Ogier’s White steps down; chief exec role created

Offshore firm Ogier is to undergo a management shake up which will see both group chairman Jonathan White step down after 18 years in the role and the creation of a chief executive post.

White is to take up a partner position from February when Clive Chaplin, senior partner who currently heads Ogier’s business and trust law group in Jersey, will become chairman.

Nick Kershaw, currently managing partner of Ogier’s legal practice in Jersey will become group chief executive officer. The firm said it would appoint his successor in January.

White has overseen the rapid growth of Ogier and last year led the firm’s merger with WSmiths, which gave it a presence in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Uruguay.

James Bergstrom, William Simpson and Duncan Smith will continue in their roles as the managing partners of the Cayman, Guernsey and BVI legal businesses respectively.

Both appointments will become effective on 1 February 2009.