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HIRZEL COURT, HIRZEL STREET, ST PETER PORT, GY1 3 BN, GUERNSEY
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Work 01481 755600
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Fax 01481 728992
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www.applebyglobal.com

J Alison MacKrill, Group Partner

Group Head Private Client & Trusts, Alison MacKrill explains how building teams is integral to meeting clients’ needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Appleby from your competitors?

When I first joined Appleby in 1999, the collaborative process was already well imbued in the culture.  Returning to Appleby in June 2017, I am heartened to see that the culture remains one of inclusiveness within the work place and across the jurisdictions.  This means that teams expend their energy on the task in hand, not on figuring out how to work together as a team or, worse still, on cutting across each other’s efforts in order to gain glory.  Team, as well as individual, successes are celebrated publicly.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

I am already seeing growth in numbers in our corporate team as we welcome new fee earners. I see most areas growing in the next 12 months due to cross referrals both within the jurisdiction and across jurisdictions and to a growing understanding of what each jurisdiction has to offer. In many cases, the client is looking for creative and intelligent solutions across jurisdictions where a team mentality is needed.

What's the main change you've made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Bringing in team members who have a breadth of experience across traditional practice areas who can collaborate with others across practice areas and who provide a more varied outlook and experience.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

In many ways the manner in which we interact with clients and contacts is an ever evolving process, so that it is in only looking back that we now see how we use so many different platforms to interact with clients and contacts and that we are able to be in secure communication whether in the office, on the move or at home. The days of having to be in the office in order to look after a client’s needs are over.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

I have combined the knowledge taken from my time in Bermuda for Appleby in creating structures for insurance products with my knowledge of Guernsey regulatory oversight and business practice to create platforms for groups and individuals to participate in specialist group policies, which have enabled charities to keep providing medical services in even the most remote and/or dangerous territories or for individuals to travel to obtain affordable medical treatment, which is satisfying as a lawyer and on a personal level.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms - where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

I see the firm continuing with its targeted growth in exciting new areas of expertise, particularly in assisting companies and individuals in the nascent financial technology (FinTech) industry which has seen rapid growth over the last few years. Fintech is generally composed of a number of complementary financial services to provide an end-to-end process via the internet. Global investment in the new financial industry that applies technology to improve financial activities is increasing exponentially. Whatever the form FinTech takes, legal advice will continue to be needed at many different levels, which Appleby will be well placed to provide. Appleby will also be on hand to look after the needs of the individuals involved in FinTech.

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