Jessica Burgess

Jessica Burgess 

Associate* | Guernsey

Private Client and Trusts


Jessica is an Associate in the Private Client and Trusts team and is based in Guernsey.

"I strive to find simpler, faster and smarter ways to help my clients achieve their objectives, ensuring the job gets done reliably and in a timely manner."


Prior to beginning her training contract Jessica was a paralegal with the firm for three years, spending time working in both the Real Estate and Private Client and Trusts teams working on a range of matters including:

  • preparing and overseeing the execution of wills, guardianship and associated permission to sell applications;
  • providing advice to clients on complex estate planning matters and property transactions;
  • preparing applications to register Wills of Real Property, Administration Order’s and Grants of Representation to the Ecclesiastical Court of Guernsey; and
  • preparing further legal documentations such as Conveyances and associated Powers of Attorney


Jessica graduated from the University of Chester with a 2:1 Bachelor of Law with Honours and has recently completed the LPC Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice with the University of Law, achieving a Commendation.

Prior to joining Collas Crill, Jessica worked for a local fiduciary company. During her time there she was heavily involved with FATCA/CRS reporting and GDPR work, understanding how these regimes impacted fiduciaries. Jessica also completed the International Advanced Certificate in Anti Money Laundering and achieved a merit from the International Compliance Association.

In September 2021 Jessica began her training contract with the firm, completing four seats as a Trainee Solicitor before qualifying as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 2023.

She recently spent three months on secondment in the Private Client team at Withers.


  • Member of GILA (Guernsey International Legal Association)
  • YBG (Young Business Group) Guernsey

*admitted in England and Wales

My services
Trust advisory

The role of a modern trustee has never been more complex. Trustees must satisfy the needs and desires of their beneficiaries, manage complex assets and navigate an ever-changing legal and regulatory landscape.

We know that trustees can need assistance and advice on how best to satisfy their duties and to meet their legal and regulatory obligations. We understand and have a great deal of experience in working with trustees to get ahead of any potentially difficult situation and resolve it in a way that minimises risk and conflict.

Wills and estates

Managing wealth, asset preservation, planning for succession and inheritance, and writing wills can be a complex and difficult experience. It's important to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and that your family and/or successors are taken care of.

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25 Mar 2024

'NextGens' share how to not (oops) do it again…

More than 40 'NextGens' from local financial services businesses attended a Collas Crill breakfast seminar on 22 March to hear how to avoid the pitfalls of not planning for death – or mental incapacity – during your lifetime. Associate Jessica Burgess an...

20 Mar 2024

Collas Crill's NextGens build strong foundations for future careers

Collas Crill prides itself as a flexible firm, encouraging its people to develop their careers in the way that suits them best, whether through on-the-job opportunities, mentoring, professional training delivered in-house or by external providers, or oth...

28 Sep 2023

Newly qualified lawyers in the CI

Collas Crill is proud to announce three newly qualified lawyers in the Channel Islands. Jessica Burgess and Laura Smith from Guernsey and Millie Thompson from Jersey have qualified as Solicitors of England and Wales. As a result all three lawyers have...

9 Jun 2023

Secondment strengthens relationship

Trainee Solicitor Jessica Burgess is completing a three-month secondment with Withers LLP in London in the private client team. She will be working under Private Client and Tax Partner Dora Clarke, focusing on all aspects of probate, succession and tax p...

4 Apr 2023

Undue influence will overturned

A pair of mutual Wills drafted by a couple in 1998 have been overturned by the High Court of England and Wales following a claim of undue influence by one of their sons in Naidoo v Barton, 2023 EWHC 500 Ch. The Wills, made by Dr Govindarajaloo Ramamurth...

17 Mar 2023

Challenging inheritance claims

In a recent UK inheritance claim case (Fennessy v Turner & anr [2022] WTLR 1295), an adult child won an inheritance claim against his mother's estate. The disabled son won £195,000 from his late mother’s estate after being left out of her Will. The e...

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