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Jeremy Wessels Partner International Practice Group Head

"The best offshore litigator I've worked with"

— Chambers UK, 2017
Jeremy Wessels

Overview

Jeremy is a partner and the International Head of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group, and the Joint Head of International Trusts & Private Clients in Guernsey. He 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 issues. 

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 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. 

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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 is described as 'excellent' and listed as a Leading Individual for Dispute Resolution in Legal 500 UK, 2016.

Chambers UK, 2017 lists Jeremy as a Ranked Lawyer and describes him as 'an outstanding practitioner in Guernsey' and 'the best offshore litigator I've worked with'.

"Jeremy Wessels is praised for being 'extremely dedicated,' because 'you know he reads every page and prepares religiously.' Commentators add: 'Judges listen to him, he's persuasive, good at thinking on his feet and very experienced. One of the best in Guernsey'," Chambers UK, 2016.

"Market sources report that Jeremy Wessels 'is a first-class lawyer, and he can translate that cerebral knowledge into good courtroom skills.' Another interviewee says he is 'the most respected litigator for trust matters in the jurisdiction'," Chambers UK, 2015. Jeremy is ranked in Dispute Resolution. 

"Jeremy Wessels is a 'great litigator'," Who's Who Legal, 2015. Jeremy is recommended in Private Client.

Legal 500 UK, 2015: Jeremy is ranked as a Leading individual and recommended in Private Client, Trusts and Tax & Dispute Resolution.

Jeremy is "remarkably personable," Legal 500 UK, 2014. 

"A deeply impressive character." "An exceptional advocate," Chambers UK, 2014. 

Who's Who Legal, 2014 lists Jeremy in Asset Recovery, Private Client and Insolvency & Restructuring.

Jeremy is recommended in the International Who's Who of Private Client Lawyers, the International Who's Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers and the International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers, 2013. 

"Jeremy Wessels is a 'first-class litigator'," Legal 500, 2013.

"Jeremy Wessels is 'a leading lawyer in insolvency matters,' and 'outstanding in litigation,' according to sources," Chambers UK, 2013.

Jeremy is listed as a Prominent Figure for Contentious Trusts in the Citywealth Leading Lawyers List, 2013. 

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