Carey Olsen has been commended for its pan-island presence by a leading legal directory. The 2011 Chambers UK directory states that clients continue to choose Carey Olsen for its full service offering, cross-practice expertise and strong presence in Jersey.

The directory states: “Carey Olsen is a well-established firm with an impressive range of expertise.”

The Channel Islands law firm has scored five top tier rankings across the Islands. 23 partners from Guernsey, Jersey and London are recognised as leading individuals with 12 acknowledged in Jersey, ten in Guernsey and one in London. Chambers states: “Many of the firm’s lawyers are considered to be leaders in their respective areas.”

In Jersey, Carey Olsen has been ranked in the highest band for its dispute resolution work and for its trust and fiduciary practice. The legal directory highlights the pan-island services the dispute resolution team offers clients covering commercial disputes, insolvency, trusts, asset recovery, fraud and public law matters. Clients describe the team of lawyers as “specialists in their fields; they are quick to respond and get the work done with no fuss.”

Carey Olsen partners John Kelleher, Robert MacRae and Nicolas Journeaux are named as leading individuals. Dr Kelleher is recognised as an expert in public, property and contract law and is described by clients as “a class act and an absolute gentleman in court”.

Mr MacRae, who is well known for his work in trusts and company disputes, is applauded as “an incredible advocate” and Mr Journeaux is called “strategically minded and imaginative in providing solutions to difficult issues.”

Chambers states that the trust and fiduciary group retains its leading position due to its strength in depth and high-quality work. Partners Paul Matthams and Siobhan Riley are acknowledged as leading individuals. Mr Matthams, who leads the group, is praised as “an approachable lawyer who clearly knows his stuff,” while Ms Riley’s expertise is highlighted by a source reporting that she “gives sound advice which is backed up with a solid plan for implementation.”

The corporate and finance teams across the Channel Islands are “easy to get hold of, responsive and produce high-quality work.” Six Carey Olsen partners from the corporate and finance group in Jersey have been named as leading individuals. The team specialises in dealing with internationally recognised FTSE and AIM listed clients as recognised by the Hemscott Corporate Advisers Guide which ranks Carey Olsen as the number one corporate legal adviser in the Channel Islands.

Managing partner Alex Ohlsson is regarded as an expert in corporate and finance matters and is called “an exceptional lawyer who is very active in promoting Jersey as a place to do business.” Eve Kosofsky is recognised as having a deep understanding of the Jersey legal and regulatory framework and is described by clients as “a dynamic lawyer with impressive technical knowledge and a practical approach.” Partner Paul Sugden is praised as “one of the best banking lawyers in Jersey”. Partner Mike Jeffrey is described as “technically very able and has a sensible, practical approach,” and partner Nicholas Crocker is considered by clients to be “a very thorough lawyer.” Partner Alan Stevens is described as “an absolute pleasure to deal with” and partner Edward Quinn is also singled out for his outstanding knowledge and exceptional standard of legal work.

Alex Ohlsson said: “We are delighted to have received such a positive endorsement from our clients and that Chambers UK have recognised 23 of our partners in Guernsey, Jersey and London as leaders in their respective fields.”