Mourant Ozannes, Guernsey
T +44 1481 731 439
Year of joining Mourant Ozannes:
Litigation, Financial Services & Regulatory, Insolvency
& Restructuring, International Trusts & Private Client
Jeremy specialises in commercial litigation generally,
particularly cases involving insolvency, contentious trust disputes
and financial services businesses, along with asset tracing and
freezing orders. He also advises on regulatory and money laundering
Jeremy has been involved in many of the more significant cases
before the Royal Court of Guernsey. He acted for Westminster City
Council in relation to the proceedings against Dame Shirley Porter
and has been involved with a number of high value insolvencies. He
acted for the liquidators in the Flightlease Group liquidations,
part of the SwissAir Group which involved disputed claims against
the group for several billion dollars. He currently acts for
Investec Trust (Guernsey) Limited in relation to a disputed breach
of trust claim and for the liquidators of Carlyle Capital
Corporation in the pursuit of a claim for US$1billion against a
number of parties.
Jeremy also deals with insolvency issues relating to various
structures such as protected cell companies, incorporated cell
companies and limited partnerships and acted for the Guernsey
Financial Services Commission in relation to the administration of
Messenger PCC which is believed to be the first insolvency process
involving a PCC. Jeremy has been involved with and continues to be
involved with a number of disputes relating to the operation of
PCCs and similar entities.
Jeremy speaks regularly on insolvency issues and contributes to
a number of publications in the field.
He is currently the International Practice Group Head for
Litigation across all of the jurisdictions in which Mourant Ozannes
practice and the Joint Head of International Trusts & Private
Clients in Guernsey.
Jeremy acted for Westminster City Council in relation to
the proceedings against Dame Shirley Porter and was also involved
in the Flightlease Group liquidation.
What the directories say:
"Jeremy Wessels is 'a leading lawyer in insolvency matters,' and
'outstanding in litigation,' according to sources," Chambers UK,
Jeremy Wessels is listed as a Prominent Figure for
Contentious Trusts in the Citywealth Leading Lawyers List
Jeremy is "rightly regarded as one of the leading commercial
litigators in Guernsey," Citywealth Leaders List 2012.
"Jeremy Wessels is picked out by sources as a 'highly regarded
insolvency expert'," Chambers UK, 2012.
Jeremy is named as a leading lawyer and prominent figure for
contentious and non-contentious trusts work in the Citywealth
Leaders List 2011.
"Sources are effusive in their praise of leading litigator
Jeremy Wessels, describing his performances in court as 'akin to
watching a top surgeon - he's meticulous and cuts right to the
heart of the matter.' He is especially adept in financial services,
insolvency, trusts, money laundering, asset tracing and insurance
disputes," Chambers Global, 2011.
Jeremy "is popular with clients for financial services,
insolvency, asset tracing and insurance work," Chambers UK,
Jeremy "'has a smooth and considered courtroom style' and is an
island leader in insolvency litigation; he also has experience in
insurance, trusts and money laundering disputes," Chambers,
"Sensible but firm, if you've got a complex commercial dispute I
would choose him," Legal 500.
"Extremely responsive and meets tight deadlines," Legal 500.