Created Date:
01 October 2020

Legal 500 confirms Carey Olsen as top offshore law firm in the Channel Islands

Carey Olsen continues to lead all offshore law firms in the Channel Islands after gaining 18 top-tier rankings in the latest edition of Legal 500 UK – six more than its nearest competitor.

A leading industry guide, Legal 500 ranks law firms following a thorough and independent research process, which includes interviews with clients and peers as well as information provided by the firms themselves.

The 2021 edition sees the firm ranked in Tier One for nine practice areas in both Guernsey and Jersey.

12 of the firm's lawyers feature in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which is reserved for law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession and have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. In addition, 26 of the firm's lawyers are recognised as 'leading individuals', while five are regarded as 'next generation partners' and a further 19 as 'rising stars'.

Feedback from industry peers and clients in this year's guide saw Carey Olsen's Guernsey office hailed as 'the market leader, with a depth of quality and resources unmatched in the jurisdiction', and the Jersey office described as the 'go-to firm on the island' with a 'quality, consistency and commerciality of service that is head and shoulders above its competitors'. The London office is considered 'strong in several practice areas and offshore jurisdictions' while a 'particular advantage is having experienced offshore advice available in a London time zone'.

Carey Olsen group managing partner Alex Ohlsson said: "The announcement of the annual Legal 500 results is a notable date in the legal calendar and we are delighted once again with our position at the top of the tables. The positive endorsements of our Guernsey, Jersey and London teams from our clients is greatly appreciated and we would like to thank them for their involvement and support as well as our staff for their continued commitment and hard work."

The firm's full rankings are as follows:


Tier One – Banking and finance; Capital Markets; Commercial property; Corporate and M&A; Dispute resolution; Employment; Insurance; Investment funds; Private client, trusts and tax.


Tier One – Banking and Finance; Capital markets; Commercial property; Corporate and commercial; Dispute resolution; Dispute resolution: regulatory and white-collar; Employment; Investment funds; Private client, trusts and tax.

Tier Two – Family Law.


Tier Two – Offshore firms.