Appleby, the world's largest offshore legal, fiduciary and administration service provider, has opened its new Guernsey office.

The new office will practise Guernsey law with a focus on corporate and commercial law, private client and trust matters, litigation, insolvency and restructuring and, following approval by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC), will offer a complete range of fiduciary services.

Appleby Guernsey will initially comprise Group Partners Barney Lee and Helen Crossley, specialising in corporate and commercial law, litigation partner Jeremy Le Tissier, and private client and trust partner Gavin Ferguson, each of whom joined from a local law firm in Guernsey.

Group Partner, David Clark, will act as Managing Director of the office and has relocated from Appleby London. Chris Ward, formerly Managing Director of Rothschild Trust Guernsey, will head up the Fiduciary and Administration Services business.

According to Appleby, the new office "underlines Appleby's strategy to offer clients the widest choice of sophisticated financial centres through which to invest, and establishes the group's position as the only offshore legal, fiduciary and administration service provider with a major foothold in eight of the world's leading offshore business centres."

The group now has a total of 81 partners, 215 lawyers and over 800 staff divided between 12 offices worldwide. Thanks to the Guernsey office, Appleby now has an office in the each of the key offshore centres of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, Seychelles and Guernsey, as well as the leading financial centres of London, Hong Kong, Zurich and Bahrain.

For more information about Guernsey's finance industry please visit www.guernseyfinance.com.

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