Ogier is described as "the Rolls Royce firm in the BVI" in the new Legal 500 Caribbean Guide, which praises the firm's international BVI law team for its depth of expertise and quality of client service, and for its ability to service a global client base thanks to its jurisdictional footprint.
The BVI Dispute Resolution team remains top tier, and is described in client feedback as an "immensely talented group of lawyers at all levels of seniority." Global head of BVI Dispute Resolution Brian Lacy, described as "a fantastic old hand and rainmaker" and head of BVI Dispute Resolution in the BVI Nicholas Burkill, described as an "excellent strategist…outstandingly good" are both ranked as leading individuals, while Nicholas Brookes, "a real asset to any litigation team" and Grant Carroll, "a first-rate partner much loved by clients" are both ranked as next generation partners. David Welford, Ewelina Clyde-Smith, Alexander Muksinov and "star of the future" Daniel Mitchell are all key lawyers.
The top-tier Regulatory team is "responsive, flexible and fully appreciated our needs" said one client, and is led by leading individual Michael Killourhy. David Mathews is a key lawyer in this area.
The Banking, Finance and Capital Markets team is praised for being "responsive, commercial and a pleasure to work" and is "a trusted partner for BVI matters." "Client-focussed" Michael Killourhy and practice partner Ray Wearmouth are both leading individuals, Rebecca Clark has been ranked as a rising star and David Mathews is a key lawyer.
Michael Killourhy and Ray Wearmouth are also leading individuals in the Corporate and Commercial category, with Rebecca Clark a rising star. The team is praised for its "deep knowledge of BVI law and practice as well as very good knowledge of US market requirements."
In the Funds space, the Ogier team is praised for its "exceptional understanding of an innovative industry" with rankings for leading individual Simon Schilder, and key lawyer Marie-Claire Fudge.
Ray Wearmouth said: "We're delighted to see this strong set of results for our BVI team. Our team continues to go from strength to strength thanks to the quality of our people, so it's particularly pleasing to see so many of our people recognised, including a number of our rising stars."