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Ogier

44 THE ESPLANADE, ST HELIER, JE4 9WG, JERSEY
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Jersey

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

The Ogier team ‘provides a first-class service, makes itself readily available at short notice and provides concise advice and guidance’. Clients praise ‘bright, approachable and focused’ practice head Katrina Edge, who ‘demonstrates a clear understanding of what clients need’. Especially strong in lender-side real estate financing transactions and acquisition finance, the team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Simon Felton from Mourant Ozannes and the promotion to counsel of Peter Longstaffe. Barclays engaged the group – as well as its Guernsey and BVI counterparts – to advise on its refinancing of Tritax Big Box REIT’s secured syndicated facility, and Bruce MacNeil represented ADEEM in the restructuring of the conventional and shari'ah-compliant financing arrangements provided to certain of its subsidiaries. Richard Daggett, senior associate Chula O'Donoghue and associate Jennifer Cox are also recommended for their ‘conscientiousness and responsiveness’. Other notable clients include the Bank of Montreal, Credit Suisse and HSBC.

Leading individuals

Katrina Edge - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Kate McCaffrey - Ogier

Richard Daggett - Ogier

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

‘Great leadership, teamwork and thoroughly professional advice’ are all hallmarks of Ogier’s commercial property team, which operates under the leadership of the ‘very competent’ Jonathan Hughes, who ‘always has a smile on his face’. Alongside significant commercial leasehold mandates for clients such as BNP Paribas, Whitbread and First Names, the group also acted for a number of high-net-worth individuals undertaking major private residence projects. Managing associate Katharine Marshall regularly works alongside Hughes to advise on high-value property transactions, while Julie Melia oversaw several refinancing and loan transactions in the context of property developments and property acquisitions. In other highlights, counsel Victoria Grogan recently joined the firm from Carey Olsen and senior associate Sarah Parish arrived from Newcastle, where she held an associate position at Square One Law. Senior associate Claire Smith is also a key contact.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Hughes - Ogier

Julie Melia - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Claire Smith - Ogier

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

The corporate and commercial team at Ogier ‘not only has the strongest set of partners, it also has real strength in depth’, according to one client, and ‘has the approach of a Magic Circle firm in London in terms of capability, delivery and client service’. Simon Dinning, who is the global head of the firm’s corporate and commercial offering, ‘is an outstanding source of sound, well-reasoned guidance whether in the midst of a transaction or with ad hoc queries’. EN+ appointed a team comprised of Dinning and managing associate Alexander Curry to oversee its IPO of global depositary receipts listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Also notable was the group’s work for Kennedy-Wilson Holdings with regard to its all-share merger with Kennedy-Wilson Europe Real Estate by way of a Jersey scheme of arrangement. Its enviable client base, including Anglo American, Cinven and Waitrose, also engages the team to handle corporate restructurings, real estate transactions and the establishment of holding structures. The ‘pragmatic, knowledgeable and responsive’ Raulin Amy is also a key contact, alongside Richard Daggett and Matthew Shaxson.

Leading individuals

Raulin Amy - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Shaxson - Ogier

Richard Daggett - Ogier

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Clients define Ogier as ‘high quality coupled with practical knowledge and expertise in the Jersey court system, explained to non-lawyers in plain and simple ways’. Regulatory sub-team co-chair Nick Williams continues to act for the trustee of four high-value trusts with regard to significant disputes arising from a proposed segregation of trust assets between various branches of the family, while the ‘excellent’ Edward Mackereth oversaw one of the group’s numerous investment loss claims on behalf of a major Jersey trust in defence of breach of trust allegations pertaining to administration decisions. Nicola Roberts, who was recently promoted to counsel, ‘instills confidence from her practical knowledge’ and draws much praise from clients, alongside Jersey practice head Nigel Sanders, who ‘is clearly an expert in his field’.

Leading individuals

Nigel Sanders - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Roberts - Ogier

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

Its ‘timely and appropriate responses in challenging situations’ and ‘second-to-none business knowledge’ make Ogier’s employment law service ‘excellent all around’. Practice head and counsel Michael Little  led the business licensing aspects of Premier Inn’s setting up of its hotel in Jersey, while associate Laura Shirreffs  oversaw the review of employee contracts and handbooks. The practice was also appointed to handle corporate support work, provide counsel on deferred compensation and restrictive covenants, and handle disputes pertaining to pay and unfair dismissal claims. Leading individual Helen Ruelle, who is the firm's director of local legal services, joined the firm from Mourant Ozannes in 2018, while senior associate Will Austin-Vautier joined from Bedell Cristin. Next generation-ranked lawyer Daniel Read joined Walkers Jersey from Ogier in 2018.

Leading individuals

Helen Ruelle - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Will Austin-Vautier - Ogier

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Ogier

Ogier is ‘a leading firm in the field of investment funds’ and clients find ‘the team has proven it is the most responsive legal outfit, which provides clients with a valuable edge’. Clients such as Medicxi and Pemberton appointed the group to oversee the establishment of an expert fund and a Jersey private fund, respectively, and the ‘calm-headed and courteous’ Emily Haithwaite acted for an infrastructure fund in the restructuring of its open-ended investment structure, including the appointment of new service providers and the expansion of its investment horizon. The team is led by Niamh Lalor, who is known as a ‘great communicator and pragmatic attorney’ and guided a number of clients through the launching of their various funds with the support of senior associate Alexandra O'Grady. Counsel Sophie Reguengo recently joined the firm from Walkers Jersey and is also a key contact. Richard Daggett also ‘deserves particular recognition for his availability, precise advice and his understanding of the interactions between Jersey and British law’.

Leading individuals

Niamh Lalor - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Richard Daggett - Ogier

Sophie Reguengo - Ogier

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

The ‘advice is thorough and pertinent as well as practical and commercial’ at Ogier, where attorneys such as counsel and ‘expert trust lawyer’ Katherine Neal ‘always inspire confidence by always delivering concise and quality advice’. Steve Meiklejohn led the advice to a Europe-based family which owns a significant business through two Jersey trusts on the modernisation of the structure as the next generation of the family nears adulthood, while global practice head and ‘great stalwart of the Jersey private client scene’ Sally Edwards acted for a Jersey trust company in the restructuring and transfer of a private structure to Monaco and Hong Kong. James Campbell – described by one client as ‘the best private client lawyer on the island’ – recently joined the firm from Bedell Cristin, alongside counsel Victoria Grogan from Carey Olsen, and guided institutional trustees through the operation of emergency provisions in certain trust instruments following significant events in the Middle East. Also noteworthy are managing associate Josephine Howe, senior associate Sevyn Kalsi and senior associate Richard Laignel.

Leading individuals

James Campbell - Ogier

Sally Edwards - Ogier

Steve Meiklejohn - Ogier

Next generation lawyers

Josephine Howe - Ogier

Katherine Neal - Ogier

Sevyn Kalsi - Ogier

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Structured finance and securitisation
Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 1

Ogier

At Ogier, ‘the advice is always very comprehensive yet clear and succinct so that clients find it easy to follow’. Practice head Simon Felton – supported by counsel Peter Longstaffe – led the advice to a structured investment vehicle on its winding-up, and the ‘very experienced and responsive’ Daniel Richards acted for a financial services company in a series of debt security listings on The International Stock Exchange (TISE). Instructed by IDB Trust Services as issuer, Bruce MacNeil oversaw the issuance of high-value trust certificates for the purchase of several shari'ah-compliant assets from the Islamic Development Bank. In other highlights, the team handled a major bank’s acquisition of a high-yield bond offering to redeem existing notes and make a number of shareholder payments. Katrina Edge spearheads the firm’s banking and finance department and is also a key name. Senior associate Lucy Chambers re-joined the department from an in-house position at TISE.

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    An exemption which will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to be appointed in relation to managed accounts has now been introduced.  This will enable hedge fund managers that are already regulated under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law (FS Law) in Jersey to carry out fund services business (FSB) to also service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need to seek additional regulation for the conduct of investment business under the FS Law.
  • The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012: Changes to Jersey's security regime

    On 2 January 2014, the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 came into force in respect of Jersey law security over intangible movable property (e.g. shares/securities, bank accounts and custody assets).  The new law replaces the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (which was in force for the last three decades) and introduces a number of important changes which modernise Jersey's security regime.
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    On 26 November 2014, the Privy Council delivered judgment in the long-running case of Crociani & Others v. Crociani & Others [2014] UKPC 40 .  The case is of interest to trustees because it provides conclusive and binding guidance on the treatment of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust deeds.  However, it also raises questions as to the fundamental nature of the inherent supervisory jurisdiction of the Royal Court in connection with trust matters, and whether it is in fact broader than previously thought.
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