Ian Davis

Senior Associate

LEGAL 500:

Ranked as a “Next Generation Lawyer, Dispute Resolution” 2017

“Senior associate Ian Davis is ‘hardworking and conscientious, one of the most diligent litigators on the island.’”


Ian has had day to day conduct of some of the most significant sets of proceedings that have been before the Guernsey Courts in the last few years, in particular trust dispute and investment fund cases. 

Ian works on a daily basis alongside teams from various City and international firms, and Queen’s Counsel and junior counsel.  This has included having day to day conduct of the Guernsey law aspects of some of the most significant cases to have come before the courts in England and Wales in recent years.

Reported judgments arising from some of those cases are cited below, many of which have received significant press coverage in the UK and in some cases internationally:

Guernsey Court of Appeal
  • Tchenguiz v Akers (Guernsey Judgments 2/2018 and 16/2018)
  • Rawlinson and Hunter Trustees S.A. et al v ITG Limited et al (Guernsey Judgment August 2017)
  • Tchenguiz v Akers and Hamedani (Guernsey Judgment 33/2015)
  • Investec Trust (Guernsey) Limited et al v Glenalla Properties Limited et al (Guernsey Judgments 39/2014 and 4/2015)
Royal Court of Guernsey
  • SPL Guernsey ICC Limited et al v Addison et al (Guernsey Judgment 19/2018)
  • In re the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust (Guernsey Judgments 3/2018, 4/2018, 11/2017, 12/2017, 49/2017, 50/2017, 51/2017, 54/2015)
  • Savile AD4 and another v Marlborough Trust Company Ltd et al (Guernsey Judgment 3/2016)
  • SPL Guernsey ICC Limited and others v Moore Stephens (Guernsey Judgment 3/2014)

Ian has had day to day conduct of the Guernsey law aspects of the following reported matters that came before the courts in England and Wales:

Court of Appeal
  • SPL Private Finance (PF2) IC Limited and others v Farrell [2015] EWCA Civ 1004

High Court and tribunals
  • Arch Financial Products LLP and others v The Financial Conduct Authority [2015] UKUT 0013 (TCC)
  • SPL Private Finance (PF1) IC Ltd and others v Arch Financial Products LLP [2014] EWHC 4268 (Comm)
  • Tchenguiz and others v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2014] EWHC 2379 (Comm)

Ian has also had day to day conduct of the following significant matters which settled on favourable terms:

Investment fund dispute
Representing defendant directors. Favourable settlement negotiated.

Trust dispute
Representing defendant trust company. Favourable settlement negotiated.

Audit claim
Representing plaintiff fund in claim against auditors.  Favourable settlement negotiated.

Corporate/Employment dispute
Settled pre-action.

Costs proceedings
Various sets of proceedings settled pre-taxation (detailed assessment).


University of Cambridge (Queens’ College): Law; BA (Hons), MA

Legal Practice Course (Distinction; Winner, Cross-Course Mooting Competition)


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Higher Court Advocate, Civil Proceedings (England and Wales)


Ian joined AFR in 2011 from a firm of London solicitors, Lee Bolton Monier-Williams (incorporating the Registry of the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury) in Westminster, where he gained a broad range of experience in both contentious and transactional matters.  

Ian assisted with the creation and administration of trusts on behalf of high net worth clients and landed estates, and gained particular experience in dealing with complex and often historic trusts on behalf of charitable and ecclesiastical bodies.  Ian was involved in applications leading to the following reported judgments:

  • Zenios v Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust [2011] EWCA Civ 1645
  • Re Vertical Properties Limited LP/4/2007, 1 March 2010In Re St Mary’s, White Waltham (No 2) [2010] PTSR 1689
  • Barton v The Church Commissioners for England [2008] EWHC 3091 (Ch)

Law Society of England and Wales



Contact Ian Davis:

E: idavis@afradvocates.com
T: +44 (0)1481 743999
F: +44 (0)1481 700171

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Ian Davis

Ian Davis

Senior Associate