Careers in Guernsey

We update our vacancies regularly so keep looking out for new roles, or you can send your CV to recruitment@ogier.com

To find out more about trainee opportunities or for our latest vacancies in Guernsey, follow the links below.

Trainee Opportunities

Trainee Solicitors – Guernsey and Jersey

We operate a structured England and Wales Trainee Solicitor programme with an intake each year in Jersey and Guernsey.

Operating to the standards set by The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the training contract provides our Trainees with the opportunity to develop their understanding of legal practice, together with an insight into their futures as Solicitors.

Training contracts are based on rotations in different departments, which are known as “seats”. Each seat will be for a period of three, six or nine months.  On these seats you will learn about a number of practice areas within Ogier.

Ogier specialises in the following work areas:

  • Banking
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Investment Funds
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Private Wealth
  • Property
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring and insolvency

With regular updates and a formal  review at the end of every seat you'll have an opportunity to reflect upon your personal development and progress.  We have a fully interactive learning management platform, allowing you control to track your performance as you go.

Our Trainees develop their skills in both contentious and non-contentious areas of practice. Every Trainee has a three month seat in Litigation as well as two or three seats in our Business Trust Law Group.

As part of your programme, you will be required to attend the Professional Skills Course. The compulsory element of this course covers financial and business skills, advocacy and client care.  In addition, everyone is required to attend four electives, three of which will be chosen by Ogier and the fourth chosen by the you.

We are committed to developing our Trainees to be extraordinary future Solicitors and will support trainees through external and supplementary courses where needed.

Application Process

We are looking for the very best trainees to join us: the next generation of our firm must be collaborative and tech-savvy with strong academic achievement, and ready to drive our business forward.

Applications are invited from students currently in their final year of a Law degree, or undertaking their GDL or LPC.  We will also welcome applications from individuals who have recently completed their LPC. The academic requirements for acceptance onto our England & Wales Trainee Solicitor programme are:

  • Commendation or Distinction in your LPC
  • Commendation or Distinction in your GDL (if relevant)
  • 2:1 Degree (non-law degree background welcome)
  • Two A grades and one B grade at A-Level (or the equivalent in UCAS points)

If your initial application stands out, you will be progressed to the interview stage.  All interviews are conducted in person or via remote conference with our Training Principal.  We also have recruitment assessments that everyone undertakes.  Simple, transparent, to the point.

If you are successful, we will then issue an offer which (where applicable) is conditional upon you achieving a Commendation or Distinction as a final result for the LPC.

Applications

The application process for the 2019 and 2020 Trainee Solicitor Programme in  Guernsey is now open.  If you are interested in applying please complete the below application form and email your application to recruitment@ogier.com along with an updated version of your CV.

Trainee Solicitor Application Form

If you would like further information about our Channel Islands Trainee Solicitor Programme, please contact us at recruitment@ogier.com

Student and Junior work opportunities

If you are planning to commence the LPC in the next couple of years, you might be interested in our Bursary Scheme.

We are also interested to hear from talented, ambitious individuals with legal experience and/or qualifications who are looking for paralegal or legal assistant positions. If you are interested in registering your interest more generally for  paralegal work or other legal opportunities, please feel free to contact us at recruitment@ogier.com

Student Opportunities

Ogier has a number of great opportunities for students at all stages in their education; from school work experience, vacation scheme placements or summer internships to university bursaries or scholarships and post graduate training schemes and Articled Clerk programmes.

Bursary scheme*

*The scheme is only open to Guernsey residents.

We offer bursaries to students from Guernsey each year.

Our Bursary award is for the duration of an individual's relevant studies and consists of:

  • Financial support in quarterly instalments
  • Guaranteed work placements at Ogier
  • Invitations to social events at Ogier
  • Use of Ogier’s library and information services
  • Careers advice from partners and other lawyers
  • Book vouchers worth £200

Applications for our Bursary scheme are invited from students due to sit their A-Levels in the summer preceding entry onto the scheme, together with students already at university or undertaking GDL / LPC / Bar School studies.  Bursaries are provided in line with the academic year.

The academic requirements for our scheme are:

  • Two A grades and one B grade at A-Level or higher (or the equivalent in UCAS points), excluding General Studies
  • 2:1 classification of degree or above
  • Minimum of a Commendation at GDL level

If you are successful at interview we will issue an offer conditional on you achieving the above grades.  We are committed to supporting focused undergraduates or GDL, LPC and BPTC students.

Solid, competitive academics are required for acceptance onto our Summer Internship but we’re not just looking for grades. We want to hear from people who stand out for their ability to work in teams, with a positive approach to problem solving and clear communication skills.
 
Following success in obtaining one qualification (for example, your LLB or GDL), the bursary will continue to be paid during any further courses required to qualify as a Solicitor or Barrister.

However, the bursary will not be paid if you take a year out at any time.  We expect students to maintain our academic minimum requirements throughout their studies and to complete work experience placements with us, which generally equate to a minimum of two weeks across an academic year.

We think our bursary scheme is an excellent opportunity and, while we do not have a long list of conditions that must be followed, we do ask that if a bursary is accepted from us then no other bursary is accepted from any other firm/organisation. You'll also need to perform to the best of your abilities during our placements so that both you and Ogier gain the most from this long-term relationship.

Ogier is also one of the few Channel Islands firms to offer a structured, England & Wales Solicitor Training Contract, which is fully regulated by the SRA. Many of our Bursary students go on to secure Training Contracts with us in Guernsey and complete their England & Wales Solicitor qualifications with us.

Bursary applications

The application window for the 2019 Bursary Scheme in Guernsey is now open. If you are interested in applying please complete the below application form and email your application to recruitment@ogier.com along with an updated version of your CV.

Bursary Application Form

The standard of applicants each year is very high and we ensure that every applicant is given equal opportunity. Interviews will normally be organised during March/April and conducted by one of our senior lawyers or partners and a representative from the HR department.

Please note that all applications will be collated and reviewed after the closing date. We will respond to applicants after this time. Should you require any further information in advance of this date, please contact us at recruitment@ogier.com

Living and Working in Guernsey

The second largest Channel Island, Guernsey is a thriving, well-regulated centre for offshore finance, and with its unspoilt scenery, cobbled streets and historic monuments, prides itself as a haven of natural beauty and charm.

With a population of around 60,000 on 24 square miles, it has kept the quaint appeal of its French roots, whilst becoming an attractive destination to settle in. It has good air links to London and other regional airports, as well as the northern coast of France, and connections by sea to the UK, France and the other Channel Islands.

Independently governed, the level of services is very high and the Guernsey community pride themselves in maintaining a safe and approachable environment for families and professionals to reside in. High standards of education, good employment opportunities and a well-established local training agency provide an excellent base for career development.

Ogier has active sports and social committees through which our staff get involved in a wide range of activities. As well as beautiful cliff path walks and various cycle routes meandering through the countryside and coastal areas, Guernsey’s local waters provide an enviable centre for sailing and other water sports. Boasting award winning beaches and spectacular views of the surrounding Channel Islands and Normandy coast, it is a permanent stepping stone for cultural expeditions and a perfect example of comfortable island living.