Attacks on trusts

We have a large team of lawyers who are experienced in attacking or defending complex offshore and domestic trust structures and foundations on behalf of its clients.

Our London office is particularly active in this area because we frequently co-ordinate proceedings across a number of jurisdictions, or advise clients ‘behind the scenes' in individual jurisdictions. The law in the jurisdictions in which we work generally has its roots in English law; indeed, in many of them, appeals are still made to the Privy Council in London. Our global perspective and international experience stands us in good stead in devising strategies in multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

Our client base is an international one and includes trustees, beneficiaries, settlors, disaffected heirs, creditors, divorcing spouses and others. We have acted in a number of very high profile proceedings in offshore jurisdictions.

Recent work

  • Acting for the family in the high profile Al Sabah litigation against a multi-jurisdictional onslaught by the judgement creditor, Grupo Torras, on the validity of trusts in Jersey, Bahamas, Cayman and elsewhere. This culminated in the Esteem litigation in Jersey where we successfully defended the family trust from various allegations.
  • Representing a Liechtenstein Foundation in relation to the multi-jurisdictional attack on its validity, in proceedings based in London, New York, Florida and Monaco.
  • Representing trustees in relation to an attack on the validity of the transfer of assets to the trust structure involving two offshore centres.

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