Konrad Friedlaender > Carey Olsen > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Lawyer Profile

Carey Olsen

Work Department

Trusts and Private Wealth; Employment, Pensions and Incentives; Private Client; Regulatory; Dispute Resolution and Litigation; Corporate


Konrad is a consultant in the trusts and private wealth department and specialises in contentious and non-contentious trust matters, pensions, employee benefit schemes and share option schemes.

He advises on the establishment and administration of complex private and corporate trust structures as well as all regulatory matters relevant to the trust and company administration sector. He has advised on the establishment and continues to be adviser to some of the largest endowments and philanthropies established on the island.

Konrad also advises on the structuring and establishment of corporate vehicles and has a particular interest in non-contentious insurance matters and insurance regulation.

Konrad is ranked as a leading individual by Legal 500 UK for private client, trusts and tax and by Chambers HNW. He was on the leading lawyers honours list of the Citywealth Leaders Lists in 2020.


Konrad qualified as a South African attorney and conveyancer in 1984, and as a Notary Public in 1985. He is also a Solicitor of England and Wales and was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2005. Prior to joining Carey Olsen in 2001, Konrad was a partner in the firm Jan S de Villiers (now incorporated with Werksmans), a leading Cape Town legal practice, where he was head of litigation. He became a partner in 2006.


German, Afrikaans, reading knowledge of Dutch and Flemish.


University of Stellenbosch (1980 BA LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Private client, trusts and tax

(Hall of Fame)

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Natasha Kapp (who is described as ‘a great client handler with tremendous expertise in complex trusts‘) and practice head Russell Clark (‘an outstanding technical lawyer‘) in Carey Olsen’s trusts and private wealth practice frequently assist with the establishment of foundations and philanthropic structures for clients originating from the Middle East, China and South East Asia. Konrad Friedlaender is a go-to Guernsey lawyer for prolific high-net-worth individuals and family offices, including those from South Africa, while also working closely with dedicated pensions senior associate Julie Currie on international pensions structures. The team also acts on trust restructurings through the courts. Counsels Patricia Montgomery and Laila Arstall are key names at the below partner level, acting for trustees and beneficiaries across a range of instructions.

Guernsey > Insurance

Carey Olsen’s insurance practice is a market leader in the field of risk transfer transactions; both practice heads Christopher Anderson and Konrad Friedlaender are handling ongoing instructions on behalf of multinational pension fund clients, with highlights involving multibillion-pound assets. The team regularly takes care of headline insurance and reinsurance M&A deals for onshore clients; Natasha Kapp and senior associate Arya Hashemi contribute expertise on this side.

Guernsey > Employment

The employment, pensions and incentives team at Carey Olsen ‘is a force to be reckoned with‘ in employment tribunal proceedings. Market-first examples saw ‘powerhouse‘ practice head Elaine Gray and counsel Natasha Newell ( who is praised as ‘an accomplished and fearless litigator‘) handling notable equal pay disputes. Konrad Friedlaender and senior associate Julie Currie are the group’s pensions experts, notably in regards to employee scheme governance issues and risk transfers. Through Mark Dunster, the team leads on matters with significant regulatory elements, including grandfathering provisions, immigration issues and appeals, professional negligence claims, and staff reorganisation procedures for financial services clients. Associate Lois Madden brings ‘an abundance of experience and wise counsel’ to a wide range of discrimination investigations.