Private Client: Jersey - 4th Annual Edition

Bringing together local offshore practitioners and onshore specialists to discuss key contentious and non-contentious developments.

3rd October 2024 | In-Person | The Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey

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Beatrice Puoti
Partner
Stephenson Harwood

Beatrice is a Partner in the Private Wealth team at Stephenson Harwood.

Beatrice's primary focus is on international tax, trusts, tax and estate planning for UK and non-UK resident and UK and non UK domiciled HNW and UHNW clients and their families.

Beatrice has a particular expertise on European issues in general and Italian issues in particular, as she has qualified in Italy and in England and Wales.  Beatrice also has significant experience in advising financial institutions and trustees on international trust and tax matters and structuring and on the ownership, structuring and acquisition of UK and non-UK real estate. Beatrice also specialises in cross-border estate planning issues with a particular focus on all issues arising from Roman Law and Common Law application to clients and their assets.


Beatrice Puoti
Beatrice Puoti Partner
Stephenson Harwood
Alasdair Wilson
Managing Associate
Harbottle & Lewis

Alasdair Wilson advises individuals, families and fiduciaries based in the UK and overseas in relation to all matters of international personal taxation, wealth structuring, global compliance and cross-border estate planning. This includes tax and legal issues related to moving between countries, protecting ownership of assets, ensuring tax efficiency in multiple jurisdictions and formulating plans for succession.

Alasdair has a particular interest in the structuring, governance and taxation of family businesses and personal enterprises. He often oversees the legal and tax strategy for the management of private capital by wealth generators or custodians across jurisdictions. This generally involves detailed analysis of trust and company structures established outside the UK.


Alasdair Wilson
Alasdair Wilson Managing Associate
Harbottle & Lewis
Waqar Shah
Partner
Kingsley Napley

Waqar is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department, focusing on the resolution of complex tax matters. He acts for high net worth individuals and corporate clients across all sectors in respect of HMRC disputes and investigations across the full range of taxes. This typically includes VAT disputes, employment tax matters (including 'IR35'/off-payroll working), customs/excise duty issues, tax fraud investigations, and more recently, National Minimum Wage enquiries.

Waqar is known for his commercial approach to matters involving HMRC and has a strong track record of helping clients settle without the need for a court or tribunal hearing, particularly through the effective use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (i.e. mediation) with HMRC. He also has considerable experience in judicial reviews and group litigation orders and has led high profile matters at all levels from the Tax Tribunal through to the Supreme Court (including referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union).

Waqar has been regularly recognised in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as 'one to watch' and a 'rising star'. He was listed in AccountancyAge's '35 under 35' in 2019 and regularly contributes to Tax Journal, Taxation, and other similar publications. Waqar is also the annual webinar presenter of the key tax cases of the year for Lexis and an active member of the VAT Practitioners Group. Waqar is a qualified member of the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT).


Waqar Shah
Waqar Shah Partner
Kingsley Napley
Catherine Grum
Founder
Catherine Grum Consultancy

Catherine Grum
Catherine Grum Founder
Catherine Grum Consultancy
Kelly Watson
Client Services Director
Accuro

I am a Client Services Director in the Jersey office.  Having qualified as a non-practising Barrister and Solicitor of England and Wales I spent five years in private practice in both England and Jersey.

Thereafter I moved into the offshore finance industry in 2009, completing the STEP diploma in International Offshore Administration.  My legal background enables me to specialise in the administration of contentious, complex and / or distressed offshore structures, in particular those involved in litigation or under criminal or tax investigation. 


Kelly Watson
Kelly Watson Client Services Director
Accuro
Nicholas Holland
Partner
McDermott, Will & Emery

Nick Holland focuses his practice on international contentious trusts and estates and acts primarily for wealthy families, individuals, institutional trustees, protectors and enforcers in disputes involving offshore trusts. Nick is also often involved in non-contentious international private wealth matters where he brings his extensive knowledge of offshore trusts and jurisdictions as well as potentially litigious outcomes to bear on the difficulties faced by international wealthy families.

Nick is qualified as a lawyer in England and Wales, the Cayman Islands, British Columbia and Ontario; and has played a key role in litigation in the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, British Virgin Islands, Singapore, Switzerland, Canada and the United States. A Canadian expatriate in London, Nick often advises Canadian individuals and institutions on matters of UK law either himself or where appropriate in conjunction with other members of McDermott’s prestigious private wealth or tax teams.

Nick is co-Chair of the annual highly respected ALM/LegalWeek Global Elite International Trusts and Estates Forum. He chaired the International Trust & Private Client: Isle of Man conferences in 2017 and 2018. He was chair of the Private Client Summer School program held at Cambridge University in 2018 and 2019. He is often asked to speak on International trusts disputes and has done so in amongst other places New York, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Jersey, Guernsey, Provence, the Isle of Man, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. He sits on the Consulting Editorial Board for LexisPrivateClient PSL. He is a co-author of “Contentious Trust Matters in the United Kingdom and Offshore Jurisdictions” in International Estate Planning. (New York: LexisNexis, 2019)

Nick is recognised as leading lawyer in the world’s most eminent legal guides and directories including Chambers High Net Worth, Chambers UK, and Legal 500. CityWealth ranked him as one of the top 100 trust litigators internationally in 2020.


Nicholas Holland
Nicholas Holland Partner
McDermott, Will & Emery
Paul Hardwick
Partner
Macfarlanes

Paul advises on matters of governance, succession planning, tax, trusts and trust litigation. He has a particular focus on matters involving complex, cross-border structures.

His client base includes individuals, family offices, family-owned businesses, trustees and financial institutions, many of who do not have a significant connection with the UK.

Paul was named a Rising Star in The Legal 500 2024 directory for Private Client - Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate.

Paul regularly advises on issues of governance, and in particular on how to delineate control between owners, officeholders and other fiduciaries in the context of family-owned businesses and structures. 

He advises trustees, protectors and other fiduciaries on good governance practices. He has also advised directors of private and public companies on matters of corporate governance.

Paul advises both UK-based and non-UK based clients on how to put in place successful succession plans. He also assists trustees, directors and family offices in how to implement them.

Paul has extensive experience in drafting and interpreting trust instruments and advising on trustee decision-making and matters of trust administration.

Paul has advised beneficiaries in relation to two of the leading Public Trustee v Cooper trustee blessing applications in Bermuda over the last five years.

Paul advises on all matters of UK personal taxation. He has a particular focus on UK tax issues involving non-UK resident trusts and advises taxpayers and fellow professionals about the conduct of HMRC investigations.


Paul Hardwick
Paul Hardwick Partner
Macfarlanes
Matthew Braithwaite
Partner
Wedlake Bell

Matthew Braithwaite
Matthew Braithwaite Partner
Wedlake Bell
Niklas Schmidt
Partner
Wolf Theiss, Austria

Dr. Niklas J.R.M. Schmidt is a partner at the Vienna office of Wolf Theiss, one of the leading law firms in the CEE/SEE region. He has been admitted both as a lawyer and as a tax adviser. He has particular expertise regarding tax law, foundations, private clients and crypto assets. Before joining the firm in 2000, Niklas worked for several years at a “Big Four” accounting firm and as a research assistant in the tax law department at the University of Vienna.

Niklas is frequently engaged as a speaker at international tax conferences and has been a visiting lecturer at various universities in Austria and abroad. He has written several books and many articles in international tax journals. Niklas sits on the editorial board of the Austrian “SteuerExpress” magazine. Furthermore, he is a member of several international organizations (often in leadership positions), including the International Bar Association (IBA), the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (IAETL), the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and the International Fiscal Association (IFA). Niklas is a past chair of the IBA’s Private Client Tax Committee and in this capacity has been instrumental in organizing several private wealth related conferences in London.

 

Apart from his private client related work, Niklas is well known for his crypto know-how. He has been involved in the crypto space since 2013 – as a researcher, as an investor and as a lawyer. Niklas has been advising family offices, foundations, trustees, wealthy individuals and banks on various topics related to crypto assets. He is the founder of the WT Crypto Academy, an educational initiative for non-crypto natives over 20 hours ("from zero to hero"), where he has trained more than a thousand lawyers in the last few years. His vast expertise in the area of crypto has been recognized by his inclusion in Citywealth's worldwide list of top 100 crypto advisors. Niklas is a member of the advisory board of the Digital Asset Association Austria (DAAA), and is frequently interviewed by newspapers on crypto topics, in particular due to his deep technical knowledge and good market overview. He is the author of a German language FAQ-style book on crypto and a co-editor of the leading English language book covering crypto taxation in more than 40 countries.


Niklas Schmidt
Niklas Schmidt Partner
Wolf Theiss, Austria
Kyra Motley
Partner
Boodle Hatfield

Kyra specialises in international succession, wealth structuring, tax and estate planning advice for individuals and their families as well as related advice to family offices.

Kyra’s work all has an international element, including advising on wealth structuring in civil law and sharia law countries and probate for multi-jurisdictional estates. Kyra is trusted adviser to several international families, helping to manage their global legal affairs.

Kyra has extensive experience in UK pre-arrival planning for non-domiciliaries and remittance basis advice. Kyra advises regularly in relation to the implementation of trusts and corporate holding vehicles, both for entrepreneurs, private equity executives and for other high-net-worth individuals.


Kyra Motley
Kyra Motley Partner
Boodle Hatfield
Sarah Farrow
Partner, Private Client Services
EY

Sarah focusses on advising international UK-based wealthy families, including entrepreneurs and investors, on structuring their worldwide assets efficiently. Sarah started her career as a graduate, and has worked for a variety of legal and accounting firms in both the UK and the Channel Islands, before joining Frank Hirth in 2016. She now heads the UK tax team at EY Frank Hirth.

Sarah has advised wealthy multinational families, entrepreneurs and highly sophisticated investors on structuring their worldwide assets efficiently. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP). Sarah is also a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). She was named in Spear's 500 Top Private Client Advisers in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

She holds a Law degree (LLB Hons) in Law from UWE Bristol and a master’s degree (LLM) in Public Law from University of Bristol.


Sarah Farrow
Sarah Farrow Partner, Private Client Services
EY
Roberta Harvey
Partner
Forsters

Roberta Harvey joined Forsters as a Partner in January 2019, and was appointed Head of the Contentious Trust and Estate (CTE) group on 1 April 2020.

Roberta is a specialist contentious trusts and estates lawyer and has an excellent reputation among her peers in representing high net worth individuals, family offices, trustees, protectors, executors and beneficiaries in respect of such matters. Examples of the cases Roberta deals with are as follows: validity issues, breach of trust, removal applications, construction arguments, freezing injunctions, asset tracing and recovery and the full remit of estate disputes. Roberta’s supportive and constructive approach to litigation inspires confidence in her clients. Roberta fiercely defends her clients’ best interests, while always considering the wider and long-term implications for their personal, financial and commercial interests. Taking a creative approach, Roberta will explore alternatives to court such as mediation, but will take matters to trial when necessary. Roberta also works closely with her family and private client colleagues and often advises on issues that arise in the context of divorce or post and pre-nuptial agreements or on stress testing trust structures.

Roberta is regularly asked to speak at industry conferences. Recent examples include the STEP Cayman International Wealth Structuring Forum, the Trust and Estates Litigation Forum in Marrakech where she spoke on a wide range of issues from fraud, to cross jurisdictional privilege. During the Covid-19 crisis Roberta spoke with Richard Dew of Ten Old Square in relation to Court of Protection matters via zoom. Roberta has been asked to speak at the Trust and Estates Litigation Forum in Cologne, Germany which is now been postponed to March 2022. She also contributes regularly to national and international publications and during the course of last year had articles published in the following publications: Financial Times, Tatler, Money Observer, Private Banker International, eprivateclient and the ThoughtLeaders4 Private Client magazine.


Roberta Harvey
Roberta Harvey Partner
Forsters
Richard Joynt
Director & Head of Family Office
Highvern

Richard is a Director of Highvern and Head of Family Office. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 and holds an MBA from Warwick University. As well as having expertise in financial accounting and strategic financial planning, Richard has devoted the last 20 years of his career to the Family Office sector. He was the Director of a prominent Single Family Office from 2002-2012 and led the Multi-Family Office division of a prominent international fiduciary services firm from 2013 to 2021, dealing with Ultra High Net Worth individuals and their families from many jurisdictions including Europe, the US, the UAE and Russia. He has specific expertise in private equity, luxury assets, cryptocurrencies and philanthropy. At Highvern, Richard is responsible for managing some of the more complex client relationships, often with innovative structures. He is frequently asked to write articles for leading publications and regularly speaks at international conferences on specific issues relating to Family Offices.

 


Richard Joynt
Richard Joynt Director & Head of Family Office
Highvern
Clementine Dowley
Senior Associate
Payne Hicks Beach

Clementine is a senior associate at specialising in trusts/estates litigation and commercial disputes.

She advises individuals and companies on a wide range of domestic and international matters, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, trustee removal applications, challenges to trustee decision-making, beneficiary information rights, trusts law in the context of divorce proceedings and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. She also advises on shareholder disputes, fraud and asset tracing, contractual and negligence claims, disclosure orders and freezing injunctions.

Clementine is particularly experienced in matters involving complex corporate/trust structures, cross-border issues and questions of company law and cross-border issues, given her previous experience as a corporate solicitor at a leading international law firm and as in-house counsel at a major private equity fund.

Clementine trained and qualified at Weil Gotshal & Manges, practising there and subsequently at Farrer & Co before joining Payne Hicks Beach in 2022. She has Higher Rights of Audience and has also spent time as in-house counsel at Oaktree Capital and Hambro Perks.


Clementine Dowley
Clementine Dowley Senior Associate
Payne Hicks Beach
Marcus Dearle
Senior Partner
Miles Preston

Marcus Dearle is senior partner of specialist family law boutique law firm, Miles Preston, in London, and a 26-year veteran of Withers in London and Hong Kong. He spearheaded the launch of Withers’ family law team in Hong Kong and was office managing director of Withers’ Singapore and Hong Kong offices. He has over 34 years of experience acting in complex domestic and international family law cases.

In addition to being admitted in England & Wales, he uniquely practises Hong Kong family law from London. He is also admitted, but not practising in, the BVI.

Marcus is recognised as a leading trusts and divorce litigation practitioner advising HNW and UHNW clients in the ALM | LAW.COM Private Client Global Elite directory: the directory is entirely reliant on peer nominations.

He is the immediate past Chair of the International Bar Association, Family Law Committee, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Marcus acted for the corporate trustee of an offshore Guernsey trust in a major and complex divorce and trust case which went to trial in the High Court in London in 2001, and then to the Court of Appeal in 2008: Judge v Judge [2008] EWCA Civ 1458. Lord Justice Wilson in the Court of Appeal found that the trustee had, ‘adopted a stance not only properly defensive of the interests of the trust, but also both neutral as between the husband and the wife and essentially helpful to the court.’

During the 11 years he was based in Hong Kong Marcus led the family law teams acting in a number of groundbreaking international family law cases that went to the Hong Kong Court of Appeal and/or Court of Final Appeal, including the Florence Tsang case TCWF v LKKS [2014] HKEC 1593 (the largest Hong Kong divorce case), and the landmark divorce and trust, Court of Final Appeal, case of Otto Poon [2014] HKEC 1174, when he acted for the professional trustee, HSBC International Trustee Limited – a case involving a Jersey trust which the Financial Times reported as having ‘Rattled the Trust Industry’ in Hong Kong.

He also acted successfully for the financially stronger US husband in LCYP v JEK [2019] HKCFI 1588, which is now the leading PNA case in Hong Kong.

He has very recently successfully represented Sir Frederick Barclay in defending him against three sets of committal proceedings in the London High Court: see Barclay v Barclay [2022] EWHC 2026 and Barclay v Barclay [2023] EWFC 164.

He wrote the chapter on Divorce and Trusts in Sweet & Maxwell’s 2010 publication ‘Family Law and Practice in Hong Kong’ and in the 2nd (2014) and 3rd (2018) editions.

He lectures widely at international conferences and has been interviewed on international TV news networks, including by the BBC and CNN. He is a regular contributor to the international press and specialist publications, including the London Times, Family Law, International Family Law Journal and STEP Journal.

He was shortlisted as International Family Lawyer of the Year at the Lexis Nexis Family Law Awards 2018.


Marcus Dearle
Marcus Dearle Senior Partner
Miles Preston
Stuart Leach
Founder
Stuart Leach Associates

An advertising executive turned barrister (called to the Bar in 2004), Stuart has pioneered a new kind of advisory role which combines both aspects of his background. Specialising in reputation management, Stuart helps to manage the communications around complex litigation, helping to guide and protect his clients during the most challenging of circumstances.

He has led a whole new approach to litigation communications and crisis management for major corporate clients drawing on his experience in international PR, eight years with Pump Court Chambers as a barrister and as a senior account handler with several top advertising agencies.


Stuart Leach
Stuart Leach Founder
Stuart Leach Associates

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