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Philip Sinel, Jersey Advocate and litigation lawyer

Senior Partner

Qualifications

  • Barrister - England and Wales (1984)
  • Jersey Advocate (1987) 
  • Attorney-at-Law – Anguilla (2002)
  • Rights of Audience and to Conduct Litigation - Dubai (2008)

Upon qualifying as a Jersey Advocate in 1987, Philip established Philip Sinel & Co.


Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional and medical negligence
  • Fraud
  • Trust Law
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Private client

Advocate Philip Sinel is regularly invited to speak at conferences in relation to various aspects of Jersey Law.


Memberships

  • Jersey Law Society
  • Jersey Family Law Society
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
  • Institute of Directors
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Chancery Bar Association of England and Wales (overseas member)
  • Insolvency Lawyers' Association (overseas member)

Languages

  • English
  • French

Hobbies

Family, water sports, nature


Cases / highlight deals

  • Stock v Pantrust International SA and others

    Sinels acted for Pantrust in relation to proceedings commenced to replace Pantrust as trustees of alleged trusts.  The Court removed Pantrust but orders were made preserving the alleged trust assets pending debt disputes between the parties.

  • Haden-Taylor v Canopious Underwriting Ltd and others

    Sinels acted for a client who was involved in proceedings issued by her ex-husband who had a life interest in one of her properties and was making vexatious claims against her and the insurers of the property and the insurance brokers.  Sinels successfully got the claims struck out as against their client together with costs.

  • Interest rate hedging product dispute

    Sinels were instructed by local company who is a significant employer in the hospitality industry.  Sinels’ client was involved in a dispute with a major bank regarding the mis-selling of an interest rate swap.  Sinels negotiated a successful outcome for the client by having the swap and associated costs cancelled and the debt to the bank reduced by approximately £10m; somewhere in the region of 33% of the overall indebtedness.  The fee spend to result ration was around 45 to 1.

  • Fraud

    Sinels were involved in an action in the Execution Courts in Bahrain in respect of a multi-million pound debt claim against a world-renowned fraudster.  Significant pressure and on the ground presence led to an arrest of the debtor and a successful hearing before the Execution Court.

  • BS West, GB West, BI West and MM West v Lazard Brothers and Company (Jersey) Limited and Lazard Brothers Trustee Company (Jersey) Limited 1993

    Landmark litigation culminating in an eight month trial and a now famous judgment. Successfully pursued the Defendant, Bank and Trustee, in respect of a thirteen year old fraud on the beneficiaries. The case made legal history at a number of levels.

  • Mayo Associates SA, Troy Associates Limited and TTS International SA v Cantrade Private Bank Switzerland (CI) Limited and Touche Ross and Company

    Landmark litigation, pursuing to successful settlement multi million pound claims for tort, conspiracy, fraud and breach of contract against a rogue currency trader, his accountant and a division of the Union Bank of Switzerland (closed as a consequence of this litigation). It also involved satellite litigation with the Regulator. The trader, the banker and the auditor were all convicted of serious criminal offences. The clients received in excess of £20,000,000.

  • Bamford v Ellis & Others

    Sinels acted for a trustee holding a significant portion of the estate of the late Jason Cyril Bamford. The dispute between the heirs and the mistress spawned extensive litigation in Jersey, Switzerland and England.

  • Attorney General v Eichner

    Sinels acted for the accused in a criminal trial regarding charges brought against a doctor in respect of the alleged misuse of class A drugs. All charges dismissed with costs.

  • Buxani v Buxani

    Highly complex, shareholder dispute involving applications by the minority holders seeking to take control of a Jersey company (case settled before trial).

  • Re A Settlement (held largely in camera)

    Established the right of beneficiaries to be convened to trustee directions hearings.

  • Bhander v Barclays Private Bank & Trust Co. Ltd

    Action between a trustee and disaffected beneficiaries. Established guidelines in respect of the proper conduct of Beddoes applications where litigation is contemplated by the trustee against some of the beneficiaries.

  • C v C

    High value matrimonial case, which involved looking through a foreign trust and a false identity. Claimant’s wife achieved a considerable measure of success.

  • Ball v King

    Successful recovery of funds from a rogue. Application to overturn a previous cost order based on the subsequent actions of the defendant.

  • Syvret v Bailache & Hamon

    Highly controversial human rights/democracy issue. Unsuccessful attempt to cause the Courts to right a denial of democracy in the States. The Court declined to assert jurisdiction over the legislative.

  • Re The Eurotrust

    Highly complex, high value litigation held almost exclusively in camera involving at least fifty hotly disputed financial transactions taking place in the Middle and Far East. Settlement achieved before trial.

  • PS v C

    Sinels acted for the husband in high value ancillary applications.

  • Caversham Trustees Ltd v Patel and Six Others

    Sinels acted for the trustee, beset by troublesome and ultimately dishonest beneficiaries. Case escalated but successful contempt proceedings were brought against and the trustee made an almost complete recovery of funds.

  • Sheikh Mohamed Ali M Alhamrani and Four Others v Sheikh Abdullah Ali M Alhamrani and Four Others

    Sinels advised the incoming trustee in relation to Jersey’s highest value and most complex litigation.

  • High value family trust matter

    Sinels acted for a sub-trust which concerned three sisters who were beneficiaries of a wealthy family trust structure. Sinels was assisted by two Queen’s Counsel and a junior barrister in respect of a three week trial which saw members of the family from all over the world give evidence.  Advocate Sinel was the trial advocate and lead within the legal team.

  • Nautech Services Limited v CSS Limited and Others

    Sinels acted for Nautech in respect of proceedings and injunctions against inter alia its ex-employees. Advocate Sinel, together with specialist English Counsel, advised in respect of novel areas of copyright and database rights in Jersey and he appeared several times on issues such as injunctive relief and the joinder of parties outside the jurisdiction. 

  • Investigation by the JFSC

    Sinels acted for and advised a director of a Jersey trust company on regulatory issues and investigations concerning alleged breaches of compliance, corporate governance and money laundering statutes.  Sinels also advised on appeals against findings made by the JFSC.