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Jonathan Speck

Senior Partner  |  Mourant
JURISDICTION

Jersey
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution

Enhanced Q&A

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

Working on setting up a number of trusts for ultra-high net worth individuals from jurisdictions around the world, in bespoke structures carefully designed to manage the various risks faced by the different families involved.

How did you get into private client?

My boss from 1989 wrote the Jersey Trust Law. I was his assistant and he dealt exclusively with trusts. The rest is history (30 years of it!).

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

I wouldn't presume.

What is your favourite quote?

“Justice is open to all. Like the Ritz.”

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Wining, dining, travelling (when there is no lockdown).

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Harry’s Bar in London.

Where have you seen growth in your practice over the last year?

Definitely in litigation relating to foreign tax.

What is the main area of growth you predict for the next 12 months?

More of the same – especially with the fall-out from Covid-19 and the inevitable tax increases which will follow.

What do you think will be the biggest three challenges in your practice for the next 12 months?

(1) What will "new normal" look like if and when we start to open up after lockdown.
(2) The interplay between AI/tech and fee earners.
(3) Persuading my partners that I should resume my role as International Head of Lunch.