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Jessica Burgess

Jessica Burgess 

Associate* | Guernsey

International Private Client and Trusts



Jessica is an Associate in the International Private Client and Trusts team 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 local property and private client 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 laws with honours and has recently completed the LPC Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice with the University of Law, achieving a Commendation level grade.

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
Private Client

As global legislation, regulation and taxation constantly change and become more complex, it has never been more important to make long-term plans to secure your future, the future of your family or your business. We cut through the legal jargon to provide clear, practical advice when you most need it and anticipate the challenges you are likely to face so that you can rest assured you and your family are in safe hands at every step of the way.

Trusts & Fiduciary

We work closely with trust and fiduciary businesses and their clients to build strong relationships based on trust, confidence and a deep understanding of their priorities and needs. We have an extensive range of experience in terms of particular products or service lines, including pensions and Shariah, and many of the team have worked in the other international off and onshore jurisdictions prominent in the world of wealth management. We have associated skills in dispute resolution, risk and regulatory, and image protection. We ensure that thought has been given to the composition of the team on every piece of work we do, and use our mix of skill and experience effectively.

Wills, Probate & Estate Planning

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 your family and successors lifestyles are maintained. We have experts in a number of jurisdictions to assist with wills, succession planning, inheritance matters and probate.

Life & Careers 28 Sep 2023

Newly qualified lawyers in the CI

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