Will Austin-Vautier > Ogier > St Helier, Jersey > Lawyer Profile


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Senior Associate


Will Austin-Vautier is a senior associate in Ogier’s Channel Islands Local Legal Services team. An employment law specialist, Will’s practice extends to discrimination, data protection, regulatory (e.g. housing and work controls), employment relations, and general commercial expertise. Will has acted for some of the Channel Islands’ largest private sector employers, senior finance industry executives, entrepreneurs, and the family offices of ultra-high net worth individuals.


Will is also Secretary of the Jersey Branch of the Employment Lawyers’ Association. He is a contributor to bodies such as the Employment Forum and previously participated in a working group convened by Jersey’s government to consider data protection law changes in advance of the inception of The General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018. He was also co-adviser to the appellant in Jersey’s first employment case to be heard by the Jersey Court of Appeal

Lawyer Rankings

Jersey > Employment

(Rising stars)

Will Austin-VautierOgier

With strength across contentious and non-contentious mandates, Ogier’s employment offering is a key choice for a diverse, international client roster. The group leverages its knowledge of immigration law when handling staff relocations during company reorganisations and the related appeal hearings; practice head Helen Ruelle and senior associate Will Austin-Vautier are go-to names. Regular contentious mandates include senior employee exits and defending employers in discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal; the team also represents senior employees in breach of contract claims.

Jersey > Commercial property

Ogier’s property law group leads on premier Jersey projects incorporating innovative points of law. Practice head Jonathan Hughes and corporate partner Matthew Shaxson recently secured a competitive pitch to advise on a major PFI/PPP hospital development, and the wider team supplies construction and commercial advice in relation to hotel and transport developments; counsel Rebecca McNulty takes on any related contentious instructions. Newly promoted partner Katharine Marshall advises on site acquisitions and related financing transactions alongside senior associate Sarah Parish, while senior associate Will Austin-Vautier handles leasing work for tenants and landlords. A stable client base of high-net-worth individuals engages the team on property investments, redevelopments and family office relocations.