Anthony J. Dessain  picture Anthony J. Dessain

Channel Islands



Attended Downside School, Bath, Somerset
Attended the University of Caen, Normandy, France and obtained a Diplome d’Etudes Françaises
Attended Leeds University and awarded an LLB Law Degree
Attended The Inns of Court School of Law in London; passed the Bar finals
Attended Harvard Business School for an intensive course for worker managers


July 1974 Called to the English Bar
Awarded the Middle Temple Winston Churchill Memorial Prize
1979 Qualified as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey
1982 Appointed a Notary Public
1985 Registered as a foreign lawyer in Monaco
1994 - 1999 Appointed a Crown Advocate


1974 – 1976 Lectured and tutored law students and pursued pupillage in Chancery Chambers at 7 Stone Buildings in Lincoln's Inn and Common Law Chambers at 1 Crown Office Row in the Temple, London
Practised at the English Bar
1976 - 1981 Returned to Jersey and practiced law
1981 - 2015 Director of Bedell Trust Company Limited
1981 - 2016 Partner of Bedell Cristin
1998 - 2015 Senior Partner of Bedell Cristin


1971 – 1973 Chairman of the Society for Social Responsibility in Science
1975 – 1976 Chairman of the Young Conservatives in Paddington Constituency
1988 - 1989 Non Executive Director of Standard Bank Offshore and Chairman of the Audit Committee
1991 - 2005 Non executive director of Barclays Bank Bond Fund and other funds
1996 – 2000 Founding Chairman of the Financial and Commercial Law Subcommittee of the Law Society of Jersey
2000 – 2003 Founding Chairman of the Jersey Finance Industry Association (which is now Jersey Finance Limited)
2011 - Founding Chairman of the Institute of Law Endowment Trust
2012 - Non Executive Director and the Chairman of Deutsche Bank International Limited (Channel Islands)

Committee Memberships:

1992 – 2004 The Law Society of Jersey
2000 - Channel Islands representative on the Council of the International Bar Association
2002 - 2004 The Remuneration Committee of the Jersey Financial Services Commission
2002 - 2012 International Committee of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
International Financial Centres Forum (IFC Forum)
2013 Admitted as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
2015 International Wealth Structuring Committee of the Family Office Advisors Forum


International Bar Association; INSOL International; INSOL Europe; International Insolvency Institute; Institute of Directors; The Commercial Bar Association of England & Wales – (North American section) (COMBAR.); Chancery Bar Association of England and Wales (ChBA); Gardiens of Durrell Wildlife (Former Chairman); Trees for Life (Former Chairman); Royal Jersey Golf Club; National Trust for Jersey; La Société Jersiaise


The Roy Overland Charitable Trust


Jersey insolvency and asset tracking, and trust law, company and trust management and private client business.
Regular speaker at national and international conferences.


The Legal 500 directory has described him as: 'a powerful advocate', as being 'very knowledgeable' and 'having an awesome intellect' and as 'Jersey's top insolvency lawyer'.
Chambers Research describes him as 'a seasoned veteran; he is very prominent in legal circles in Jersey and an expert on insolvency'.
Chambers 2015 recognises him for his 'high level expertise' and includes him as Senior Statesman in its 'Leaders in the Field' listing.
The International Who's Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers 2010 lists him as a 'leading practitioner'.
Which Lawyer recommends him in the private client and restructuring and insolvency categories.
IFLR 1000 2015 said 'he's extremely able intellectually, very charming and amenable and very practicable.
The 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Citywealth Leaders List places him in the honours list in the 'leading lawyers' category.
Jersey First for Finance (2012) acknowledged him as one of the 50 main contributors to the success of the finance industry in Jersey.


Co-authored "Jersey Insolvency and Asset Tracking published by Key Haven Publications Limited. This has been referred to in many Judgments of the Royal Court.
Co-authored the Institute of Directors "Guidelines for Jersey Directors" and a "Guide to Collecting Evidence in Jersey".
Contributed to the Jersey section of “International Commercial Fraud”, published by Sweet & Maxwell, to "Butterworths' Encyclopaedia of International Trust Precedents" to "Trusts for Europe" edited by Barry McCutcheon QC and Patrick Soares QC, and to "Investing in UK Property" by Patrick Soares QC.
Contributed to "The International Comparative Legal Guide - Corporate Recovery and Insolvency 2007" published by the Global Legal Group.
Contributed to "Insolvency and Restructuring" published by Getting the Deal Through.
Contributed to "Corporate Governance" published by Getting the Deal Through.
Contributed to "Enforcement of Foreign Judgments" published by Kluwer Law International.
Contributed to the Jersey Law Review, and to other publications.


Travel - worldwide and Italy
Patron of a professional artist