News release: Citywealth's Top 100 trust litigators and polymaths
21 May 2020
News release 22/05/2020:
"Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate..."
Citywealth has a 15 year history of analysing the offshore market with strong relationships with trust companies in jurisdictions like Cayman, Bermuda, Zurich, Geneva, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man. Through its independent editorial and decade long awards programmes (IFC Awards), our knowledge of the sector is second to none. As the world reels from Covid-19 and a world of litigation awaits us, the global sector has also experienced significant upheaval. Consolidation, private equity investment, changing business models and investment performance pressure from clients. The trust industry has also seen government and OECD oversight and asset tracing from professional parties like 'family' lawyers.
So who do trustees turn to when litigation arrives on their doorstep or on the other side of the coin when families or entrepreneurs are no longer happy with their advice or service? Citywealth conducted a research programme over several months to create a Top trust litigator list fit for purpose. One of the key questions asked was: who has impressed you most during current or past litigations? Their answers have revealed a list of peer recommended litigators who have negotiated with the toughest opponents, through the hardest circumstances and with very little on their side but brains, lateral thinking and a will to win.
Time to litigate?
What must be pointed out to the casual observer here though is that litigations, despite sometimes, requiring a formidable approach, can take years to resolve and as one wise New York lawyer once said "running out of money is sometimes the best way to bring a long running dispute to an end". The research on this list and their cases will reveal just such a situation with one case taking 40 years and counting (20 years to reach the first conclusion and 20 more years to re-fight it), however as even the best arbitrators and mediators in the world have also said "sometimes everyone needs litigation." This may mean that a case is 90% agreed, but one point cannot be agreed upon. Litigation is a tried and trusted method that has its place in the world even with the most agreeable and mild-mannered lawyer or client.
We hope you find this curation, as exciting as we do. It is a well-considered one, the list is dealing with top of the world cases including Royal families, government bodies and persons of interest accused of fraud. Everyone appearing here is a Citywealth ‘Magic Circle’ selection.
As well as surveying this list, we ask you, if you use or know these lawyers or barristers to let us learn more by leaving a review on their page to tell us about your experiences and rate them on fees; technical expertise; interpersonal and communication skills. But, if choosing a lawyer from this selection, keep in mind, as one of our respondents said "I don't think there is any lawyer or barrister who is the right choice for every type of case" which underlines the need to be realistic in your expectations:, realise it is risk taking, needs financing, but also that sometimes in life and business there is little choice but to protect your position, even if the cookie, in the end, doesn't crumble your way.
See the introduction, lead litigators and full Top 100 list by clicking here
Rate these lawyers by searching their name on our users ratings site www.leaderslist.co.uk, developed by Citywealth, for the wealth management and private client industry.
By region and jurisdiction
(alphabetic by surname)
Alasdair Davidson, Partner, Bedell Cristin
Gordon Dawes, Partner, Mourant
Christian Hay, Managing Partner Guernsey, Collas Crill LLP
Alison Ozanne, Partner, Head Guersnsey Dispute Resolution, Walkers Global
Ian Swan, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolutions, Babbe
Stephen Alexander, Partner, Mourant
Damian Evans, Partner, Ogier
James Gleeson, Founding Partner, Dickinson Gleeson
Justin Harvey-Hills, Partner, Mourant
Richard Holden, Counsel, Carey Olsen
Damian James, Partner, Head of Jersey Dispute Resolution, Collas Crill
John Kelleher, Partner, Carey Olsen
Andreas Kistler, Partner, Carey Olsen
Bruce Lincoln, Partner, Mourant
Mike Preston, Advocate, Founder, Preston Legal
Luke Olivier, Counsel, Mourant
William Redgrave, Partner, Baker & Partners
Philip Sinel, Senior Partner, Sinels
Jonathan Speck, Senior Partner, Mourant
Sam Williams, Of Counsel, Ogier
David Wilson, Partner, Oben Law
Isle of Man
Peter Maughan, Head Litigation, Simcocks Advocates
Elliott Phillips, Partner, Head Gibraltar, Signature Litigation
Christian Girod, Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer
Yves Klein, Partner, Monfrini Bitton Klein
Daniel Tunik, Partner, Head of Litigation, Lenz & Staehlin
Dr Manuel Liatowitsch, Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer
Matthew R. Clark, Special Counsel, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell
Christopher P. Simon, Partner, Cross and Simon LLC
W. Donald Sparks, Director, II, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
Scott E. Swenson, Connolly Gallagher LLP
Gregory J. Weinig, Partner, Connolly Gallagher LLP
Sandra Sigler, Partner, Sigler Law Offices LLC
Harry Susman, Partner, Susman Godfrey LLP
Ronni G. Davidowitz, Partner, Private Wealth, Katten
Gary B. Freidman, Partner, Greenfield Stein & Senior, LLP
Gonzallo S Zeballos, Partner, Baker Hostetler
Adam Streisand, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Caribbean, Central and South America
Marco Turnquest, Partner, Lennox Paton
Brian Simms QC, Senior Partner, Lennox Paton
Grant Carroll, Partner, Ogier
Eleanor Morgan, Partner, Head Litigation, BVI, Mourant
Bernadette Carey, Partner, Carey Olsen
Carlos de Serpa Pimentel, Partner, Group Head Private Client, Trusts, Appleby Group
Lucy Diggle, Senior Counsel, Walkers
William Jones, Partner, Ogier
Robert Lindley, Partner, Head Cayman and BVI Private Client and Trust, Conyers
Neil McLarnon, Partner, Travers Thorp Alberga
Andrew Miller, Partner, Bedell Cristin
Rachael Reynolds, Global Head Dispute Resolution, Ogier
Hector Robinson QC, Partner, Head Litigation and Insolvency, Cayman islands, Mourant
Shelley White, Partner, Walkers
Joanna Caen, Partner, Head Private Wealth, Herbert Smith Freehills
Elaine Chen, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Brian Gilchrist, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Ian Mann, Asia Managing Partner, Harneys
Kevin So, Partner, Howse Williams
Methodology: A survey was sent to 18,000 wealth managers and private client advisors to ask for submissions and also recommendations of litigators who had impressed them. Respondents were asked to answer a set of questions which included key cases they had worked on; cases that had impressed them and biographies to examine. The result is a consideration of the names submitted and their recommendations. It also involved editorial research to review key information and compare to produce the final list.