Ogier has retained top-tier rankings across multiple service lines in Jersey and Guernsey in the latest Legal 500 UK guide, with almost 60 of its lawyers in the Channel Islands being recommended in the publication.
The directory is a guide to leading UK and offshore law firms and this year recommends 34 individuals from Ogier’s Jersey office with 24 lawyers being singled out for recognition in Guernsey.
In Jersey, Ogier received top tier rankings across its Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Commercial Property, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Investment Funds and Private Wealth service lines:
- Banking and Finance: Global head of Banking and Finance Katrina Edge and partner Bruce MacNeil are ranked as leading individuals, while group partner James Lydeard and partner Kate McCaffrey are ranked as next generation partners.
- Capital Markets: partners Raulin Amy and Bruce MacNeil are ranked as leading individuals, and partner Alexander Curry ranked as a next generation partner.
- Commercial Property: Global head of Local Legal Services Jonathan Hughes and partner Katharine Marshall are leading individuals, and managing associate Sarah Parish is a rising star. Chris Renouf, Michael Clapham and Laura Shirreffs are identified as key lawyers.
- Corporate: Partner Raulin Amy retains his hall of fame ranking, while partners Simon Dinning and Matthew Shaxson are ranked as leading individuals. Partners Alexander Curry, Richard Daggett, and Oliver Richardson are all next generation partners, while managing associate Amy Garrod is ranked as a rising star. James Fox has been identified as a key lawyer.
- Dispute Resolution: global managing partner Edward Mackereth is ranked in the hall of fame, while partner and team lead Nick Williams and partner Damian Evans are leading individuals. Partners Oliver Passmore and James Angus are both next generation partners, while Counsel Rebecca McNulty is ranked as a rising star, and Ralph Spencer-Tucker and Matthew Davies are also recommended.
- Employment: team lead and director of Local Legal Services Helen Ruelle is ranked in the hall of fame while senior associate Will Austin-Vautier is a rising star.
- Investment Funds: Group partner Emily Haithwaite is ranked in the hall of fame, and team lead and partner Niamh Lalor is a leading individual. Partner Sophie Reguengo is a next generation partner, while managing associate Alexandra O’Grady is a rising star.
- Private Wealth: Steve Meiklejohn retains his hall of fame ranking, while partner James Campbell is a leading individual. Partner Josephine Howe and Katherine Neal, head of Employee Incentives, Private Wealth Jersey, are both ranked as next generation partners. Managing associate Richard Laignel is a key lawyer.
Commenting on the rankings, Jersey practice partner Raulin Amy (pictured) said: “We’re delighted to see another strong set of results for our Jersey team and it’s particularly pleasing to see references in client feedback to our work in diversity, and our innovative tech solutions for clients. This is a real achievement for all the members of our Jersey team, and I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work in making this happen.”
In Guernsey, the firm received top tier rankings in top tier rankings in Banking and Finance, Commercial Property, Private Client, Trusts and Tax, Corporate and M&A, and Dispute Resolution:
- Banking and Finance: Christopher Jones and partner Marcus Leese are ranked as leading individuals, with Paul Chanter named a next generation partner, and partner Bryon Rees and consultant Michaela Jesson recommended as key individuals.
- Capital Markets: headed by Bryon Rees, the team also includes Paul Chanter, managing associate Michelle Watson Bunn, and senior associates Diana Collas and Gabrielle Payne, who are all noted as key individuals.
- Commercial Property: partner Martyn Baudains is ranked in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame while senior associates Piers Dereham and Martín Casas are ranked as rising stars.
- Corporate and M&A: Bryon Rees is ranked a leading individual, with key lawyers noted as partner Tim Clipstone, Michaela Jesson and managing associates Richard Doyle and Michelle Watson Bunn.
- Dispute Resolution: Partner Mathew Newman is ranked as a leading individual, while the team’s co-head, Simon Davies, is ranked in the Hall of Fame. Also recommended as key individuals are partners Sandie Lyne, Alex Horsbrugh-Porter, and Bryan de Verneuil Smith.
- Employment: Rachel DeSanges, who heads up Employment, is ranked a next generation partner, while key lawyers are Mathew Newman, Sandie Lyne and senior associate Fay Warrilow.
- Investment Funds: the guide ranks Bryon Rees as a leading individual. It also includes Tim Clipstone, Richard Doyle, Michelle Watson Bunn, Michaela Jesson, Gabrielle Payne and senior associate James Dickinson, who are named as key individuals.
- Private Client, Trusts and Tax: partner Matthew Guthrie is ranked a leading individual while Partner Gavin Ferguson is ranked in the Hall of Fame, and Catherine Moore is recognised as a next generation partner.
Practice Partner in Guernsey Christopher Jones said: “The client feedback featured in this year’s guide showcases the range and depth of expertise we have across our service lines, and is testament to the high-quality, personal and knowledgeable service we continue to offer our clients.”