Ogier in Jersey has retained its top-tier ranking in the new Chambers HNW Guide, with five team members highlighted as notable practitioners.
The team's size, strength and quality is referenced in the guide, where they are described as "probably the largest team on the island and have a lot of experience".
The team's capabilities across both contentious and non-contentious matters are highlighted with an onshore interviewee observing that "they do a lot of private client work which is very interesting and high-value." Another industry source states: "They combine technical excellence with a friendly and professional approach."
Global Head of Private Wealth James Campbell is described as "one of the best lawyers in this area". James' approach is also praised – "he understands the subject well and is good on trust law while also being very client-friendly and giving good and practical advice,"... "he is well regarded and has years of experience in Jersey matters – he has a good style which clients appreciate."
Partner Sally Edwards remains in the top band and is praised for being "very practical and the sort of lawyer who can answer any question you have." Her technical skills are highly regarded. A lawyer notes that "she has fantastic attention to detail and is very good at drafting." Another source reports that "her breadth of knowledge stands out as well as her rapid response times," adding that "she's a great lawyer."
Partner Josephine Howe has recently been promoted to partner and regularly advises trust companies, private banks and family offices on all aspects of international private client law. A market commentator observes that "she regularly contributes to the wider industry."
Senior Partner Steve Meiklejohn is lauded as "one of the top people on the island and one of the key advisers on trust matters." One source notes that "he is at the top of his game and knows his stuff inside out," before enthusing that "he is one of the best private client lawyers in Jersey."
Counsel Katherine Neal is described as someone who has "always been a safe pair of hands." One interviewee states that "she comes with a strong reputation and we use her for various trust matters - she is measured and she handles things really efficiently." Another industry source adds that she "gives good practical advice and has great response rates."
James Campbell said: "I'm very pleased to see this recognition of the strength in depth of Ogier's private wealth team both in Jersey and globally, and our capability to advise on the largest and most complex cross-border matters. These are excellent results and testament to the quality of our people and their approach."