Private Client & Trusts

From simple to more sophisticated structures established for succession purposes, asset protection, tax efficiency, family governance or confidentiality, our team is focused on providing the absolutely best and right advice for each client.

Our lawyers regularly receive plaudits and awards: ‘Fantastic lawyer’, ‘technically sharp’, the ‘trust guru when it gets tricky’.

Our client base includes trustees, fiduciaries, settlors, beneficiaries and family offices and their advisers. High net worth clients in both mature and developing markets – particularly in Asia where we have offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo - looking for a trusted adviser to help them in securing their personal and professional future, benefit from our sensitive approach and innovative structuring.

With our contentious team we offer a seamless contentious and non-contentious advisory service which also includes relevant corporate support to structures underlying trusts. Our contentious trusts team can also help to resolve disputes concerning trusts and foundations, should the need arise.

In conjunction with our High Value Residency Team, we advise domestic and international clients on buying and selling residential property in Jersey and on the associated estate planning. Our wider services to individuals relocating their businesses and family include advising on residency applications in conjunction with trusted tax advisers, co-ordinating surveyors, architects, site and property finding professionals, as well as private banks to provide a seamless and personal service.

Services

Trusts and Foundations

  • BVI VISTA trusts
  • Cayman STAR trusts
  • Charitable and non-charitable purpose trusts
  • Employee benefit trusts and pensions
  • Family offices
  • Guernsey and Jersey Foundations
  • Private trust companies
  • Trust and ancillary deeds
  • Trust disputes

Banking and Finance

  • Conflicts of law
  • Inter-company loans
  • Financings by operating companies
  • Inter-company loans
  • Legal opinions
  • Wills and codicils

Corporate and Commercial

  • Conflicts of law
  • Corporate advice to underlying structures
  • Family unit trusts
  • Family partnerships
  • Holding companies
  • Legal opinions
  • Private companies
  • Sale of operating company
  • Wills and codicils

Wills and estate planning

  • Estate-planning advice
  • Probate
  • Wills and codicils