Henry Wickham

Head of Estate Planning, Wills and Probate Jersey
Henry Wickham
Key Lawyer Legal 500 UK, 2021

Overview

Henry advises on all aspects of Jersey trusts, foundations and estate planning and related corporate law issues. He is widely experienced in both local and international will and probate matters and has particular expertise in the administration of high net worth and multi-jurisdictional estates as well as complex succession planning and will drafting.
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  • Background & experience

    Henry deals with a broad variety of clients and has been advising for many years on estate planning, will drafting and estate administration. He provides advice and assistance on the creation and ongoing operation of private and commercial trusts including the drafting of trust instruments, supplemental documentation and the establishment and use of family offices and private trust companies. For Jersey based clients, Henry also provides advice on post death issues such as forced heirship, the registration of immovable wills, probate applications, tutelles, the role and rights of executors, heirs and beneficiaries, lasting powers of attorney and he also acts as a Court appointed Delegate for a number of incapacitated clients.

    When dealing with clients who are internationally based, Henry advises on complex private international law issues such as the construction and validity of wills, domicile issues and the situs and ownership of assets from a pre and post death point of view. The Ogier Wills and Probate team, led by Henry, is highly experienced in registering foreign powers of attorney and providing will and probate services for clients who have assets in the Island or for families who are dealing with an estate where there is a Jersey asset that requires administering. Henry also advises in relation to complex restructurings, corporate migrations and philanthropic structures.

    He regularly presents on a variety of topics within his field and regularly contributes to a number of publications both locally and further afield.

    Industry focus

    • STEP member
    • Former Chair of STEP Jersey Branch
    • Lead editor of STEP Directory Jersey overview
    • On a number of consultative bodies relating to Jersey's trust industry

    Admitted in:

    2014 - Jersey
    2008 - England and Wales (non-practising)

     

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  • Recognition

    Key Lawyer Legal 500 UK, 2021
    One to watch Legal Week Private Client Global Elite 'Ones to Watch' Directory, 2021
    One to Watch Legal Week Private Client Global Elite 'Ones to Watch' Directory, 2019
    Henry is an accomplished professional who is also well organised and extremely responsive. Citywealth Leaders List, 2018
    Whatever the timeframe or deadline…Henry always shows total commitment to the issue at hand, while his attention to detail and evident skills as a lawyer ensure that we receive consistent levels of high quality advice which is fully in support of our commercial interests. Client feedback
    Henry has an insightful knowledge of the law and an impressive understanding of the international marketplace in which we operate. Client feedback
    Always happy to help, always smiling, courteous and friendly, I have nothing but good things to say about Henry from a STEP and Trust Company point of view and would have no hesitation in recommending him for easy to understand and well thought out advice. Client feedback
    Henry is an extremely responsive and commercial minded lawyer. It is always a joy to work with him on Jersey related matters. Client feedback
    Lawyer of the Year IFC Associate – gold Citywealth Future Leaders Awards, 2017 & 2016
    One to Watch Legal Week Private Client Global Elite Directory, 2018
    Very accomplished, well-organised and extremely responsive. Legal 500, 2016
    Top 35 under 35 Private Client Practitioner, 2015 and 2011