Ogier in Jersey has retained its top-tier rankings in the new Legal 500 2022 guide across its Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Commercial Property, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Investment Funds and Private Wealth servicelines, with 39 individuals ranked or named in the independent directory.
The firm has also received a ranking in the new Regulatory and White Collar Crime category.
Alongside the technical and commercial acumen of the teams, Ogier's commitment to wellbeing and D&I is praised by clients, with one testimonial saying ‘I am consistently impressed at the firm’s very visible commitment to diversity and inclusion and indeed to wellbeing. They understand the importance of these topics. As a female using their services I am very aware that they actually take action on these topics rather than just talking about it. On diversity in particular they walk the walk! This is very important to me.’
The Banking and Finance team is described as having 'industry-leading breadth and experience' and its gender diversity is praised in client testimonials. Katrina Edge, Simon Felton and Bruce MacNeil are all ranked as leading individuals, and James Lydeard and Kate McCaffrey are ranked as rising stars. Lauren Maycox is a key lawyer.
The Capital Markets team is ‘client focused and [has] tonnes of experience in this area.’ Raulin Amy is ranked in the hall of fame, Simon Felton and Bruce MacNeil are ranked as leading individuals in this category and Alexander Curry is a rising star. James Whiteside is among the key lawyers.
The Property team remains the only in Jersey to be ranked top-tier across the board in the directories. Client testimonials describe the team as 'extremely professional and the quality of the work is excellent.' The firm's commitment to employee wellbeing has been flagged by one client as being reflected in a 'calm and considered approach to their work'. Jonathan Hughes is a leading individual in this category and Katharine Marshall is a rising star. Matthew Shaxson, Rebecca McNulty and Sarah Parish are among the key lawyers.
The Corporate team 'delivers technical excellent advice but, unlike competitor firms in the island, it does so in the commercial context of our business.' Another client says simply ‘Ogier are my go-to lawyers in Jersey.' Raulin Amy is ranked in the hall of fame, Simon Dinning is ranked as a leading individual, Richard Daggett is a next generation partner and Alexander Curry, Marie-Claire Fudge and Oliver Richardson are rising stars. James Fox, Kevin Grové and Chloe Watson-Hill are among the key lawyers.
The Dispute Resolution team is 'first rate' with 'strength in depth and solid courtroom experience' and are a ‘strong, well-developed team – able to deal with complex litigation and collaborate with members of the wider team.' Edward Mackereth is ranked in the hall of fame, Damian Evans and Nick Williams are leading individuals, Oliver Passmore is a next generation partner and James Angus is a rising star. Daniel Maine, Shaun Maloney and Rebecca McNulty are among the key lawyers.
The Employment team is praised for its 'excellent, skilled people' and praised for doing 'an exceptionally good job.' Director of Local Legal Services Helen Ruelle is ranked in the hall of fame and Will Austin-Vautier is ranked as a rising star.
The Investment Funds team has 'an excellent understanding of the fund business in Jersey and how it interacts with UK-listed funds' and are 'very approachable, responsive and technically strong.' Team head Niamh Lalor is a leading individual, Emily Haithwaite is ranked in the hall of fame, Sophie Reguengo is a next generation partner and Alexandra O'Grady is a rising star. Joanne Christensen is among the key lawyers.
The Private Wealth team 'are genuine market leaders when it comes to Jersey legal advice and the team is second to none in the product that it delivers' and are 'accessible, approachable and pragmatic with a key understanding of the challenges in today’s world.' Team head James Campbell is a leading individual, Josephine Howe is a next generation partner and Steve Meiklejohn is in the hall of fame. Katherine Neal is among the key lawyers.
The newly ranked Regulatory and White Collar Crime offering is described as a 'market leader' with a 'deep bench'.
Jersey practice partner Raulin Amy said: "We're delighted to see this strong set of results for our Channel Islands team, which reflects the continued movement from strength to strength for our jurisdictional office and indeed the wider firm. It's particularly pleasing to see how Ogier's sustained focus on culture, wellbeing, diversity and inclusion is being noticed by clients and really adds to their experience of working with us. Our commitment to putting people first has seen us not only attract talent in a competitive market but also retain and develop it. This approach has borne fruit, with over 60% of new partners made up over the past 18 months being promoted from within the firm, and high levels of individual recognition in the directory at all levels in our teams, showing our strength in depth across our servicelines."