Jeremy Wessels

'The best offshore litigator I've worked with'

— Chambers UK, 2017

Jeremy Wessels


International Practice Group Head


I'm a Partner at Mourant Ozannes (Guernsey) LLP and the International Head of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practices.

I specialise in commercial litigation, particularly cases involving insolvency, contentious trust disputes and financial services businesses, along with asset tracing and freezing orders. I also advise on regulatory and money-laundering issues.

I’ve been involved in significant cases before the Royal Court of Guernsey, including a number of high-value insolvencies. I deal with insolvency issues relating to various structures, such as protected cell companies, incorporated cell companies and limited partnerships.

I also speak regularly on insolvency issues and contribute to publications in the field.

Work highlights

  • I acted for Westminster City Council in relation to the proceedings against Dame Shirley Porter and was also involved in the Flightlease Group liquidation.

Professional qualifications

  • Advocate, Guernsey, 1988
  • Barrister, England, 1987 (currently non-practising)


  • The Insolvency Lawyers' Association
  • Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3)

What the directories say

Legal 500, 2022 lists Jeremy under 'Hall of Fame' and 'Key Lawyers'

"Unquestionably one of the best offshore litigators. He is pragmatic, experienced and very knowledgeable." Chambers and Partners UK, 2021. 

Legal 500 UK, 2021 states, "Jeremy Wessels is pre-eminent in his grasp of wider cross jurisdictional issues."

Jeremy Wessels is in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame and is listed as a leading individual within Dispute Resolution. 

Jeremy is '"one of the leading litigators on the island" according to Chambers and Partners UK 2020 who also state, "He is hard-working and very effective in court."

Jeremy is named in the prestigious Legal Week Private Client Global Elite directory, 2019.

Chambers UK, 2019, describes Jeremy as 'really impressive' and 'very smart and great in court'.

Chambers and Partners 2019 - Dispute Resolution: Jeremy Wessels is thought of as "one of the leading litigators on the island" by commentators, who add: "He is hard-working and very effective in court."

Chambers UK, 2017, lists Jeremy as a Ranked Lawyer and describes him as 'an outstanding practitioner in Guernsey' and 'the best offshore litigator I've worked with'.

Jeremy is described as 'excellent' and listed as a Leading Individual for Dispute Resolution in Legal 500 UK, 2016.

'Jeremy Wessels is praised for being 'extremely dedicated,' because 'you know he reads every page and prepares religiously'. Commentators add: 'Judges listen to him, he's persuasive, good at thinking on his feet and very experienced. One of the best in Guernsey',' says Chambers UK, 2016.

'Market sources report that Jeremy Wessels 'is a first-class lawyer, and he can translate that cerebral knowledge into good courtroom skills'. Another interviewee says he is 'the most respected litigator for trust matters in the jurisdiction',' Chambers UK, 2015. Jeremy is ranked in Dispute Resolution.

'Jeremy Wessels is a 'great litigator',' says Who's Who Legal, 2015. Jeremy is Recommended in Private Client.

Legal 500 UK, 2015: Jeremy is ranked as a Leading individual and Recommended in Private Client, Trusts and Tax & Dispute Resolution.

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