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John Greenfield

Partner

John is a partner and advocate in the dispute resolution and litigation group in Guernsey.

John undertakes the complete range of major litigation and advocacy work including asset tracing, multi-jurisdictional disputes and commercial and trust litigation. John has been Counsel in many of the major litigation cases before the Royal Court of Guernsey and the Guernsey Court of Appeal and is one of the few Guernsey advocates to have appeared as counsel in the Privy Council. He has been lead counsel in ground-breaking trust litigation cases in the past 12 months.  In the case involving a Tchenguiz Family Trust he was successful in obtaining a judgment in favour of creditors of the Trust against the trust assets and in a subsequent judgment obtained an order of the Guernsey Court putting the trust assets into receivership.

John was a founder member of the Guernsey Royal Court Working Party which completely reviewed the island's Civil Procedure in 2008 and is a member of the UK Fraud Advisory Panel. He is a founder (and only Guernsey member) of Fraudnet, a body of the world's leading fraud lawyers set up by the International Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and is a Notary Public. John was the first elected Head of the Guernsey Bar in November 2008 and was re-elected to the role in 2010.

In 2014 John was awarded ACTAPS Offshore Contentious Lawyer of the Year Award.  John is one of only five offshore lawyers, and the only lawyer in Guernsey, to be included in the Most Highly Regarded category in the 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: Asset Recovery. John is also the only Guernsey lawyer to have been listed in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders Global Elite.

John has been a partner since 1986 and is senior partner in Guernsey.

Career

John was enrolled as a Solicitor in England in 1975 where he was a partner in a law firm before moving to Guernsey in 1980. After working as in-house counsel and trust manager for an international merchant bank, John qualified as an advocate with the firm and in the same year became a partner in 1986. 

John is also a member of Carey Olsen LLP, which is the firm's London office.

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What our clients say

"John Greenfield enjoys an international reputation for his excellent asset recovery practice and stands out as one of the leading practitioners in the offshore space."

Who's Who Legal

“John can be recommended without hesitation. He is the complete litigator.”

CityWealth

“A well-deserved place at the top of the rankings” and a “vastly experienced senior lawyer”.

Chambers UK

“Noted for his gravitas and excellent communication skills.”

Legal 500

“Really tactical, a really clear thinker and a plain speaker.”

Chambers UK