Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC

Offshore law firm Mourant’s annual International Trusts & Private Client Conference will feature keynote speaker Sir Jeffrey Jowell, QC. He will take a critical look at the important constitutional issues arising from the U.K. Parliament’s decision in May of this year to impose publicly accessible registers of companies’ ultimate beneficial owners on the British Overseas Territories.

The one-day conference for trust and private wealth specialists from the Cayman Islands, the United Kingdom and the United States will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa.

Mourant International Practice Group Head for Trusts & Private Client, Edward Devenport, said: “This conference has become a key event in the private client calendar as it brings together leading specialists to deliver their perspectives on trending topics concerning practitioners and clients, and to debate current issues affecting the industry. I’m very much looking forward to networking with the local and international speakers and delegates at the conference.”

Richard Wilson, QC, of Serle Court Chambers will chair the conference and will be joined by additional local and international speakers including: Stuart Bray (Butterfield); Emma Jordan (Taylor Wessing LLP); Richard Manyon (Payne Hicks Beach LLP); Suzanne Marriott (Charles Russell Speechlys LLP); Emily Osborne (Stephenson Harwood LLP); Michael Pfeifer (Caplin & Drysdale); James Price (Stewarts Law LLP); Jennifer Ridgway (Michelmores LLP); Nikki Singla QC (Wilberforce Chambers); Jennifer Smithson (Macfarlanes LLP); Amy Szostak TEP (Northern Trust Company); and Warren Whitaker (Day Pitney LLP).

The conference agenda also includes sessions on the changing role of the professional trustee, a U.K. and U.S. tax update, a roundup of recent trusts cases as well as the new data protection legislation and its impact on trust confidentiality.

Delegates will also witness what promises to be hard fought debate entitled “Transparency vs. Confidentiality” with leading lawyers Nikki Singla, QC, and Richard Wilson, QC, debating the motion: “Fairness in society depends on there being a high degree of transparency in the affairs of wealthy people.”

Now in its eighth year, the conference has attracted Butterfield, Dart and NCB Cayman as sponsors.