Stand-out individual. Highly commercial and responsive with close knowledge of the market. Legal 500 UK, 2021


Jonathan is Ogier's Global Senior Service Line Head as well as Head of Ogier's Local Legal Services. As Global Senior Service Line Head he works closely with Ogier's Executive Board in the formulation and implementation of strategy across Ogier's global legal services. As Head of Local Legal Services Jonathan has responsibility for the provision of legal services within Ogier's home jurisdictions.
  • Background & experience

    Jonathan's personal legal practice covers:

    • Offshore relocations for UHNWI & HNWI
    • Offshore relocations for businesses and corporates
    • Property Rich M&A transactions
    • Commercial Real Estate

    Jonathan's Local Legal Services role sees him taking responsibility for legal services within Ogier's home jurisdictions including:

    • Business and commercial law
    • Competition law
    • Employment law
    • Dispute resolution
    • Property and construction law
    • Planning and environmental law
    • Regulatory law
    • Wills, probate and estate planning

    Commercial Real Estate
    His commercial property practice covers property rich M&A transactions, development projects, corporate relocations, sales and acquisitions and commercial leasing. Jonathan has extensive experience in this sector and often acts for local, international and global corporate occupiers and investors in the finance and retail sectors.
    High Value Residency and Private Client
    Jonathan is recognised as one of the leading legal advisers to high net worth individuals relocating offshore and he works closely with Ogier's private client and trust teams in providing responsive, professional and discreet first class services.
    He advises both domestic and international clients buying, selling and developing high value residences and offers a wide range of services which include advising on relocations and high value residency applications in conjunction with trusted tax advisers, co-ordinating surveyors, architects, site and property finding professionals as well as private banks to provide a seamless and personal service to high net worth clients.
    Hotels and Resorts
    Based on his experience in international hotel and resort transactions Jonathan is part of Ogier's hotels and resorts team which advises the global hotel investment industry on establishing structured holding vehicles for hotel and resort cross regional investment.
    Indirect Tax
    Jonathan is a specialist in indirect tax. In particular, its application to corporate and real estate transactions in Jersey.
    Jonathan holds an LLB (Hons) degree in law and an LLM Master of Laws degree in International Commercial Law.  He is a Jersey Advocate and before joining Ogier in 2007 qualified as an English Solicitor and an Australian Solicitor having worked for a number of years in both London and Sydney at a top tier international law firm.

    Admitted in:
    2011 - Advocate, Jersey, Channel Islands
    2005 - Solicitor, New South Wales, Australia
    2000 - Solicitor, England & Wales


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  • Recognition

    Stand-out individual. Highly commercial and responsive with close knowledge of the market. Legal 500 UK, 2021
    Leading individual Legal 500 UK, 2021
    Efficient and good to deal with. Chambers UK, 2020
    Jonathan has excellent interpersonal skills and he and his team provide an excellent service to our clients. In today’s fast paced world clients expect efficient and timely service and this they get from Jonathan every time Citywealth Leaders List 2019
    Leading individual Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Very responsive, extremely co-operative and very experienced in his field Chambers UK 2019
    Very competent Legal 500 UK 2019
    a very knowledgeable problem solver Chambers UK 2018
    Makes clients feel confident they will achieve the right outcome. Legal 500 UK 2017
    Leading individual Legal 500 UK 2017
    Dynamic and charismatic.... he offers a wealth of knowledge in development and financing matters. Chambers UK 2017
    High Net Worth Families relocating to Jersey require top class service provision from local professionals and Jonathan Hughes has always impressed. Those who have used Jonathan and his team have always received the highest level of care and advice and they have recommended the team to new incoming families. Citywealth Leaders List 2017
    Commended for 'going the extra mile' for clients. Chambers UK 2017
    Very approachable and vastly knowledgeable. Legal 500 2016
    clever and articulate Legal 500 2015
    One of the island’s best real estate lawyers Legal 500 2014
    'Excellent service by Jonathan Hughes and his team, it was a tricky transaction dealt with efficiently and with full progress updates Client feedback
    His customer service is excellent Legal 500 2013
    Impressively charismatic Chambers Europe 2013
    An all-round excellent lawyer. He is strong commercially and technically – I found him very impressive Chambers Europe 2012