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Alasdair Davidson

Partner, Head of Litigation and IPC (Guernsey)  |  Bedell Cristin

Bailiwick of Guernsey
England and Wales
Turks and Caicos Islands
British Virgin Islands


Administration of estates and trusts
Asset holding structures
Dispute resolution


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Securing the first successful relief in Guernsey law under the refined/modified “rule in Hastings-Bass”. This application took many months to prepare, and it involved careful consideration of tax issues arising out of a transfer to a trust executed by a settlor, whilst literally being wheeled into the operating theatre for major surgery. I made submissions predicated on unique aspects of Guernsey’s Trust Law, which have since been referred to by others before the Court of Appeal in another matter. Securing this result has meant a personal tax liability of several millions being lifted from the shoulders of my client.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Always keep a commercial weather eye out for what is going on worldwide rather than taking a blinkered approach to what’s just happening at home (and always buy your round!)

What is your favourite quote?

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” Robert Heinlein.