Matt Sanders named new Managing Partner of Walkers' growing Guernsey office

Matt Sanders has been appointed Managing Partner of international law firm Walkers' rapidly expanding office in Guernsey.

Matt has practised in Guernsey for more than 13 years and takes over the role from partner Louise Hall who is retiring from the firm at the end of the year.

Matt joined Walkers' predecessor firm AO Hall as a corporate and funds lawyer in 2009 and was made Group Partner in 2011, prior to AO Hall's merger with Walkers in 2016.  Guernsey is one of Walkers' ten offices across Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

Matt will continue to jointly lead the Guernsey Investment Funds & Corporate team with partner Kate Storey, where he focuses on Guernsey private fund structures, and M&A deals involving regulated corporate service providers and trust companies.

Matt said: "This is a really exciting time for our Guernsey office. In the past two years in particular we have seen significant growth not just in the number of partners and staff headcount in the Guernsey office, but also in our reach and reputation in the local and international market as a leading Guernsey law firm.

"A huge amount of credit and recognition must go to Louise for the exceptional work that she has done in building this practice over the last 15 years, having founded AO Hall with Alison Ozanne.

"I've worked closely with Louise since she hired me more than a decade ago and she will be a very tough act to follow."

Fraser Hern, Walkers' head of the Channel Islands, said: "We're very pleased to have Matt take over this leadership role in our Guernsey office, which is rapidly outgrowing its current premises.

"He is a very well-respected lawyer who has been consistently recognised by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR, and is a very popular figure in our Guernsey team.

"I would also like to pay tribute to Louise, who I am pleased to say will be with us until the end of the year, for the way that she has led the team in Guernsey.

"The co-operative and collaborative culture that made AO Hall such an obvious and natural fit for a merger for Walkers is in large part down to her leadership and the direction that she set for the firm. She will be missed when she leaves us, but I am sure she will remain closely connected with the firm."

Walkers' headcount in Guernsey has grown by over 75% in the last two years, and new arrivals so far this year include partner Adam Cole, senior counsel Jamie Bookless and associate Katherine Jensen in the Insolvency and Dispute Resolution team, associate Kathryn Macken in the Private Capital and Trusts team, and associate Pascalle Palmer in the Banking & Finance team.  The firm's market-leading Employment team was strengthened by the arrival of former City lawyer Sarah Ash in 2018 and the promotion of Vicky Pratt to Senior Counsel in 2019.

More announcements on recruitment in the Guernsey team are set to be made next month.

GUERNSEY
Matt SandersManaging PartnerT +44 (0) 1481 748 914matt.sanders@walkersglobal.com

JERSEY
Fraser HernGroup Partner*T +44 (0) 1534 700 780fraser.hern@walkersglobal.com