24 July 2018
Carey Olsen secures top rankings in latest Chambers High Net Worth guide
Carey Olsen has been praised for its 'impressive breadth and depth of service' in the 2018 edition of the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth guide with seven of its lawyers ranked in the trusts and private client practitioner tables covering the Guernsey, Jersey, Bermuda and Cayman Islands offices.
The leading offshore law firm is the only law firm to achieve Band 1 status in Guernsey, where it is described as 'the top firm on the island for private client work' and 'regarded as the natural choice for complex, sophisticated matters'. A market competitor told Chambers that Carey Olsen had 'always been the premier firm and they're what we aspire to become'.
The firm's Jersey office attained Band 2 status and is regarded as 'top-notch' and 'knowledgeable, practical and approachable' by sources, while another interviewee says 'their technical knowledge is good and the people are very easy to deal with. They look for solutions'.
Carey Olsen Bermuda partner Keith Robinson has maintained his ranking as a Band 1 practitioner.
Mr Robinson is described by sources as a lawyer who 'really knows how to handle big offshore disputes,' and whose 'wider experience and knowledge gives him a very good forensic edge'. One of his fiduciary clients said: 'He is extremely intelligent and comfortable on his feet, he is always fully prepared, he gives you confidence and is an honest broker. You can put him in front of any client. He is a bit of a rock star'.
Partner and head of the trust and private wealth practice in Guernsey, Russell Clark, is the only lawyer to be ranked as a Band 1 practitioner in Guernsey. He was commended for his depth of knowledge and his 'incredibly clever mind'. Hailed by one interviewee as 'Mr Private Client', he was also praised for having 'a great manner about him so he can put people at ease'. Fellow Guernsey partner Konrad Friedlaender was ranked in Band 2 and described by sources as 'technically very good' and 'a safe pair of hands'. Counsel Patricia Montgomery who is ranked as an 'Up and Coming' practitioner was commended for being 'very dedicated to the task, very responsive and concise'.
Jersey's head of the trust and private wealth practice, Siobhan Riley, was singled out along with fellow partner Alexa Saunders. Ranked in Band 2, Ms Riley is 'very popular with clients' and praised by sources for her 'excellent technical skills' and 'practical approach'. Ms Saunders was ranked as an 'Up and Coming' practitioner and described as 'stellar' by one source, while another interviewee said: 'I am big fan. If I were a billionaire looking for a trustee, I would choose her. She's technically excellent, charming and personable'.
In the Cayman Islands, counsel Graham Stoute is ranked in Band 3 with peers describing him as a 'clever lawyer' and a 'bright chap,' who 'certainly knows his stuff'. A fellow lawyer further praises Mr Stoute as 'very intellectual,' explaining: 'When you talk to him, you know he is incredibly academic and knows the law well'.
Carey Olsen group managing partner Alex Ohlsson said: "These rankings demonstrate the expertise of our lawyers across our global offices and the strong relationships we have formed with our clients and others in the industry and we thank them for their endorsements."
The Chambers and Partners High Net Worth guide is aimed at the global private wealth market and will be used by family offices and professional advisers to wealthy individuals, providing objective guidance on an international scale.
Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited is a limited liability company incorporated in Bermuda and approved and recognised under the Bermuda Bar (Professional Companies) Rules 2009. The use of the title "Partner" is merely to denote seniority. Services are provided on the basis of our current terms of business.