Mourant Ozannes’ Jersey and Guernsey offices have excelled in the latest Legal 500 UK rankings, published last week. The rankings name Mourant Ozannes in the top tier in 12 out of 15 categories across the Channel Islands, more than any other law firm. In addition, 17 lawyers from the firm are individually recommended, again more than any other firm. Mourant Ozannes’ London office is also ranked in the top tier.

In Jersey, Mourant Ozannes is rated in the top tier in five categories, including Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Investment Funds and Structured Finance and Securitisation. Amongst the comments published in the research, the rankings describe Mourant Ozannes as “a first-choice firm”, “best in breed”, as being able to “pack a powerful punch on the corporate side” and as being in “a league of its own in investment funds”.

Meanwhile, in Guernsey, Mourant Ozannes is noted as the “standout number-one team”, receiving top tier rankings in all seven categories, the only law firm in Guernsey to achieve this accolade. The guide refers to Mourant Ozannes as the “top-choice for big-ticket work” and the “number-one choice for insurance litigation”, as well as highlighting that the merger ‘has attracted particular praise on the investment funds side” in Guernsey.

Legal 500 researcher, Maria Jackson, wrote: “The merger of two firms traditionally considered the strongest in their home jurisdiction has clients eagerly anticipating a strong Channel Islands offering from the newly created Mourant Ozannes. Mourant Ozannes is undoubtedly a first-choice firm. The recent merger has whipped up client interest, and is an exciting move going forward.”

This follows the publication of legal directory Chambers Europe earlier this year, in which Mourant Ozannes was ranked top tier in eight of 11 categories in the Channel Islands, twice that of any other firm. More significantly, the combined firm now has more top tier legal directory rankings than any other offshore firm .

Jonathan Rigby, Managing Partner of Mourant Ozannes, said:

“Our vision is to be consistently recognised as the leading law firm offshore, so we are delighted to receive this recognition from the major international legal directories so soon after completing our merger.”