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15-Oct-2019
Walkers Supporting Junior Triathletes in Guernsey

Walkers' Guernsey is supporting the next generation of Guernsey triathletes with new kit for the 40 youngsters aged between six and 15 taking up the sport in a new club.

Sponsorship provided by the firm has helped subsidise the cost of triathlon suits, swim caps and tracksuit tops for the young athletes in the newly formed Guernsey Tribe Juniors club.

The club's training sessions run in line with school terms throughout the year.

Sam Shires, a partner at Walkers and also a keen triathlete, said that the firm was pleased to get behind the increasingly popular sport.

Sam said: "We're delighted to get behind the Tribe – Guernsey is just such a perfect place to get into the sport of triathlon, and the younger that people get involved, the better.

"There is an element of competition in triathlon, but it's mainly about competition with yourself and constantly trying to improve in a supportive environment.  You also learn the importance of self-discipline and being well organised.

"It's great to be able to help the junior side of the sport – we hope that they continue to expand, and we look forward to continuing our support  as the Tribe continues to get more and more popular!"

And Walkers' donation has been welcomed by Laura Fry, Director of Try a Tri Guernsey, and Head Coach of the Guernsey Tribe Juniors team.

She said: “As part of Try A Tri Guernsey’s wider mission to make triathlon more inclusive for all ages, having the support from Walkers for Tribe Juniors has meant that we’ve been able to create a real sense of identity for the club without creating financial barriers for parents. We love seeing kids of all ages and abilities wearing their club kit around the Island and to all of the Tribe Juniors sessions and know they really feel part of something unique.”

The club, formed in January 2019, is currently fully subscribed but is hoping to offer more spaces to children aged six to 15 once more volunteer support has been recruited.  In the meantime, anyone interested is urged to join the Club’s mini duathlon events taking place this November and can find all information on Tribe Juniors Facebook page @GuernseyTribeJuniors

14-Oct-2019
Walkers (London) ranked top tier for BVI and Cayman law by both Chambers and Legal 500

Walkers (London based) BVI and Cayman law teams have been ranked in the very top tier by both Chambers and Legal 500 (2019/20 editions).

Chambers has confirmed Walkers position in tier 1 for both BVI and Cayman law advice and (for the third year running) selecting BVI and Cayman finance partner Jack Boldarin as the leading BVI lawyer in the City, placing him as the sole practitioner in the top tier.

Jack is also ranked for Cayman law advice, alongside partners Hughie Wong and John O'Driscoll.

Client feedback for the Walkers team reflects the quality of the team's work and advice:

  • Jack Boldarin is described as "highly experienced, responsive and a pleasure to work with".
  • Funds specialist Hughie Wong is described as "a true class act who is bright and has a great, detailed knowledge. He is commercial, practical and a pleasure to deal with".
  • Insolvency and Dispute Resolution partner John O'Driscoll is described as "very well networked, good on strategy, commercial and pragmatic".

Jack Boldarin, managing partner of Walkers' London office, said: "We are pleased to see further independent feedback that confirms our position at the very top of the London market for offshore legal advice".

"Our team of London-based BVI and Cayman law specialists continues to grow with the appointment of Risk & Regulatory partner Sara Hall and Banking & Finance partner Mark Galazzi, as we continue to see demand for time zone-critical offshore service here in London".



07-Oct-2019
Walkers' Jersey Team Advises on £205 Million Financing of Student Housing

Walkers' Jersey office has advised on the Jersey law aspects of the refinancing of a major portfolio of premium UK student accommodation.

A team led by partner Nigel Weston advised Singapore Press Holdings Limited on the £205 million refinancing of a portfolio of 20 purpose-built student accommodation buildings across eight cities including London, Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham.

The Walkers team included senior counsel Louise Hamilton, senior associate Bella Ward and associate Meg McAuley, working with lead counsel CMS.

Interest in UK student accommodation assets has held up in the face of Brexit, and the deal is another example of investors focusing on real estate in the regions outside of London.

Nigel said: "We see significant interest from Asian investors in UK real estate assets, but while the high profile deals that attract most attention tend to relate to ultra-high value commercial property in the City, the interest goes far beyond that – and student accommodation in the regions is a good example of an area where a lot of deals go unremarked.

"We are very pleased to have advised on another deal of this kind, and to have had the opportunity to work with Caryn Penley and the team at CMS to bring this matter to a successful conclusion on behalf of our clients."

03-Oct-2019
Walkers London Retains Top Tier Ranking in Legal 500 UK

Walkers (London based) BVI and Cayman law teams have retained their Tier 1 ranking in the latest edition of Legal 500, which also endorses Banking & Finance partner Jack Boldarin and Insolvency & Dispute Resolution partner John O'Driscoll as "Leading Lawyers", with another five of Walkers' growing London team also highlighted for individual praise.

Partner Mark Galazzi and senior counsel Catherine Overton are named "Rising Stars" while partners Hughie Wong, Neil McDonald and Sara Hall are also individually credited.

In line with the growth across Walkers' ten international offices, the number of lawyers in the firm's London team has grown by 50% in the last 12 months - the team includes lawyers admitted in Cayman, BVI and Ireland, three of the firm's key jurisdictions, as well as lawyers who have practised in the firm's Jersey and Guernsey offices.

Jack Boldarin, managing partner of Walkers' London office, said: "We are delighted to have been recognised as the pre-eminent offshore law firm in London."

"We continue to invest in and grow our London office because the City remains a focal point for the time zone-critical BVI and Cayman law offering that we provide to clients in the EMEA region, and we have welcomed Risk & Regulatory partner Sara Hall and Banking & Finance partner Mark Galazzi to the partnership here in London in the last 12 months."


02-Oct-2019
Jersey Lawyers Lead the Way in Legal 500 UK

Three of Walkers' growing legal team in Jersey have been named as "Leading Individuals" in the Legal 500 directory.

The directory has named partners Nigel Weston, Nigel Sanders and Jonathan Heaney as Leading Individuals – meaning that the firm has lawyers in the very top tier across Banking & Finance, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution, and Investment Funds practice groups.

The latest edition of the directory also includes praise for Private Capital & Trusts partner Robert Dobbyn as "the cleverest trust lawyer in the Channel Islands".

Walkers has increased the number of lawyers in its Jersey office by 50% over the last year, including the arrivals of partners Fraser Hern, Nigel Sanders and Leanne Wallser. The recruitment is part of a growth strategy across the Channel Islands which has also seen several arrivals in the Guernsey office as the firm – which already has the largest number of lawyers of any offshore firm globally – builds out its Jersey and Guernsey law capability.

Fraser Hern, a Group Partner and Head of Walkers in the Channel Islands, said: "Our recruitment and growth in the Channel Islands is motivated by our confidence in the quality of our team here and our confidence in the jurisdiction itself.

"This recognition for some of our key leaders reflects their ability and experience – and it also reflects the skill and hard work of the teams that they lead."

In all, 14 of the Walkers' Jersey team are recognised in the directory – six of them for the first time.

Partners Marc Seddon and Robert Dobbyn and senior counsel Daniel Read and Sevyn Kalsi are named as "Next Generation Partner" and senior counsel Christophe Kalinauckas and Guy Morris, along with senior associate James Turnbull, are listed as "Rising Star".

Jonathan Heaney, the managing partner of the Jersey office, said: "Our bench of senior counsel and associates is incredibly strong, and that is reflected by the recognition by Legal 500. Having worked with some of these lawyers as they have progressed through the firm, I'm delighted by this element of the Legal 500's research and findings, and I congratulate the team on their achievement."


02-Oct-2019
Guernsey Practices Leap Up the Rankings in Legal 500 UK

Four of Walkers' legal teams in Guernsey have been promoted up the ranks by the latest edition of the Legal 500 directory, which has also recognised four of the firm's Guernsey partners as "Leading Individuals" in their areas of practice.

The directory has named partners Sam Shires, Alison Ozanne, Louise Hall and Kate Storey as Leading Individuals – meaning that the firm has lawyers in the very top tier across Banking & Finance, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution, Employment and Insurance practice groups.

Promotions up the rankings tiers for the Banking & Finance, Corporate, Insurance and Private Capital and Trusts teams round off an impressive review in the directory after two years of heavy recruitment and growth in the team, which has seen the arrivals of partners Rajah Abusrewil, Rupert Morris and Kate Storey.

The number of lawyers in the firm's Guernsey office has increased by more than 50% in the last year as part of a growth strategy across the Channel Islands which has also seen several arrivals in the Jersey office as the firm – which already has the largest number of lawyers of any offshore firm globally – builds out its Jersey and Guernsey law capability.

Fraser Hern, a Group Partner and Head of Walkers in the Channel Islands, said: "Our recruitment and growth in the Channel Islands is motivated by our confidence in the quality of our team here and our confidence in the jurisdiction itself.

"This recognition for some of our key leaders reflects their ability and experience – and it also reflects the skill and hard work of the teams that they lead."

In all, 11 Walkers lawyers are recognised by the latest edition of the directory, including partners Sarah Brehaut and Rupert Morris named as "Next Generation Partner" and senior counsel Sarah Ash, Stephen Ozanne and Kim Paiva are listed as "Rising Star".

Louise Hall, the managing partner of the Guernsey office, said: "To see four of our teams climb the rankings tables reflects not just the work of our leadership team but also the work of our bench of senior counsel and associates. We have an incredibly talented and dedicated team of lawyers, who can all feel rightly proud of the firm's success today."