Jonathan Speck

Jonathan Speck

'One of big names in trust litigation, and deservedly so'

Overview

A Jersey Advocate, I specialise in commercial litigation, principally involving contentious and non-contentious trust cases. I’ve written and lectured about these topics around the world.

In 2017, I was elected as an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law in recognition of my contribution to the profession.

Memberships

  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Professional qualifications

  • Advocate, Jersey, 1994
  • Called to the English Bar, 1990 (currently non-practising)

What the directories say

Jonathan is named in the prestigious Legal Week Private Client Global Elite directory, 2019.

Jonathan Speck is described as 'tremendously experienced and hugely respected' by Legal 500 UK, 2019.

Jonathan Speck is a ‘charming, urbane and exceptionally clever stand-out star’, Legal 500 UK, 2019

'Clients describe him as "well regarded" in the market, adding that he is "an articulate advocate who responds well on his feet."' Chambers UK, 2019

'Jonathan Speck  is "certainly a star performer in Jersey," says a source. He is universally admired for his expertise in trust cases, with one commentator saying: "He is widely known around the world as probably the finest trust litigator in the Channel Islands. It is a joy to see him operate." Another interviewee adds: "He is the leader of the Jersey Bar. My impression is that his experience of big trial litigation is unrivalled."' Chambers UK, 2019. 

For Dispute Resolution, Jonathan is described as 'one of big names in trust litigation, and deservedly so. He is a very strategic, very sharp and very good litigator. A person you'd want to have on your side', Chambers UK, 2017.

Jonathan is also described as an 'immaculate advocate who has the intellect to grasp difficult issues and complex high-value cases' with an opposing counsel stating that 'he is very clever and very able,' Chambers UK 2017, Trusts.

'Jonathan Speck ‘combines immaculate charm with magisterial courtroom presence’,' Legal 500 UK, 2016. Jonathan is also listed as a Leading Individual for Dispute Resolution.

'Jonathan Speck is lauded as one of the finest litigators in Jersey. A source says: 'Whenever anyone asks me who is the best, I tell them it is Jonathan. He is brilliant at trust litigation and very good at non-contentious advice',' Chambers UK, 2016, Dispute Resolution.

'Jonathan Speck 'is very knowledgeable and definitely someone I would go to if I needed guidance'. He is renowned for his work on contentious trust matters,' Chambers UK, 2016, Trusts.

'Jonathan Speck 'has incredible eloquence and is very good on his feet', says one peer, while another commentator states: 'He's the go-to lawyer in Jersey – calm, polished, smooth, but also just a good lawyer',' Chambers UK, 2015. Jonathan is ranked as the only Star Individual for Dispute Resolution in Jersey.

Who's Who Legal, 2015, recommends Jonathan in Private Client.

Jonathan is described as a 'very good advocate with a meticulous approach' and is ranked as a Leading Individual and Recommended in Dispute Resolution, Legal 500 UK, 2015.