Alasdair Cross

Alasdair Cross is senior partner of the Guernsey office. He specialises in private client trust work with a particular emphasis on structures for international families.

Alasdair has been involved in fiduciary work for more than 25 years. He serves as a trustee of charities and NPOs and as a protector for family trusts. He also acts as a director of investment funds.

Alasdair joined Rawlinson & Hunter in 2007 and became a partner in 2008 and senior partner in 2011. Previously, he spent 16 years working for Barings and Northern Trust in Guernsey, most recently as an executive director of its trust company, where he was responsible for private clients and was Chief Fiduciary Officer.

Alasdair graduated in Law from Oxford University. He features in the Citywealth Leaders List 2014 in the Leading Trustees – Guernsey – Prominent Figures category. Alasdair is a member of STEP.

Alasdair is a member of the International Wealth Structuring Committee of the Family Office Advisers Forum.

Firm Overview:

Rawlinson & Hunter is an international grouping of professional firms, specialising in financial and taxation advice. Our offices stretch from London to New Zealand, through Guernsey and Jersey to Switzerland, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Singapore and Australia. Our skill lies in maximising the rewards that prosperity can bring. For the private client, we can take the strain, safeguarding their assets, leaving them to enjoy the benefits, rather than suffer the burdens, of wealth.

The maze of UK and international law is complex to navigate alone, particularly for clients with profiles in many jurisdictions. Our grouping of offices can provide global advice and solutions. We administer billions of dollars of assets in offshore jurisdictions and specialise in providing trust and company administration services.

Our expertise is not limited to individuals. Our partners are all qualified professionals who are trained to look at the big picture. Both private and corporate clients can equally benefit from our skill at finding solutions to match their own distinctive financial circumstances.

We are different, as is our way of working. Our partners like to get to know their clients well and carry out much of the work in person, often face to face. Most of our clients have come to us through a personal recommendation, evidence of our reputation as leaders in our field.

Jessica Roland

Jessica is the Managing Partner of our Guernsey practice. She practised in England as a solicitor, conducting general litigation and appearing in the courts, before returning to Guernsey in 1998. Jessica practises commercial and common law litigation, specialising in employment law and human/corporate rights. She has substantial experience before Guernsey courts at all levels, and has advised some of the island’s largest institutions on dealing with non-contentious and contentious employment matters, including redundancies.

Jessica lectures and advises in this area for both local and international corporations with Guernsey employment issues, and frequently contributes articles on employment law. She has appeared before the Guernsey employment tribunal on numerous occasions.

Professional Qualifications:

Jessica qualified as a Solicitor (England, currently non-practising) in 1997 and an Advocate (Guernsey) in 1999. She was appointed Notary Public in 2006. Jessica is accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Recognition:

“Jessica Roland’s clients praise her ‘extensive and thorough knowledge of employment law and reveal that her client service is second to none.” ~ Chambers UK, 2017

“Combines excellent legal knowledge with first-rate communication skills.” ~ Legal 500 UK, 2016

Legal 500 UK, 2016 describes Jessica as a ‘strong advocate’ and someone who combines excellent legal knowledge with first-rate communication skills.

“Jessica Roland is described by clients as possessing a knack of giving us all the time that we need to articulate the problem and talk through the issues with her, and then she leads us to a conclusion that is clear, understandable and acceptable to all.” ~ Chambers UK, 2016

Jessica is listed in Citywealth’s ‘IFC Power Women Top 200 List 2015’.

“A client singles out Jessica Roland for offering sound, pragmatic advice with a sensible range of options.” ~ Chambers UK, 2015

Jessica is ranked in Band 1 in the category Offshore: Employment – Guernsey.

Jessica is ranked as a Leading individual and recommended in Employment by Legal 500 UK, 2015, as well as being described as ‘measured, thoughtful and articulate’.

“Managing partner Jessica Roland receives glowing praise for her commercial orientation and understanding of the business dimension. She provides excellent and flexible advice. She is widely recognised as one of the market’s leading practitioners.” ~ Chambers Europe, 2014

“Jessica Roland is ‘a brilliant employment lawyer.” Legal 500, 2013

Jessica “is widely considered one of the strongest practitioners in the market. ‘Her breadth of knowledge is huge. She can explain complex situations in a way that is easy to understand,’ agree market commentators,” Chambers Europe, 2013.

Practice:

Mourant Ozannes is a leading international law firm advising many of the world’s foremost financial institutions, public companies, global corporations and fund promoters as well as high net worth private clients on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. We have offices in these key offshore jurisdictions as well as London and Hong Kong.

Through our affiliated business, Mourant Ozannes Corporate Services, we also provide a comprehensive range of corporate administration services through a dedicated team of experienced professionals.

Tim Corfield

Tim is a partner and advocate in the dispute resolution and litigation group. He specialises in advisory and trial work with expertise in company law disputes and contentious corporate transactional matters, banking and financial services litigation, funds litigation and shareholder activism, and regulatory investigations, as well as having significant experience in the fields of corporate insolvency, restructuring and general commercial and trusts litigation. He has undertaken numerous contentious and non-contentious schemes of arrangement, including takeover schemes and bespoke members’ and creditors’ schemes. During his career he has appeared in matters before the English High Court, the Royal Court of Guernsey and the Guernsey Court of Appeal.

Tim is ranked consistently by the independent, international legal directories as one of Guernsey’s leading litigators (Legal 500, Chambers UK and Global, the International Bar Association’s ‘Who’s Who Legal’), and has been described in them as, “terrific”; “a master of litigation with an analytical mind who can think outside the box to find sensible solutions”; “the right man for difficult heavyweight commercial litigation”; as having a “dominant and effective courtroom presence”; “relentlessly charming, unflappable and totally dedicated to winning”; and a “team player and a delight to work with.”

Tim’s representative work often has an international / cross-border element, and he has acted for boards of directors (either in contentious or regulatory matters, but also as part of his board advisory practice, assisting boards of directors, or committees or constituents thereof, on commercially sensitive or complex transactions and investigations), major corporates, investment banks, funds, private equity houses and other financial institutions, as well as administrators/custodians/investment managers, and companies investors, trustees, office holders and individuals.

Career:

Tim qualified in 1999 as a solicitor, then as a solicitor-advocate, of the English courts where he practised for six years before moving to Guernsey in 2005, and being called as an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2008. His memberships include the International Bar Association, the Chancery Bar Association, INSOL and the Institute of Directors.

Practice:

We are a full service law firm working across banking and finance, corporate and M&A, investment funds and private equity, trusts and private wealth, dispute resolution, insolvency and property law.

Our clients include global financial institutions, investment funds, private equity houses, multi-national corporations, public organisations, sovereign wealth funds, ultra high net worth individuals, family offices, directors, trustees and private clients.

We work alongside all of the major onshore law firms, accountancy firms and insolvency practitioners on corporate transactions and matters involving our jurisdictions.

Our advice is delivered by an approachable and experienced team of globally-minded lawyers who work in partnership with our clients to help them achieve their objectives. We have the expertise and resources to handle the most complex international transactions combined with a personal approach to business.

In the face of opportunities or challenges, our clients know that the advice and guidance they receive from us will be based on a complete understanding of their goals and objectives combined with outstanding client service, technical excellence and commercial insight.

Whether playing a lead or a supporting role, we always look at the bigger picture.

Bruce McNaught FCA BA TEP

An accountancy firm specialising in small to medium sized Guernsey businesses and individuals and operated by experienced Chartered Accountant Bruce McNaught who is based in St Martin, Guernsey.

Our aim is to provide a personal and prompt service that will ensure that your Secretarial, Statutory and Guernsey Income Tax affairs up to date.

The Guernsey Accountants aim to take any aggravation out of your accounting, tax and statutory affairs so that you can get on with running your business.

“If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.” ~ J. Paul Getty

Practice Overview:

Below is a list of some of the primary accountancy plus associated services which The Guernsey Accountants offer our clients.

Accountancy

As well as the preparation of year-end financial statements and ICAEW sign off as a Chartered Accountancy practice, we also assist with the following to help make business management effective:

  • Management accounts
  • Cash flow schedules
  • Budgets
  • Other financial reports
  • Bookkeeping

We prepare accounts from available records where no formal bookkeeping is available for medium sized and small businesses, sole traders and individuals.

There is no legal requirement in Guernsey to have a formal audit of your firm’s annual financial statements. If the owners of the business agree to waive the right to an audit then the additional expense is no longer necessary.

Guernsey Income Tax

The Guernsey Accountants will prepare and submit year-end tax computations for Guernsey companies, sole traders and individuals with a range of trading, investment and rental income.

We also represent and support businesses and individuals at tax appeals and investigations with the Guernsey Income Tax Authority.

Payroll

The Guernsey Accountants manage the monthly or weekly maintenance of payroll, pay details and submission of quarterly Guernsey Income Tax and Social Security returns.

This can often include correspondence with the Housing Authority and other States departments.