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Mark Torode

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Mark is an advocate with more than ten years experience at the Guernsey Bar, whose client base was founded on a vast network of contacts but which has grown due to his reputation for dynamism and problem solving. His ability to communicate complex matters simply to a wide spectrum of clients has meant that he is constantly attracting new work from the recommendations of existing clients.

What the directories say:
"Mark Torode is described as 'a hugely knowledgeable, experienced and well-connected practitioner' who is 'technically very good but he also has the ability to be commercial and seek solutions'," (Chambers UK, 2016). Mark is recommended in (Legal 500 UK, 2015) whose, "knowledge of Guernsey property matters is second to none". "Clients describe Mark Torode as 'a fantastic property lawyer who saves us a lot of time, effort and money on projects. We can't speak too highly of him'," (Chambers Europe, 2014). "Sources describe top-ranked lawyer Mark Torode as 'brilliant - he's always available, even out of hours'," (Chambers Europe, 2013).


Joined Mourant Ozannes 2007.


Commercial property

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Torode - Mourant Ozannes

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: 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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