Dickinson Gleeson has appointed two new lawyers. Both Jonathan Barham and Caitlin Bruce are joining the firm due to the growth of its litigation team. Jonathan has been appointed as a Senior Associate and Caitlin as an Associate at the firm.
Jonathan, an English-qualified barrister who until recently practised in the North-West of England, will undertake a broad dispute resolution practice encompassing corporate, commercial and insolvency issues. He regularly advises companies, shareholders, office holders and corporate service providers on a wide range of matters.
Jonathan read Law at
the University of Exeter, was called to the English Bar in 2002 and is a member
of Lincoln’s Inn.
Caitlin is a South African qualified attorney (non-practising). She specialises in commercial litigation, dispute resolution and insolvency.
Since qualifying, Caitlin has advised both listed and international clients in private arbitrations and litigation involving contractual and commercial matters, as well as construction, mining and environmental disputes.
experience in insolvency and liquidation proceedings and, prior to joining
Dickinson Gleeson, advised one of the major creditors in high-profile
liquidation proceedings against Optimum Coal Mine in South Africa.
Founding partner James Gleeson said of
the new hires: “We are delighted to welcome Jonathan and Caitlin to the team.
Their appointments during this period of uncertainty are testament to the
strength of our litigation practice. We have no doubt that the addition of
Jonathan and Caitlin will enhance our service capabilities in the firm’s core disputes
2020 continues to be another successful year for us, with Dickinson Gleeson being awarded Citywealth IFC Boutique Law Firm of the Year for the third year in a row.
Dickinson Gleeson has appointed
Advocate Guillaume Staal as a partner.
Previously a Senior Associate within
the firm’s litigation department, Advocate Staal was promoted to the
partnership on 1 July 2020, some eight years after joining Dickinson Gleeson.
Advocate Staal’s principal
areas of expertise are in trust and commercial litigation and he also advises
clients in respect of contractual disputes, enforcement of foreign judgments
and associated freezing and disclosure orders and insolvency matters. He is also regularly instructed in relation
to employment and probate matters.
A native French speaker, Advocate
Staal graduated with an LLB in English and French Law from King’s College
London and a Maitrise en droit (French law degree) from La Sorbonne, Paris.
Founding partner James
Dickinson said of the appointment: “This
well-deserved promotion is in direct response to Guillaume’s personal
contribution and dedication to our award-winning firm. Guillaume has contributed greatly to the firm’s growth and
success during his eight years of service.”
Advocate Staal added: “Having begun my trust and commercial litigation practice with the firm I am delighted to now be asked to join the partnership and to continue developing my career with Dickinson Gleeson.”
We are delighted that Partner James
Gleeson has been included in the prestigious Citywealth’s Top 100 trust litigators
Citywealth conducted a research programme over several months
where one of the key questions asked was: who has impressed you most during
current or past litigations? The list was compiled based on peer
Clients and peers have this to say about James Gleeson: “Leading the way for others to follow. Impressive and notable career, handling clients in the public eye.”
Dickinson Gleeson has put its business continuity plan into effect, with most colleagues working from home except where necessary. However, we are operating as usual and providing a normal service to our valued clients.
One of the most frequent questions we are being asked is “How will litigation progress in the short to medium term in the Royal Court of Jersey?”
Here,Robert Christie, Partner at Dickinson Gleeson, sets out the measures to be put into practice by the Royal Court of Jersey in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.
For those of our clients in Jersey and abroad who may be wondering how the Covid-19 outbreak might affect new and ongoing court matters in Jersey, the Royal Court appears to be taking active and sensible steps in response to the outbreak and has announced a series of measures to minimise unnecessary personal interaction while maintaining the ability to deal with cases, and prioritising the most urgent and critical.
The measures are as follows, in summary.
1. The Bailiff has written to all parties involved in civil cases listed between now and the end of April 2020, to ask whether or not those cases are amenable to adjournment or to be dealt with electronically, and reserves the ability to defer cases in any event.
We would observe that the commencement of new proceedings is able to continue in the meantime where appropriate.
2. With regard to Samedi Court, the Court has asked that members of the public who are passing contracts for e.g. the sale of land do not attend, and pass their contract by Attorney.
3. To enable the safer handling of bundles including for onward delivery, the Court has announced a “zero tolerance” policy for bundles filed late.
4. The Court is taking steps to create appropriate segregation between its personnel, so that in the event of one or more members of the Court becoming unwell with the Coronavirus, there will be other members of staff of the Court who can continue to work.
5. To enable procedural matters to be dealt with, the Court is in the process of appointing two additional Greffiers Substitute to act as alternates to the Master and to give directions.
Please contact us via +44 (0) 1534 737 757 if you have any queries.
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Dickinson Gleeson has appointed a Consultant to support its
growing legal team.
Advocate Jane Martin has been recruited by the practice to further enhance its litigation offering, and brings with her a wealth of experience in commercial litigation and case management.
As former Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Jersey and previously a Managing Partner of a local law firm, Advocate Martin has enjoyed a varied career, which also includes being appointed as Crown Advocate and arguing cases on behalf of the prosecution in criminal trials.
Founding partner James Gleeson said of Jane’s appointment: “Jane has joined us at an exciting time in the firm’s journey. Jane’s expertise is invaluable in bolstering the team and providing the excellent all-round service that our clients expect from us”.
Advocate Martin will focus on a wide range of contentious trusts and companies
disputes, including advising trustees, high net worth individuals, companies and
Having qualified as an English solicitor, Jane was sworn in an Advocate of the Royal
Court in 1995. Commenting on her appointment, Jane added: “I was attracted to working for Dickinson Gleeson due to the high profile, complex cases that they undertake and the dynamic, can do attitude that has made them a market leader in
The appointment of Advocate Martin comes at the same time as the firm’s directory
rankings confirm the firm as a “veritable litigation force with a client-care that issecond-to-none”, by renowned legal directory the Legal 500.
The firm is also delighted that its two founding partners, Advocates Dickinson and Gleeson, have been awarded “Hall of Fame” status by the Legal 500.
The Legal 500 Hall of Fame notes those individuals who have received “constant praise by their clients for continued excellence”, highlighting the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of their profession.
The other leading directory, Chambers and Partners, has noted: 'They're intellectually rigorous and have great a practice" say sources, who add that it is "A great boutique firm."