Edward Devenport

+44 (0)1534 676366

Edward Devenport

Partner  |  Mourant Ozannes
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Jersey
Cayman Islands
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Administration of estates and trusts
Succession planning

Q&A

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

No particular highlight, but advising alongside some of the brightest and most talented professionals on some of the most complex and valuable trusts and foundations has been a constant source of interest/excitement/stress.

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

Take time to read.

What is your favourite quote?

“Said Hamlet to Ophelia, I'll draw a sketch of thee.
What kind of pencil shall I use?
2B or not 2B?” Spike Milligan.


Giles Corbin

+44 (0)1534 676521

Giles Corbin

Partner, International Trusts and Private Client  |  Mourant Ozannes
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Jersey

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Philanthropy and charitable giving

Q&A

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

Contribution to the statutory reserved power provisions and the rights of disclosure of information to beneficiaries on the working group tasked with the no.7 Amendments to the Trusts (Jersey) Law, 1984.

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

Never settle for mediocrity.

What is your favourite quote?

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty," Winston Churchill.


Henry Wickham

+44 (0)1534 514291

Henry Wickham

Counsel  |  Ogier
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Jersey
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Succession planning
Asset holding structures
Asset protection

Q&A

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

Advising a Middle Eastern client on all matters in relation to the creation of a foundation to hold assets built up over a lifetime for the benefit of his wider family and future generations.

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

I think embracing a culture of lifelong learning is essential in the face of an ever changing industry. This should help future proof your career.

What is your favourite quote?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” Nelson Mandela.


Alexa Saunders

+44 (0)1534 822410

Alexa Saunders

Partner  |  Carey Olsen
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Jersey
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Succession planning
Asset holding structures
Family office

Q&A

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

Acting for the beneficiary of a trust involved in hard fought divorce proceedings in circumstances where the trust assets, which constituted the bulk of the marital wealth, were not under the control of the trustee. After numerous applications to the Royal Court on a number of different issues, we succeeded in requiring the trustee to take steps to take control of the trust assets and ultimately make a significant distribution to our client in settlement of the divorce proceedings.

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

Get to know your fellow private client practitioners - the private client world is a small one.

What is your favourite quote?

"If our expectations - if our fondest prayers and dreams are not realised - then we should all bear in mind that the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall," Nelson Mandela.


Sevyn Kalsi

+44 (0) 1534 700 775

Sevyn Kalsi

Senior Counsel  |  Walkers Global
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Succession planning
Asset holding structures
Commercial trusts

Q&A

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

Having the opportunity to work with a broad range of advisers (internally and externally), across various jurisdictions and practice areas.
Expanding my knowledge and experience in private wealth work particularly in a corporate/ commercial context.
Leading various multi-billion pound trust and corporate restructuring matters.
Taking on the role of supervisor for trainee lawyers in the Private Wealth team (and being involved in interviewing future trainees).

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

Have an open mind and be receptive to expanding both your knowledge and skillset. In the offshore world, there is often an overlap between trust and corporate work and therefore an understanding of both areas (amongst others) can be invaluable.
Never underestimate the importance of interpersonal skills, in terms of both business development and team dynamics.
Finally, we're professionals, providing a service – there is never a need to be embarrassed to discuss fees with your clients.

What is your favourite quote?

“Never expect anyone to give you what you want. Work hard, be dedicated and get it yourself.”


Josephine Howe

+44 (0)1534 514201

Josephine Howe

Partner  |  Ogier
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Jersey
Scotland

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Asset holding structures
Family office
Philanthropy and charitable giving

Q&A

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

Working with an international multi-generational family and the trustees of their family trust structure in order to introduce the third generation to the structure and restructure the trusts to meet the needs of each of the first, second, third and future generations going forwards.

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

You can always learn something new, so listen to and learn from the experiences of those around you, and be willing to share your own knowledge and understanding in return.

What is your favourite quote?

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough,” Albert Einstein.


Robert Christie

+44 (0)1534 737757

Robert Christie

Partner  |  Dickinson Gleeson
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Jersey
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Dispute resolution
Administration of estates and trusts
Family business governance

Q&A

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

Putting together a team of London, BVI, Seychelles and African lawyers to obtain a trust derivative order in Jersey and then a freezing injunction in BVI (in the name of one of the beneficiaries but on behalf of the trust), to recover trust assets in Africa (held via a BVI company) which had been misappropriated by another beneficiary. The misappropriation had been facilitated by a purported transfer of the assets from the Jersey trust to a Seychelles trust which was later deemed to have failed.

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

Work hard and never compromise your integrity.

What is your favourite quote?

“Do not assume that because I am frivolous I am shallow; I do not assume that because you are grave you are profound,” Sydney Smith.


Pierre Ali-Noor

+44 (0)1534 737757

Pierre Ali-Noor

Senior Associate  |  Dickinson Gleeson
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Asset protection

QnA

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

The last two years or so have seen the successful end of a number of long and complex actions in which we were instructed. Of particular note was a major success for a corporate subsidiary of the government of Kuwait in a high profile fraud / asset recovery action that my client had been pursuing for over 25 years.

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

Every day is a school day in our profession - never stop learning and seeking to improve yourself.

What is your favourite quote?

“If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds-worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And, which is more, you’ll be a Man, my son!” Rudyard Kipling.


Stephen Alexander

+441534676172

Stephen Alexander

Partner  |  Mourant Ozannes
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales
Cayman Islands
Jersey

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Trust dispute resolution
Administration of estates and trusts
Asset protection

Q&A

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

The highlight has been acting on some of the largest trusts disputes cases before the Jersey courts, including: Dick Stock v GB Trustees and Ors [2019]; CMC Holdings Limited and Anor v Martin Forster and Ors [2019]; Representation of Virtue Trustees (Switzerland) AG, re The C Trust [2018] and HSBC CI v Kwong [2018].

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

Have patience, be yourself, work hard, collaborate with an open mind, and don’t be afraid to take some risks!

What is your favourite quote?

“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential,” Winston Churchill.