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Offshore firm Appleby is to open an office in Guernsey by the spring after poaching a team of four lawyers from rival firm Ozannes.
Barney Lee and Helen Crossley will comprise the corporate practice in the roles of group partners at Appleby’s new office, while Jeremy Le Tissier and Gavin Ferguson will form the litigation, insolvency, private client and trust practices as partners.
Lee, Crossley and Ferguson were previously senior associates at Ozannes, while Le Tissier was an associate.
David Clark, a banking partner in Appleby’s London office, will relocate to head the new base.
On the fiduciary side, Chris Ward has joined the firm as head of fiduciary and administration services, having previously served as managing director at Rothschild Trust Guernsey.
Appleby global managing partner Peter Bubenzer said the office would open between March and May.
“Our entry into the Guernsey market further builds our strength and depth across multiple jurisdictions. We’re realistic that it will take a few years for the office to bed in, but we believe clients will appreciate the wider choice we can offer,” said Bubenzer.