Corporate Lawyers / Funds Lawyers
The new normal? A fabulous coastal lifestyle with absolutely no compromise on your legal career.
If you just can’t wait to get back into the City, let me save you five minutes - this is probably not for you. For the rest, those who’s feelings are a bit more nuanced, who are wondering whether a ‘return to normal’ is really what you want after lockdown, this might just be the ‘have your cake and eat it’ solution.
Relocating to Guernsey is not the easy path in the short term. It will involve some upheaval and it is a big decision, but it’s a decision that many lawyers make every year, and few ever look back with any regret beyond ‘why didn’t I do it sooner?’ This is a place that enables you to maintain your legal career without any compromise on your aspirations, financial or otherwise, whilst enjoying a lifestyle that is simply unattainable in any major legal centre on the mainland.
By day you can expect to be working with lawyers of the highest calibre, who themselves have backgrounds in Magic Circle or other prestigious onshore law firms. You will be advising on the Guernsey aspects of high-value cross-border corporate/funds transactions. It is complex and technically challenging work which will require all the skills and dedication you would need to thrive in the City. There is no hiding place in a smaller team so it is definitely a role for someone who enjoys the client facing side of legal practice, and with ambitious growth plans in place, there are few limitations on your potential for career progression.
When you finish for the day, island life comes into its own. A short drive (or even walk/cycle) home replaces a stressful commute and in summer at least, you could be out on the water or relaxing on the beach before the sun goes down. Lawyers with families can look forward to getting to know them a bit better (admittedly this may be a mixed blessing after three months of home schooling!) but this is no sleepy enclave. Yes, the pace of life is slower here, but it is a busy and social place with the usual ex-pat buzz, a healthy tourist industry and no shortage of money to keep the place in nice bars and restaurants (all of which are busy again, with social distancing a thing of the past here).
If you are a corporate and/or investment funds lawyer with at least 18 months’ post-qualification experience from a good City or equivalent firm, and you would like to explore this further, get in touch with Jason Horobin who is happy to answer any questions. Likewise, if you like what you have seen but the job doesn’t fit the bill, get in touch and we can discuss some alternatives.