Offshore financial services group Horizon has appointed David Ibbotson as its inaugural general counsel, with responsibility for compliance and all client matters.

Ibbotson joins the Jersey-based firm from the Walbrook Group, following its take-over by Barclays Wealth. He established the in-house team there in June 2005.

A qualified English barrister, he brings experience as in-house at the Royal Bank of Scotland International to the post, as well as specific knowlesdge of litigation, commercial and trust work from his time at Crill Canavan and Bedell Cristin.

The company has retained local firm Crill Canavan for external advice.