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The Channel Islands' legal and corporate services provider, the Ogier Group, will launch a London office in April staffed with newcomers that have been cherry-picked from London and Jersey
The dual focus of the London office will be on advising local-based professionals on Jersey and Guernsey law and providing onshore administration services for London trust and company administration businesses.
One of the new recruits, former Ogier lawyer Heather Tibbo, who subsequently moved to the private capital practice of London-based Canadian firm Stikeman Elliott, has worked extensively for offshore governments. She advises them on how to react to measures implemented by the EU, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Tibbo, who is also qualified as a barrister, assisted in the drawing up of a response, commissioned by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, to the OECD paper on misuse of corporate vehicles, titled 'Towards a Level Playing Field'. It is expected that she will continue this work, which has had a particular focus on the Caribbean, as well as acting for private clients.
Aaron DeLacey, a qualified solicitor and barrister of the High Court of New Zealand, will move from the firm's Jersey office to London. He is among a number of New Zealand lawyers Ogier has hired in recent years, reflecting the firm's focus on recruiting international lawyers.
Brian Lee, a chartered accountant, will join the London office from Jersey-based London Pacific Assurance, where he was chief executive officer. He previously worked for the investment arm of Allied Irish Bank as finance director and later as managing director of operations.
Half of Ogier's work is business law-focused. The rest is split between litigation and trust and estate planning. The new office will start with a staff of nine, although Ogier hopes to expand quickly.