Ogier is a growing firm that is constantly looking for new talent to join our international family and be part of our future. We are one of the few offshore firms to operate a full City-style training scheme for qualification as an English Solicitor– but besides qualifications and formal learning, we are also committed to creating a team of energetic, inquiring and dynamic minds. As a firm, we're proud of the investment we make in new talent and training, and also of the open, friendly, team-based culture that we have built. Here, four of our team give an insight into their experience of life at Ogier and our working culture:
Kevin Grove, Associate
I joined Ogier from South Africa in March 2017. I had spent five years at a big corporate firm working on international mergers and acquisitions and decided it was time for a change. An important criteria in identifying my future employer was that it promoted a work life balance. In Ogier I've found exactly that. The quality of the work is excellent, the people who make up the teams here are great to work with and the innovation taking place as part of the firm's plans for the future is really fun to be a part of. In my short time here I've already been lucky enough to be a part of big international transactions involving household names. It's not all hard work though, Ogier promotes balance and flexible working, both of which are very much part of the culture here. Whether it's taking the time to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that the island promotes, practising your hobbies, travelling or simply spending time with friends and family, Ogier are all for it. It doesn’t take long to really feel part of the family here and I'm very much looking forward to furthering my career with Ogier.
Eilidh McMillan, Associate
After completing my LLB and postgraduate diploma in Scotland, I trained with leading Scottish commercial firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (now Dentons). I was keen to push myself outside of my comfort zone on qualification, so began looking into different relocation options; Jersey seemed like the ideal balance of city work and island life. Ogier stood out to me among the large offshore firms and I joined the firm in October 2017.
My first and lasting impression of the firm is that it is truly ahead of the game in terms of client service and employee satisfaction. From day one I have felt like a valued member of the team and have been given a workload which is challenging, varied and of a high quality. The people are extremely supportive and welcoming and I feel I am in an ideal environment to develop my skillset and advance my career.
I have found the island to be a very sociable place to live as it is a popular relocation destination for jobs in the finance sector. I'm looking forward to next year to experience summer, something we don't see much of in Scotland!
Natasha Aurakzai, Trainee Solicitor
After completing a Masters in Law from Kings College London and having worked as a paralegal at Ogier, I returned to the firm to begin my English training contract. Ogier offers a fantastic range of seats in various corporate areas. I am currently working alongside lawyers who are leaders in their fields, and as no two days are the same my work is both interesting and challenging. The combination of City work and island living means that while I am fortunate enough to work on a wide variety of corporate transactions - there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in social and sporting activities too. During my time with the firm I have taken part in both the annual island walk and the corporate hockey league. I look forward to qualifying in 2019 having trained at a firm which takes innovation into its stride.
Tegan Luther, Paralegal
Having graduated from Cardiff Law School, I relocated to Jersey and joined Ogier as a paralegal in the Banking and Finance team in September 2017.
Having always aspired to travel and work on an international level, it was Ogier's growing global footprint and the firm's involvement on a number of major cross-border financing transactions that first attracted me to the role.
The firm's warm and collaborative work environment is a great place to begin a legal career and provides the opportunity to gain invaluable experience by working on a diverse range of transactions for an impressive client base. As a paralegal in the Banking and Finance team, I have been exposed to a wide variety of work from finance and restructuring transactions to debt listing on The International Stock Exchange. I look forward to further developing my legal skill set with the support of the Banking and Finance team.