Jersey law firm, Sinels, has been shortlisted for ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards 2010.

The Awards, run by leading legal magazine The Lawyer, are about the celebration of excellence and are renowned for being the biggest night of the year for the legal profession.

In order to decide the shortlist, The Lawyer conducts a huge research process, interviewing hundreds of lawyers and their clients to supplement nominations. It is the combination of this research and a senior advisory judging panel that makes the Awards the most comprehensive and incisive reflection of the commercial legal market. Accordingly, the victors’ trophies are the most sought-after in the legal profession.

In a year when The Lawyer received its highest-ever level of entries, Sinels has been shortlisted for its strategic clarity, technical legal excellence and quality control, growth in market share and progress within Jersey over the last year. All of these qualities have been displayed by Sinels’ work in the following recent high profile and complex cases: 

the juggernaut Alhamrani litigation, which was the most expensive and one of the longest-running court cases in Jersey’s legal history. Sinels acted for the new trustee, the appointment of whom constituted a fundamental element in the proceedings’ resolution. Furthermore, because of the way in which this litigation was concluded following, amongst other things, Sinels’ involvement, the island remains the premier offshore jurisdiction within which to resolve disputes offshore;

Leeds United v Admatch, where Sinels won an appeal on behalf of Leeds, a victory that dismantled the ‘security for costs’ rule traditionally applied in Jersey involving non-Jersey based Plaintiffs. The removal of this rule has enhanced both the quantity and quality of justice in Jersey; and

the Cunningham v Cunningham case where Sinels represent the claimant in a mid-value trust action. Trial hearing is due in January 2011 and the judgment is anticipated to be of great interest to trust practitioners globally given the particular trust law issues in controversy in this matter, each one of which being of substantial practical and current significance to trustees and beneficiaries.

The Award winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 22nd June 2010.

Philip Sinel, Principal of Sinels, comments: “In the realm of offshore dispute resolution, it is often the specialist providers who offer the best quality services, rather than the larger firms. Throughout 2009, Sinels has exemplified this maxim and we are delighted that The Lawyer has recognised this. Well done to the Sinels team for all their hard work over the last year.”