Howard Sharp QC was Her Majesty’s Solicitor General for Jersey from 8th March 2010 until 1st July 2015. He is listed in Who’s Who and has spoken at the World Bank in Washington DC and the United Nations in Vienna.
Since moving into private practice, Howard has a diverse contentious advice and litigation based legal practice. Howard has acted for governments, financial services businesses, global businesses and high-net worth individuals. Examples of Howard’s case work include:
* Tracing and confiscating the proceeds of crime. Howard has been involved in a number of groundbreaking money laundering and other investigations and prosecutions resulting in the confiscation of assets. In 2015, the Privy Council upheld a confiscation order obtained by Howard for £198 million, that involved prolific worldwide drug trafficking and the tracing of assets worldwide. In February 2016, Howard successfully prosecuted a Jersey registered company that had been involved in laundering the proceeds of corruption and its assets, worth £3.6 million, were confiscated.
* Investor Fraud. Howard has considerable experience of investor fraud both in a criminal and civil context. He was heavily involved in the prosecution of the Jersey Sunstone Holdings Florida property fraud and is currently instructed in respect of ongoing investigations in respect of a Channel Islands investment company that was recently placed into administration.
* Tax Information Exchange Agreements. Howard is currently instructed to appear before the Privy Council in respect of litigation concerning Jersey’s TIEA legislation. The background to the case features a prosecution of a taxpayer in Norway and an ongoing investigation of company directors in Jersey.the directors have claimed privilege against self incrimination. Howard advises both government and private clients in respect of TIEAs, the Common Reporting Standard and other issues relating to the exchange of information.
* Contract Disputes. Howard regularly advises on commercial disputes, including the interpretation of contracts.Successfully defending a £100 million contract dispute in the Jersey Court of Appeal relating to the development of the waterfront in St Helier, Jersey.
* Trusts. As Solicitor General, Howard often represented the charitable interests in trust litigation and has advised trustees on regulatory and restructuring issues in the context of litigation since moving to private practice.