Marcus Leese

Partner Guernsey, Hong Kong
Marcus Leese
Leading Individual Legal 500 UK, 2023


Marcus leads the private wealth team in Hong Kong, advising international trust companies, high net-worth families and their advisors on estate and succession planning, trust and foundation structuring, family governance, charitable structures and philanthropy, wills, probate and estate administration. Marcus also regularly advises business founders, corporate groups and their advisors on employee benefit trusts, ESOPs and similar structures, often as part of pre-IPO planning.

Areas of expertise

  • Background & experience

    Marcus has in-depth knowledge of trusts, foundations, companies, partnerships and other private wealth structures and their evolution as family members move through different stages of life, and is skilful in adapting these private wealth solutions to meet the specific needs of Asian families. 

    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 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

  • Recognition

    Leading Individual Legal 500 UK, 2023
    Leading Individual Legal 500 UK, 2022
    Leading Individual Legal 500 UK, 2021
    Marcus has always been available and truly provides a practical, partner led, and personal service. Chambers UK, 2020
    Well-known in finance circles Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Leading individual Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Market leader IFLR 1000 2020
    Marcus is able to explain matters in a clear and detailed manner, whether in person, by phone or by email. Marcus is very approachable and provides a great personal service, usually at all hours of the day or night Citywealth Leaders List 2019
    He is that rare thing, a partner that answers the telephone personally when you call and provides a genuine partner-led service, he also appears to work 24/7 Citywealth Leaders List 2019
    From my perspective they exceeded, and they definitely went above and beyond. Client feedback, 2019
    Very responsive Client feedback, 2019
    Market leader IFLR 1000 2019
    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