At A Glance Guide to Guernsey's Relocations Team for HNWIs

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Ogier's specialist relocations team has experience in all aspects of advising HNWIs and families on relocating to Guernsey, including immigration, property, estates and corporate matters. 

Our team works with tax advisers and onshore counsel on everything from pre-move planning to the immigration process and property matters, including advising on the suitable route to residency for each applicant's personal requirements.

With many decades' experience in this specialist area, our offering is built upon absolute discretion and a one-stop-shop service that covers every element of relocation, including related corporate, regulatory and private wealth advice.

With our unique and longstanding network of contacts in Guernsey, we can offer an exceptionally smooth process to clients and intermediaries.

5 things to know about Ogier's Guernsey HNWI relocations team

Our team is led by Martyn Baudains, a Guernsey Advocate of some 20 years with signifcant experience in advising clients relocating to Guernsey, corporate and regulatory expert and Guernsey Advocate Craig Cordle and immigration and employment specialist Rachel DeSanges

We advise not just on the immigration process and residency requirements but also on residential property transactions – we have advised on some of the highest value real estate transactions in Guernsey

Working with colleagues in our Private Wealth and Corporate teams, we can also advise on business relocations, and matters relating to Guernsey law over probate and estates, including the drafting of Guernsey wills

We have been advising in this area for many years, and have an unrivalled  network of contacts within the Island to make the process as smooth and straight-forward as possible

Our team offers integrated legal and corporate administration services providing a one-stop shop for all your Guernsey services

5 things to know about Ogier

We advise on BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law – we are the only law firm to advise on these laws, and we have additional teams in Hong Kong, London, Shanghai and Tokyo

We have been in Guernsey since 1998 and our client base includes trustees, fiduciaries, settlors, their advisers, located around the globe, including in Europe, Asia and South America

Our teams include some of the leading names in the offshore world, and nine of our practices are ranked as best in their jurisdiction. We were named Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2020 by Legal 500 and Offshore Law Firm of Year 2019 by The Lawyer, Legal Business, Asian Legal Business and Wealthbriefing

With a growing team of more than 500 people around the world, we advise on matters involving Banking & Finance, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Investment Funds, Private Wealth, and Tax

We have a history stretching back more than 150 years and our clients include some of the world's biggest banks, asset managers and financial institutions

Meet the team 

Martyn Baudains, Partner

Martyn advises on all aspects of residential and commercial property including conveyancing, property finance, developments and landlord and tenant. Martyn also acts for private individuals purchasing residential property and over the years has acted for literally thousands of purchasers, including the purchasers of some of the largest local and open market properties in the Island. He has advised a number of high net worth individuals who have relocated to Guernsey, on occasion co-ordinating with tax advisers, architects, builders and private banks to provide a seamless service between the professionals. 

Ranked as a ‘leading individual’ in Legal 500 he is described as having ‘a superb wealth of knowledge’ and ‘incredibly helpful and pragmatic on Guernsey property

Craig Cordle, Partner

Craig is a corporate and asset management lawyer advising on all aspects of the structuring, restructuring, merger, establishment and operation of corporate and partnership structures, including the establishment of investment funds, investment managers and other financial businesses. Craig provides regulatory advice to individuals and their businesses relocating to Guernsey, including financial services regulatory advice, licensing, authorisations and registrations. 

Craig is ranked as both 'a leading individual' and 'next generation partner' in Legal 500 UK 2020 and is described as bringing "City experience, understanding and commerciality to his practice, which is evident in his plain-speaking and considered approach.".

Rachel DeSanges, Head of Employment, Guernsey

Rachel is Ogier's Head of Employment in Guernsey and works closely with the Jersey team to build on the existing pan island employment presence. She advises on a wide range of employment relocation matters including immigration advice and assistance, population management and employment permits, income tax and social security registrations, data protection and recruitment. Rachel regularly appears before the Guernsey Employment Tribunal, successfully defending employers and representing senior executives in high profile cases in the Island.

Rachel is recognised by clients and colleagues for being extremely knowledgeable, responsive and commercial as well as friendly and approachable. Rachel is ranked in Legal 500 UK 2020 as a 'next generation partner' and is described as having 'excellent working knowledge and understanding of all the relevant areas of employment law and offers well thought out advice in this area'.

About Ogier

Ogier provides practical advice on BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law through its global network of offices. Ours is the only firm to advise on these five laws. We regularly win awards for the quality of our client service, our work and our people.


This client briefing has been prepared for clients and professional associates of Ogier. The information and expressions of opinion which it contains are not intended to be a comprehensive study or to provide legal advice and should not be treated as a substitute for specific advice concerning individual situations.

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