Landmark Privy Council ruling establishes scope and ranking of ex-trustees’ interest in an insolvent trust

Jersey law ruling will have far reaching ramifications for trust administration in common law jurisdictions The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (the Privy Council) in Equity Trust (Jersey) Ltd (Respondent) v Halabi (in his capacity as Executor of the Estate of the late Madam Intisar Nouri) (Appellant) (Jersey) ITG Ltd and others (Respondents) v Fort … Read more

Maryam Oghanna wins coveted STEP Young Practitioner of the Year Award

Maryam Oghanna, Associate in the firm’s Disputes practice, has won the Young Practitioner of the Year Award at the 15th annual STEP Private Client Awards 2020. The STEP Private Client Awards are seen as the hallmark of quality within the private client industry, and have been described as “…the Oscars of our industry and the one … Read more

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE IN FOCUS

The multiplicity of laws to be complied with if trust and company service providers (TCSPs) operate in various jurisdictions, and the ever-changing regulatory landscape more generally can make it difficult for TCSPs to navigate and keep on top of their regulatory compliance obligations. Consistent with this, a clear majority of survey participants cited “general regulatory … Read more

GROWING BODY OF COMMON LAW DECISIONS THAT CRYPTOCURRENCIES CAN AMOUNT TO PROPERTY: RUSCOE v CRYPTOPIA LIMITED (IN LIQUIDATION) CIV-2019-409-000544 [2020] NZHC 728

On 8 April 2020, the High Court of New Zealand issued a judgment concluding that cryptocurrencies are a species of intangible personal property capable of being the subject matter of a trust. The judgment summarises recent case law from a number of jurisdictions on the proprietary status of cryptoassets and refers to the UK Jurisdiction … Read more

Beneficiary Disputes in focus

In our recent trust company risk and compliance survey we asked trust companies what are the greatest risk and compliance challenges they face. The respondents identified beneficiary disputes, (i.e. disputes between the trustee and one or more of the beneficiaries) as one of the significant challenges trustees face. They nevertheless ranked it as the least … Read more