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Overview

Fritha is a Jersey Advocate specialising in trusts-related disputes.

Background

Fritha joined Collas Crill in June 2021. With more than a decade's experience in working offshore, she advises trustees, beneficiaries and protectors alike on all matters of Jersey trust law, in both contentious and non-contentious situations. Fritha is frequently instructed to provide Jersey trust law advice in the context of high net worth divorces and also advises on trust disputes with a cross-border element. Recent experience has included advising in relation to disputes about Jersey-law governed trusts with assets in Italy, India, Russia, Monaco, Los Angeles and Mustique.

Fritha was sworn in as a Jersey Advocate in 2012, having first been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008. 

Awards

2018 Legal 500 - (Dispute Resolution) Recommended Lawyer - Jersey
2018 eprivateclient Channel Islands Top 35 Under 35
2019 eprivateclient Channel Islands Top 35 Under 35

Memberships

The Jersey Law Society
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
An overseas member of the Chancery Bar Association of England and Wales

My services
Contentious Trusts
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We represent trust corporations, HNWIs, individual trustees and beneficiaries, often dealing with novel points of law and creating new and innovative solutions to fit the needs of our clients. Given the international scope of settlors, investments and assets, we often co-ordinate advice from our multi-jurisdictional teams, meaning that our clients benefit from the knowledge and depth of experience of our people around the globe.

Dispute Resolution
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When your business is involved in any kind of legal dispute it's crucial to work with lawyers who are hands-on, cost-effective and flexible enough to respond quickly and intuitively to your unique situation and needs. We know that there are many different ways a dispute can be resolved and work closely with our clients to understand every aspect of their business, priorities and goals. This allows us to find the best way forward for our clients and to advise on the commercial implications of a dispute, ensuring the process remains as stress-free as possible. Our approach is practical, responsive and tailored to the client's interests. Our expertise and reputation means we're first choice for a range of clients, including banks, trust companies, high net worth individuals and top law firms.

Trustee Duties
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The duties of a trustee plays in managing the trust assets and dealing with beneficiaries not only vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but are dictated by trust agreement and its nuances, the type of trust and its specific purpose. Advising on trustee duties is a rapidly growing area given the increasingly complex legal and regulatory framework to which trustees must adhere. Importantly, trustees are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages of acting early and seeking advice on their duties – particularly in situations of potential conflict or stress. Trustees are also making more use of the courts in asking for directions or in having "momentous decisions" blessed.

News 30 Jul 2021

Fritha Ford appointment

Collas Crill has appointed Fritha Ford as Of Counsel in Jersey. Fritha is an experienced litigator, specialising in contentious and semi-contentious trust work, often with...

Insight 15 Jul 2021

Matter of M Settlement

Case analysis by Group Partner Sam Williams, Of Counsel Fritha Ford and Associate Kirsten Bailey, published on LexisPSL on 8 July 2021 Private Client analysis: The trustee...

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