Offshore top 30 position: 23
Guernsey firm AFR Advocates has been low on the radar since its establishment in April 2007 when a group of litigation, private client and property partners broke away from Collas Crill legacy firm Collas Day. The firm now has five partners, having promoted litigator Abby Lund to the partnership in 2012, and a further 15 qualified lawyers after several junior hires.
Managing partner Paul Richardson says the firm has been focusing on organic growth and developing lawyers through their careers, adding that the strategy has been successful to date with the loss of only two lawyers since the firm launched.
AFR is full service, advising on issues ranging from contentious matters through to trusts, property and private client, although Richardson notes that litigation has been particularly strong over the past year. Among the cases AFR is advising on are Guernsey aspects of complex litigation over the collapse of the Arch Cru investment funds in 2009.
This year looks set to be one of consolidation for the firm, with the aim of ensuring it is firmly established as a serious contender in the Guernsey market.
OverviewPO Box 688
Rue du Manoir
St Peter Port
Qualified lawyers: 20