Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has made three senior management appointments.
Robert Shepherd has been elected as the firm’s Senior Partner, taking over from Peter Ferbrache who stepped down from the role at the end of January.
Jessica Roland has been appointed as the Managing Partner of the Guernsey office, taking over from Robert Shepherd who has held that position since 2005.
Jonathan Rigby has been re-elected for a further four years as Global Managing Partner.
These senior appointments follow an impressive year of growth for Mourant Ozannes, which now ranks as the third largest offshore law firm globally, according to the latest Offshore Survey results by legal publication The Lawyer. In 2012, the firm opened offices in Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands, moved to new landmark premises in the Cayman Islands and secured more tier one legal directory rankings across its locations than any other firm. As a result of a strategic recruitment initiative, the firm’s litigation practice became the largest in the offshore world.
Robert Shepherd (46) who takes on the role of Senior Partner joined the firm in 1999 from Clifford Chance in London. Robert is a litigation partner and is described in Chambers and Partners as “having been around the block a few times and shows immensely good judgement.”
Jessica Roland (43) joined the firm in 1998 and is the head of the firm’s employment practice, the only partner-led and tier one employment team in the Channel Islands. Jessica is described in the Legal 500 directory as “the leading employment litigator in Guernsey.”
Jonathan Rigby (44) has led Mourant Ozannes as Global Managing Partner since 2008 and his election for a further four years is a vote of confidence by the partners in his strategic leadership of the firm. A source quoted in The Lawyer’s Offshore Survey in February 2013 endorsed his leadership style: “In my view [Mourant Ozannes] has the most charismatic, dynamic senior management……you’ll see the firm making significant advances.”