Firm Profile > Carey Olsen > St Helier, Jersey

Carey Olsen

Banking and finance Tier 1

Carey Olsen's 'responsive, commercial and practical' team is particularly active for banks, and is on the panels of a majority of leading names in the space. Practice head Robin Smith, in addition to dealing with trophy asset deals, regularly advises RBS International, and also handles fund finance work. Kate Andrews has restructuring expertise on top of her activity in the offshore legs of UK real estate finance transactions - an area where Peter German utilises his expertise on trophy London assets and more unusual properties. Below partner level, Fiona Dalton is a key counsel, and David Patterson and Rebecca McQuillan are two key promotions to senior associate, joining the 'excellent' Laura McConnell.

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‘They are responsive, commercial and proactive.’

‘A great team – responsive, knowledgeable, commercial, efficient.  Very easy to work with and popular with clients.’

‘Kate Andrews is excellent, she really gets what her role is and gives crisp advice.’

‘Peter German is my go-to partner in Jersey and he has excellent associate support.’

‘Robin Smith is the stand-out Jersey banking and finance lawyer in our opinion and is very much our go-to person.’

‘Fiona Dalton is pragmatic, commercial and very user friendly.’

Key clients

Ad hoc group of bondholders of Vieo B.V.

Royal Bank of Scotland International (Jersey)

Nordea Bank

Capital markets Tier 1

Carey Olsen handles a diverse range of work in this space, and is particularly active on TISE listings. Simon Marks and Kate Andrews handle work primarily focusing on high-yield debt, but also including investment funds, securitisations and cash boxes-listed local exchange, often working with counsel Matthew Ecobichon. James Willmott's corporate practice includes IPO work involving local and London exchanges.

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‘The Carey Olsen team I have worked with are very proactive in reaching out to us when they feel Jersey input is needed on a deal. They are responsive and always happy to jump on a call to help sort out an issue.’

‘The Carey Olsen capital markets attorneys are outstanding. The partners and associates are very practical, commercial and know the transaction process. Furthermore, their team is accessible at all times and incredibly responsive.’

‘Simon Marks, Kate Andrews, Matthew Ecobichon are my go-to contacts because they appreciate the significance of our matters and the time sensitivities of our requests. They are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to both the nuances of complex cross-border capital markets transactions, as well as Jersey law and TISE listing requirements. They are approachable, responsive, commercial and extremely knowledgeable. For these reasons, there is no other team I would rather have on my transactions. Simply put, they are outstanding.’

Key clients

Consortium of lenders to Domestic & General

J.P. Morgan Securities

SandpiperCI Group

Commercial property Tier 1

Christopher Philpott is the key name in a Carey Olsen practice that handles sales of prime real estate in Jersey, with a number of mandates for prestigious public and private sector clients. Other work concerns commercial leases, transactions involving development sites and real estate finance. Alex Ohlsson's broad practice includes managing the firm's relationship with Jersey Development Company (the government's property development arm). Part of the disputes practice, John Kelleher's work includes property and planning litigation. Will Whitehead is a key counsel.

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‘The Jersey property team provide an all-round service and run transactions excellently from start to finish.  They are unique to other firms as their property team displays transaction management skills that you usually only find in large corporate teams.’

‘Will Whitehead is an exceptional lawyer. He is not only very knowledgeable about the property aspects and property financing but takes responsibility for the transaction management aspects which makes you feel like you are in safe hands even on a large complex corporate property transaction.  He is capable and approachable – a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Chris Philpott is an experienced practitioner, he considers all relevant options before creating a pragmatic and commercial outcome.’

Key clients

Aviva Life and Pensions UK Limited



Intertrust Limited


Jersey Rugby Football Club

National Trust for Jersey

Nedbank Private Wealth

Nordic Capital

Polygon Properties Limited

Ports of Jersey Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland / Natwest

Saltgate Limited

Sancus Limited

Skipton International

SMP Helm Trust

Superdrug Plc

The States of Jersey Development Company

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Carey Olsen handles a diverse range of top-level corporate work across sectors, including M&A deals, private equity transactions and JPUT deals concerning international real estate, as well as restructuring and complex and sensitive corporate governance matters. Practice head Guy Coltman is active in a range of mandates, including deals in the corporate services space and work in trading sectors including gaming. Alex Ohlsson's workload includes share deals and corporate work around elite London real estate, and James Willmott's work ranges from complex restructurings through to private equity deals. David Allen is a key counsel in the team, with David Taylor a July 2020 election to the partnership.

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‘A market leading corporate practice, with in depth knowledge of the market and strength in depth. The team consistently provide the level of advice that you would expect from Magic Circle/US law firms, and are consistently available to service client demands on urgent, complicated matters. The responsiveness, attention to detail and creative thinking are a hallmark of the attorneys at Carey Olsen.’

‘The team, led by partner Guy Coltman and supported by Counsel, David Allen was small and yet extremely agile and was quickly able to get to grasp with the challenges that we faced and the legal issues they posed. They presented  clearly articulated options to the board and, then having considered and taken a decision, they were then able to execute and implement with the minimum of fuss.’

‘David Taylor is the standout member of the corporate team – he provides pragmatic, reasoned advice and understands our business inside and out. He is involved in all of our biggest transactions and consistently helps get deals done.’

‘Guy Coltman is exceptional. I believe he had our backs covered every step of the way. He was able to think outside the box and to come up with a strategy that was bold, imaginative and yet ultimately 100% deliverable. He was able to give extremely commercial and practical advice to drive a positive outcome.’

Key clients

Bridgepoint Advisers

Charterhouse Development Capital

Helm Trust Company

Stride Gaming

The States of Jersey Development Company

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Carey Olsen  handles a full spectrum of disputes work, covering both trusts matters and commercial litigation. John Kelleher  handles large-scale cases including professional negligence cases and shareholder disputes among others , as well as acting as a Jersey law expert in complex foreign cases. Marcus Pallot is particularly active in insolvencies, and William Grace is known for trusts and regulatory work. Sitting between the litigation and trusts teams, Andreas Kistler handles some contentious trusts work such as contested representations. Below partner level Louise Woolrich was promoted to counsel in January 2020.

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‘A hands on, high quality, practical team who are efficient, commercial and easy to deal with.’

‘The team has depth and a real work commitment.  It’s the work that they do that really makes the case.’

‘John Kelleher leads the team. He is a fantastic advocate and great with clients. He has an exceptional ability to distil very difficult concepts into straightforward advice. He really is the best in Jersey and you want him on your side.’

‘Andreas Kistler is clear, methodical and impressive.’

‘Marcus Pallot is very commercial, practical and pragmatic.  Richard Holden is very technically astute.’

‘Michael Goulborn provides quality, timely and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Daniel Pender

Grant Thornton T (As liquidators of Bellzone Mining PLC)

Hard Rock Limited

Langham Hall


Zurich Insurance plc

Employment Tier 1

Carey Olsen provides a full service across the employment space, covering the full range of internal investigations, tribunal litigation and non-contentious work. Siobhan Riley and counsel Huw Thomas head the practice, and Riley's work also includes a number of mandates concerning pensions and employee share ownership programmes - counsel Stephen Fitzgerald is also active in this space.

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‘Carey Olsen has an excellent reputation and the employment team enable and enforce the same. I have my technical documents reviewed by CO and when I mention this to my clients, no further questions are asked. We regularly use their team for advice on client matters and again it goes without question that their advice is excellent.’

‘Huw Thomas is technically brilliant and this is coupled with a sensible, pragmatic and understandable approach and delivery. He is my first port of call for all things complex and difficult.’

Key clients

Committee of Management of the Public Employees Pension Fund

Management Board of the Jersey Teachers Superannuation Fund

Investment funds Tier 1

Carey Olsen is active across leading deals and more esoteric matters in private equity, real estate funds and hedge funds. James Mulholland handles heavyweight traditional real estate, private equity and secondaries, as does Robert Milner, who advises in spaces ranging from TISE-listed REITs to hedge funds. Daniel O’Connor handles a number of private equity matters, advising managers including Nordic Capital. Christopher Griffin, alongside a range of work that includes both private equity and hedge funds, also has particular expertise in crypto assets. Claire Le Quesne is a notable counsel, and Nienke Malan is a key senior associate with expertise in a range of structures.

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‘We have easy access to different experts within the firm depending on the work stream involved.’

‘Strong technical base with ability to be creative and commercial. Dan and his team are a pleasure to work with. Dan O’Connor also manages the team well, bringing a range of skilled individuals to meet our complex needs.’

‘First class responsive and local market knowledge. The ‘go to’ firm on the island.’

‘Dan O’Connor has excellent technical skills, which he applies to come up with creative solutions and troubleshoot complex proposals. He is reliable and available.’

‘Chris Griffin is a a superb practitioner. Commercial, pragmatic and a real problem solver. ‘

Key clients

23 Capital

Apollo Global Management

Appian Natural Resources Fund GP II

Binance (Jersey)

Bregal Capital

Capital & Counties

CBRE Global Investment Partners

Centricus Partners LP (formerly F.A.B. Partners LP)

Criptyque Limited

Davidson Kempner European Partners

Delancey Real Estate Asset Management

Diginex Limited

ED Group Holding

EJF Investments


EMK Capital

EPIC Private Equity

Epiris Managers (formerly Electra Partners)

Equitix Investment Management

FSN Capital Partners



Gramercy Europe (Jersey)

Gulf Islamic Investments

Hermes GPE Founder Partner

Hollyport Capital

Insight Venture Partners

Janus Henderson Group

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate

Lothbury Investment Management

M7 Real Estate Financial Services

Mondrian Investment Partners

Nordic Capital

Oaktree Capital Management (UK)

Patron Capital Advisers

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners

Realty Income Corporation

RK Investment Management

Schroder Real Estate Managers (Jersey)

Softbank Group Corp

The Blackstone Group


Private client, trusts and tax Tier 1

At Carey Olsen, Siobhan Riley heads a practice that has strong relationships with referring law firms and trust companies, and a growing number of instructions from the Asia-Pacific region and Middle East. Andreas Kistler and Alexa Saunders are also active in the semi-contentious space, with Keith Dixon handling, among other matters, significant family office work. Notable counsels include Stephen Fitzgerald, whose practice crosses over between private wealth and employee benefits and pensions, and Victoria Connolly. Nichola Aldridge and Sarah Farrow are the key senior associates in the practice.

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‘Carey Olsen is the pre-eminent Jersey firm. The team embodies a firm-wide ethos of friendly and approachable people, coupled with superb technical expertise.’

‘The team is very approachable, very well resourced and has real strength in depth. This enables the team to be very responsive and achieve real momentum on matters, possibly more so than its competitors. The strength does not lie in numbers alone, the team has real technical excellence.’

‘Siobhan Riley in particular stands out: she has a great understanding of the environment in which we operate and the challenges we face. As a consequence she is able to offer practical and commercial solutions supported with robust advice.’

‘Andreas Kistler is one of Jersey’s leading advocates.’

‘Sarah Farrow has been a stand out lawyer to work with. She has fantastic technical knowledge coupled with being very calm and personable. When she is involved in a matter you know that she has considered every angle, which gives the client great peace of mind.’

Regulatory and white-collar crime Tier 1

At Carey Olsen, William Grace is active in a range of work including white-collar crime and JFSC regulatory work, including matters concerning anti-money laundering regulations - he regularly works alongside senior associate Oliver Lindop. Marcus Pallot's caseload include Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman-related matters. The practice is active for a broad range of trust companies, with areas of expertise including sanctions and investment in challenging asset classes.

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‘The team has responded quickly and promptly as matters have arisen and provided good support, insight and guidance to navigate the regulatory and law enforcement challenges which have faced the business over the past months at both a corporate and individual level.’

‘Multi disciplinary, with obviously a local focus, so the issues we need addressed are examined through the appropriate offshore legal lens.’

‘The Carey Olsen team have a very strong track record in monitoring and advising on the development of the regulatory environment in Jersey. They are au fait with the thinking and spirit of the laws thereby enabling them to give pragmatic advice which helps industry both stay compliant and at the same time be commercial in the application of the laws.’

‘Billy Grace is truly an expert in the regulatory space. He has an advised all areas of the industry. He has been actively given input into the drafting of many of the laws so is naturally very familiar with their application and what they are seeking to achieve. He regularly presents on all matters of a regulatory nature and the financial services industry recognises Billy as a leading figure in this field. His straight talking approach is welcomed by his clients.’

‘Oliver Lindop is available, responsive, understands the issues, identifies the nuances with precision and clarity, and provides precise legal advice (which is very reassuring).’

‘Marcus Pallot is very commercial, practical and pragmatic.  He is well connected and very experienced.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Allied Trust Company Limited

Family Tier 2

Senior associate Lauren Glynn is the key contact at Carey Olsen's family practice, primarily covering family financial work but also some private law children work, as well as providing Jersey law opinions for use in English proceedings. Disputes specialist Marcus Pallot provides partner level support.

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‘Lauren Glynn stands out for her ability to advise across a wide spectrum of situations involving individuals, HNW individuals with complex financial structures to vulnerable adults in crisis situations, approaching each situation in the same calm and professional manner, and giving reassurance, guidance and advice.  She likes to work collaboratively too.’

‘Lauren Glynn is a superb lawyer who gives practical and constructive advice, yet she is an intelligent and empathetic lawyer.’

With a heritage that dates back to 1898, Carey Olsen is one of the most established and distinguished offshore law firms. It delivers exceptional services to its clients from the key offshore financial centres of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. It also has an established presence in Cape Town, Hong Kong, London and Singapore. It is consistently the firm of choice for clients and their advisors who are looking for the highest levels of service.

The firm: The firm offers a partner-led approach. It employs more than 480 people and its 50-plus partners head up a total complement of 250 lawyers. It provides legal services in relation to all areas of corporate and finance law, investment funds, trusts and private wealth, dispute resolution and property law.

The firm works with an extensive range of clients, including many of the world’s leading banks, insurance companies, investment funds, private equity houses, real estate firms, sovereign wealth funds, publicly listed companies, ultra-high net worth individuals and governments. The firm is often instructed by or works alongside leading legal and other professional advisers on complex international transactions and cases.

Carey Olsen is the largest law firm in Guernsey and in Jersey, with more Tier 1 practice area rankings than any other firm.

Types of work undertaken: The firm offers a comprehensive range of legal services for all aspects of corporate/transactional, dispute resolution and private client work.

Its primary transactional legal services include: banking and finance; corporate and commercial; employment, pensions and incentives; commercial property; insolvency and restructuring; insurance; intellectual property; investment funds and private equity; mergers and acquisitions; regulatory and financial crime; and trusts and private wealth.

The firm’s dispute resolution and litigation group represents clients on the full spectrum of contentious, semi-contentious and advisory work in both a domestic and international context. Together with commercial litigation services, its practice offers focused advice on banking and finance, corporate disputes, contentious trusts, restructuring and insolvency, regulatory and financial crime.

The firm’s private clients rely upon it for services that include estate planning, residential property, wills and inheritance.

Department Name Email Telephone
Listing services Kate Andrews
Banking and finance Kate Andrews
Corporate Guy Coltman
Banking and finance Guy Coltman
Investment funds Guy Coltman
Trusts and private wealth Keith Dixon
Banking and finance Peter German
Regulatory William Grace
Dispute resolution and litigation William Grace
Investment funds Christopher Griffin
Corporate Christopher Griffin
Dispute resolution and litigation John Kelleher
Dispute resolution and litigation Andreas Kistler
Trusts and private wealth Andreas Kistler
Corporate Simon Marks
Listing services Simon Marks
Banking and finance Simon Marks
Banking and finance Robert Milner
Investment funds Robert Milner
Corporate Robert Milner
Listing services James Mulholland
Investment funds James Mulholland
Corporate James Mulholland
Investment funds Daniel O'Connor
Corporate Daniel O'Connor
Corporate and commercial Alex Ohlsson
Property law Alex Ohlsson
Banking and finance Alex Ohlsson
Restructuring and insolvency Marcus Pallot
Regulatory Marcus Pallot
Dispute resolution and litigation Marcus Pallot
Property Christopher Philpott
Employment Siobhan Riley
Trusts and private wealth Siobhan Riley
Regulatory Alexa Saunders
Trusts and private wealth Alexa Saunders
Banking and finance Robin Smith
Corporate Robin Smith
Banking and finance David Taylor
Corporate David Taylor
Banking and finance James Willmott
Corporate James Willmott
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Allen  photo David Allen David has worked on a number of high profile transactions during his…
 Kate Andrews  photo Kate Andrews Kate has over 20 years’ experience of cross-border corporate finance transactions with…
 Guy Coltman  photo Guy Coltman Guy has worked on a number of high-profile transactions during his career…
 Victoria Connolly  photo Victoria Connolly Victoria is counsel in Carey Olsen’s trusts and private wealth group. She…
 Fiona Dalton  photo Fiona Dalton Fiona is counsel in Carey Olsen’s corporate team and advises clients in…
 Keith Dixon  photo Keith Dixon Keith is a partner in the Trusts & Private Wealth group.  Keith…
 Matthew Ecobichon  photo Matthew Ecobichon Matthew is counsel and advises clients including leading international law firms and…
 Stephen Fitzgerald  photo Stephen Fitzgerald Stephen has a broad non-contentious trust practice advising many of the leading…
 Peter German  photo Peter German Peter’s practice is corporate and banking, including local and international banking with…
 Lauren Glynn  photo Lauren Glynn Lauren is a senior specialist family lawyer. She has significant experience and…
 William Grace  photo William Grace William is a partner advising Jersey’s finance industry and international clients on…
 Christopher Griffin  photo Christopher Griffin Christopher has broad experience of both general international corporate and funds work…
 Richard Holden  photo Richard Holden   Richard appears and acts in a broad range of commercial litigation…
 John Kelleher  photo John Kelleher Partner and head of dispute resolution and litigation at Carey Olsen, specialises…
 Andreas Kistler  photo Andreas Kistler Andreas is a partner in Carey Olsen’s trusts and private wealth and…
 Michael Kushner  photo Michael Kushner Mike is an associate in the litigation team in Jersey, specialising in…
 Claire Le Quesne  photo Claire Le Quesne Claire advises clients in respect of corporate, funds and banking matters. Her…
 Simon Marks  photo Simon Marks Simon specialises in debt capital markets, high yield, securitisation and structured finance…
 Robert Milner  photo Robert Milner Robert is one of Jersey’s leading funds lawyers. He acts for a…
 James Mulholland  photo James Mulholland James’ experience covers a wide breadth of international funds and corporate work…
 Daniel O’Connor  photo Daniel O’Connor Daniel specialises in the structuring and formation of investment funds, real estate…
 Alex Ohlsson  photo Alex Ohlsson Alex is recognised as a leading expert in corporate and finance law;…
 Marcus Pallot  photo Marcus Pallot Marcus’ practice covers three main areas: contentious regulatory; insolvency; and financial services…
 Christopher Philpott  photo Christopher Philpott Chris is the head of the firm’s property group in Jersey. He…
 Siobhan Riley  photo Siobhan Riley Siobhan is the head of Jersey’s Trusts & Private Wealth group and…
 Alexa Saunders  photo Alexa Saunders Alexa is a partner in the Trusts & Private Wealth group and…
 Peter Sherwood  photo Peter Sherwood Peter is counsel to the dispute resolution and litigation team in the…
 Robin Smith  photo Robin Smith Robin is consistently recognised for his ability to deal with a wide…
 David Taylor  photo David Taylor David is a partner in the Jersey corporate group. His practice covers a…
 Huw Thomas  photo Huw Thomas Huw Thomas has been advising on employment issues, data protection and information…
 Will Whitehead  photo Will Whitehead Will specialises in commercial property transactons and regulatory matters. Particular areas of…
 James Willmott  photo James Willmott James’ practice covers a wide range of corporate activities with a focus…
 Louise Woolrich  photo Louise Woolrich Louise is a member of the dispute resolution and litigation team in Jersey.…
Number of Jersey partners : 20
Number of Jersey fee-earners : 105