraser Robertson

Partner: Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 032
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Eliot Simpson

Partner: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 2905 5765
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Anthony Williams

Partner: Guernsey

T +44 (0)1481 755 622
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Andrew Willins

Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5323
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Tim Swift

Counsel: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 607
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Steven White

Partner: Bermuda

T +1 441 298 0992
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Olwyn Barry

Group Partner: BVI, Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 357 or + 1 (284) 393 5345
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Amy Benest

Senior Associate: Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 009
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Andrew Jackson

Counsel: Cayman Islands

T +1 345 814 2738
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Crystal Au-Yeung

Senior Associate: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 2905 5767
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Erin Trimble-Cregeen

Senior Associate: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 914
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Richard Field

Partner: Guernsey

T +44 (0)1481 755 610
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Richard Sheldon

Group Partner*: Guernsey, Jersey

T +44 (0)1481 755 904
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