Walkers Retains Market-Leading Ranking Amongst Offshore Law Firms Based in London

Walkers has maintained its position as the leading offshore law firm based in London and retains its Tier 1 ranking in Legal 500 with 12 lawyers recognised.

The firm - already recognised with a top-tier position in Chambers & Partners for Bermuda, BVI and Cayman law in London - has more partners in London than any other offshore law firm, and will shortly move to expanded premises in a landmark building in the City to accommodate continuing growth as well as plans to expand further.

Client feedback quoted by Legal 500 set out why the Walkers team stands apart from competitors, with referees citing: "At the top of the market. Very responsive. Technically excellent. User-friendly: helpful, clear advice delivered efficiently. The number one choice, every time."

Walkers' London managing partner Jack Boldarin - one of the 12 lawyers recognised by the independent legal directory - said: "We are delighted to see this very strong statement of confidence in our team, and particularly in the client feedback quotes which set out directly from clients why they trust us and work with us to build long-term partnerships.

"This is a tremendous accolade for all of those recognised, and also for our wider lawyer bench and our business support teams. These rankings are an achievement built by hard work and commitment by a dedicated group of very talented and impressive people, and they can rightly be proud of how they are perceived in the market."

Jack Boldarin and the co-head of the Insolvency & Dispute Resolution team in London, John O'Driscoll, are recognised as Leading Individuals and partners Catherine Overton and Mark Galazzi, from the Banking & Finance team, are recognised as Next Generation Partners.

Also recognised are partners Hughie Wong, Tatziana Paraguacuto and Matthew Bloomfield (Investment Funds), Neil McDonald and Patrick Ormond (Corporate M&A), Sara Hall (Regulatory), Fraser Hern (Insolvency & Dispute Resolution), and Banking & Finance senior counsel James Denham.

Client feedback received by the Legal 500 researchers in respect of the team included the following:

  • "Hughie Wong is one of the smartest guys in the business, as well as being personable and helpful. Matt Bloomfield is incredibly responsive, commercial and really goes the extra mile to provide clients with solutions. Tatziana Paraguacuto is fantastically experienced - she’s seen it all and knows exactly what does and doesn’t work in practice - not just in theory."
  • "A core team of top professionals with access to round the clock experts. Neil McDonald is across all of the key issues on a case and is very easy to deal with. James Denham provides a top quality client service with amazing attention to detail."
  • "Jack Boldarin rightly stands out as a leading legal practitioner both on BVI and Cayman law. His in depth knowledge, responsiveness and efficiency are among his top qualities, but he has also excellent management skills and is also great in coordinating cross border transactions and seeing to their successful closing. Jack is very well respected and rightly ranked in top tier in his areas of expertise, banking and finance. Jack is preferred counsel of very prestigious clients which include large financial institutions and top global private equity groups."
  • "Sara Hall and Patrick Ormond are brilliant. A wonderful corporate and regulatory combination. Both were very client-centric, available whenever I needed them and took the time to understand my business and needs. I have no hesitation recommending both to prospective clients."
  • "Patrick Ormond stands out as an excellent lawyer. He’s technically able, very responsive, pragmatic and cost-effective in his approach."
  • "Jack Boldarin: phenomenally responsively, technically superb, a pleasure to work with, on top of all detail. A genuinely impressive operator. Catherine Overton: knows her stuff, user-friendly, hard-working and switched on. Always a pleasure to work with. Patrick Ormond: technically excellent, has the usual superb responsiveness of a Walkers lawyer, very easy to work with."
  • "Great client service, competitive fees and very responsive. James Denham in particular is my go to person on all matters where there is an overseas element. Fraser Hern - thoughtful advice combining legal analysis with an understanding of the commercial situation."
  • Managing partner Jack Boldarin is consistently singled out for his transactional expertise in BVI law.

JERSEY
Fraser HernGroup Partner*T +44 (0) 20 7903 8702fraser.hern@walkersglobal.com

LONDON
Jack BoldarinManaging PartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4995jack.boldarin@walkersglobal.com
Matthew BloomfieldPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4986matthew.bloomfield@walkersglobal.com
Mark GalazziPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4972mark.galazzi@walkersglobal.com
Sara HallPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4975sara.hall@walkersglobal.com
Neil McDonaldPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4990neil.mcdonald@walkersglobal.com
John O'DriscollPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4987john.o'driscoll@walkersglobal.com
Patrick OrmondPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4983patrick.ormond@walkersglobal.com
Catherine OvertonPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4984catherine.overton@walkersglobal.com
Tatziana Paraguacuto-MaheoPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4991Tatziana.Paraguacuto@walkersglobal.com
Hughie WongPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220 4982hughie.wong@walkersglobal.com
Fraser HernGroup Partner*T +44 (0) 20 7903 8702fraser.hern@walkersglobal.com
James DenhamSenior CounselT +44 (0)20 7220 4978james.denham@walkersglobal.com

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