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Mourant Ozannes

PO BOX 186, 1 LE MARCHANT STREET, ST PETER PORT, GY1 4HP, GUERNSEY
Tel:
Work 01481 723466
Fax:
Fax 01481 727935
Email:
Web:
mourantozannes.com/guernsey

Matthew Guthrie

Tel:
Work 01481 731424
Email:
Mourant Ozannes

Position

International Trusts & Private Client.

Career

Matthew heads the international trust and private client team at Mourant Ozannes in Guernsey. He provides Guernsey law advice on wealth structuring and asset protection through trusts and other vehicles to trust companies, international families and high net worth individuals. Matthew also advises on all Guernsey law aspects of international pension schemes, employee benefit trusts and share option schemes for multi-national corporations.

Prior to joining Mourant Ozannes he worked in the Private Client department of Taylor Wessing LLP in London.

Member

Matthew is a member of STEP.

Education

Matthew holds a degree in history from Cambridge University. He completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course and was admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 2008 (currently non-practising).

Matt obtained his Certificat d'Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes from the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie in France in December 2013 and was called to the Guernsey Bar in February 2014.


Guernsey

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

At Mourant Ozannes, the 'very competent' commercial property team 'is always incredibly helpful' and 'rates extremely highly in terms of response times, business acumen and strength in depth'. Clients highlight team head Mark Torode, senior associate Alison Wood and associate Laura Bougourd as 'thorough, approachable and a pleasure to deal with'. The firm continues to act as sole Guernsey counsel to Lloyds with regard to its lending activities, and Matthew Guthrie and consultant Kate Dewsnap recently assisted Torode with advising Craigard on its purchase of a significant office and retail block. In other highlights, clients engaged the team to handle the intra-group transfer of five properties, planning applications and the redevelopment of a major infrastructure asset.

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Private client, trusts and tax

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Guthrie - Mourant Ozannes

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

Mourant Ozannes' Matthew Guthrie 'is one of the best non-contentious trust lawyers in Guernsey: incredibly easy to work with and he has the fantastic ability to see things from the trustee's perspective'. For contentious work, clients can rely on the 'personable and insightful' Robert Shepherd, who 'is able to grasp problems quickly and take on board clients' concerns'. With the help of litigation expert Shepherd, Guthrie is currently acting for the trustees of a Jersey structure with regard to their involvement in an unfair prejudice claim brought by a shareholder. In addition to setting up a number of private trust structures, the team recently assisted a Guernsey-based high-net-worth individual with estate and succession planning. Other key names include Gordon Dawes - who 'is particularly good with demanding clients' - and property expert Mark Torode.

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