Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands and is just off the coast of Normandy. It is a British Crown dependency and is a 30 minute flight from London. Guernsey’s legal system originates in Norman Customary Law, overlaid with principles taken from English common law. The international offshore law firms in Guernsey attract the top talent from the UK’s leading national and international law firms, whilst also looking to recruit from far flung places such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The law firms in Guernsey tend to focus on:
- Corporate & commercial
- Banking & finance
- Investment funds
- Commercial dispute resolution
- Insolvency & restructuring
- Financial services regulatory
Salaries compare with the upper mid-tier London law firms and with only 20% to pay in tax the islands is an attractive proposition with cost of living comparable to the UK.
To live and work on Guernsey a non-resident requires an employment permit which the law firm will apply for on your behalf.
Guernsey is rugged and beautiful and a lovely place to live especially if you like the outdoors. Commutes into St Peter Port, the capital, are straightforward and life outside work is an easy and tranquil pace of life for those that want it. St Peter Port itself is a thriving town full of excellent restaurants and places to go out. Guernsey is ideal for families and singles that don’t want the daily grind of London.