Matthew Guthrie is a stand out trust lawyer and one of the best Guernsey practitioners in this area. The quality of his advice is extremely high and he has a very reassuring and calm manner. His is widely admired, even by his competitors Legal 500 UK, 2023

Overview

Matt joined Ogier in March 2021 as a partner to lead Ogier's Private Wealth team in Guernsey. Matt specialises in advising high net worth families, trust companies and family offices in relation to succession planning and structuring through trusts, foundations and other vehicles. His practice is truly international and he works with families and fiduciary businesses in Europe, the Middle East, the US and the UK.
  • Background & experience

    Matt is frequently engaged by clients to design and implement bespoke cross border structures, to restructure existing trusts and to advise trustees in relation to complex matters and disputes. Matt also advises clients in relation to their international reporting requirements, economic substance and automatic exchange of information between jurisdictions.

    Prior to joining Ogier, Matt was the head of another international law firm's trust and private client team and their managing partner in Guernsey. 

    Matt is a member of the International Academy of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a member of STEP.  Matt is the co-author of "Guernsey Trust Law" the only book dealing exclusively with trust and foundations under Guernsey law, which was published by Hart in 2020.

    Admitted in:

    2008 – England and Wales (Solicitor) (non-practising)
    2014 – Guernsey

     

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  • Recognition

    Matthew Guthrie is a stand out trust lawyer and one of the best Guernsey practitioners in this area. The quality of his advice is extremely high and he has a very reassuring and calm manner. His is widely admired, even by his competitors Legal 500 UK, 2023
    Matt Guthrie and his team are a delight to work with. They’re the go to team for complex and high value private client matters Legal 500 UK, 2023
    Matt Guthrie is commercial and available. He knows his stuff and understands our objectives well enough to help us find a solution to issues which arise. He is excellent to work with on client trust structuring for bespoke structures and we strongly value the collaboration with him and the value he adds. He doesn’t complicate things unnecessarily Legal 500 UK, 2023
    Continues to be a crucial advisor for our Guernsey needs. Ogier as a firm allow Matt to provide exceptional service. Ogier help increase Matt’s knowledge and experience base in order to provide great solutions. It is clear that Ogier support Matt in the work that he does which is very reassuring Legal 500 UK, 2023
    Leading Individual Legal 500 UK, 2023
    If you have something complex in the private wealth domain in Guernsey, he is the first person on the list to call. Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2022
    Matthew is our go-to man for technical matters; he can see through complexity to find a practical way forward. Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2022
    Guthrie is both technical and commercial in the advice he gives. Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2022
    Top of the class. Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2022
    A real star. He understands what we are trying to achieve and what we need in order to get there. He is my go-to lawyer to brainstorm, create and draft bespoke trust solutions for clients who need something special in their international estate planning. Chambers UK, 2022
    Matthew Guthrie is currently the best non-contentious trust lawyer working in Guernsey. Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Probably the brightest and most commercially astute lawyer on the island. Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2021
    Very bright and explains things in a digestible manner. Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2021
    He also has a very good grasp of UK/offshore tax issues on which he does not advise, but does provide a steer and recommend others when he spots a potential issue. He is always available when needed, which is fantastic for his clients. He is utterly approachable and pitches his explanations at the level needed by his clients, adapting easily and as required. Legal 500 UK, 2020
    A go-to guy for trust matters in Guernsey. Chambers High Net Worth, 2020
    He is immensely respected. You can speak to him on anything for new structuring, anything that is complex and high-value and where there is a real-life objective that needs to be achieved. Chambers High Net Worth, 2020
    His commercial practicality and pragmatism mean dealing with him is a pleasure. Chambers UK, 2020
    He is a problem solver, extremely knowledgeable, intelligent and user-friendly. Chambers Global, 2020