Grant Barbour

Regional Head - Private Client

Grant leads our European Private Client services team at Ocorian and works with UHNW individuals and their structures as well as large corporate clients, where he has particular expertise in employee benefit trusts.

Whilst non-practicing, Grant is a qualified English solicitor, Jersey advocate and South African attorney and was previously a partner with an international law firm. During this period, he advised UHNW individuals, major banks, corporates, and international trust companies on all aspects of trust and corporate law.

Grant has been acknowledged in the "Honours List" in the "Leading Trustees" category in the Citywealth Leaders List between the years of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017, and in the "Honours List" in the "Leading Lawyers" category between 2012-15.

  • Advocate - Jersey*
  • Solicitor* - England & Wales
  • Attorney - South Africa* 
  • Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)


Areas of expertise
  • Leadership Team
  • Private Client
  • Grant has been acknowledged in the "Honours List" in the "Leading Trustees" category and in the "Honours List" in the "Leading Lawyers" category in the 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 Citywealth Leaders List."


Ocorian Forum to take place in Nairobi with focus on growing the value of cross-border business
2019 | 08 Feb 2019

The second in a series of Africa-wide Ocorian Forums will bring together business leaders from across the Kenyan financial and investment community.

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Ocorian wins 'Family Office of the Year' 2019 at Citywealth's IFC Awards
2019 | 24 Jan 2019

We are delighted to announce that we were voted 'Family Office of the Year' at the Citywealth's International Financial Centre Awards 2019.

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Ocorian shortlisted in Trust Company of the Year - Caribbean and Family Office of the Year categories at Citywealth's International Financial Centre Awards 2019
2019 | 23 Jan 2019

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Trust Company of the Year - Caribbean and Family Office of the Year categories in Citywealth's International Financial Centre Awards 2019.

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Ocorian's Grant Barbour named in eprivateclient's '50 Most Influential' practitioners list 2019
2018 | 11 Dec 2018

We are delighted to congratulate our Global Head of Private Client, Grant Barbour, for being recognised as one of the 50 most influential practitioners in the private client industry.

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Ocorian to attend Cross Border Planning for the Private Client - Europe conference
2018 | 21 Sep 2018

The event will play host to a full spectrum of the intermediary market, high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and families, giving in-depth coverage of the key aspects of advising HNWIs and families.

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Ocorian's Jersey branch receives STEP Employer Partnership Programme Gold Award
2018 | 04 Sep 2018

This awards Ocorian a 'hallmark of quality' for our commitment to supporting the continued professional development of our staff...

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Ocorian shortlisted for 'Trust Company (large firm)' and 'Multi-Family Office' of the Year
2018 | 06 Aug 2018

Ocorian are thrilled to announce that our Private Client team have been shortlisted for the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards 2018/19 in the 'Trust Company (large firm)' and 'Multi-Family Office' categories.

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More hope, but volatility still sees South Africa's wealthy looking to offshore trusts
2018 | 03 Apr 2018

South Africa might be the most developed economy in Africa, but it faces a lot of well-documented issues. Ahead of the STEP South Africa conference, Ocorian’s Global Head of Private Client - and native South African - Grant Barbour looks at how wealthy Sout...

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What is a Family Office?
2018 | 13 Mar 2018

An increasing number of families are looking to Family Offices to help manage and protect their wealth. However not all Family Offices are the same with different types of office delivering everything from straightforward life administration to complex inve...

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It’s more challenging to grow family wealth in Asia
2017 | 07 Nov 2017

New regulations mean wealth creation is becoming less of a priority for Asian families. Instead, they are turning to simple wealth preservation to protect the future, writes Rudy Tan, Managing Director at Singapore Trust Company, a subsidiary of Ocorian.

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Ocorian's Private Client Team to attend STEP Asia
2017 | 31 Oct 2017

STEP Asia's annual conference will be held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, between 7th-8th November, and Ocorian is attending.

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Ocorian launches a dedicated Protector Services offering
2017 | 06 Jul 2017

As a result of increasing demand from clients and advisers, Ocorian has incorporated a dedicated company whose sole focus is the provision of protector and enforcer services.

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Employee Benefit Trust Management Services
Publications | 18 Jan 2017

Our dedicated team has been operating in the employee benefits industry for over 25 years as an independent provider of trustee services to a broad client base ranging from high profile FTSE 100 and 250 companies to private companies and partnerships.

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Jersey Foundations: How are they being used?
Publications | 01 Nov 2015

The Jersey foundation was introduced in July 2009 as a new form of incorporated vehicle. From the beginning, three broad categories of use for the Jersey foundation - for succession planning, as orphan structures for specified purposes, and for philanthropy...

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Foundations: Migrating to Jersey
Publications | 01 Apr 2015

The Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009 (the "Law") allows for the establishment of Jersey foundations, and adds significantly to the structuring opportunities available to clients selecting Jersey as a jurisdiction for private wealth management purposes.

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Jersey Foundations
Publications | 01 Apr 2015

The Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009 (the "Law") allows for the incorporation of Jersey foundations. A Jersey foundation is an incorporated body, able to transact, and to sue and be sued, in its own name. It acts through its council, which is the body charged ...

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Non-charitable purpose trusts
Publications | 01 Feb 2015

Non-charitable purpose trusts are expressly provided for by the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 as amended (the "Trusts Law"). Whilst the Trusts Law provides that a trust will be invalid to the extent that "it is created for a purpose in relation to which there is...

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Jersey Trusts
Publications | 01 Feb 2014

A "trust" is a legal arrangement which exists in many jurisdictions when one person (a "trustee") owns assets not for his own use and benefit but for the benefit of others (the "beneficiaries"). It is normal, but not essential, for a trust to be constituted...

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