Mourant raids Guernsey rival following split

Jersey-headquartered Mourant du Feu & Jeune has bolstered its growing Guernsey office with the hire of equity partner John Lewis from local rival Collas Day following its split earlier this year.

Lewis has been with Mourant for two weeks, bolstering the firm’s Guernsey office, which opened in January 2006, to three partners.

Guernsey’s Collas Day split into two in April following an ongoing dispute over the direction of the firm. At the time, Lewis was not named as a partner of either the ongoing operation under the Collas Day name or new firm AFR Advocates.

It is understood that Lewis’s move is not linked directly to the split, but is more closely driven by the greater opportunities offered by Mourant’s international network of offices. He was a senior associate at Collas Day before the split.

Lewis, who specialises in corporate, banking and finance and funds matters, trained and qualified with Allen & Overy in London 15 years ago before moving to Australia, where he became locally qualified and spent stints working for ING Group and Minter Ellison.

Mourant has recently been on an aggressive expansion track, having announced in March 2007 its intended merger with Cayman Islands firm Quin & Hampson.