Matthew Guthrie is currently the best non-contentious trust lawyer working in Guernsey. Legal 500 UK, 2020


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.
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  • 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 currently the best non-contentious trust lawyer working in Guernsey. Legal 500 UK, 2020
    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