Firm Profile > WALKERS > St Peter Port, Guernsey


Banking and finance Tier 2

WALKERS has expertise across the finance space, and is particularly well-connected in Asia with strong relationships with the Singapore branches of several investment banks. Sam Shires has a track record of handling acquisition  and real estate finance, as well as handling vessel finance - an area in which Matt Sanders is also active. Kim Paiva is a key counsel - she has particular expertise in aviation finance. Senior counsel Zoe Hallam relocated from the firm's Cayman office, bringing with her fund finance expertise.


The team is always happy to go the extra mile to assist, and all its work is very timely and accurate.’

The team is very friendly and approachable at all levels.’

Kim Paiva is very pleasant do deals with, very professional and always personable – she keeps clients informed as to developments relevant to them and takes a practical approach to transactions.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Bank of Nova Scotia

Nordic Aviation Capital

Credit Suisse

Standard Chartered

Deutsche Bank

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

WALKERS works with leading UK and international firms on a range of international deals, as well as handling agenda-setting local work. Many mandates are cross-border with the BVI and Cayman Islands. Cross-border restructurings are another key area of expertise, while the firm is particularly popular with Middle Eastern and Asian clients. The key partners in the team are Sam Shires and Matt Sanders, with Stephen Ozanne a key senior counsel.


The corporate team is friendly, reactive, efficient and very approachable – the quality of work is excellent and great value for money.’

Matt Sanders is a key point of contact for corporate service providers regarding challenging clients.’

Senior counsel Kim Paiva is approachable, responsive and friendly.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Apex Group

Asset Risk Consultants



International Administration Guernsey

Martel Maides

Stafford Capital Partners

Telford Offshore


Dispute resolution Tier 2

With the well-regarded Alison Ozanne at the helm, WALKERS regularly acts on highly contentious trust disputes for an extensive list of high-profile private clients and trustees. The team also leverages the firm’s international offshore presence to attract multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes and insolvency instructions, while also acting on a number of regulatory enforcement proceedings in the domestic market. Sarah Brehaut assists on the full range of matters, and has accordingly received strong client praise.


One of the best in the business

All partners and associates are quite superb

Demonstrates a genuine concern for the client’s interests and well-being

Walkers provides Alison Ozanne with a clear platform to display her unique and extraordinary talents on a global scale

Alison Ozanne is a passionate Guernsey advocate with an incredible intellect and capacity for hard work and client relationship management

Expertise that doesn’t disappoint

Sarah Brehaut has a skill for thinking outside of the box

Laurent Thibeault turns his hand to challenges very fast

Key clients

Alnashir Popat

David Bates, ex Marlborough Trust Company director

Active Fund Services


Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Ian Kitching

Employment Tier 2

WALKERS’ employer-oriented practice now counts three dedicated employment law professionals owing to the addition of equality and discrimination law counsel Sarah Ash. The team's client base comprises a mix of local employers and international institutions including banks, multinationals and trust companies, with common mandates including unfair dismissal disputes, bonus scheme and contract reviews, senior-level departures, discrimination and misconduct claims and compromise agreements. Practice head Louise Hall often works with the corporate department to provide employment advice on M&A transactions.


Louise Hall is always very calm and clear in her advice

Louise Hall is very responsive and proactive

Key clients

Consolidated Minerals

Apex Group

Insurance Tier 2

WALKERS has recently experienced a significant expansion of its insurance offering following the addition of renowned insurance expert Kate Storey from Appleby. The full-service practice provides leading advice on the establishment and administration of captive insurance vehicles, insurance-linked securities and alternative risk transfer transactions, collateralised reinsurance transactions and general regulatory advice. On the corporate side, the firm handles M&A transactions, joint venture terminations and the creation of insurers in the Guernsey market.


A dedicated team with recognised expertise and a proven ability to solve problems as well as providing practical advice

Kate Storey is an acknowledged expert in the area of pension longevity

Key clients

Clare Management Company

ClaRe PCC Limited

Barbican Group

Avantis Limited (formerly Heritage Group)

Robus Group

Gower Financial Services


Private client, trusts and tax Tier 3

WALKERS has expanded its private client and trust offering with a number of specialist hires and now offers a full-service non-contentious offering to a client roster of international family offices, trust companies, HNWIs, local fiduciaries and international banks. Recent mandates have highlighted the practice’s expertise with structuring and restructuring global wealth and asset protection structures, trust administration and management, regulatory and fiduciary duty advice and wealth relocation exercises. Practice head Rupert Morris also fields expertise concerning semi-contentious trust split-ups and “dry trust” liquidation.


Thorough and practical

Bespoke and user-friendly

Walkers provides excellent, responsive service together with practical advice adding value throughout

Rupert Morris is extremely accommodating, sharp and attuned to the more subtle points surrounding this area of law. He “gets it” without any effort and is always two steps ahead

Rupert Morris provides exceptional service and is proactive and responsive

Key clients

Rothschild Trust (Guernsey) Limited

Imperium Trust Company Limited

Trust Corporation of the Channel Islands (TCCI)

John Clough

David Rubin & Partners

Estera Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Limited

Alpha & Omega Global Investments Sarl

TT International Limited

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Walkers is one of the largest and most prestigious offshore law firms. It provides first-class, commercially focused advice that is attuned to clients’ requirements and facilitates their businesses. Walkers advises global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers and high net worth individuals on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Ireland and Bermuda*. The Channel Islands offices work seamlessly with the firm’s global network of offices across the Americas, Middle East, Asia and Europe. This unique global footprint makes Walkers one of the leading international offshore law firms globally. The firm regularly advises clients on all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Principal areas of work include all facets of banking and finance, corporate and capital markets, employment, investment funds, insolvency and dispute resolution and private capital and trusts.

Employment: Providing high calibre advice on the full cycle of both contentious and non-contentious employment issues. Clients derive from both local Guernsey and Jersey entities as well as the offshore arms of leading, global financial institutions and corporates across various industry sectors.

Insolvency & Dispute Resolution: Advising private equity funds, hedge funds, investment banks, fund managers, administrators, corporates and insolvency practitioners on high value, multijurisdictional and complex insolvency and dispute resolution matters.

Investment Funds & Corporate: Advising banks, fund managers, hedge funds, prominent private equity firms, investment managers both locally and globally on complex domestic and cross border transactions, with first-hand extensive experience in M&A, corporate re-organisations, fund formation, fund financing, investment vehicles, IPOs and joint ventures.

Banking & Finance: Representing both local and international financial institutions, banks, corporates, funds, private equity providers on complex, cross border transactions with extensive experience in asset finance, derivatives, distressed investment, real estate finance and leveraged real estate acquisitions and structured products and capital markets.

Private Capital & Trusts: Providing ultra-high net worth individuals, their advisors as well as many of the leading local and international trustees, family offices and other financial institutions, with advice on all forms of contentious and non-contentious trusts advice, regulatory requirements and private capital and structuring matters.



Department Name Email Telephone
Employment Louise Hall 01481 748 909
Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Alison Ozanne 01481 748 905
Investment Funds and Corporate Matt Sanders 01481 748 914
Banking and Finance Sam Shires 01481 748 916
Private Capital and Trusts Rupert Morris 01481 748 936
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Sarah Brehaut  photo Mrs Sarah Brehaut
Ms Louise Hall photo Ms Louise Hall
Mr Rupert Morris  photo Mr Rupert Morris
 Alison Ozanne  photo Alison Ozanne
Mr Matt Sanders  photo Mr Matt Sanders
Mr Sam Shires  photo Mr Sam Shires
Mrs Kate Storey  photo Mrs Kate Storey