David Dorgan is a partner and Group Head of the Private Client & Trusts department in Jersey. David has established himself as one of the leading lawyers in Jersey and Guernsey uniquely combining strengths in private client and trusts, corporate and finance work.
He has a significant specialism in private and commercial trusts and foundations, focusing on providing technical advice on their establishment and on-going administration which is tailored for the practical and commercial requirements of clients. He has extensive experience of drafting bespoke and complex trust instruments and foundation regulations for high and ultra-high net worth individuals and families, preparing bespoke will trusts and providing documentation for SPV, philanthropy, charitable and non-charitable purposes. He is a regular contributor of articles on trusts and foundations issues in the professional press, is the co-author of the ICSA Guide to Jersey Foundations and the author of the LexisNexis PSL Private Client Guides to Jersey trusts and foundations.
David also has considerable experience in corporate and finance matters, in particular transactions involving trustees refinancing or selling and/or purchasing trust fund property and/or high net worth individuals or families entering into entrepreneurial ventures. He has also provided opinions to foreign courts, foreign revenue authorities and institutional lenders on complex issues relating to trust and corporate issues.
Most recently clients told Legal 500 UK 2016 that he is "commercial, responsive and knowledgeable". Legal 500 UK 2014 calls David a “stellar adviser” having a “practical outlook and good commercial sense” and has previously praised him as “impressive” providing “guidance on a broad spectrum of fiduciary matters with a professional and pragmatic approach." He is a noted individual in three sections of Legal 500 UK 2011 for banking and finance, corporate and commercial and private clients, trusts and tax.
Chambers & Partners 2016 reported that David is praised by clients for being commercial and responsive. Chambers & Partners 2014 commended that David “is always on the ball, offering quick and concise advice, and is happy to provide hands-on guidance over more complex issues.” He is a leading individual in Chambers & Partners UK 2012 noting David handles fiduciary, corporate and banking and finance work demonstrating “excellent knowledge, negotiation skills and a solution-oriented approach.”
Citywealth 2016 shortlisted David as Lawyer of the Year - IFC Partner and in 2014 Citywealth named him as one of the future leaders of Jersey’s private wealth industry.
David graduated with a Master of Laws degree, trained with a major offshore firm in Jersey and qualified as a Jersey Solicitor in 2006, as a Jersey Advocate in 2008 and as a Jersey Notary Public in 2011. He is a member of the Jersey Finance Working Groups for Trusts and Foundations, is a full member of STEP and holds the Islamic Finance Qualification from CISI.
"[David] is commerical, responsive and knowledgable.”