Edward DevenportInternational Practice Group Head

Edward Devenport

'Hugely knowledgeable on the non-contentious side'

Overview

I’m a Partner in our Jersey office and Head of our award-winning International Trusts & Private Client team.

The main focus of my practice is trusts holding private wealth, but I also have substantial experience of working with trust structures in the commercial sphere, such as pensions, employee benefit trusts, unit trusts and investment funds.

I joined Mourant Ozannes in 1990, having worked in investment banking in London for three years. I became a Partner in 1996 and served on our management committee from 2008 to 2012.

A regular speaker at conferences in Jersey and beyond, I’m also responsible for the Jersey chapters of several jurisdictional guides to trusts.

In addition, I’ve served on various industry working parties considering improvements to Jersey's trust and fund legislation.

Professional qualifications

  • Cayman Islands Attorney, 2007 (currently non-practising)
  • Solicitor, Jersey, 1993
  • Called to the English Bar, 1987

Memberships

  • Committee member of the Jersey Association of Trust Companies
  • The STEP Jersey branch – one of the largest branches of STEP globally

What the directories say

'Clients say: "He is a superb lawyer. He is excellent with clients and he's very clear and calm."', Chambers UK, 2019. 

Edward is recognised by Chambers UK, 2017, as 'hugely knowledgeable on the non-contentious side. He possesses the expertise to cover a full range of matters for groups including private individuals and commercial organisations'. It lists him in Band 1 for offshore trusts in Jersey.

Edward is listed as a Leading Individual for Private Client, Trusts and Tax, by Legal 500 UK, 2016, which describes him as 'superb' and comments that he ‘swiftly finds creative solutions to unusual problems’.

Edward is listed as a Prominent Figure in the Citywealth Leading Lawyers List 2016.

Who's Who Legal, 2016, lists Edward in Private Client and in Private Funds.

Edward is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Investment Funds, IFLR1000, 2016.