Firm Profile > Ogier > St Helier, Jersey

Ogier
44 THE ESPLANADE
ST HELIER
JE4 9WG
Jersey

Banking and finance Tier 1

At Ogier, Simon Felton and Bruce MacNeil handle bank-side lending to elite private equity names financing both funds and deals. The firm is also active in real estate finance deals as well, many concerning key City of London assets, with MacNeil and Katrina Edge having considerable expertise in this area. Kate McCaffrey is a key managing associate who has worked with MacNeil on agenda-setting deals. Felton heads the practice in Jersey, and Edge heads the firm's pan-European banking practice, which on top of Channel Islands responsibilities includes overseeing the Luxembourg team. In September 2020, counsel Chula O’Donoghue returned from a secondment at HSBC's Crown Dependencies in-house team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Strong partner connection with all of the main UK law firms and therefore a deep understanding of the issues involved in real estate finance. It has strong senior female lawyers who get the deal done.’

‘The team are commercial and user-friendly.  They match concise legal advice with a practical approach, at a competitive price. Over the last couple of years we have built a strong relationship with the team and engaged on a string of important transactions.’

‘Katrina Edge knows her market and is willing to step in and find solutions. Great response times.’

‘Simon Felton is a good leader, technically strong and commercial.’

‘Kate McCaffrey is a real rising star. Clearly busy but always makes time for you and turnaround times fantastic – great client service.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

Silicon Valley Bank

MetLife Investment Management

Caledonia Investments plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Wren House Infrastructure Limited

International Oasis Holding Company KSCC

M&G Investment Management Limited

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Hospital Topco Limited

Adeem Investment & Wealth Management

Hellman & Friedman

Northwood Investors LLC

Moorfield

OZ Management LP

Capital markets Tier 1

Ogier's capital markets practice has a core focus on high-yield debt. Bruce MacNeil handles the Jersey law elements of high-yield bond issuance for purposes include private equity deals. Simon Felton and Richard Daggett are also active on TISE, handling work including the listing of funds and debt. Clients also praise Raulin Amy. The aforementioned are also supported by managing associate Alexander Curry and counsel Chula O’Donoghue, who returned from a secondment in-house at HSBC in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent combination of technical and commercial insights.’

‘Raulin Amy is a star adviser who is extremely responsive, a team player and very modest.’

Key clients

Wren House Infrastructure Limited

Glencore plc

Angel Trains

MJ Hudson

Workspace Group plc

Centamin plc

Wizz Air Holdings

Barrick Gold (formerly Randgold Resources)

Heathrow Funding

Ackros Acquisition Limited

Seven Energy International Limited

Intu Properties plc

IDB Trust Services

Islamic Development Bank

Kaisa Group Holdings Limited

Commercial property Tier 1

Jonathan Hughes, who heads up Ogier's local legal services practice, handles a range of work for several banks concerning on-island mortgages, and has also recently been advising the government on Jersey's new hospital. Katharine Marshall is an October 2019 counsel promotion, and senior associate Will Austin-Vautier's work includes liquor and housing licence matters, as well as some construction disputes. Clients also praise senior associate Sarah Parish.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Leading team in Jersey: commercial, responsive, helpful, problem solving.’

‘Strength and depth in the property team. We have worked with the Ogier legal team for many years, continuity of staff is very important plus the practice’s ability to cover complicated matters within the team .’

‘The key word here is team and Jonathan Hughes has created a team that works together for the good of the client.’

‘Jonathan Hughes (partner) and Sarah Parish (senior associate) are the stand-out individuals.  Highly commercial and responsive with close knowledge of the market.’

‘Katharine Marshall: extremely responsive, friendly and positive in getting my  transaction completed. She added value in helping get the deal right and finding solutions to the obstacles encountered. She was always available day or night and responded rapidly when messages were left.’

Key clients

HSBC

Lloyds

RBSI / Natwest / Coutts

JP Morgan

TMF Group

Sandpiper

Jersey Homes Trust

LV Group Care Home Group

Parish of St Helier

Whitbread Plc / Premier Inn

Parish of St Martin (Major mixed use development of former old school site)

Guiton Group

Gamma Aviation Limited

Government of Jersey – States of Jersey Hospital Project, Airport, Treasury and Property holdings

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose Limited

Fuel Supplies CI Limited

SG Hambros Bank

Close Finance

Metlife Investment Company Limited

BDO Group

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

At the 'proactive and commercially focusedOgier, Simon Dinning provides both BVI and Jersey law advice on a range of deals, covering both real estate and corporate transactions with a number of mandates structured by way of scheme of arrangement. Raulin Amy's recent transactions have included natural resources deals, and Richard Daggett handles a range of work concerning UK real estate, advising a number of Korean investor clients. Matthew Shaxson, who is active in several of these areas, heads the Jersey corporate practice; the group grew at partner level following James Fox's arrival from Appleby in March 2020. As far as the more junior bench is concerned, Marie-Claire Fudge, who has BVI expertise, and Alexander Curry, are notable managing associates. Kevin Grové and Amy Garrod are key senior associates.

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Testimonials

‘Simon Dinning has established an exceptionally strong team which is able to be highly responsive and provides commercially astute advice.’

‘Good bench depth in Jersey. The pre-eminent corporate firm, alongside Carey Olsen. Have the ability to handle large and complex corporate transactions.’

‘They provide BVI corporate law advice in the same time zone as London. This is very helpful when completing transactions to a tight timetable.’

‘Richard Daggett has great commercial knowledge and judgement, and Amy Garrod in his team is very responsive and always willing to go the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Raulin Amy is my go to partner in the corporate team.’

‘Alex Curry and Kevin Grové are also incredibly strong. Great people to work with and all have excellent knowledge.’

Key clients

Takeda Pharmaceutical

Barrick Gold

Amcor plc

Intu Properties plc

Anglo American plc

HSBC Bank plc

Biffa plc

Sports Direct

Palamon Private Equity

Wizz Air

Boohoo.com

TMF Group

Glencore plc

The Collective

Kennedy Wilson Holdings, Inc.

Northwood

OMERS Private Equity

Petra Diamonds Limited

Tullow Oil plc

Clarivate Analytics

JPJ Group plc

Tristan Capital Partners

Coro Energy plc

Brighthouse Group

Action Hotels

All Funds Bank

VI Mining

Equiom

Eriell Group International Limited

Gazprombank

Realstar

EN+ Group plc

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Ogier's team is 'on top of its game'. Nick Williams heads a practice that handles complex, international, trust disputes, as well as challenging company cases and other disputes. Damian Evans, who joined in January 2019 from Walkers, represents minor beneficiaries, and also handles a diverse number of other mandates, including environmental law. Global managing partner Edward Mackereth is also active in dispute resolution work covering both corporate and trusts matters, and Oliver Passmore is another key name active in matters concerning civil recovery and confiscation as well as locally atypical matters such as construction litigation. The team also includes Nic Journeaux, who joined the practice in September 2019 from Carey Olsen LLP and divides his time between London and St Helier, and James Angus, who was promoted to managing associate.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The lawyers of Ogier are a strong and cohesive team and provide an integrated and supported case management approach to issues upon which they are instructed. There is a depth of experience from lawyers who have a global approach and practice. The Partners, Counsel and Associates are quick to identify the salient issues and provide concise and focussed advice.’

‘Ogier’s dispute resolution team inspires confidence – a number of talented individuals give reassurance that the matter is in extremely safe hands.’

‘Nick Williams is an excellent advocate with an eye for the points that will interest the court and how to present them as persuasively as possible.’

‘Damian Evans is a practitioner of great standing in Jersey. He is one of the most respected advocates in the jurisdiction and has had a leading practice for many years. And for good reason: he knows Jersey trust law inside out and there is no one I would rather have fighting my corner in high stakes litigation in that jurisdiction.’

‘Nic Journeaux is an excellent advocate – nothing gets past him in court and  he will stand up firmly to the other side and the Judge – just what you want from your advocate.’

‘Oliver Passmore has impressed with his ability to filter through complex facts to identify the critical issues and provide cogent advice.  Good to work with as part of a cross jurisdictional team and a well prepared and persistent advocate.’

‘James Angus is detail-focused and also a persuasive advocate.’

Key clients

BDO

FTV Capital Partners

The Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey

Tarsus Group

Gazit Globe Limited

Millennium Technology Value Partners

SIG Growth Equity Fund

Employment Tier 1

Ogier covers the gamut of work for employers, covering matters ranging from discrimination claims and contentious exits through to work permits, as well as some work for senior executives. Helen Ruelle heads the practice, with Will Austin-Vautier a key senior associate.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Kind, considerate and always available for advice and guidance. They consider the cost in everything they do and will not over state work. They are clear and concise with their communication and make time for you in their busy schedules.’

‘The team simply has the breadth and depth of resources to pull on to cover all needs when it comes to employment law, including assessing and advising on complex senior executive contracts.’

‘Helen Ruelle is my go to person for advice on employment law matters. She is very knowledgeable and experienced, and her advice is practical.’

‘Will Austin-Vautier demonstrated his ability to deeply analyse and then scenario plan his advice following the review of the complex senior executive contract. This provided personal assurance in actions undertaken with regards this advice.’

Investment funds Tier 1

At Ogier, practice head Niamh Lalor handles complex fund formation mandates concerning large blind pool fund formations, as well as litigation funds and notable projects using novel Jersey structures. Group partner Emily Haithwaite also handles complex regulatory projects and fund formations including the creations of Cayman-Jersey hybrid structures. Sophie Reguengo handles various heavyweight matters around private equity and real estate structures. Alexandra O’Grady was promoted to managing associate in 2020, while Joanna Christensen is a key senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘They provide an excellent service, are very responsive, with great depth and breadth of experience. They have great technical expertise and clearly know the funds market.’

‘They have unparalleled knowledge of the fund legal framework in Jersey. They have very good contact with the regulatory authorities and they are very responsive.’

‘Ogier has a strength in depth that few other firms in Jersey can match, both at associate and partner level.’

‘Emily Haithwaite is a stand out leader – she is available whenever needed; provides calm and pragmatic advice and is always pleasant to work with.’

‘Niamh Lalor is very sharp and works around the clock to answer the clients. Even on crisis mode, she is very effective.’

‘Sophie Reguengo is a very good partner with strong knowledge of her area and an approachable yet professional attitude.’

Key clients

AEW Capital Management LP

Cain International

Cevian

CQS

Deutsche Asset Management

Ethos Private Equity

Global Infrastructure Partners

HSBC Bank plc – Jersey

London Venture Partners

Alexander Forbes

Benson Elliot

Julius Baer

IK Partners

Alpstone Capital

Index Ventures

Intermediate Capital Group

Knight Frank Investment Management

Marwyn Asset Management Limited

Medicxi

Pacific Equity Partners

Paloma Capital

Palamon Capital Partners

Pemberton Asset Management

PGIM

Quadriga Capital

Schroder Adveq Management AG

Therium Capital

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 1

Ogier advises a number of individual private clients, investment banks and prominent local trust companies on large structures concerning both island residents and those elsewhere. James Campbell is the firm's global head of private wealth, and Sally Edwards heads up the specific Jersey element of the team. Katherine Neal, who alongside more standard wealth work, handles a number of pensions mandates as the team's head of employee incentives. Josephine Howe, a January 2019 partner promotion, is also notable. Richard Laignel and Katie Baxter are key managing and senior associates respectively, and counsel Henry Wickham joined from Bedell Cristin in 2019. The team also includes Steve Meiklejohn, the firm's global senior partner who is also appointed as a trustee, and Victoria Grogan, who covers matters for islanders as the office's head of wills and probate.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘One of the largest trust and private wealth teams on the islands, who seem very well equipped to provide first-rate legal advice with a quick and efficient turnaround. Ogier manage fees and timescale expectations well with a definite focus on client service coupled with excellent technical advice.  The incentives team which sit within the private wealth team provide excellent pensions, EBT and share scheme advice, again with a quick and client focussed turnaround.  The team represents a top tier collection of wide experience and areas of expertise within the sector.’

‘The Private Client team is the largest team on island so has good strength in depth, unlike others. This means that urgent matters are dealt with expeditiously and by appropriate skilled staff. With strength comes a good knowledge base and an ability to be practical.’

‘Sally Edwards is exceptionally knowledgeable and commercial in her approach.  She stands in the shoes of the recipient of the advice and thinks about what they need to know.’

‘Josephine Howe has a huge amount of Jersey trust experience and is able to provide first-rate trust advice (technical, trustee advisory, and associated areas) in a very short timescale. A very safe pair of hands for complicated and urgent trust and private client advice. An exceptionally dedicated and experienced trust lawyer.’

‘James Campbell is an absolute star – very knowledgeable and easy to work with on a variety of estate planning affairs.’

‘Steve Meiklejohn is a doyen of the Jersey trusts world.’

The firm: Ogier provides legal advice on BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law. The firm’s network of locations also includes Hong Kong, London, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Legal services for the corporate and financial sectors form the core of the business, principally in the areas of banking and finance, corporate, investment funds, dispute resolution, private equity and private wealth. Ogier has strong practices in the areas of employee benefits and incentives, employment law, regulatory, restructuring and insolvency and property.

Ogier’s corporate administration business, Ogier Global, works closely with Ogier’s partner-led legal teams to incorporate and administer a wide variety of vehicles, offering clients integrated legal and corporate administration services.

Types of work undertaken: Banking and finance: the banking team advises on all areas of banking regulation, documentation, security, and the establishment and operation of banking institutions. Ogier represents ISDA in Jersey and Guernsey and ICMA in Jersey.

Corporate: the team has extensive experience advising on the establishment of many forms of domestic and cross-border corporate vehicles, investment trusts and partnerships, as well as advising on private placements, initial and other public offerings, M&As, reorganisations, joint ventures and disposals.

Dispute resolution: the team advises on technical, strategic and procedural aspects across the spectrum of problems and disputes which arise in the offshore environment. This includes advice in relation to trusts, funds, companies, shareholder issues, directors’ duties, investment performance, banking and other financial transactions, as well as fraud and asset tracing claims, and regulatory advice.

Investment funds: Ogier’s investment funds team provides advice on fund formation, structures, regulation, deregistration, termination and ongoing advice to investment funds and managers. Ogier is a recognised listing agent for The International Stock Exchange.

Private wealth: this team has extensive experience of advising on The International Stock Exchange (TISE), the establishment of private trusts, foundations, purpose trusts and other vehicles typically used by private clients, as well as advising trustees in relation to transactions undertaken by trusts.

Property: the team is one of the largest commercial and residential property law teams in Jersey. The team’s expertise includes planning and construction law. Ogier acts in most of Jersey’s major property transactions for buyers, sellers or financiers.

Real estate: the team provides advice on the establishment and administration of real estate holding structures, including offshore and onshore vehicles used for real estate funds, one-off real estate transactions or acquisitions, joint ventures, property development and financing arrangements.

Regulatory: Ogier’s multi-disciplinary team helps clients navigate increasingly regulated environments through each stage in the business lifecycle: start up and relocation, operation, expansion and change. Prevention of issues is preferable but where things have gone wrong, the firm provides effective solutions to clients including banks, major corporates, investment managers, fund administrators, trust companies and private clients.

Restructuring and corporate recovery: the firm’s restructuring and corporate recovery team has extensive cross-border and international experience advising on contentious and non-contentious offshore restructuring and insolvency matters, often advising in conjunction with onshore counsel and other professional service providers in connection with company structures.

Structured finance: the team provides specialist offshore legal advice on all aspects of establishing and operating offshore SPVs, and listing agent services in relation to listings of debt on the TISE in the Channel Islands. Ogier has one of the leading securitisation and capital markets teams, with particular expertise in asset-backed securities, CBOs and ABCP.

Clients: Ogier acts for some of the largest and leading financial institutions, including: investment banks, legal and accounting firms, corporations, trust companies and high-net-worth individuals.

Other offices: BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Shanghai, Tokyo

Department Name Email Telephone
Global managing partner Edward Mackereth edward.mackereth@ogier.com +44 1534 514320
Banking and finance Katrina Edge katrina.edge@ogier.com +44 1534 514192
Banking and finance Simon Felton simon.felton@ogier.com +44 1534 514387
Banking and finance Daniel Richards daniel.richards@ogier.com +352 2712 2011
Banking and finance Bruce MacNeil bruce.macneil@ogier.com +44 1534 514394
Corporate Matthew Shaxson matthew.shaxson@ogier.com +44 1534 514064
Corporate Simon Dinning simon.dinning@ogier.com +44 1534 514251
Corporate Raulin Amy raulin.amy@ogier.com +44 1534 514239
Corporate Richard Daggett richard.daggett@ogier.com +44 1534 514071
Corporate Simon Schilder simon.schilder@ogier.com +44 1534 514298
Dispute resolution Edward Mackereth edward.mackereth@ogier.com +44 1534 514320
Dispute resolution Nick Williams nick.williams@ogier.com +44 1534 514318
Investment funds Niamh Lalor niamh.lalor@ogier.com +44 1534 514210
Investment funds Emily Haithwaite emily.haithwaite@ogier.com +44 1534 514072
Investment funds Simon Schilder simon.schilder@ogier.com +44 1534 514298
Investment funds Richard Daggett richard.daggett@ogier.com +44 1534 514071
Investment funds Sophie Reguengo sophie.reguengo@ogier.com +44 1534 514122
Private wealth Sally Edwards sally.edwards@ogier.com +44 1534 514482
Private wealth Steve Meiklejohn steve.meiklejohn@ogier.com +44 1534 514462
Property Jonathan Hughes jonathan.hughes@ogier.com +44 1534 514336
Real estate Richard Daggett richard.daggett@ogier.com +44 1534 514071
Real estate Katrina Edge katrina.edge@ogier.com +44 1534 514192
Regulatory Nick Williams nick.williams@ogier.com +44 1534 514318
Regulatory Matthew Shaxson matthew.shaxson@ogier.com +44 1534 514064
Regulatory Sally Edwards sally.edwards@ogier.com +44 1534 514482
Regulatory Niamh Lalor niamh.lalor@ogier.com +44 1534 514210
Regulatory Bruce MacNeil bruce.macneil@ogier.com +44 1534 514394
Regulatory Edward Mackereth edward.mackereth@ogier.com +44 1534 514320
Regulatory Steve Meiklejohn steve.meiklejohn@ogier.com +44 1534 514462
Private Wealth James Campbell james.campbell@ogier.com +44 1534 514230
Private Wealth Josephine Howe josephine.howe@ogier.com +44 1534 514201
Photo Name Position Profile
 Raulin Amy  photo Raulin Amy Raulin Amy is practice partner in Jersey, an English solicitor and an…
 James Angus  photo James Angus Managing Associate
 Will Austin-Vautier photo Will Austin-Vautier Senior Associate
 James Campbell  photo James Campbell James has extensive experience advising professional trustees, family offices, intermediaries and high-net…
 Joanna Christensen photo Joanna Christensen Senior Associate
 Alexander Curry  photo Alexander Curry Alex specialises in advising on a range of transactions involving local and…
 Richard Daggett  photo Richard Daggett Richard has a broad corporate finance practise focusing on offshore property holding…
 Simon Dinning  photo Simon Dinning Simon Dinning is partner and Global Head of Ogier’s Corporate legal services.…
 Katrina Edge  photo Katrina Edge Katrina Edge is a partner and head of Ogier’s Banking and Finance…
 Sally Edwards  photo Sally Edwards Sally Edwards is partner in Ogier’s Jersey office within the Private wealth…
 Damian Evans  photo Damian Evans Damian specialises in all aspects of dispute resolution and insolvency with a…
 Simon Felton  photo Simon Felton Partner
 Victoria Grogan  photo Victoria Grogan Victoria has an in depth knowledge of Jersey Law and is widely…
 Emily Haithwaite  photo Emily Haithwaite Group Partner
 Alex Horsbrugh-Porter  photo Alex Horsbrugh-Porter Alex is Counsel in Ogier’s dispute resolution group based in Guernsey. His…
 Josephine Howe  photo Josephine Howe Josephine acts for a wide range of professional trustees, settlors and beneficiaries,…
 Jonathan Hughes  photo Jonathan Hughes Jonathan is Ogier’s Global Senior Service Line Head as well as Head…
 Nic Journeaux photo Nic Journeaux Partner
 Niamh Lalor  photo Niamh Lalor Niamh is specialist funds and regulatory lawyer, a partner and Head of…
 Bruce MacNeil  photo Bruce MacNeil Bruce is a partner in the Banking and Finance team of Ogier’s…
 Edward Mackereth  photo Edward Mackereth Edward Mackereth is Ogier’s Global Managing Partner. A partner in Ogier’s Dispute…
 Katharine Marshall  photo Katharine Marshall Katharine specialises in acting for clients in the residential and commercial development…
 Kate McCaffrey  photo Kate McCaffrey Kate has a broad corporate and finance practice advising on a wide…
 Steven Meiklejohn  photo Steven Meiklejohn Steve is an adviser to Trustees and Private Clients in respect of…
 Katherine Neal  photo Katherine Neal Katherine advises professional trustees, settlors and beneficiaries on matters relevant to trusts…
 Chula O’Donoghue  photo Chula O’Donoghue Counsel
 Sarah Parish  photo Sarah Parish Senior Associate
 Oliver Passmore  photo Oliver Passmore Oliver’s practice includes all aspects of contentious trusts matters, shareholder disputes, fraud…
 Sophie Reguengo  photo Sophie Reguengo Sophie is an experienced investment funds and regulatory lawyer with over 10…
 Daniel Richards  photo Daniel Richards Daniel is a Jersey advocate, Luxembourg Advocate and English Solictor. Since moving…
 Helen Ruelle  photo Helen Ruelle Helen Ruelle is Ogier’s Director of Local Legal Services – she is…
 Simon Schilder  photo Simon Schilder Simon is a Group Partner based in the Jersey office of Ogier.…
 Matthew Shaxson  photo Matthew Shaxson Matthew has particular experience in acting for bidders or sellers in auction…
 Henry Wickham  photo Henry Wickham Henry advises professional trustees, intermediaries, family offices and high-net worth families in…
 Nick Williams  photo Nick Williams Nick Williams is a Partner who specialises in dispute resolution and restructuring…
Total number of global partners : 72
Total number of fee-earners worldwide : 400
Total number of staff worldwide : 650

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