Nick Robison

Managing Partner

Nick Robison

Managing Partner

Nick specialises in disputes involving complex international trust and corporate structures. He acts for and advises: trustees, beneficiaries and other parties to trusts; directors, shareholders and other corporate stakeholders. He acts in trust administration proceedings. He also has extensive experience of commercial litigation and of regulatory matters.

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Expertise

Dispute Resolution
Financial Services Regulation
Trusts (contentious and non-contentious)

  • Acting on behalf of trustees of a Jersey trust in multiple proceedings before the Royal Court of Guernsey and the Guernsey Court of Appeal in claims against the former trustees of the trust. The two primary claims (which are valued at £380m and £160m) have already been the subject of ten appeals to the Privy Council, in which Nick acted as lead Guernsey counsel. The appeals are arguably Guernsey’s highest value and highest importance trust case over the past thirty years: Investec Trust (Guernsey) Ltd v Glenalla Properties Ltd [2018] 2 WLR 1465, PC; and Equity Trust (Jersey) Ltd v Halabi [2023] 2 WLR 133, PC
  • Acting and appearing as trial advocate in an action seeking the release of more than USD 90m in assets frozen by a well-known, international bank. The Royal Court’s decision (in favour of Babbé’s clients) is the leading authority in relation to such asset freezes: L, M, N and Mrs B v Credit Suisse AG (Guernsey Branch) [2023] GRC 026
  • Acting on behalf of an international trust company in a wide ranging and ongoing instruction that included a successful application for equitable relief (rectification and declarations) that is now the leading authority in relation to HMRC’s treatment of Guernsey-administered QNUPs: In the matter of A Pension Plan [2020] GRC 019
  • Acting on behalf of the Guernsey trustee of a pension scheme established by a well-known, Premier League club, in relation to proceedings before the High Court Family Division in London: see A and C v PQ, RS and T Trustees Limited [2019] GRC 013
  • Acting on behalf a FTSE 100 company (with annual turnover in excess of £2billion) engaged in the provision of architectural, M & E consultant and project management services, in Guernsey’s largest ever construction dispute involving allegations of professional negligence and breach of contract: see Capita Symonds Ltd v Jubilee Scheme 3 Limited 3 Partnership et al
  • Acting on behalf of the majority shareholder of a leading, international construction company in proceedings involving trust and corporate structures registered in Guernsey, Cyprus, Greece, Liechtenstein, the UK and BVI
  • Regularly appointed by the Royal Court of Guernsey to act on behalf of minor and unborn beneficiaries of Guernsey trusts in Public Trustee v Cooper (and similar) proceedings

Nick qualified as a Solicitor in New South Wales in 2004 and in England in 2010. He gained valuable dispute resolution experience practising commercial litigation in Sydney and London before joining Babbé LLP in 2010. He re-qualified as a Guernsey Advocate in 2012, was made a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team in 2016 and became Babbé's Managing Partner on 1 June 2021.

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