Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has promoted six lawyers to the position of Senior Associate across its Channel Island offices.
Mourant Ozannes Managing Partner, Jonathan Rigby said: "I'm delighted to announce these senior appointments. Not only are they well deserved but they continue to show the strength and calibre of individuals at Mourant Ozannes."
Amy Demetriou specialises in banking & finance and corporate and is based in the Jersey office. Amy completed her training contract with Simmons & Simmons in their London and Tokyo offices, and joined Mourant Ozannes in 2008.
Andrew Peedom, based in Mourant Ozannes' Guernsey office, specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation. He has a broad range of commercial litigation and general commercial experience. He joined the firm in 2010.
Carla Benest, a Jersey Advocate, specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law with particular experience in employment tribunal claims, work place disputes, high value and complex dismissals and restructurings. She joined the firm's Jersey office in 2007.
Kerill O'Shaughnessy joined Mourant Ozannes in 2009. Based in the Jersey office, Kerill has launched a number of real estate, hedge, private equity, mezzanine and debt funds and established a number of real estate investment structures, as well as assisting on a range of real estate fund restructuring and refinancing transactions.
Matthew Guthrie joined Mourant Ozannes in 2011, having previously worked in the Tax and Trust Group at Taylor Wessing LLP. Matthew specialises in advising trust companies and private clients on wealth management and asset protection structures and the use of trusts in commercial transactions. He is based in the Guernsey office.
Sonia Smith specialises in commercial property sales, acquisitions, leasing and development work, construction law, planning law and the Goods & Services Tax implications of Jersey property transactions. Sonia trained as a Solicitor with Jones Day in London (then Gouldens), and joined the Mourant Ozannes Jersey office in 2009, where she is a member of the pan-island commercial property team.
Senior Associate Mathew Cook, a Jersey Advocate, becomes Managing Associate in the litigation practice of the firm's Jersey office. Mathew joined Mourant Ozannes in 2000 and advises on a range of commercial litigation matters, with a particular specialisation on regulatory and financial services issues and disputes. Mathew also advises on employment matters, with a particular focus on contentious matters.
The appointments are effective from 1 February and follow a year of considerable growth for the firm, which opened offices in the BVI and Hong Kong in 2012.