2018 Trust & Estates Litigation Forum


Carey Olsen is a market leading offshore law firm. We deliver exceptional services to our clients from the key offshore financial centres of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. We also have offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, London and Singapore. We employ over 360 people and our 49 partners head up a total complement of 200 lawyers. We provide legal services in relation to all aspects of corporate and finance, trusts and private wealth, investment funds, insolvency, restructuring and dispute resolution. We work with an extensive range of clients, including directors, insolvency practitioners, global financial institutions, investment funds, private equity and real estate houses, corporates, trustees, governments and private individuals. We also work with leading onshore legal advisers on international transactions and cases involving our jurisdictions.

FFP is the leading offshore firm for providing replacement trustee, directorship, general partner, liquidation and registered office services. FFP was founded in 2012 and has offices in Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. FFP’s mandates are always contentious and involve an element of restructuring, litigation or distress and are inevitably cross border. We deal with regulators and law enforcement agencies on a constant basis.  We are able to rapidly take control of complex situations and structures in jurisdictions across the world. We are in active litigation in over 10 countries at various stages of their Court systems. We are typically hired via onshore and offshore litigation counsel.

NERA Economic Consulting is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For over half a century, NERA's economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world's leading law firms and corporations. Clients hire us because they know our work will be highly sophisticated, accurate, and defensible.

NERA’s experts assist clients in all stages of financial markets-related investigations, litigation, and arbitration. Valuation is often a key component of these disputes. Our thorough understanding of the economics of valuation and our experience across a variety of asset classes allow us to use defensible academic and industry standard methods to derive a fair valuation (or range of fair valuations).

Radcliffe Chambers is a modern traditional chancery and commercial set of chambers based in Lincoln’s Inn. We have 55 barristers, including five QCs, with many recommendations in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 directories. We won Chambers of the Year 2016 at the STEP Private Client Awards and Chambers of the Year 2016 at both the British Legal Awards, and the Halsbury Legal Awards; and were shortlisted in 2016 by Legal 500 UK for Private Client Set of the Year. We have a long-established reputation as a friendly and welcoming Chambers.

We have extensive expertise in the law and practice concerning all areas of trusts, wills, probate and the administration of estates which extends to offshore jurisdictions.

Our members advise and act in contentious trust litigation, including disputes relating to the validity of trusts, and breach of trust claims. We provide advice, drafting and representation in non-contentious trust work. Cases concerning trusts, wills and estates often require expertise in other areas of law and our members’ skills in complementary fields means they can advise on cases which cross boundaries between these areas. We frequently act in professional negligence cases and mediations.

We are regularly instructed in high value claims representing high profile figures, and families, and our members contribute to articles and leading publications.

Serle Court offers genuine expertise across a broad range of chancery and commercial disciplines, a fact reflected in its unusually high level of recommendations in the leading professional directories, and that of its 62 members (including 22 silks). Unashamedly modern and forward-looking in their approach, both barristers and staff regard exceptional client service as paramount and enjoy their strong reputation as team players. Offshore business makes up a considerable proportion of chambers' workload - much of it international trust litigation. Members of Serle Court are proud to be involved in most of the significant cases in this field, including Re Nina Wang Dec’d, Salem v Salem, Lemos v CIBC and Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Ltd v Equity Trust (Jersey) Ltd. As noted in this year’s Chambers UK Bar directory, Serle Court is “a definite go-to chambers for contentious trust work”.

Summit Trust International SA is an independent trust services group headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1999, Summit Trust is a joint venture between the STI management team and Sanlam Limited, a leading financial services group in South Africa, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Summit Trust International brings a combination of financial and management stability which enables it to provide continuity in personal relationships and the orderly passing of family wealth for high net worth individuals who require offshore trust and company management services. For the more contentious situations, Summit has proven itself to be well placed to take on and manage sensitive matters that are either moving towards, or indeed emerging from, litigation. As an independent trustee, we do not shy away from the complexities posed by litigious circumstances. Our approach is frank and forward looking; we have a track record of managing matters that are delicate and difficult.

Summit Trust International in Switzerland is characterized by specialization, professionalism and integrity. Because Summit Trust International is committed to an un-conflicted, independent trust administration policy, it is free to work with any existing financial advisers, lawyers, bankers and asset managers, or introduce you to suitable advisers if you do not yet have your preferred team.

The bottom line? Expect to find familiar faces at Summit Trust International but not familiar solutions. Our people are under no pressure to sell you any particular product, just to provide you with the right service for your needs.

We are not expecting to be the biggest offshore services provider, but we are striving to be the best.