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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):Sam Shires; Matt Sanders

Other key lawyers:Kim Paiva; Zoe Hallam


'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

Work highlights

  • Advise Credit Suisse's Singapore Branch on financing of Raksha Energy Holdings, a Guernsey company, and its purchase of another, AIM-listed, Guernsey company, Myrtah Energy; the deal was in effect the take-over of a listed company by its key shareholder, which owned its shares via a Jersey trust.
  • Advised Standard Chartered on financing Ascendas REIT's purchase of a British commercial real estate portfolio held through separate Guernsey SPVs.
  • Acted as Guernsey counsel to Bank of Communications Financial Leasing on leasing two container ships.
  • Advised BNP Paribas on a $35m loan to Advent Fund Group, the borrowing company being a Maltese entity owned by a Guernsey PCC.
  • Advised Strawberry Star Real Estate on borrowing £83m to finance Urban Exposure to redevelop Napier Gateway in Luton.
Rising stars

Kim Paiva - WALKERS

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):Sam Shires

Other key lawyers:Matt Sanders; Stephen Ozanne


'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


Work highlights

  • Advised Stafford Capital on its purchase of Phaunos Timber Fund for $259.1m in a hostile takeover using Guernsey's squeeze-out provisions.
  • Advised Telford Offshore on the cross-border restructuring of Sea Trucks Group.
  • Advised Apex Group on its purchase of Ipes from Silverfleet Capital for £150m.
  • Advised F&C Real Estate on the Guernsey law aspects of deals concerning UK real estate.
  • Advised Martel Maides on the sale of the company to Savills.
Leading individuals

Sam Shires - WALKERS

Rising stars

Stephen Ozanne - WALKERS

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):Alison Ozanne

Other key lawyers:Sarah Brehaut; Laurent Thibeault


'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

Work highlights

  • Advising Alnashir Popat in respect of a high-value multi-jurisdictional trust dispute involving proceedings in Guernsey, Gibraltar and Kenya.
  • Advising David Bates, the former non-executive director of a Guernsey trust company, on a claim by liquidators of the company under an indemnity.
  • Advising Active Fund Services (the administrator of the Arasbridge Unit Trust) in relation to hostile proceedings regarding a fund with over twenty sub-funds.
  • Acting for the Rusnano Group in seeking to liquidate a Guernsey limited partnership investment vehicle in contentious circumstances.
Leading individuals

Alison Ozanne - WALKERS

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Brehaut - WALKERS

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Employment - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):Louise Hall

Other key lawyers:Sarah Ash


'Louise Hall is always very calm and clear in her advice'

'Louise Hall is very responsive and proactive'

Key Clients

Consolidated Minerals

Apex Group

Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment aspects of Apex Group's £150m acquisition of Ipes, a leading Guernsey-based funds administration business.
  • Working with the firm's Jersey office in a high-value unfair dismissal claim for Consolidated Minerals.
Leading individuals

Louise Hall - WALKERS

Rising stars

Sarah Ash - WALKERS

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Insurance - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):Kate Storey


'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


Work highlights

  • Advising on the structuring of investment by insurance-linked securities investors into an innovative hybrid investment/insurance protected cell company structure, ClaRe PCC, which reinsures Lloyd's syndicates and other insurance and non-insurance companies.
  • Recently acted as lead counsel for Avantis on the sale of Heritage Insurance Brokers to Artex Risk Solutions.
Leading individuals

Kate Storey - WALKERS

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 4


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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):Rupert Morris


'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

Work highlights

  • Represented Rothschild Trust as trustee in the restructuring of a large multijurisdictional trust structure.
  • Represented Imperium Trust in its successful sale of a managed trust company business.
  • Advising the protector of a number of Guernsey trusts on a Royal Court application to split up the trust.
  • Advising Estera on administrative matters relating to a large number of trust structures in its care.
Next Generation Partners

Rupert Morris - WALKERS

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Legal Developments in Guernsey

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
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