Jersey updates

Insolvency & Restructuring

Recognition of UK insolvency practitioners in Jersey
Ogier
  • Jersey
  • 11 September 2020

In the current COVID-19 environment, more businesses will likely become insolvent, some of which will have an interest in Jersey property. Insolvency practitioners appointed outside Jersey in respect of an overseas person or company (or Jersey company subject to English insolvency proceedings) must be recognised in Jersey before they can deal with certain forms of Jersey property. This is because Jersey immoveable property can be transacted only by passing a contract before the Royal Court.

COVID-19: restructuring and corporate recovery measures
Ogier
  • Jersey
  • 05 June 2020

Most employees in the Jersey financial services industry are working from home and there has been no interruption to business continuity for the sector due to the COVID-19 crisis. Further, the Jersey Financial Services Commission has confirmed that while its physical premises are closed, a flexible business continuity strategy is being implemented. This article sets out potential insolvency reforms which may be implemented in the financial services sector with respect to local, regulated and international business.


Litigation

Slowly getting to grips with unjust enrichment and Jersey's legal 'hot potatoes'
  • Jersey
  • 14 January 2020

A long-running Jersey fraud case illustrates the difficult task that the Channel Island courts sometimes have in comparing and distinguishing between developed principles of English law and foundational elements of the islands' customary law. The case tackles two Jersey law 'hot potatoes': the question of the rights between wrongdoers to claim an indemnity or contribution outside the scope of the limited statutory scheme between joint tortfeasors and the extent and nature of the doctrine of unjust enrichment under Jersey law.

Z Trusts judgment: whose rights take priority when a trust is insolvent?
  • Jersey
  • 13 August 2019

The Jersey Court of Appeal recently handed down a long-awaited judgment in the Z Trusts case. The decision considers important questions regarding the equitable rights of former trustees and whether those rights have priority over the rights of other claimants to the assets of a trust (including successor trustees) whose liabilities exceed its assets. As such, trustees must consider the practical implications of this judgment and whether and how they should be mitigated.

Jersey Royal Court rules on its powers to restrict parties that withdraw trust proceedings to start afresh
  • Jersey
  • 06 August 2019

The Jersey Royal Court recently ruled on the extent of its powers to restrict a party that withdraws proceedings to start afresh in a judgment that considered, for the first time, the implications of a 2014 English Court of Appeal decision on the public interest in there being finality in litigation. This is an important decision for maintaining the public interest in the finality of litigation and the efficient administration of justice.


Private Client & Offshore Services

Contributed by Ogier
Jersey expert funds
  • Jersey
  • 24 September 2020

Jersey expert funds were introduced to enhance Jersey's attractiveness as a jurisdiction for the establishment of funds aimed at institutional and high-net-worth investors. Expert funds can be established within a matter of days on the basis of a self-certification approach without any formal regulatory review of the fund or its promoter. There are currently more than 400 authorised expert funds.

Recognition of UK insolvency practitioners in Jersey
  • Jersey
  • 10 September 2020

In the current COVID-19 environment, more businesses will likely become insolvent, some of which will have an interest in Jersey property. Insolvency practitioners appointed outside Jersey in respect of an overseas person or company (or Jersey company subject to English insolvency proceedings) must be recognised in Jersey before they can deal with certain forms of Jersey property. This is because Jersey immoveable property can be transacted only by passing a contract before the Royal Court.

Jersey listed funds
  • Jersey
  • 03 September 2020

The Jersey listed fund regime was introduced for listed closed-ended companies further to the Listed Fund Guide issued by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. The structure, which is modelled on the Jersey expert fund, provides for a fast-track process for the establishment of corporate closed-ended funds that are listed on recognised stock exchanges or markets and regulated pursuant to the Collective Investment Funds (Jersey) Law 1988.

Healthy interest in Jersey private equity
  • Jersey
  • 20 August 2020

In a news cycle that can seem relentlessly gloomy, there are some positive stories to be told and the increased activity in private equity is one of them. This article looks beyond the financial services industry at the wider social and economic benefits of this growth. For instance, private equity is becoming increasingly active in the medical and healthcare sector, which, in turn, has led to a large number of private equity investments in areas such as technology, software and data.

Migration of foreign limited partnerships into Jersey
  • Jersey
  • 30 July 2020

New regulations permit foreign limited partnerships to migrate (ie, continue) into Jersey using the statutory migration process set out in the Limited Partnerships (Continuance) (Jersey) Regulations. The application process for continuance is straightforward and includes the submission of a declaration signed by the general partner of the foreign limited partnership that the partnership meets the eligibility criteria and an application for a consent in respect of the partnership under the Control of Borrowing (Jersey) Order.


Real Estate

COVID-19: temporary arrangements between landlords and tenants in respect of commercial leases
Ogier
  • Jersey
  • 12 June 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jersey courts are prioritising certain cases and are unlikely to deal with property-related matters. As such, the government recently issued commercial property guidance to encourage landlords and tenants to negotiate temporary compromises with regard to lease obligations in a reasonable manner if either party experiences financial difficulties arising from the pandemic.

COVID-19: implications for planning appeals
Ogier
  • Jersey
  • 29 May 2020

The Law Society of Jersey issued guidance regarding the courts' COVID-19 contingency plans, noting that planning appeal hearings have been suspended due to independent inspectors being unable to travel to the island. New appeals will continue to be processed without the final hearing dates being fixed at this stage. Therefore, parties that wish to appeal a planning decision must meet the usual timeframes.


Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media

Testing times for data privacy
Ogier
  • Jersey
  • 24 July 2020

Data privacy has been high on the 2020 agenda. Its relevance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly the bulky portion of an iceberg that skulks beneath troubled socioeconomic waters. With life having changed dramatically, this article reflects on how data issues have been brought to the fore as part of the response to COVID-19.