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Trusts - contentious and non-contentious - Jersey

Our experienced Jersey Trusts lawyers advise professional trustees and beneficiaries on the establishment of trusts, contentious trusts and conflict management. If you have a question for our specialist Jersey Trust lawyers, please complete our online enquiry form or call 0044 (0)1534 620500.

We advise professional trustees and beneficiaries on all aspects of Jersey Trusts from establishment and drafting to issues of conflict management, regulation and extradition. We have particular expertise in international and cross-border Trust litigation, providing strong and clear advice to identify the most effective course of action from the outset. We work closely with leading London Counsel on many aspects of trust litigation, drawing on a wealth of knowledge and experience of multi- and cross-jurisdictional disputes.

Our experience in Jersey means we understand the difficulties professional trustees face, but also how to deal with these problems quickly, efficiently and effectively by managing and minimising risk and provide specialist Trustee Advisory Services. Whether you need to draft deeds of addition, exclusion, indemnity, rectification, retirement or appointment or simply to ensure that your dealings with settlor and beneficiaries are sufficiently comprehensive, we have the experience and knowledge to ensure that you, as a trustee, can be safe in the knowledge that your position is protected.

Should litigation become necessary, our reputation speaks for itself. What distinguishes us from other lawyers is our understanding of how trusts litigation is run in Jersey and our ability to provide you at the outset with a thorough analysis of the merits of your case with advice on your best options.

Areas of expertise

  • Audit and risk management
  • Breaches of trust and how to deal with them
  • Contentious trusts and conflict management
  • Court procedures and how to avoid court proceedings
  • Dealing with beneficiaries
  • Non-contentious trusts
  • Review and audit of structures and identification of problems
  • Risk management reviews
  • Securing assets in Jersey and other locations
  • Seminars, training and current awareness
  • Strategic advice
  • Trust litigation

Recent Cases

Substantial Jersey law trust with assets in excess of £100m

Sinels act for the claimants in these actions. Sinels have been successful in obtaining judgment and costs awActing for the beneficiaries of a substantial Jersey law trust with assets in excess of £100m in respect of the provision of asset protection and tax planning advice in light of certain foreign revenue schemes and forced heirship laws.

Legal Advisors: Philip Sinel, Matthew Godden, Steven Chiddicks, Catia Tavares


We advised the newly appointed corporate trustee in this very high profile litigation regarding a significant breakdown of relations between members of a wealthy Saudi Arabian family. The litigation involved serious and wide-ranging allegations of breach of trust and fiduciary duty. We provided strategic advice, resolving this litigation rapidly to the benefit of the ultimate clients.

Legal Advisors: Philip Sinel, Richard Wakeham

Acting for the beneficiaries of a trust which owned substantial land and property in South Africa

We act for the beneficiaries of a trust which owned substantial land and property in South Africa.  Opportunities to sell the land for significant profit were lost as a result of improper conduct of the trustee.  Subsequently, the trustee sued a company that it owned in South Africa to recover sums it alleged were owing to it. Have assisted clients in bringing about criminal proceedings in South Africa, setting aside orders made by the civil court in South Africa and in the appointment of new trustees for the trusts of which the family are beneficiaries in both Jersey and Guernsey. A representation has been filed with the court in relation to the last point dealing with entitlement of the Jersey trustee to retain the whole of the assets of the trust as security for future liabilities.

Legal Advisors: Philip Sinel, Richard Wakeham

Recovery of gifts made to an unregulated English trustee

Sinels act for an inderdict’s curator and wife seeking to recover gifts made to an unregulated English trustee by a previous curator and the interdict’s wife, and to seek declarations that the English law trust and the transfers of assets to it are void. Sinels are in the process of securing litigation funding so that the proceedings may be advanced.

Legal Advisors: Philip Sinel, Richard Wakeham, Lauren Glynn