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James Dickinson

Managing Partner  |  Dickinson Gleeson

Jersey (Advocate)
England and Wales
British Virgin Islands


Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Philanthropy and charitable giving


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past five years?

The highlight of my practice for the last 5 years has been my involvement (since September 2013) in the Campbell v Campbell case, with proceedings in the BVI, Hong Kong, England, Jersey and Thailand. There have been two trials - one in England and one in Jersey (where I have appeared as Advocate and we created new law relating to common intention constructive trusts). We have recovered millions for our client and (to date) roundly beaten the opposed party (who instructed Taylor Wessing).

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

To specialise early, focus on the area of specialisation, achieve excellence in the relevant area, work as hard, if not harder, than your peers, develop a good range of contacts and remember that the best form of marketing is doing a good job.

What is your favourite quote?

"To take no risks is greater than taking no risks at all." It was one of my late father's favourite sayings.