2018 Trust & Estates Litigation Forum


Conyers Dill & Pearman

Conyers Dill & Pearman is a leading international law firm advising on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius.  Conyers has over 130 lawyers in eight offices worldwide and is affiliated with the Conyers Client Services group of companies which provide corporate administration, secretarial, trust and management services.

FFP is based in the Cayman Islands and BVI. We only work in difficult and contentious situations. We will act as replacement trustees in litigious matters allowing the incumbent trustees to retire gracefully or be removed from what are commercially difficult situations.  We also act as directors or general partners within trust structures and provide registered agents services as well. Typically, situations involve disputes between beneficiaries or between beneficiaries and trustees. Frequently there are business crime issues and external interest in the form of law enforcement or regulatory investigations or prosecutions. FFP’s team has a varied background ranging from trusts, forensic investigations, insolvency, legal and corporate services.

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 66 members (including 25 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 Hagen v HagenGlenn v Watson, Kia Investments Ltd v Novatrust LtdAziz v Aziz and Carlyle Capital v Conway & Ors As noted in this year’s Chambers UK Bar directory, Serle Court is “a definite go-to chambers for contentious trust work” handling “matters of the greatest worth and complexity”.

Summit Trust International

Summit Trust International SA is an independent trust services group headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1999, Summit Trust is part of 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. Summit Trust International in Switzerland is characterised by specialisation, professionalism and integrity. Because Summit Trust International is committed to an independent trust administration policy, it is free to work with your 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.