Ogier takes legal services out of London

Offshore firm Ogier has relocated its two London-based lawyers back to Jersey, with its City office now focused purely on trust and administration services.

London managing partner Simon Dinning and senior associate Wendy Walker moved to Jersey last week as the London office relocated to Old Jewry from its previous home on Lothbury. 

Dinning said those Ogier staff remaining in London were focused on group services and administration.

As global head of corporate for the firm, Dinning said Ogier had decided to consolidate its offering for clients to focus on cross-border deals. “What we’re finding more and more as we’re working on cross-jurisdictional deals it would be really good to have us sitting in the Ogier mothership, as it were,” he told The Lawyer.

He added that British Virgin Islands work remained his main focus. Dinning and other Ogier lawyers will continue to fly to London regularly for client meetings.

“Strategically it makes a lot of sense as to what we’re doing on a cross-jurisdictional basis,” Dinning added.

He said clients had been responsive to the decision, and stressed the firm had not closed down in London and that the office would still be available for lawyers to use.