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Bruce Lincoln

Partner

Specialism: Lawyers Contentious Trusts, Corporate and Regulatory

Company: Mourant

Location: St Helier, Jersey

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What do clients and peers say of Bruce Lincoln: "Expertly taking the heat out of disputes to find the substance and resolution."

Citywealth rating

3.75
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)
Fee Level:
3.6
Average: 3.6 (5 votes)
Quality of Advice
3.8
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)
Communications Skills
3.8
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)
Interpersonal Skills
3.8
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)
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Peer review:

Bruce Lincoln is a lawyer's lawyer. He's technically very astute and as an advocate you can see immediately that he has the respect of the Jersey Court and his peers. But he is more than a technician; Bruce is also pragmatic, commercial and service oriented. His advice is always timely, thoughtful and tailored carefully to suit the client's case. Bruce is an excellent team player, responsive, friendly and well prepared. He's a great pleasure to work alongside and I regard him as one of the Jersey elite.

01 May 2019

Peer review:

I have worked with Bruce on a number of substantial trust matters over the last decade. He is an outstanding litigator who has acted in, and run, some of Jersey’s biggest cases in the trusts sphere. Bruce has a first rate legal mind, sound commercial judgement, and an ability to work tirelessly with a focus and efficiency which enables him to cut to the real issues in the most complex cases, while still mastering the detail. He is also a joy to work with, both respected and liked by his juniors, opponents and peers. Though I have not seen him as an advocate in court, colleagues who have say that he is excellent. I rate him very highly indeed.

01 May 2019

Peer review:

Bruce has established himself as one of the elite handful of top contentious trusts advocates in Jersey. He analyses cases with great care, has excellent client skills, does not shy from the detail and is a perfectionist when preparing for court. He also happens to have a first rate legal mind, which matters in this area of law.

18 May 2018

Peer review:

Bruce is one of the very best lawyers and very best advocates in Jersey as well as a great team player and a real pleasure to work with.

Giles Richardson    Serle Court   
18 May 2018

Peer review:

I regard Bruce Lincoln as one of the standout practitioners in Jersey. We have been working with Bruce over the past three years on a significant matter for an important client and Bruce has been fantastic to deal with. He is responsive, careful and analytical. He works incredibly hard. His courtroom manner is measured, forensic and fearless. You can see that the judges trust him and his opponents respect him. His technical ability is peerless and he is an excellent client handler, for both professional and lay clients. He is also commercial, strategically savvy and has a warm and cheerful personality which makes him very approachable and puts everyone around him at ease. Very highly recommended.

07 Feb 2018

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Average client size: Over £25 million

Fixed fee offering: No

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Number of offices globally: More than 5

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Peer review:

Bruce Lincoln is a lawyer's lawyer. He's technically very astute and as an advocate you can see immediately that he has the respect of the Jersey Court and his peers. But he is more than a technician; Bruce is also pragmatic, commercial and service oriented. His advice is always timely, thoughtful and tailored carefully to suit the client's case. Bruce is an excellent team player, responsive, friendly and well prepared. He's a great pleasure to work alongside and I regard him as one of the Jersey elite.

01 May 2019

Peer review:

I have worked with Bruce on a number of substantial trust matters over the last decade. He is an outstanding litigator who has acted in, and run, some of Jersey’s biggest cases in the trusts sphere. Bruce has a first rate legal mind, sound commercial judgement, and an ability to work tirelessly with a focus and efficiency which enables him to cut to the real issues in the most complex cases, while still mastering the detail. He is also a joy to work with, both respected and liked by his juniors, opponents and peers. Though I have not seen him as an advocate in court, colleagues who have say that he is excellent. I rate him very highly indeed.

01 May 2019

Peer review:

Bruce has established himself as one of the elite handful of top contentious trusts advocates in Jersey. He analyses cases with great care, has excellent client skills, does not shy from the detail and is a perfectionist when preparing for court. He also happens to have a first rate legal mind, which matters in this area of law.

18 May 2018

Peer review:

Bruce is one of the very best lawyers and very best advocates in Jersey as well as a great team player and a real pleasure to work with.

Giles Richardson    Serle Court   
18 May 2018

Peer review:

I regard Bruce Lincoln as one of the standout practitioners in Jersey. We have been working with Bruce over the past three years on a significant matter for an important client and Bruce has been fantastic to deal with. He is responsive, careful and analytical. He works incredibly hard. His courtroom manner is measured, forensic and fearless. You can see that the judges trust him and his opponents respect him. His technical ability is peerless and he is an excellent client handler, for both professional and lay clients. He is also commercial, strategically savvy and has a warm and cheerful personality which makes him very approachable and puts everyone around him at ease. Very highly recommended.

07 Feb 2018

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Recent work includes a contentious application for directions regarding a change of trustee and protector, involving a related foreign tax investigation and potential validity issues; and acting for trustees of multiple family trusts in relation to divorce proceedings between beneficiary spouses. I have also acted for the trustees on some of the largest breach of trust claims heard in Jersey in recent years (including the Alhamrani and Walker Trust litigation).

I have been acting for a Middle Eastern oil company in proceedings against a Kuwaiti national. The claims against this person relate to the beneficial ownership of a Jersey company (holding assets in excess of £3 million) and whether they held the shares in that company on trust for the late former chairman and managing partner of the company who, while still alive, in December 1998, was ordered by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales to pay a sum exceeding US$135 million to my client for fraud and dishonest breaches of duty. This case involved matters of Jersey, English, Kuwaiti and Lebanese law. As this case has also been based largely on inference, it has been challenging to deal with.

High value trust matter involving Jersey law governed trusts

Bruce Lincoln, supported by a team of Mourant Ozanne litigation and non-contentious trust lawyers, has lead the representation of adult beneficiaries of two Jersey law governed trusts in connection with two applications issued before the Royal Court by a Swiss trustee. The first application seeks the court's directions as to the identity of the trustee; the identity of the protector; the validity of certain steps taken by the protector to remove the trustee and to effect a change of proper law of the trust, and the future administration of the trust. The second application seeks the court's directions as to the validity of the Trust, whether certain disclosures should be made to the revenue authorities of the beneficiaries' home jurisdiction, and the future administration of the trust generally.  The Mourant Ozannes legal team also represent, in connection with the first application, one of the potential protectors and the purportedly appointed new trustees. In connection with the second application, we also act for one of the potential protectors and the settlor. Serious allegations of misconduct have been levelled by the adult beneficiaries against the trustee bringing both applications.

This is an extremely complex and high value cross-border matter. The combined asset value of the both trusts are in the region of €100 million. The Mourant Ozannes legal team represent the majority of convened parties before the court.  Unusually for administrative proceedings, because of the allegations of serious misconduct on the part of a trustee,  this matter involves extensive live evidence and cross-examination. The evidence, given over the course of nine days in the Royal Court, has recently concluded, with written closing submissions due to be filed shortly.  Bruce Lincoln was the Advocate throughout the hearings.

In addition to having conduct of the proceedings generally, the Mourant Ozannes legal team has, since the issue of both applications, provided advice on the complex issues of Jersey trust law arising, as well as dealing with the interrelationship of the relevant issues with matters and proceedings conducted in and under the laws of two other jurisdictions.