Jersey: Offshore Trusts Guide
Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Jersey trusts are governed by The Trust (Jersey) Law 1984, as amended in 2006, which codified trust law largely along the lines of English-based common law, and the Trusts (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 1989. Trust company business is regulated under the provisions of the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998.
Appeal against judgements of the Royal Court of Jersey lie to the Jersey Court of Appeal and finally to the English Privy Council.
Although Jersey law has its roots in the Norman law (a 'Roman' or 'Civil' law code), the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 codified an entirely 'Anglo-Saxon' body of trust law, resolving many uncertainties and increasing protection for beneficiaries. Subsequent amendments included the recognition of 'purpose' trusts in 1996 (the normal form of Jersey trusts is 'discretionary'). This has led to an increase in corporate use of Jersey trusts.