An exceptionally talented lawyer. Straightforward to deal with, very strongtechnically, and comes up with client-focused solutions. Chambers UK, Trusts, 2021


“Sharp, affable and a sheer pleasure to work with” is how one client described Steve, a partner in the firm’s Trusts Advisory Group who has over 20 years experience in the industry. Steve is known for giving his very best to his clients and more.
  • Background & experience

    Steve is an adviser to trustees and private clients in respect of trust and fiduciary structures. In addition to acting for a range of significant private clients on their estate planning, Steve advises trustees on complex trust questions. Also, Steve is increasingly involved in establishing new and innovative charitable and philanthropic structures. The other main string to Steve’s bow is advising trustees on the establishment of employee incentive and pension structures.

    Steve sits on the Working Party considering trust law reform in Jersey. Steve also sits on the Editorial Boards of the STEP Journal and Trusts and Trustees, which includes peer reviewing their renowned Annual Review of Foundations around the World. 

    Steve is recognised as a Star Individual in the latest editions of Chambers UK and Chambers HNW and also in Legal 500's Hall of Fame. Private Client Practitioner has recognised Steve as a leading lawyer in the private client profession and in their 50 Most Influential 2020 list.

    Steve has also been listed in Who's Who Legal: Private Client from 2017 to 2020. This list highlights the most highly regarded private client advisers in the world and Steve is recognised as one of their five leading offshore practitioners. Steve was also Citywealth’s “International Lawyer of the Year” in 2011.

    Admitted in:

    2009 - British Virgin Islands
    1985 - Jersey
    1982 - England & Wales

    Steve Meiklejohn is a Notary Public.

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  • Recognition

    An exceptionally talented lawyer. Straightforward to deal with, very strongtechnically, and comes up with client-focused solutions. Chambers UK, Trusts, 2021
    Star Individual Chambers UK, Trusts, 2021
    A doyen of the Jersey trusts world. Legal 500 UK, 2021
    He is known across the island and has an immense reputation. Chambers UK, 2020
    He is a figurehead and veteran in the industry. Chambers UK, 2020
    He combines intellect and technical excellence with humour. Chambers UK, 2020
    A go-to person for private client advice. He is hugely well regarded and a very nice chap. Steve is good with clients and has a strong following. Chambers and Partners, HNW Directory, 2020
    Hall of fame Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Private Client Global Elite Legal Week Private Client Global Elite Directory, 2019
    He has contributed greatly to the market and he provides gravitas and stature. Chambers and Partners HNW Directory, 2019
    Steve is the consummate professional trust lawyer who gives invaluable, considered and practical advice to trustees and beneficiaries and has done so over many years Citywealth Leaders List 2019
    He's one of the most charming trust practitioners that you could meet Chambers UK, 2019
    Consistently knowledgeable and accurate advise over decades of working together Citywealth Leaders List 2018
    One of the top 30 trusts and estates practitioners worldwide Best of the Best Global Guide, 2018
    Hall of Fame Legal 500, 2018
    He is a stalwart of the Jersey legal community. He is ferociously clever and delightful to work with. Chambers UK, 2018
    Absolute gentleman. Chambers UK, 2018
    Private Client - Thought Leader 2018 Who's Who Legal, 2018
    Exceptional knowledge and experience in the private client field – he cuts through the issues very quickly and has a no-nonsense approach. Legal 500 UK, 2017
    Leading individual Legal 500 UK, 2017
    For me Steve Meiklejohn is the go-to trust lawyer in Jersey. He is bright, creative and commercial. On top of that it is an absolute pleasure to work with him. He is collaborative, energetic and responsive, and has played a leading role alongside us in many long-running, complex trust situations. Citywealth Leaders List, 2017
    first-class... a leader in trust law Chambers UK, 2017
    caring and completely trustworthy Legal 500 UK, 2016
    exceptional Legal 500 UK, 2015
    Praised for his "exceptional" expertise in the field Who's Who Legal: Private Client 2015
    He is pragmatic as well as being very technically adept Chambers Europe, 2015
    ‘Fantastic lawyer' who 'couples years of experience with a pragmatic approach' Legal 500 UK, 2014
    Has a complete grasp of the technicalities and provides practical, commercial advice Chambers UK, 2014
    Particularly good Legal 500 UK, 2013
    Is sensitive to the commercial as well as the family aspects of the work, and is excellent at tuning into what is most important for the client Chambers UK, 2013
    Commercial, quick to spot the issues and collaborative in the way he works. Chambers UK, 2012
    Outstanding Legal 500 UK, 2012
    Analyses issues with a depth of understanding that is difficult for peers to surpass Legal 500 UK, 2011
    He provides excellent ideas about how we can develop our business Chambers Europe, 2011
    Down to earth and pragmatic Chambers Europe, 2011