07 Aug 2020

Hatstone appoints Robert Rakison as Senior International Counsel

Hatstone is delighted to announce that it has appointed Robert Rakison as Senior International Counsel, with effect from 1 August 2020.
Robert’s primary affiliation will be our Jersey office, though he will continue to work from London.
Senior Group Partner, Simon Vivian, and Robert Rakison have known each other for many years – Simon became a partner of Robert’s former firm, Rakisons, in London in 1993.
Hatstone is a leading multi-jurisdictional group providing legal, investment fund administration and corporate services with offices in BVI, Jersey, London, Malta, Panama and South Africa.
Hatstone is the representative firm of the LNI in Jersey, South Africa and Panama. Robert Rakison is on LNI’s Steering Committee.
We look forward to working with Robert Rakison and his extensive international client base.

14 Jan 2020

Hatstone’s Jersey Office appoints new Group Partner

Hatstone is pleased to announce the appointment to Group Partner of Bella Ward, who will be based in the Hatstone’s Jersey office. Bella specialises in banking, finance, corporatecommercial and real estate transactions.  She has a significant practice leading cross-border corporate, banking and capital markets transactions.

Prior to joining Hatstone, Bella worked in the banking and finance and corporate departments of two offshore law firms in Jersey and in the banking and finance and debt capital markets departments of leading international law firms, Allen & Overy, White & Case, Clifford Chance and King & Wood Mallesons (formerly Mallesons Stephen Jacques) in London, Frankfurt, Moscow and Brisbane.

Bella has particular experience in insolvency, restructuring of credit facilities, distressed debt, conduit level lending, securitisation, aircraft financing, debt capital markets and project finance.

Bella commented:

“I am delighted to be joining Hatstone. I am very pleased to have joined an entrepreneurial group that is going from strength to strength and which will enable me to focus on delivering first class services to my clients.”

Group Partner Simon Vivian commented:

“We are delighted that Bella is joining us, at the start of this exciting new decade. Her appointment as Group Partner continues the growth of the international Hatstone legal team, particularly in the areas of banking and finance, and will enable us to continue to provide excellent lawyers and legal services to all of our clients. In total, with Bella’s appointment, we now have 11 Group Partners across the Hatstone Group.”

View Bella’s profile here.

10 Jan 2020

Promotions at Hatstone’s South Africa Office

Hatstone has in the last six months promoted four of its lawyers in South Africa.

Dr Erin Nel, who is an international trust and compliance specialist, was promoted to Senior Associate. Her role entails dealing with regulatory and trust-related matters, drafting corporate agreements and documents, wealth management, as well as supporting the Hatstone Group with local and international research-based projects.

Chrisma Genis, who manages the corporate and commercial department of the South African office, was also promoted to Senior Associate.  In late 2019, Chrisma also obtained a post-graduate diploma in tax law from the University of Stellenbosch. Chrisma also earned her BComm LLB and LLM (International Trade Law) at the University of Stellenbosch.

Stefan Schausberger and Yannis Verkes were both promoted to Senior Associate in recognition of their contribution towards the growth and success of the firm. Stefan  specialises in corporate and commercial,private wealth, trust law, investment funds as well as listings. Yannis is regularly involved in a variety of commercial, corporate, banking and tax related matters, servicing our international client base. Both Yannis and Stefan have both been with Hatstone in South Africa for over five years.

Hannes Botha, Group Partner at Hatstone’s South African office, said:

It is very rewarding to see our lawyers progress in their careers, and develop specialist skills. This is one way in which we can give some recognition to the substantial contribution made by these lawyers to their local offices, and the wider Hatstone Group.

07 Jan 2020

Promotions at Hatstone’s Jersey Office

Hatstone’s Jersey office is delighted to announce the promotion of two of its lawyers.

Private client specialist Michael Shenkin has been promoted to Of Counsel and corporate lawyer Marianne Hendry has been promoted to Senior Associate.

Michael advises trustees, beneficiaries, family offices and private individuals on the establishment, maintenance, administration and governance of their structures and in relation to personal matters, both contentious and non-contentious.

Marianne advises on a range of corporate and commercial transactional work with a particular emphasis on business sales and purchases.

Simon Vivian, Group Partner at Hatstone’s Jersey office, said:

Michael is the first person to be appointed Of Counsel in the Hatstone Group in recognition of his technical expertise and leadership in our private client practice. Marianne has repeatedly demonstrated outstanding ability and has made a great contribution to the Jersey team and the wider Hatstone Group. I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

07 Feb 2019

Hatstone BVI expands with new senior lawyer

Hatstone Group Partner Carl O’Shea has recently been sworn in as a Solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands).

Carl said: “I am delighted to have been admitted in the BVI joining my colleagues Philipp Neumann and Sarah Masson. My admission is a further statement of the Hatstone Group’s commitment to developing a strong offering in BVI services. On a personal note, it is very satisfying to now hold three practising certificates.”

Carl specialises in private clientcorporate and commercialtrusts and foundationsinvestment funds and banking and finance. He regularly advises trust companies, fund administrators, tax boutiques and private clients. He is now qualified in three jurisdictions: the BVIJersey and England.

Clients regard Carl as a lawyer who is ‘knowledgeable and solution-orientated’ and “practical with a wealth of experience.’

21 Jan 2019

Hatstone strengthens its dispute resolution team with new senior appointment

Hatstone has strengthened its dispute resolution team in Jersey with the appointment of Advocate Alexander English to Group Partner.

Alexander’s addition brings the litigation department in Jersey up to two Group Partners and is a reflection of a particularly strong period of growth across its global dispute resolution practice.

Alexander is experienced in all areas of Jersey litigation but his principal areas of expertise are in family and civil court work.  He appears mainly in the higher courts of Jersey.

He is one of only a small number of Advocates to have experience of winning an appeal in the Court of Appeal against a judgment of the Royal Court.

His wide-ranging civil practice includes, but is not limited to, trust disputes, breach of contract, negligence, employment law, personal injury, defamation, debt recovery, construction disputes, property disputes, and wills disputes.

His family practice includes but is not limited to divorce, maintenance and child contact proceedings.

Speaking of Alexander’s appointment Group Partner Advocate Stephen Wauchope said:

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Alexander to the Hatstone group partnership. Alexander has established an enviable track record of success for his clients and is widely regarded as a bright, charismatic, tough and a highly-effective advocate. I very much look forward to working with him and developing further the litigation and dispute resolution practice in Jersey”

27 Nov 2018

Hatstone BVI expands to include litigation with senior appointment

Hatstone is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Masson as Senior Counsel.

Sarah joins Hatstone from another international law firm having over 15 years’ experience in international commercial litigation and arbitration. In addition to being qualified in the BVI, she is also an English lawyer and a New York lawyer.

She has been recognised for her “extensive experience of major, multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes”.

Group Partner Philipp Neumann said:

“We are excited to welcome Sarah as head of our newly launched BVI litigation practice. It has been an exciting and busy year for our firm, with the addition of BVI legal services to our offering. The decision to open an office in the BVI has been driven primarily by client demand, and we look forward to continuing to provide clients with our services across our expanding global network.”

Sarah commented:

“I am very pleased to be joining Hatstone and very much look forward to assisting the expansion of the BVI offering, to provide the efficient and effective service that our clients will require.”

11 Sep 2018

Newly Qualified Lawyer at Hatstone

Congratulations to Jersey local, Aaron Chandler, who recently qualified as an English solicitor with Hatstone in Jersey.

Aaron joined Hatstone as a paralegal in 2012 and following completion of the Legal Practice Course undertook a two year training contract with Hatstone in Jersey.

Aaron’s areas of practice are corporate and commercial and private client law.

Group Partner Simon Vivian said: ‘Aaron has studied and worked extremely hard over the past five years to become an English solicitor and we look forward to working with him and supporting him on the next stage of his career.’

If you are currently undertaking the Legal Practice Course in the UK and would like to consider a training contract at Hatstone in Jersey then please contact careers@hatstone.com.

05 Sep 2018

Hatstone appoints new BVI Partner

Hatstone is delighted to announce the appointment of Philipp Neumann as Group Partner to head up Hatstone’s newly launched BVI practice.

Philipp joins Hatstone as a Group Partner from another international law firm having worked in the British Virgin Islands for over 8 years. Philipp has a strong reputation for his advisory work relating to offshore investment funds, corporate and commercial, private client and regulatory matters.

In addition to being qualified in the BVI, he is also an English lawyer and a German lawyer. He speaks English, German, Spanish and is conversational in French.

Group Partner Carl O’Shea said.

“Philipp brings with him a wealth of experience working with investment funds, corporate, private client and regulatory matters in the BVI and elsewhere. He is a very welcome addition to the Hatstone Group and a confirmation of our commitment to provide clients with the best possible service, which invariably begins with recruiting the most qualified candidates.”

Philipp Neumann commented:

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to become a part of the dynamic and growing team at Hatstone. Having the opportunity to be heading up Hatstone’s BVI practice is very exciting indeed and I cannot wait to be part of, and contribute to, the ongoing expansion and success of Hatstone.”

11 Oct 2017

Hatstone enhances offices with new appointments


Hatstone is delighted to announce an enhancement to the Jersey, Panama and South Africa offices with three new appointments.

Our new additions to the Hatstone Team include:

Group Partner Hannes Botha commented

“We welcome Chrisma, Giselle and Marianne to Hatstone and look forward to working with them during the next stage of their careers”