Sam Shires

Sam Shires

Of Counsel

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Practice Areas

Sam Shires acts of counsel in Walkers Guernsey office, where he provides technical support to the Banking and Finance, Investment Funds and Corporate and Regulatory Teams. Previously a partner in the firm for a number of years, he has a wide range of experience in Guernsey corporate, finance and regulatory matters.

Sam is recognised by Legal 500 as a "Leading Individual" in Guernsey for both Banking and Finance, and Corporate and M&A.

Sam trained and qualified in New Zealand where he specialised in bank financing and capital markets work.  In 2004 he moved to Guernsey, initially working with another major Guernsey law firm before helping to establish the corporate and investment funds practice of the predecessor firm to Walkers (Guernsey) LLP.

Admitted In:
England and Wales (not practising)
New Zealand (not practising)

LLB (Hons)
Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
LLM, University of Cambridge, UK

2020 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) – Leading Individual - Guernsey

2020 Legal 500 - (Corporate and M&A) – Leading Individual - Guernsey

2020 Chambers Global Guide - (Corporate & Finance including Investment Funds) - "He understands the brief, gets to the point of the issues, knows we're trying to get to a conclusion and is very good at getting it."

2020 Chambers and Partners UK Guide - Notable Practitioner

2020 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded

2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner (Corporate & Finance) - "He is an excellent listener with a quietly authoritative style."

2019 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded

2018 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey

2018 Legal 500 - (Corporate and M&A) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey

2018 Legal 500 - (Investment Funds) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey

2018 Who's Who Legal - Private Funds (Recommended Lawyer)

2018 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded

2018 Chambers UK Guide - (Corporate & Finance) A Notable Practitioner:

"Sources say: 'Sam is a very good listener and has a deep understanding of the law'."

2017 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey

2017 Legal 500 - (Investment Funds) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey

2017 Chambers Global Guide - (Corporate & Finance A Notable Practitioner. "Sam Shires is praised for his 'level-headed and commercial' approach to corporate work."

2017 International Who's Who of Private Funds Formation Lawyers

2016 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey

2016 Legal 500 - (Corporate and M&A) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey

2016 Chambers Global – Sam Shires draws praise for his ‘deep knowledge of Guernsey law’ as well as his ‘knowledge of the Guernsey funds industry’

2016 Legal 500 – Team Leader Sam Shires is a ‘strong individual’

2015 Chambers Global - 'His particular strength is that he is a great listener, unusually so for a lawyer. I think he is creative and precise in the solutions he provides. He goes beyond the call of duty, he suggests further contacts for us. I also think he is a very good and accurate lawyer.'

2015 Legal 500 - Sam Shires is 'a very competent and experienced lawyer.'