Walkers – Most Ranked Practices in Offshore (Chambers Global)

Walkers' practice groups have received the highest number of rankings for an offshore law firm in this year's Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2019.

Walkers is one of three international law firms ranked in the highest tier (Band 1) for offshore law with a total of 21 practice groups ranked for legal excellence.

"Applauded for its depth of expertise in offshore transactional work... The firm's transactional expertise is increasingly matched by its prowess in dispute resolution, with restructuring and insolvency mandates a  particular forte. Over the last decade Walkers has greatly expanded its range of product jurisdictions, opening in the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and Bermuda. These newer offices are increasingly well regarded across the full spectrum of transactional and contentious matters."

Walkers Bermuda* has, for the first time since inception, made it into the Chambers and Partners ranks with its Finance, Corporate & Funds and Insolvency & Dispute Resolution practices entering the rankings in Band 3. The Finance & Corporate practice, led by ranked partners Jonathan Betts (Band 2) and Natalie Neto (Band 3) is the first new entry for three years. In Bermuda, Walkers works in exclusive association with Kevin Taylor, trading as 'Walkers Bermuda', a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law.

"The Bermuda team is increasingly entrusted with large, complex transactions and is well equipped to advise on matters such as capital markets transactions, asset financing and fund finance."

"One client commented: "The team are dedicated to delivering proactive, technical and commercial legal excellence and are thoroughly trusted in acting as advocates or more general legal advisers."

In the British Virgin Islands, Walkers' Insolvency & Dispute Resolution practice, led by partners Oliver Clifton and Rosalind Nicholson maintained their Band 1 rating:

"Pre-eminent team, adept at assisting with multi-stranded cross-border disputes. Regularly instructed on high-value and high-profile litigation cases, including insolvencies and major shareholder disputes."

One source commented: "They are good, sensible lawyers who have good judgement and know when to press. They're what you look for in local counsel."

Walkers' cornerstone Cayman Islands office continues to receive Band 1 recognition across the board:

"First-class group commanding significant respect in Cayman for its corporate and finance practices."

"Sizeable, market-leading team with deep experience handling significant restructuring and insolvency mandates."

"Exceptional funds group, guiding top asset management names through all Cayman aspects of their business. The team offers first-rate expertise in fund formation and structuring, as well as a complementary understanding of downstream transactional matters."

Walkers' Dubai office, which has recently been involved in a myriad of Abu Dhabi matters, has also retained its Band 1 status:

"Substantial team that is a popular choice among onshore lawyers seeking Cayman or British Virgin Islands counsel."

In Ireland, Walkers received top marks for Debt: Capital Markets:

One source says: "As a team they are cohesive, responsive, commercially aware and price-sensitive when it comes to fees. They're my go-to firm and ensure first-class service."

Clients appreciate the firm's international presence, with one saying: "The team's cross-border capabilities are the strongest selling point for us," and another adding: "We get the same fantastic and responsive service levels regardless of which office we are dealing with."

In Asia, Walkers' Hong Kong and Singapore offices received a Band 1 ranking once again.

"Finance giants with impressive knowledge across BVI and Cayman law."

In London, Walkers received a Band 1 ranking for its Cayman Islands practice:

"Walkers is an excellent firm with extensive resources. We recommend them highly." 

Walkers' Global Managing Partner, Ingrid Pierce, states: "This is a tremendous result and honour. I am delighted that our global firm has been recognised in this fashion as it is a testament to the hard work and service excellence that is associated with Walkers."


BERMUDA
Kevin TaylorManaging PartnerT +1 441 242 1510kevin.taylor@walkersglobal.com
Jonathan BettsPartnerT +1 441 242 1511jonathan.betts@walkersglobal.com
Natalie NetoPartnerT +1 441 242 1533natalie.neto@walkersglobal.com
Nicole ToveyPartnerT +1 441 242 1512nicole.tovey@walkersglobal.com

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Patrick OrmondManaging PartnerT +1 284 852 2260patrick.ormond@walkersglobal.com
Oliver Bell PartnerT +1 345 814 6856Oliver.Bell@walkersglobal.com
Oliver CliftonPartnerT +1 284 852 2246oliver.clifton@walkersglobal.com
Ashley GunningPartnerT +1 345 914 4251ashley.gunning@walkersglobal.com
Rosalind NicholsonPartnerT +1 284 852 2237rosalind.nicholson@walkersglobal.com

CAYMAN ISLANDS
Ingrid Pierce Global Managing PartnerT +1 345 814 4667ingrid.pierce@walkersglobal.com
Tim BuckleyManaging PartnerT +1 345 814 4646 tim.buckley@walkersglobal.com
Jason AllisonPartnerT +1 345 914 6358jason.allison@walkersglobal.com
Oliver Bell PartnerT +1 345 814 6856Oliver.Bell@walkersglobal.com
Rupert BellPartnerT +1 345 914 4203rupert.bell@walkersglobal.com
James BurchPartnerT +1 345 814 4634James.Burch@walkersglobal.com
Matthew GouckePartnerT +1 345 914 6332matthew.goucke@walkersglobal.com
Ashley GunningPartnerT +1 345 914 4251ashley.gunning@walkersglobal.com
Rob JacksonPartnerT +1 345 914 4281rob.jackson@walkersglobal.com
Melissa LimPartnerT +1 345 814 4512melissa.lim@walkersglobal.com
Rolf LindsayPartnerT +1 345 914 6307rolf.lindsay@walkersglobal.com
Neil LuptonPartnerT +1 345 914 4286neil.lupton@walkersglobal.com
Philip PaschalidesPartnerT +1 345 814 4675philip.paschalides@walkersglobal.com
Shelley WhitePartnerT +1 345 914 4205shelley.white@walkersglobal.com
Colette WilkinsPartnerT +1 345 914 4215colette.wilkins@walkersglobal.com
Caroline WilliamsPartnerT +1 345 914 6342caroline.williams@walkersglobal.com
Stuart RoweSenior CounselT +1 345 814 4644Stuart.Rowe@walkersglobal.com

DUBAI
Daniel WoodManaging PartnerT +971 4 363 7912daniel.wood@walkersglobal.com
Ciaran BohnackerPartnerT +971 4 363 7901ciaran.bohnacker@walkersglobal.com
Tom CochranePartnerT +971 4 363 7913tom.cochrane@walkersglobal.com
Barnaby GowriePartnerT +971 4 363 7942barnaby.gowrie@walkersglobal.com
Sophie KassamSenior CounselT +971 4 363 7919sophie.kassam@walkersglobal.com

GUERNSEY
Louise HallManaging PartnerT +44 (0)1 481 748909louise.hall@walkersglobal.com
Rupert MorrisPartnerT +44 (0) 1481 748 936rupert.morris@walkersglobal.com
Alison OzannePartnerT +44 (0) 1481 748 905alison.ozanne@walkersglobal.com
Sam ShiresPartnerT +44 (0)1481 748 916sam.shires@walkersglobal.com

HONG KONG
Andy RandallManaging PartnerT +852 2596 3305andy.randall@walkersglobal.com
James GadenPartnerT +852 2596 3433james.gaden@walkersglobal.com
Timothy HaynesPartnerT +852 2596 3323timothy.haynes@walkersglobal.com
Kristen KwokPartnerT +852 2596 3324kristen.kwok@walkersglobal.com
Denise WongPartnerT +852 2596 3303denise.wong@walkersglobal.com

IRELAND
Garry FergusonManaging PartnerT +353 1 470 6659garry.ferguson@walkersglobal.com
Nicholas Blake-KnoxPartnerT +353 1 470 6669nicholas.blake-knox@walkersglobal.com
David McGovernPartnerT +353 1 470 6663david.mcgovern@walkersglobal.com
Noeleen RuddyPartnerT +353 1 470 6650noeleen.ruddy@walkersglobal.com
Ken RushPartnerT +353 1 470 6619ken.rush@walkersglobal.com
Andrew TraynorPartnerT +353 1 470 6632andrew.traynor@walkersglobal.com

JERSEY
Jonathan HeaneyManaging PartnerT +44 (0)1534 700 786jonathan.heaney@walkersglobal.com
Alexandra CornerPartnerT +44 (0) 1534 700 778alexandra.corner@walkersglobal.com
Robert DobbynPartnerT +44 (0) 1534 700 773robert.dobbyn@walkersglobal.com
Marc SeddonPartnerT +44 (0)1534 700 761marc.seddon@walkersglobal.com
Nigel WestonPartnerT +44 (0)1534 700 788nigel.weston@walkersglobal.com
Fraser HernGroup PartnerT +44 (0) 1534 700 780fraser.hern@walkersglobal.com

LONDON
Jack BoldarinManaging PartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4995jack.boldarin@walkersglobal.com
Hughie WongPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4982hughie.wong@walkersglobal.com

SINGAPORE
John RogersManaging PartnerT +65 6595 4673john.rogers@walkersglobal.com
Thomas GrangerPartnerT +65 6603 1694thomas.granger@walkersglobal.com
Laura RogersPartnerT +65 6595 4675laura.rogers@walkersglobal.com