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ABOUT US

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.A GILA continues to enjoy an enthusiastic and steadily growing membership which currently stands at approximately 300.



SPEAKERS & EVENTS

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:

Geoffrey Robertson QC, a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster.
Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield a House of Lords life peer, political journalist, professor of contemporary history, author.
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, a former MP;
Baroness Butler Sloss, a retired English Judge and the first female Lord Justice of Appeal;
Ben Habershon, a head of Company and Commercial Law at Wheelers LLP;
Carol Thatcher, a journalist and daughter of Margaret Thatcher;
Cherie Blair, a CBE, QC (known professionally as Cherie Booth, QC);
Courtenay Griffiths, a QC and British Barrister;
Dr Vivek Khosla, a 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, a retired senior British Judge and Lord Justice of Appeal;
Lord Mackay, a former Lord Chancellor;
Professor Barry Rider, an international anti-money laundering expert and Director of the Institute of AdvancedLegal 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:

Melissa Davis – marketing and business development in the legal world
Charles Parkinson
, a founding member of GILA and former Minister of Treasury and Resources for the States of Guernsey;
Patrick Rice, a Chief of Guernsey Police and Border Agency;
Sir de Vic Carey, a former Bailiff of Guernsey;
Sir Geoff Rowland, a former Bailiff of Guernsey;
Sir John Foley, His Excellency, the Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey;
Russell Finch, a Judge of the Royal Court of Guernsey, and
Talmai Morgan, a 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.A 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.A Both senior and junior members of the legal community formed a panel to answer questions from the audience. A 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 da Etudes Juridiques FranAaises et Normandes from Caen University for Guernsey lawyers and access to legal services in Guernsey (Legal Aid etc.).

SOCIAL SCENE

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 canapes 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.

CONNECTIONS WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS

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.

 

THE GILA HALL OF FAME

Chet Pohl Chancellor and Former President
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.

JOIN US

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 Sherwill at Ogier, Redwood House, St Julian’s Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1WA.



GILA MEMBERSHIP FORM

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TRAINEE MEMBERSHIP FORM

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COMMITTEE

MEET THE TEAM
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Sandie Lyne

President

Qualification:

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

Day Job:

Managing Associate, Ogier.

Specialisation:

All aspects of commercial and financial dispute resolution with a special focus on contentious trusts, regulatory matters, insolvency, schemes of arrangement, employment and shareholder disputes. Sandie is experienced in advising in connection with complex and high value international matters with multi-jurisdictional elements.

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.


Chet Pohl

CHET POHL

Vice President

Qualification:

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

Day Job:

Counsel, Appleby.

Specialisation:

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 and 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.


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Esme Higgs

Treasurer

Qualification:

Esme is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and is due to be admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in April 2019.

Day Job:

Paralegal, Law Officers of the Crown.

Specialisation:

Commercial law with a broad practice of procurement, capital projects, tech/IP and employment law.

When she is not working:

Esme is a keen equestrienne and regularly volunteers at a local riding centre.


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Kellie Sherwill

Membership Secretary

Qualification:

Barrister, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in 2016.

Day Job:

Associate, Ogier.

Specialisation:

Kellie has experience of working within both corporate and commercial litigation practices. Kellie works within a busy Dispute Resolution team and provides advice on all aspects of corporate and commercial dispute resolution, insolvency, trust and employment issues.

When she is not working:

Kellie enjoys weekend breaks away and travelling to new places, wining and dining out and playing netball.


Gordon Dawes

GORDON DAWES

Committee Member

Qualification:

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

Day Job:

Partner, Mourant Ozannes

Specialisation:

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.


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Jasmin Semlitsch

Committee Member

Qualification:

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

Day Job:

Senior Associate, Bedell Cristin

Specialisation:

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.


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Gregory Haddow

Committee Member

Qualification:

Solicitor in the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Day Job:

Associate, Collas Crill LLP.

Specialisation:

Guernsey trust law with a particular interest in semi contentious trust matters.

When he is not working:

Greg is a keen travel photographer and film maker.


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Charlotte Ward

Committee Member

Qualification:

Charlotte is currently completing her Training Contract with Ogier and is due to qualify as a Solicitor in England & Wales in March 2019.

Day Job:

Associate, Ogier

Specialisation:

As part of her training, Charlotte has gained experience in dispute resolution, corporate and banking.

When she is not working:

Charlotte enjoys being active; she plays netball and softball. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


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Richard Harrington

Committee Member

Qualification:

Solicitor & Barrister (England & Wales non practising).

Day Job:

Associate Bedell Cristin

Specialisation:

Generalist disputes lawyer with a particular focus on insolvency and trusts.

When he is not working:

Richard enjoys spending time with his young family and exploring wonderful Guernsey. He also refuses to recognise his status as a footballing veteran just because he is the wrong side of 35. He is also a keen follower of politics and recently retweeted that: “Brexit is like watching your library being burnt down by people who can’t read”.

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Alison Antill

Committee Member

Qualification:

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, admitted in 2016.

Day Job:

Associate, Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Specialisation:

Litigation and Dispute Resolution, specialising in insolvency, commercial and contractual disputes and contentious trust matters. Alison also has experience in employment law, family law, professional negligence and construction disputes.

When she is not working:

Alison enjoys skiing and likes to travel, mainly to gain culinary inspiration for her love of food and cooking.


Other Committee Members


Jenny McVeigh

Committee Member

Advocate, Law Officers of the Crown


Richard Harrington

Committee Member

Associate, Bedell Cristin


Rupert Morris

Committee Member

Partner, Walkers

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MARCH 2017




CHRISTMAS PARTY, DECEMBER 2016



GILA awards bursary to GTA Student Geoff Bell, November 2015


ROBERT PEARCE MAY 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
Time to Relax with Caroline Wickham February 2015

LORD WOOLF 2014

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

GILA Symposium 2014



LEGAL SYMPOSIUM 2014

Legal Symposium 2014
Legal Symposium 2014
Legal Symposium 2014

AGM, HERM 2014

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SUMMER DRINKS

Summer Drinks 01

Summer Drinks 02

Summer Drinks 03

Summer Drinks 04

Summer Drinks 05


LORD HOFFMANN TALK – SEPTEMBER 2013

Lord Hoffman 01
Lord Hoffman 02
Lord Hoffman 03
Lord Hoffman 04
Lord Hoffman 05
Lord Hoffman 06
Lord Hoffman 07
Lord Hoffman 08
Lord Hoffman 09
Lord Hoffman 10
Lord Hoffman 11
Lord Hoffman 12

SYMPOSIUM – FEBRUARY 2013

Symposium 01
Symposium 02
Symposium 03
Symposium 04
Symposium 05
Symposium 06

AGM, HERM MAY 2013

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BARONESS BUTLER SLOSS – SEPTEMBER 2012

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THE COMMITTEES

 

2014

Committee 2014

2013

Committee 2013

2011

Committee 2011

 

EVENTS DETAILS

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

GILA Quiz

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CONTACT US

Sandie Lyne, Email: sandie.lyne@ogier.com

Telephone: +44 (0)1481 752224

Esme Higgs, Email: esme.higgs@gov.gg

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

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