Market Leader IFLR 1000


Marcus specialises in banking and finance (including structured finance), corporate and commercial, investment funds, private wealth and trusts.
  • Background & experience

    Marcus specialises in banking and finance (including structured finance), corporate and commercial, investment funds, private client and trusts. He was named in the 2009 and 2010 editions of The Legal 500 as a leading individual for commercial and banking work in Guernsey.

    He is an admitted and practising Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey and BVI solicitor.  He is also admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and as a solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales.

    Having practised with the Auckland office of Arthur Andersen for two years and then with the Auckland office of Russell McVeagh for seven years, he joined the Guernsey office of Ogier in 1999 and became a partner in 2005. He re-located to our Hong Kong office in 2010 on a four year secondment and returned to Guernsey in January 2014.

    Marcus is  ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific (2012 and 2013) and recognised in Asialaw 2013 Leading Lawyers. Furthermore, Marcus has been recognised for his trust practice in Citywealth Magazine's "Leaders List" for six consecutive years (2009-2014), and he is listed in The International Who's Who of Private Client Lawyers (2013), which reports that clients are "full of praise" for him. Marcus also features in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2012-2014 editions).

    Marcus is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He was also part of The Joint Committee on Trust Law Reform, a body representing STEP, Hong Kong Trustees' Association and other industry groups which worked with and advised the Hong Kong government on the reform of Hong Kong trust law.

    Marcus is a Registered Foreign Lawyer regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong.

    Admitted in:
    1993 - New Zealand (non practising)
    2004 - England and Wales (non practising)
    2004 - Guernsey
    2010 - British Virgin Islands


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  • Recognition

    Market Leader IFLR 1000
    Extremely helpful and efficient, with invaluable international experience. Legal 500 UK 2017
    Good commercial understanding and always available. IFLR 1000 2018
    Leading individual Legal 500 UK 2017
    Marcus has always been available and truly provides a practical, partner led, and personal service. Citywealth Leaders List 2017
    As a trustee I have sought Marcus's advice for many clients as I would rate him as one of the pre-eminent private client laywers in Guernsey. His advice is practical, prompt and invariably adds value. It also helps that Marcus is extremely approachable and a pleasure to work with. I would have no hesitation in recommending his services and have regularly done so. Citywealth Leaders List 2016
    Wins praise for his "careful" handling of complex private client cases Who's Who Legal: Private Client 2015
    Exceptional knowledge and a practical approach to dealing with issues Legal 500 2015
    Clients are “full of praise” for Marcus Leese who specialises in private wealth and trusts The International Who's Who of Private Client Lawyers 2013
    Wins praise for this active practice in funds, financing, corporate matters and private wealth and trusts Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012
    Ogier's Marcus Leese is thorough but also pragmatic The Legal 500, 2008
    A complete workaholic who keeps clients happy IFLR 2008