The legal markets in Jersey and Guernsey are dominated by a select number of firms, the key ones being:
- AFR Advocates
- Bedell Cristin
- Carey Olsen
- Collas Crill
- Mourant Ozannes
They tend to focus on the financial services industry insofar as international common law lawyers are concerned. Most do provide legal services for the local market, but for UK or other qualified lawyers looking to relocate for the mid to long term, the key specialisations are:
- Investment Funds
- Trusts/Private Client
The firms will generally hire good quality lawyers at all levels, although certain issues in relation to re-qualification must be taken into consideration for more senior lawyers.
The quality of work on offer and calibre of your potential peers is excellent. Most of the lawyers practising there have spent significant time abroad with leading City or international firms. (An interesting trend to have developed amongst the firms in the Channel in the last couple of years is a dramatically increased interest in lawyers from leading Scottish and Irish practices).
The work will be of an international nature, and will stem from a world-wide client base. Channel Islands firms receive instructions in first rate financial and corporate matters, equivalent to the type of work available at Magic Circle (or equivalent) firms.