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Carey Olsen strengthens its team and welcomes four more lawyers

May 2010

Carey Olsen has recruited four new lawyers as part of its drive to position itself as the Channel Islands law firm of choice across all practice areas.

Vanessa Moussaieff, Sophia Harrison, David Jones and Oliver Quarmby join the firm with experience gained at magic-circle firms in London and top tier firms from across the UK.

David Jones is credited with developing the insolvency practice of Howes Percival LLP in its East Midlands office after completing his training also with the firm. Vanessa Moussaieff has joined the firm as a pension specialist having completed her training at,Clifford Chance.

She said: "Carey Olsen has a strong reputation for being a place with ambitious people who do extremely high quality work and this really appealed to me. I am excited about carrying out pensions work in an offshore context in such a positive environment."

The Guernsey litigation team also welcomes legal assistant, Sophia Harrison, who is a qualified barrister. Ms Harrison completed her pupillage with 5 Paper Buildings in London and then moved into private practice with Salans, focusing on banking and finance litigation. Following this she was with Lovells' litigation department before joining Carey Olsen.

Joining the firm's corporate team as an associate is Oliver Quarmby, a specialist funds lawyer from Laven Legal Services (a boutique funds legal service provider) in the City. He began his career in the funds group at Stephenson Harwood before joining the corporate finance team at City broking firm Collins Stewart where he was Assistant Director of corporate finance.

John Greenfield, managing partner in Guernsey said: "These appointments reflect the expansion of Carey Olsen's litigation and corporate groups and will support the increasing demand for legal advice in these areas. We are pleased to welcome our new recruits to Guernsey and we're confident they will make a valuable contribution to the Carey Olsen team."

Carey Olsen

is a leading law firm in the Channel Islands and acts for a number of institutional clients in large, multi-jurisdictional transactions, as well as for governments , corporates, professional firms and high-net-worth individuals. 

With more than 140 lawyers Carey Olsen offers a full range of legal services, including corporate and commercial, funds, banking and finance, trusts and fiduciary, commercial and residential property, employment, restructuring, litigation and dispute resolution.

Carey Olsen's position as a top tier provider of legal services is recognised by Chambers UK, Legal 500 and other independent market commentators and reflected by the quality of the transactions and cases they advise on. 

Hemscott Adviser's survey puts Carey Olsen in the Top 20 UK law firms by the number of London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Alternative Investment Market (AIM) clients it advises. It is the only offshore law firm in the Top 20 by Hemscott, a leading directory for the finance sector. (Source: Hemscott, February 2010 report)

Carey Olsen is one of the top three advisers to AIM-listed companies. (Source: Hemscott, April 2010 report)

Our people are recognised as outstanding leaders in their practice areas of expertise. Chambers Global 2010 recognises 17 of Carey Olsen's partners as leaders.

Carey Olsen has been shortlisted for the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2010 in the offshore category and is a finalist for Offshore Law Firm of the Year by The Lawyer Awards 2010.

Carey Olsen was the Acquisition Finance Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2008 and 2009 and was a finalist in The Lawyer Awards 2009.

"It is like dealing with a magic circle firm outside London." (Source: Chambers and Partners 2010.)

Carey Olsen is proud to be the sponsor of the prestigious Channel Islands inter-island yacht race 2010. (


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