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Our Jersey International Trusts & Private Client practice

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Mourant Ozannes' International Trusts & Private Client practice group (ITPC) is led from the firm's London office by former barrister and international trusts litigation specialist Douglas Close. The global ITPC team comprises some of the most renowned trust litigators and advisers in the offshore world, and advises on the laws of the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey, from offices in each of those jurisdictions as well as in London and Hong Kong. Our aim is to provide exceptional client service through an integrated trusts/private client team covering both contentious and non-contentious matters in all our jurisdictions.

The Jersey ITPC team is led by Giles Corbin and Jonathan Speck. Each has many years' experience in the trusts/private client field; each is an acknowledged expert, and recommended as such in both Chambers UK and Legal 500; each appears in the Citywealth Leaders' List in recognition of his trusts/private client expertise. The firm itself is recommended by Chambers UK and Legal 500 for dispute resolution and for trusts/private client work in Jersey, and members of the Jersey ITPC team have been involved in some of the most complex and high-value trust litigation and non-contentious work in Jersey over the past ten years. 

We aim to bring to bear our experience and expertise to provide the right individual or team for each client's needs at every stage of our instructions, whatever the size or nature of the case. We act for local and international financial institutions, trustees, beneficiaries, settlors, protectors, wealth managers, family offices, HNWIs - indeed, everyone with a need for legal advice or representation in connection with trust/private client issues, including pensions and probate. We have considerable experience of working in close collaboration with onshore law and accountancy firms, and expertise in relation to philanthropic trusts, non-charitable purpose trusts, Shar'ia compliant trusts and complex private trust company structures.

We have also been at the forefront of the introduction and development of Jersey's recent foundations law. Members of the Jersey ITPC team have advised on more Jersey foundations than any other law firm, according to figures available from the Jersey Financial Services Commission. We advised on the first Jersey foundation for private beneficiaries, the first for charitable purposes and also on the first continuance of a foreign foundation to Jersey.

Uniquely among the larger offshore firms we adopt an integrated "one firm" approach, enabling us to advise dispassionately on the appropriate jurisdiction in which to establish and administer wealth management structures, and to work together across our jurisdictions, in our clients' interests. Also, unlike the majority of our competitors, we have no captive private client trust company, enabling us to make independent recommendations of trustees in each of our jurisdictions.

For further information, please get in touch with any of the individuals named above, or your usual Mourant Ozannes contact.

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Please click here for our unofficial consolidation of the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 marked to show the amendments made by the No.6 Amendment thereto (itself in force on 25 October 2013).
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