Kellyann Ozouf

Kellyann Ozouf  

Partner | Jersey

Private Client and Trusts

  • The epitome of what a leading private client partner should be, a technically brilliant practitioner who has the personal touch that allows her to lead a cutting edge team and also strike immediate and lasting relationships of trust with clients.
    Legal 500
  • Kellyann was very professional and yet friendly, she provided us with the guidance and assistance we required. Her patience in helping and guiding us through the client communications in order to achieve the desired outcome was greatly appreciated.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Kellyann is a top-notch practitioner. Fully dedicated and committed to her clients with great strategic views. She never fails to think out of the box and come up with creative and innovative approach.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Very creative and very analytical.
    Chambers & Partners
  • Kellyann always makes herself available and no engagement is either too big or too small and she is not scared to roll her sleeves up on difficult instructions to get the right answer.
    Legal 500
  • She has a great ability to explain her subject clearly to a mixed audience with a diversity of experience.
    Client feedback
  • Fantastic. You meet some people and just know they are a star, and that is Kellyann. Her client skills are excellent and so is her knowledge. She is proactive, she is incredible with clients and she is really good at explaining things.
    Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2021
  • Kellyann is fantastic. She has both a commercial and technical ability that allows her to navigate workable solutions for clients.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Kellyann is in my view one of the finest non-contentious trusts lawyers in Jersey and indeed anywhere. Brilliantly clever, real understanding of trusts, and focused on what matters.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2024
  • She is a class act and a top lawyer in every sense. She is technically on the ball, tactically astute and is one of the go-to names in international private wealth – she also does it all with a smile!
    Legal 500 (UK) 2024
  • She's very dynamic and very energetic which makes her enjoyable to work with. She's highly technical and has an impressive and strategic mind and she works hard to achieve the client's objective.
    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Kellyann is a key and strong practice we not only within the firm but in the Jersey market. On top of being a tough litigator and to the point advocate she is a true pleasure to work with. Full of energy she has strong communication skills.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Leading Individual.
    Legal 500
  • Kellyann Ozouf is a delight to work with and I would recommend her to any of my clients. She is intelligent and technically able without over complicating things.
    Legal 500
  • She really is fantastic. You meet some people and just know they’re a star, and that’s Kellyanne. Her client skills are excellent and so is her knowledge.
    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Kellyann is simply one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with – incredibly intelligent and a pleasure to work with.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Kellyann is a legal dynamo, very conscientious, dedicated to her clients and an incredibly hard worker. She is supported by great team members.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2024
  • Kellyann Ozouf is a leading individual in every sense, she knows her stuff and has years of experience dealing with clients at the very highest level. Kellyann is very commercially aware and brings all of her experience to every matter.
    Legal 500

Overview

Kellyann is a Partner in the award-winning Private Client and Trusts team and is based in Jersey. She has over 15 years' experience in private client work and is both a Jersey advocate and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Experience

Kellyann acts for a range of professional trustees (local and international trust companies and bank owned trust companies), settlors, beneficiaries and ultra high net worth individuals. She advises on all aspects of Jersey law concerning wills, succession, foundations and trusts.

Kellyann's work often involves assisting the Jersey dispute resolution team (in both non-contentious and contentious court applications, including variation, rectification and mistake applications), corporate and property teams, as well as the UK real estate team.

She has contributed to leading legal texts, including the Jersey chapter in the 'International Comparative Legal Guide to: Private Client 2019', the Jersey chapter in Butterworths LexisNexis 'Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents', the Oxford University Press publication entitled 'The World Survey' and has worked together with Jersey Finance to produce the Back to Basics Campaign on Jersey trusts and was interviewed by STEP on Philanthropy.

Kellyann is also a member of the Jersey Trusts Working Party, which is instrumental in developing the Jersey trust law.

Awards

  • Inspirational Individual of the Year - 2017 Citywealth Future Leaders Awards
  • Partner of the Year - Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2019
  • Gold winner of the Woman of the Year - Professional Services Award - Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2020

Kellyann is included in the latest edition of the Citywealth Leaders List, and has been one of Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite since 2017.

Kellyann is ranked as a 'leading individual' in Legal 500 2024 and is ranked in band 2 in Chambers and Partners UK 2022.

She was on the judging panel for the 2018 Future Leaders Awards. In 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 she was on the panel of experts who assisted with judging specific categories forming part of the Annual STEP awards.

Business Assistant
Angela Le Bailly  
My services
Trust advisory
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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.

International pensions and EBTs
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We advise internationally based companies and trustees on the establishment and operation of employee incentive schemes, addressing issues such as the funding and structuring of awards as between sponsoring employer and trustee, treatment of dividend entitlements for share awards and the formulation of the beneficial class of employee benefit trusts having regard to international legal and taxation requirements.

Private wealth structures
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For wealthy individuals, family-controlled businesses and entrepreneurs managing wealth across generations, succession planning and transferring control of assets has never been more challenging. That's why it's important to work with lawyers who not only have the highest standards of legal knowledge and expertise, but also the ability to find unique solutions tailored to your unique circumstances.

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Reporting obligations for trustees
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In a climate of increased transparency for structures, it is important for trustees to ensure that they have sufficient policies, procedures and processes in place in order to report the correct data to the correct authority at the correct time. This has been particularly challenging for some of our smaller independent trustee clients who do not have a dedicated compliance team.

Third sector - charities and NPOs
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The third sector is an umbrella term that covers a variety of different organisations with different legal structures and purposes, belonging neither to the public sector (the state) nor to the private sector (profit-making private enterprise).

As a business, we are heavily focused on supporting third sector organisations both in our local communities on local issues and also internationally.

Charities, non-profit organisations (NPOs) and voluntary organisations are increasingly required to plug the gap and perform the social and cultural functions formerly carried out by the public sector.

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Third sector - Jersey
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Prior to 21 November 2014, Jersey looked to the case law of England and Wales for guidance in determining whether or not a particular purpose was a 'charitable purpose'. 

However, on that date, certain parts of the Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 came into effect, namely, the introduction of a statutory test for what is charitable (the charity test), the post of a Charity Commissioner and the establishment of a charity tribunal. 

The intent behind the law is to give confidence in Jersey as a centre for the good governance of public charities and for charitable and philanthropic activity generally.

Click here to read more about Jersey charity legislation.

Our Jersey charities team is led by Kellyann Ozouf. Please do not hesitate to contact Kellyann at any time.

Wills and estates
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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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21 Jul 2023

Chambers HNW Guide 2023

Collas Crill's Private Client teams in the Channel Islands have once again featured in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide, the guide for go-to individuals and firms in the private wealth sector. The Jersey team has moved up to band 2, with the Guernsey t...

15 Feb 2023

Leading by example: Kellyann Ozouf

Partner and Head of International Private Client and Trusts in Jersey Kellyann Ozouf has been interviewed in Gallery magazine for its Women in Business feature. The magazine spoke to a number of Jersey women who work within the legal, professional and f...

14 Feb 2023

Offshore Jersey trusts

This article first appeared on LexisPSL Private Client on 01.02.2023 Overview Private Client analysis: A trustee of a Jersey law trust sought a blessing of its decisions to challenge a joint tax liability imposed on it and a French-resident beneficiary b...

18 Jan 2023

Double-edged sword

On 13 October 2022, the UK Privy Council handed down one of the most significant decisions of the past decade for the trusts industry in common-law jurisdictions in relation to Halabi (Appellant) v Equity Trust (Jersey) Ltd (Respondent) in re the ZII Tru...

13 Jan 2023

Jersey expands IPCT team

Collas Crill's Jersey office has expanded its International Private Client and Trusts (IPCT) team. Led by Partner Kellyann Ozouf, the team has recently welcomed Group Partner Victoria Grogan, Associates Arcadius Gregory and Sorcha McGillycuddy, and Legal...

9 Dec 2022

Collas Crill wins 'Best Legal Team'

Collas Crill has been handed the honour of 'Best Legal Team' at the inaugural WealthBriefing Channel Islands Awards. The awards, part of a global programme run by WealthBriefing, have been designed to recognise 'outstanding organisations' by specialism ...

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