Iona MitchellSenior Associate & Advocate

Iona Mitchell

Overview

I’m a Senior Associate in our Guernsey Litigation practice, dealing with a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including Contentious trusts, Financial services litigation, Enforcement action by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, Insolvency and Litigation with cross-jurisdictional aspects.

In 2019 I spent eight months on secondment at a multi-jurisdictional fund administrator and corporate services provider in Guernsey, giving me great insight into the industry.

I’ve dealt with various forms of dispute resolution, including ADR and mediation.

Prior to joining Mourant Ozannes, I spent over four years at Scottish commercial firm Brodies with a particular focus on professional indemnity litigation.

I’ve been a part-time tutor on the Contract Law and Unjustified Enrichment undergraduate course at the University of Edinburgh, and I continue to act as a guest seminar leader on an ad hoc basis.

I have also been a volunteer legal adviser at Citizens Advice, in Edinburgh and Guernsey, since 2012.

Professional qualifications

  • Called to the Guernsey Bar, December 2017, after completing the requisite residency period in Guernsey
  • Certificat d'Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes from the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie in France, December 2016
  • Notary Public in Scotland
  • Admitted a Solicitor in Scotland, 2013
  • LLB (Hons) in Law and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Edinburgh

Memberships

  • The Guernsey International Lawyers Association
  • The Guernsey Young Business Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for a corporate trustee in a contested Public Trustee v Cooper application to seek the Royal Court's blessing of its decision to settle complex multi-jurisdictional claims against the settlor.

  • Acting for a Respondent director of Guernsey companies in enforcement proceedings brought by the GFSC following the high-profile collapse of a worldwide investment fund group.

  • Successfully obtaining an order from the Royal Court that a company be wound up on the basis that it was just and equitable to do so, due to the shareholders' justifiable loss of confidence in the management of the company by the directors.

  • Acting for an institutional lender to successfully defend the first known Human Rights challenge of the method by which a judgment creditor enforces a judgment debt against real property in Guernsey.

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Chambers & Partners

 

Recent publication | 15 January 2020

Changes to Guernsey's Insolvency Regime

 

Recent publication | 16 July 2019

Enforcing security over Guernsey real property