Our key objective is to provide a partner led, yet cost sensitive solution to fiduciary businesses, international companies and private clients and their onshore advisers seeking Jersey corporate and trust law advice. Our ethos is to provide the technical quality and level of service expected from larger firms, but with the personal delivery, responsiveness and focus on the overall client relationship that drives a small practice.

Nick Ward

Partner

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Nick has over 20 years’ legal experience, including over 15 years offshore. He has significant expertise advising on the full range of legal, commercial and regulatory issues relevant to the establishment, operation and financing of Jersey vehicles ranging from companies and partnerships through to trusts and foundations. He brings not only his legal expertise but also a practical viewpoint having also acted as a director of several asset holding and financing vehicles.

Nick was named as a leading individual by Legal 500 2020 for banking and finance and has been recommended in the categories of corporate and commercial and private client, trusts and tax. He has been consistently ranked by Legal 500 for a number of years being described as “proactive and to the point”; praised for his ability to "cut through the issues"; a “well-respected” adviser; "first rate” and “an erudite individual with a pragmatic approach”; having “second-to-none technical knowledge”. Most recently Legal 500 2020 described him as a “high performing individual” who is responsive and always owns his part of the transaction.

Nick graduated from Durham University in 1991 with a first class degree in Russian, Italian and Philosophy. He qualified as an English solicitor in 1996. He was sworn in as an advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey in 2006 and became a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Court (British Virgin Islands) in 2008.

nicholas.ward@wardyates.com

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Victoria Yates

Partner

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Vicky has over 15 years’ offshore legal experience with significant expertise in the establishment, administration, financing, disposal and termination of a wide range of Jersey trust and corporate structures. She has particular expertise in commercial trusts and real estate investment vehicles, including JPUTs, having acted for several sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and private equity firms on their indirect investment in UK commercial real estate utilising Jersey entities. She also advises major trust company clients and family offices on the establishment and administration of complex structures for high net worth individuals looking to create comprehensive estate plans, including family unit trusts and limited partnerships.

Vicky was named as a leading individual by Legal 500 for private client trusts and tax and has been recommended in the categories of corporate and commercial and banking and finance. Praised by clients for “finding solutions” and described as an “exceptional practitioner”, “commercial, pragmatic and technically strong”, “will go above and beyond in order to reach an agreed deadline; nothing is too much trouble for her” ”she has extensive knowledge of her practice area and is able to provide efficient,pragmatic advice which takes into account the commercial needs of her clients”. Legal 500 2019 described her as “personable, approachable and knowledgeable” and drawing much praise from clients for having “the ability to explain complex legal matters in a straight forward manner”. Vicky was also named as a notable practitioner by Chambers in their 2019 High Net Worth Guide.

Victoria is a Committee member of the Jersey Association of Trust Companies and a full member of STEP. She regularly speaks at conferences and provides training to trust companies on a broad range of corporate and trust topics. She is also a member of the Trust Law working group.

Victoria graduated from Exeter University in 1998 with a first class degree in Law. She qualified as a Jersey solicitor in 2001 and was sworn in as an advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey in 2005.

victoria.yates@wardyates.com

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Elaine Kelly

Partner

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Elaine has over 10 years’ experience advising on Jersey law having worked at two of Jersey’s largest international law firms. She joined Ward Yates in August 2015 from Ogier where she was a senior associate in their Business and Trust Law Group. Elaine was promoted to Partner in August 2016.

Elaine has a broad corporate and finance background. She was named a ‘next generation lawyer’ by Legal 500 2020 and recommended in the categories of corporate and commercial and banking and finance being described as “calm and unflappable”, “a joy to work with”, “positive and enthusiastic”, “hardworking, efficient and excellent”. Her corporate expertise includes advising both public and private companies on high profile sales and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint venture arrangements, IPOs, high yield bond issuances and cash box transactions relating to placings and rights issues on the London Stock Exchange. On the finance side, she has significant experience advising on senior and mezzanine lending and security involving a range of Jersey structures, including limited partnerships, discretionary trusts, JPUTs and companies.

Elaine graduated from Bournemouth University in 2005 with a first class degree in Law. She qualified as an English solicitor in 2008 and was sworn in as an advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey in 2012.

elaine.kelly@wardyates.com

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+44 1534 883853

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+44 7797 858748

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Elena Moran

Partner

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Elena has over 15 years’ experience advising on Jersey law and appears regularly in the Royal Court and the Court of Appeal. Elena joined Ward Yates as a partner in October 2018 to head the firm’s dispute resolution practice.

Elena has a PhD in law from University College London. She qualified as an English barrister in 1992 having undertaken pupillages at 2 Crown Office Row and Erskine Chambers. After working as an in-house lawyer for the BBC she moved to Jersey in 2002 and was sworn in as an advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey in 2012 and prior to joining Ward Yates was a partner of Collas Crill.

Elena is recommended by Legal 500 for her "ability to present complex legal arguments in a succinct and efficient manner" and was most recently described by Legal 500 2020 as “formidable”, “exceptionally clever” and “a tenacious advocate” who “shows great commitment to her clients” and who “gets to grip with complex disputes rapidly”.

elena.moran@wardyates.com

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Laura Le Meur

Senior Associate

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Laura joined Ward Yates in August 2018 as a Senior Associate. She qualified as an English Solicitor with Nigel Harris & Partners in 2009 and has over ten years experience working for a major offshore corporate and trust provider, latterly as an Associate Director in the Private Client Team.

In addition to her legal expertise, both in private practice and in-house, Laura has broad practical experience in the establishment and administration of corporate and trust structures. She was recognised by eprivateclient in 2016 as one of the Top 35 Under 35, and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management. Laura studied history at Durham before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law at Exeter University.

Laura.LeMeur@wardyates.com

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