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Guernsey Firms Acclaimed In Latest Legal 500

Monday, September 27, 2010

Guernsey law firms and lawyers have once again been highly praised in the latest Legal 500 publication, Guernsey Finance, the promotional body the island's financial services industry, has noted.

The well-regarded directory, published in September, takes into account the views of clients, competitors and industry members.

The 2010 review shows that the island has particular expertise in commercial and banking matters with Carey Olsen, Mourant Ozannes and Ogier all in the top tier for their work, while Babbé, Bedell Cristin and Collas Day all feature in the category’s second tier. In addition, legal advisory firm, AO Hall made the top tier for its employment work.

The directory also shows that the island has particular strength in commercial property matters, with Carey Olson and Mourant Ozannes's names being featured again, alongside law firm Collas Day in the top tier category.

Mourant Ozannes, formed earlier this year through the merger of Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Ozannes, was ranked in the top tier for each of the seven categories, including commercial and banking, commercial property, dispute resolution, employment, insurance, investment funds and private client, trusts and tax.

Commenting on behalf of the firm, Managing Partner at the firm's Guernsey office, Rob Shepherd, said: “To have achieved tier one ratings in every single category in Guernsey is a tremendous success."

He added: “This really demonstrates the strength and depth of expertise that the newly-merged firm can offer.”

Carey Olsen, described by the Legal 500 as a ‘cross-island’ heavyweight, features in the top tier for five areas in Guernsey and is placed in the second tier for employment and dispute resolution.

John Greenfield, Managing Partner in the firm's Guernsey office, added: “The Legal 500 is an important guide to the legal community and we are pleased to be seen by our clients to be providing such an excellent service across both islands.”

In addition to its top tier placing for commercial and banking, Ogier picked up two second-tier rankings and two third-tier placements.

Collas Day was placed in the top tier for commercial property and featured in the top three tiers of five business areas and in the fourth for another.

AO Hall retained its top tier status for employment work, and was placed in the third tier for commercial and banking, and dispute resolution and in the fourth tier for investment funds.

Babbé featured in all seven practice areas of the review, four of those being in the second tier, including commercial property, where it was one of four recognised overall.

Finally, Bedell Cristin’s Guernsey office gained rankings in two second tiers, one in the third tier and one in the fourth, while AFR Advocates and Ashton Barnes Tee were both awarded two second tier and one fourth tier rankings.