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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.  GILA continues to enjoy an enthusiastic and steadily growing membership which currently stands at over 200.



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:

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:

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 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.).

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 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.

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.

For the past two years GILA has provided a bursary of £1000 to GDL students at the GTA University Centre to assist with educational expenses.

CPD

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

THE GILA HALL OF FAME

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 Rob Jones, Le Debut, New Place, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1ND.



GILA MEMBERSHIP FORM

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TRAINEE MEMBERSHIP FORM

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COMMITTEE

MEET THE TEAM
Rachel Richardson

RACHEL RICHARDSON

President

Qualification:

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

Day Job:

Senior Associate, Carey Olsen.

Specialisation:

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.


Chet Pohl

CHET POHL

Vice President

Qualification:

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

Day Job:

Senior Associate, 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 …. 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.


Mathew Newman

MATHEW NEWMAN

Events Secretary

Qualification:

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, admitted in September 2002, Guernsey Advocate since February 2011.

Day Job:

Partner, Ogier.

Specialisation:

Commercial dispute resolution involving Guernsey funds and trusts with a special focus on insolvency and restructuring matters. Chambers says that Mathew has “already acquired extensive experience in commercial disputes in the Royal Court” and Legal 500 says he has “an instinctive eye for a good point”.

When he is not working:

Mathew likes to spend time with his wife and three young sons and if he can summon up the energy he is quite keen on running and swimming. He also likes a nice glass of red wine every so often…


Rob Jones

ROB JONES

Membership Secretary

Qualification:

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.

Specialisation:

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.


Dawn Tindall

DAWN TINDALL

Treasurer

Qualification:

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, admitted in 1990.

Day Job:

Compliance Officer and in house legal at HFL Limited.

Specialisation:

Compliance. Dawn is also a member of STEP, ACTAPS and CIOT. Dawn is a member of the States Legislation Select Committee, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission’s 2014 Handbook Review Group and a member of the management committee of Guernsey Citizens Advice Bureau.

When she is not working:

Dawn dotes on her cat, collects vintage jewellery and is a fully fledged and self-confessed committee addict!


Mike Morris

MIKE MORRIS

Committee Member

Qualification:

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.

Specialisation:

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

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.


Maxime

MAXIME LE TOCQ

Committee Member

Qualification:

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, October 1996.

Day Job:

Senior Associate, Le Marchant Regulatory Risk.

Specialisation:

Design and delivery of AML/CFT training and all aspects of compliance support including regulatory liaison and advice.

When she is not working:

Maxime is a follower of Guernsey cricket and maker of cricket teas, completely hooked on travel and a rather obsessive fascination with the Eurovision Song Contest.


Emma Roberts

EMMA ROBERTS

Committee member

Qualification:

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales

Date Qualified:

June 2000

Day Job:

Rothschild Trust Guernsey Limited

Specialisation:

Managing Director of Trust business. Emma utilises her legal knowledge in running Rothschild Trust in Guernsey. Emma was named in the IFC list of top 100 “Power Women” and is a former President of GILA.

When she is not working:

Emma likes to travel the world and drive very fast cars!


Laura Powell

LAURA POWELL

Committee Member

Qualification:

Laura completed the Legal Practice Course through the College of Law, Guildford in 2010.

Day Job:

Paralegal, AO Hall Legal Specialists.

Specialisation:

Corporate Law and Compliance, particularly real estate finance, fund related mergers and acquisitions and general corporate transactional work. Laura has recently completed a period of secondment with the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

When she is not working:

Laura likes to abseil, go running with her dog and drink champagne with friends.

EVENTS PAST

SUMMER DRINKS

Summer Drinks 01

Summer Drinks 02

Summer Drinks 03

Summer Drinks 04

Summer Drinks 05


LORD HOFFMAN 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

AGM, HERM 04
AGM, HERM 03

BARONESS BUTLER SLOSS – SEPTEMBER 2012

AGM, HERM 01
02
05

THE COMMITTEES

2013

Committee 2013

2011

Committee 2011

EVENTS PRESENT

12 March 2014

A Life in Guernsey Law by Sir de Vic Carey.

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9 April 2014

Disability Equality Legislation Lunch Seminar.

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30 April 2014

Anthony Orchard, QC.

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22 May 2014

AGM and dinner in Herm.

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July 2014

Summer Drinks.

More details to follow

CONTACT US

Chet Pohl, Email: cpohl@applebyglobal.com

Telephone: +44 (0) 1481 755608

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 1481 741579

Guernsey, GY1 3YN

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