Firm Profile > Ogier > St Peter Port, Guernsey


Capital markets Tier 1

At Ogier, Craig Cordle and Bryon Rees both deal with a range of listed funds work concerning both London and locally listed investment funds, with Cordle also handling some debt capital markets work. Oliver Quarmby is a key managing associate.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Ogier covers the gamut of corporate work across sectors, handling work for asset managers, banks, insurancers and other clients. Bryon Rees handles a range of M&A deals, including ones featuring locally regulated businesses with global operations. Marcus Leese has restructuring expertise, as does Craig Cordle, among other work (Cordle handles competition law). Tim Clipstone joined from Maples Group in Tortola, bringing with him BVI expertise - which is also contributed by well-regarded senior associate Diana Collas.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Alongside a portfolio of big-ticket insolvency, contentious trust and regulatory instructions, the Ogier team regularly acts for both defendants and plaintiffs in professional negligence cases, proceeds of crime matters and property and construction related disputes. Simon Davies remains one of the island’s most sought-after advocates for complex commercial disputes while Mathew Newman’s practice is one of the leading insolvency and restructuring offerings on the island. Managing associate Sam Dingle also acts on a broad range of issues including insolvency and regulatory matters.


Truly a full-service firm

While other firms on the island have a specialty in one area or another, Ogier has a complete suite of practitioners who are experts in all areas and across borders

Extremely client-focused and a pleasure to deal with

Simon Davies is a first-class advocate and clearly one of the, if not the, leading advocates on the island

Mathew Newman has a mastery of the law and is able to communicate his ideas clearly and thoughtfully

Associate Bryan De Verneuil-Smith is quick, commercial, and a pleasure to work with.  His litigation experience and judgment further solidifies Ogier’s position among the top of the Guernsey firms for litigation

Simon Davies is very impressive

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Nerine Trust


Carter Backer Winter

The Public Trustee of Guernsey


BDO Global

Banking and finance Tier 2

Ogier's Marcus Leese handles M&A acquisition finance and restructuring work, as well as fund and corporate finance deals. Christopher Jones is also active in fund finance and real estate finance, and is also involved in asset finance work. Managing associate Paul Chanter works with both partners on a broad range of finance matters.


Very reliable, hardworking and knowledgable.’

‘Marcus Leese is well-known in finance circles.’

Christopher Jones is very effective and personable – technically very good and keen to deliver a quality service.’

Key clients


Ahli United Bank

Credit Suisse

Erste Bank



Royal Bank of Canada


Caledonia Investments

Tristan Capital Partners

Commercial property Tier 2

The team at Ogier covers the full range of on-island commercial property mandates, including office purchases, restaurant leases, real estate finance and property elements of M&A deals. A noteworthy addition to the team is senior associate Martin Casas from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, who has quickly developed a healthy work portfolio in retail and hospitality.


Ogier’s commercially minded, personable and responsive attitude sets it apart from other firms

Martyn Baudains achieves the best position for his clients while being reasonably minded to ensure the deal completes in a timely and cost effective manner

The team has an incredible ability to combine decades of knowledge of the Guernsey legal and commercial property market with contemporary legal services. The firm gives you the best insight into a transaction, while advising quickly and succinctly

Martyn Baudains is “Mr. Guernsey Property”; there is no more experienced advocate on the island

Martin Casas is an experienced modern day lawyer who compliments Martyn’s team wonderfully. He provides big city experience to small island transactions

Key clients


John Lewis Partnership


Lloyds Banking Group

Channel Island Fuels

International Energy Group (Jersey and Guernsey Gas)


Family Building Society


Boots The Chemist

Grant Thornton

Guernsey Housing Association

Close Finance

Yours Clothing

Employment Tier 2

Under the leadership of highly-praised practice head Rachel Richardson, Ogier acts for a host of financial services institutions, well-known banks and leading Guernsey-based employers. Significant mandates come from assisting the pan-Channel Island team on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, as well as relocation and immigration issues. Regular contentious instructions include unfair dismissal and discrimination cases, redundancies and restrictive covenant disputes.


Efficient service with sound technical knowledge

Rachel Richardson is an experienced employment lawyer of a responsive and interested nature

Rachel Richardson has an excellent working knowledge and understanding of all the relevant areas of employment law and offers well thought out advice in this area

Rachel Richardson is friendly, efficient, extremely knowledgeable and explains things in an easily understandable manner

Rachel Richardson comes up with working solutions to any problems that arise

Investment funds Tier 2

Alongside a number of private funds mandates, Ogier handles listed fund formations and transactions as well as a range of ongoing advisory and regulatory matters. Craig Cordle handles venture capital work as well as listed vehicles, with Bryon Rees also a key name for both seams of work. Tim Clipstone, who joined in 2018 from Maples Group in Tortola, contributes BVI law expertise.

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 2

Owing to considerable team expansion in recent years, Ogier’s private client and trusts practice is a truly full-service offering, spanning all issues concerning the formation and administration of trusts, foundations and other complex wealth structures. The team also handles fiduciary and regulatory compliance, cross-border trust disputes, pension and employee benefit scheme wind-ups and probate advice. Gavin Ferguson is cited for his structuring expertise with working for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, while the extensive client list further includes trustees, beneficiaries, family offices and financial institutions. Senior associate Alice Bricogne is noted for her expertise in the growing semi-contentious trust field, handling amendments to "ill trusts" necessitating  fiduciary reappointments and trustee removals via Royal Court applications.


Ogier has first-class interpersonal and communication skills

Ogier is knowledgeable and authoritative and provides a calm and considered opinion

A highly professional and proactive team

Gavin Ferguson is highly regarded and respected

Alice Bricogne is an absolute delight to deal with

Alice Bricogne has a razor-sharp legal mind but differentiates herself from almost all of the competition with a communication style and proactive nature that is rarely surpassed

Alice Bricogne and Gavin Ferguson are excellent

Insurance Tier 3

Ogier’s insurance offering sits firmly in the firm’s corporate and commercial practice and has the ability to provide Guernsey-specific insurance law and regulatory advice, including on competition law's application to the industry. Bryon Rees' expertise includes advising incorporated insurers on their Guernsey domiciliation exercises and the team also provides regulatory advice on the establishment and administration of captive insurance cell companies.

Ogier provides practical advice on BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law through our global network of offices across the Asian, Caribbean and European timezones. With a growing team of more than 550 people around the world, they regularly win awards for innovation, client service and quality.

The firm: Ogier has the knowledge and expertise to handle the most demanding and complex transactions and provide expert, efficient and cost-effective services to all its clients. The firm’s commercial understanding and experience of working with leading financial institutions, professional advisers and regulatory bodies enable it to add real value to its clients’ businesses. Ogier Global, the firm’s corporate administration business, offers clients integrated legal and corporate administration services.

The firm’s service strategy and brand are aligned: it gets straight to the point, managing complexity for clients; providing targeted, pragmatic advice with absolute clarity. Its lawyers listen actively, asking the right questions, focused on what really matters. It is a collaborative approach.

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

Corporate: 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, mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, joint ventures and disposals.

Dispute resolution: advice 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.

Insurance: advice on general insurance and reinsurance matters on both the contentious and non-contentious sides.

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: the team has extensive experience of advising on 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: extensive experience in commercial and residential property, planning and construction law.

Real estate: 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 insolvency: the firm’s restructuring and insolvency 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, Hong Kong, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Shanghai, Tokyo

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Marcus Leese
Banking and finance Christopher Jones
Banking and finance Marcus Leese
Banking and finance Bryon Rees
Corporate Marcus Leese
Corporate Craig Cordle
Corporate Christopher Jones
Corporate Bryon Rees
Dispute resolution Simon Davies
Dispute resolution Mathew Newman
Insurance Bryon Rees
Investment funds Craig Cordle
Investment funds Christopher Jones
Investment funds Marcus Leese
Investment funds Bryon Rees
Private wealth Gavin Ferguson
Private wealth Marcus Leese
Property Martyn Baudains
Real estate Martyn Baudains
Real estate Christopher Jones
Regulatory Mathew Newman
Regulatory Christopher Jones
Regulatory Marcus Leese
Regulatory Bryon Rees
Restructuring and insolvency Mathew Newman
Restructuring and insolvency Christopher Jones
Restructuring and insolvency Marcus Leese
Restructuring and insolvency Bryon Rees
Structured finance Christopher Jones
Structured finance Marcus Leese
Structured finance Bryon Rees
Photo Name Position Profile
 Martyn Baudains  photo Martyn Baudains
 Tim Clipstone  photo Tim Clipstone
 Craig Cordle  photo Craig Cordle
 Simon Davies  photo Simon Davies
Mr Gavin Ferguson  photo Mr Gavin Ferguson
 Christopher Jones  photo Christopher Jones
 Marcus Leese  photo Marcus Leese
 Mathew Newman  photo Mathew Newman
 Bryon Rees  photo Bryon Rees
 Rachel Richardson  photo Rachel Richardson
Number of resident partners : 9
Number of resident fee-earners : 44
Total number of partners : 66
Total number of fee-earners : 293