Taylor Root Partner Darryn Hale and Senior Consultant Matt Hall-Turner try and visit the Channel Islands at least once a year to visit clients and gather market information for candidates looking to move into (or around within) the Jersey and Guernsey markets.
While on Jersey most recently, Darryn and Matt met with:
- Mourant Ozannes
- Carey Olsen
- Bedell Cristin
- Collas Crill
WHAT IS THE MARKET LIKE?
Buoyant without being bullish.
Most firms are experiencing better levels of workflow in the core transactional disciplines (Corporate / Banking / Investment Funds), an improvement that is almost wholly the result of the dramatic increase in high value transaction activity within the mainland legal markets in London and Eastern Europe.
Litigation is steadily getting busier. All of the firms would always be interested in speaking to any 2-4 PQE barristers with high value commercial/chancery experience.
As a further indication of the jurisdictions’ continuing strength, there are now also pockets of recruitment activity in the jurisdictions’ secondary practice areas. Particularly, Trusts/Private Client and Property.
Individuals with training and experience at top firms in the UK as well as a pre-existing connection to the Channel Islands are always of interest to the firms.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO LIVE THERE?
There is clearly far more to consider than can be properly addressed in a short article like this. For a bespoke overview of how you might find the Channel Islands experience, we strongly recommend that you contact Matt or Darryn directly.
In short, for anyone that doesn’t want to compromise the quality of work that they currently experience in a major mainland legal hub, the Channel Islands are an idyllic alternative to the (sometimes overbearing) pace of life and cityscape. It’s a given that the improved work/life balance and more regular working hours make this the ideal location for couples or families. However, Jersey has gone to great lengths to shake-off its “Last of the Summer Wine” reputation in recent years with significant investment having been ploughed into the island’s leisure and recreation industries with the aim of attracting a new generation of young professionals.
To Matt, a proud Northerner who has been resisting the pressure to lose his accent in London for the last 7 years, the Jersey lifestyle bore more than a passing resemblance to “home”. Although, he still resents paying £4 a pint no matter where in the world he is.