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On Monday 18th January, Ajay Wiltshire attended the funeral of Hugh Bygott-Webb on behalf of the Guernsey International Legal Association. For those that did not know Hugh (or had seen him in action at GILA’s legal hustings when he ran for office) he was a larger than life character whose sonorous voice and ebullient personality carried all before him. Unsurprisingly for a man of such great character the funeral was very well attended and a remarkably fond and joyous celebration of a life cut cruelly short by sudden illness.

Eulogies were read by friends and family. His cousin remarked upon Hugh’s Churchillian demeanour (evident at an early age) and his warm bonhomie towards to school friends and colleagues alike and also his not inconsiderable academic prowess with a burgeoning interest in history and current affairs. University friends then told of great enthusiasm for politics and his early years, post university, spent working for the Conservative Party surrounded by some who were destined for much greater office but who remained friends and admirers. Hugh was called to the Bar though he found fellow barristers insufferably pompous and dull so he joined a television production company producer for the award winning Channel 4 current affairs program “Dispatches” he latterly returned to Guernsey to care for his elderly mother and a role in regulation. It was said that the fundamental reason that Hugh led such a varied career was his considerable enthusiasm for lunch, something that he regarded as fundamental and democratic right, the longer and more bacchanalian the better much to the chagrin of some of his employers…

The final eulogy was delivered by his flying instructor, who had become a great friend and who told of some frankly hair raising exploits at the controls which included Hugh’s unplanned low level excursion through a French army tank training range during a firing exercise…

The laughter and merriment continued as mourners were invited to the OGH (at Hugh’s specific request) for a ‘lavish party’ in his honour. To be surrounded by friends, family and colleagues enjoying good food and wine was a remarkable treat and fitting celebration of a life well lived, the only thing missing was the great man himself.

Farewell Hugh Barnabas Jefferson Bygott-Webb a man out of time, gone far too soon you will be much missed and lunch will never be the same (or as long) without you.

A memorial lunch will be organised for legal friends, afternoon diaries are to be cleared. Anyone interested in attending please contact ajay.wiltshire@saffery.gg


The Guernsey International Legal Association (“GILA”) is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1989, with the objective of providing a fun and informative forum for Guernsey based lawyers (qualified in all jurisdictions) to meet.  GILA continues to enjoy an enthusiastic and steadily growing membership which currently stands at approximately 300.


Each year, the GILA Committee organises a programme of events for members which includes international guest speakers talking about various global political and legal issues and local practitioners discussing subjects closer to home.

International guest speakers have covered an array of topics over the years and have included many high profile figures such as:

Lord Woolf, former Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and President of the Courts of England and Wales.
Shami Chakrabarti CBE, director of Liberty and Chancellor of the University of Essex.
Baron Cecil Parkinson, former MP;
Baroness Butler Sloss, retired English Judge and the first female Lord Justice of Appeal;
Ben Habershon, head of Company and Commercial Law at Wheelers LLP;
Carol Thatcher, journalist and daughter of Margaret Thatcher;
Cherie Blair, CBE, QC (known professionally as Cherie Booth, QC);
Courtenay Griffiths, QC and British Barrister;
Dr Vivek Khosla, Forensic Psychologist;
Joshua Rozenberg, formerly the BBC’s Legal Affairs Correspondent and now the Legal Affairs Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph;
Judge James Hanratty, formerly President of the Council of Immigration Judges for the United Kingdom;
Lord Hoffmann, retired senior British Judge and Lord Justice of Appeal;
Lord Mackay, former Lord Chancellor;
Professor Barry Rider, international anti-money laundering expert and Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London;
Professor Mike Green, an independent consulting forensic pathologist;
Professor Robert Pearce, University of Buckingham;
Rhodri Thompson, QC Matrix Chambers;
Sir David Rowland, ex Chairman of Lloyds of London;
Sir Ivan Lawrence QC, criminal barrister and former Conservative politician, and
Sophie Poirey, Lecturer at the University of Caen.

Guernsey based speakers have included:

Charles Parkinson, founding member of GILA and former Minister of Treasury and Resources for the States of Guernsey;
Patrick Rice, Chief of Guernsey Police and Border Agency;
Sir de Vic Carey, former Bailiff of Guernsey;
Sir Geoff Rowland, former Bailiff of Guernsey;
Sir John Foley, his Excellency, the Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey;
Russell Finch, Judge of the Royal Court of Guernsey, and
Talmai Morgan, former director general of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and a former President of GILA.

Guernsey law lectures have included topics such as Guernsey’s constitutional relationship with the United Kingdom, the All Crimes legislation, Employment Protection legislation (and the dangers of the office Christmas party!), the workings of the Ecclesiastical Court and the making of Guernsey wills, the effect of European Union Law on Guernsey, the future of customary law in Guernsey and a talk about Magistrates and the challenges their work presents.

Other notable and recent events include:

A seminar and practical workshop on stress relief techniques by Caroline Wickham in February 2015

Legal Hustings hosted by GILA in 2012 ahead of the Guernsey States Deputy Elections. This provided a lively forum for members of the legal fraternity who were vying for election to discuss their platform and proposed policies;

A “cultural” visit from members of the Bar of Aix en Provence in the South of France.  GILA hosted a lively social evening in 2012 at which the common interests of Guernsey resident lawyers and the French lawyers were explored in depth, ably assisted by their generous donation of pastis, and

Guernsey’s first ever Legal Symposium, chaired by Bailiff Richard Collas was held in February 2013 and was repeated in September 2014 to discuss various current topics affecting Guernsey legal practitioners.  Both senior and junior members of the legal community formed a panel to answer questions from the audience.  The symposium stimulated a lively debate on issues including women in law in Guernsey, the future of customary law and the requirement for the Certificat d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes from Caen University for Guernsey lawyers and access to legal services in Guernsey (Legal Aid etc.).


In addition to the legally related talks and lectures, GILA hosts 4/5 social events each year which provide a vibrant and fun forum for members to meet and network.  Social events usually comprise Spring Drinks, dinner in Herm after our AGM, Summer Drinks and a long (and legendary) Christmas Lunch.  Over the years we have also celebrated Halloween, Australia Day and Thanksgiving and we have organised Guernsey cultural evenings hosted by Guernsey historian Annette Henry.  All GILA events, social, lecture or otherwise, incorporate drinks and canapés or drinks and dinner to allow members to get to know each other.

GILA functions are also often open to non-lawyers which can result in attendees comprising a wide cross-section of individuals from the local community including States members, senior police and border agency staff, trust practitioners, members of the judiciary and various other people associated with finance industry in Guernsey. This allows for an even greater opportunity for networking at events.

There is no doubt that GILA is a fantastic forum for socialising.  This is particularly so for those new to the Island, looking to meet their counterparts in other law firms or for those who would just like to get to know those in their own firm a bit better.


GILA has co-hosted a number of successful events with the Guernsey Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Guernsey Association of Compliance Officers (GACO) and the Guernsey Sanctions Committee.

GILA’s continued involvement with and consultation on prospective legislation is testimony to its high profile on the island. Most recently, GILA was invited to make representations on the introduction of a competition policy in Guernsey. GILA is also a strong supporter of the work carried out by the GTA University Centre and has provided company law materials for use in various training sessions and seminars.

Since 2011 GILA has provided an annual bursary of £1000 to GDL students at the GTA University Centre to assist with educational expenses.


GILA is accredited by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and so attendance at GILA lectures will attract CPD points.


Rachel Richardson – Former President
Emma Roberts – Former GILA President.
Geoff Allez – GILA’s very own sommelier.
Jonathan Carter – GILA’s current honorary auditor.
Maxime Le Tocq – Former GILA President and organiser of the legendary GILA Christmas lunches and Herm outings.
Michael Morris – Former GILA President.
Mike McKean – Former GILA President and founding member.
Richard Whitford – Former GILA treasurer, serving in the role for over 15 years.
Simon Bourge – Former President.
Harry Ball – Founding member.
David Bateman – Founding member.



If you should like to apply for membership or know of someone who may wish to apply, please print off the form below. Completed membership forms should be posted to Kellie Oliveira, Bedell Cristin, La Plaiderie House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1WG .


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Chet Pohl




Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, admitted in 2007.

Day Job:

Counsel, Appleby.


All areas of corporate and commercial law, particularly banking and fund financing, the structuring and launch of funds and mergers and acquisitions. Legal 500 says he is “extremely knowledgeable …. provides the right advice on extremely complicated matters.” IFLR1000 named Chet as a “Rising Star” in the 2014 edition for his Banking and Finance work.

When he is not working:

Chet regularly surfs, gets Zen with his bonsai Ficus collection and plays guitar.

Rachel Richardson


Vice President


Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, admitted in December 2006, LLM in Employment Law, 2011.

Day Job:

Senior Associate, Carey Olsen.


Employment Law, both contentious and non-contentious. Chambers (2013) says Rachel is “confident, knowledgeable and not afraid of a fight” and Legal 500 (2014) says she is “professional, approachable and knows her stuff”. Rachel was named one of the top 300 business personalities of the Channel Islands by Business Life Magazine, 2013.

When she is not working:

Rachel likes to socialise with friends, play netball and walk her dog on the beach.

Rob Jones


Committee Member


Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, admitted in June 2002. ICA International Diploma in Compliance, 2011.

Day Job:

Politician – Member of the States of Deliberation of Guernsey elected in April 2012. Chair of the Legislation Select Committee, Vice-Chair of the Scrutiny Committee and Member of the board of the Public Services Department.


Compliance officer at a fiduciary company.

When he is not working:

Enjoys the company of family & friends, drinking cider & wine and catching the odd game of football on tv or “down the Lane” watching Guernsey FC.

Mike Morris


Committee Member


Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales admitted in September 2004. Attorney at Law, New York State, admitted in May 2004.

Day Job:

Group Partner, Collas Crill.


Real Estate. Mike acts for offshore lenders, funds, trust companies and high net worth individuals investing in prime real estate. Chambers says that “his relaxed style really instils confidence”. Mike is a former President of GILA.

When he is not working:

Mike enjoys all that life in Guernsey has to offer, particularly good food, fine wine, long romantic walks along the beach at sunset and great company.

Gordon Dawes


Committee Member


Barrister, called to the English Bar in 1989, Guernsey Advocate since 2001.

Day Job:

Partner, Mourant Ozannes


Civil litigation with a broad practice base comprising commercial disputes, insured risks and public law with a particular interest in Guernsey law as a subject in its own right. Gordon is the author of the only textbook of Guernsey law in modern times, Laws of Guernsey (Hart, 2003).

When he is not working:

Gordon is passionate about classical music, Formula 1, the arts/culture more generally and long sessions in restaurants/bars with good friends.


Kellie Oliveira

Membership Secretary


Kellie completed a BSc (Hons) in Criminology with Criminal Justice and Law at the University of Plymouth in 2010. She then returned to Guernsey where she completed her Graduate Diploma in Law after obtaining the ICA International Compliance Certificate, 2011. She is applying to study the BPTC in September 2015.

Day Job:

Paralegal, Bedell Cristin Guernsey Partnership.


Kellie has experience of working within both corporate and commercial litigation practices, as well as being involved in various corporate, commercial, banking, investment and fund matters. Previous to this she worked in a compliance/risk role.

When she is not working:

Kellie enjoys playing netball for a local team, weekends away with loved ones and wining and dining out with friends. Her guilty pleasure is turning off her phone and watching a good Disney movie.


Sandie Lyne



Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, admitted in 2009.

Day Job:

Associate, Ogier.


Sandie specialises in Dispute Resolution and Employment Law and has experience in a broad range of commercial litigation and contentious trust matters. Sandie is an associate member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

When she is not working:

Sandie likes to participate in pub quizzes, enjoys walking on the south coast cliffs and eating out with family & friends


Esme Higgs

Committee Member


Esme is currently studying the Graduate Diploma in Law at Bournemouth University and the CILEx Graduate Fast-Track Diploma, and is due to complete both qualifications in 2016. Esme also holds an upper second class BA (Hons) degree from Bournemouth University and hopes to go on to study the Legal Practice Course in September 2016.

Day Job:

Legal Assistant, Mourant Ozannes.


Commercial litigation. However, Esme also processes enquiries and applications relating to intellectual property and assists with contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

When she is not working:

Esme is a keen horse rider, and will often be found traipsing around the Castel lanes in her muddy boots with a couple of unruly horses in tow.


William Haig

Committee Member


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales, admitted in 2014

Day Job:

Associate, Mourant Ozannes


Civil litigation across a range of practice areas, including funds, trusts & estates, intellectual property, and insurance risk

When he is not working:

Will loves anything to do with food, whether cooking or eating it.  He is also a keen skier, and is currently learning to surf.


Jasmin Semlitsch

Committee Member


Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, admitted in 2013 and the High Court of Australia, admitted in 2014.

Day Job:

Associate, Bedell Cristin Guernsey Partnership.


Civil litigation with a broad practice including contentious trust and probate, insolvency and regulatory work, and general commercial dispute resolution including ADR. Jasmin has prior experience in corporate advisory, equity and debt capital raising and M&A. 

When she is not working:

Jasmin enjoys travelling and all kinds of outdoor pursuits, from trekking to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro to cliff walks on Guernsey’s rugged south coast.


GILA awards bursary to GTA Student – Geoff Bell,  November 2015

GILA Quiz Night, April 2015

House of Lords with Lord Woolf, March 2015

House of Lords with Lord Woolf, March 2015
House of Lords with Lord Woolf, March 2015
House of Lords with Lord Woolf, March 2015
House of Lords with Lord Woolf, March 2015

House of Lords with Lord Woolf, March 2015
House of Lords with Lord Woolf, March 2015
House of Lords with Lord Woolf, March 2015

GILA awards bursary to GTA Student – Esme Higgs, January 2014


Time to Relax with Caroline Wickham February 2015
Time to Relax with Caroline Wickham February 2015


Lord Woolf 2014
Lord Woolf 2014
Lord Woolf 2014
Lord Woolf 2014


Legal Symposium 2014
Legal Symposium 2014
Legal Symposium 2014

AGM, HERM 2014



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Committee 2013


Committee 2014


Committee 2013


Committee 2011


Committee 1979


Feb 2016

Audience with Shami Chakrabarti

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Dec 2015

Xmas Party

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Nov 2015

Halloween drinks

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Sept 2015

GILA Legal Symposium

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August 2015

GILA Summer Drinks

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June 2015

GILA Castle Tour

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April 2015


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Chet Pohl, Email: cpohl@applebyglobal.com

Telephone: +44 (0) 1481 755608

Rachel Richardson, Email: rachel.richardson@careyolsen.com

Telephone: +44 (0) 1481 741579

Guernsey International Legal Association, c/o Chet Pohl, Appleby, Regency Court, Glategny Esplande, St Peter Port Guernsey, GY1 1WW