John Lewis

John Lewis

'Very knowledgeable and provides excellent service, always commercial and always looking to find a solution'


I'm a partner in Mourant's Guernsey Corporate team. My particular interests and experience encompass:

  • private M&A, corporate transactions for private wealth/family offices, complex corporate reorganisations
  • fund financing, refinancing and restructuring, security enforcement
  • pensions, insurance (including reinsurance and captives) and FS regulatory advice

Before moving to Guernsey in 2002 I trained at Allen & Overy in London and worked in Sydney for Minter Ellison and ING Group.


  • Advocate – Guernsey bar
  • Solicitor - England and Wales (non-practising)
  • Solicitor - New South Wales (non-practising)
  • LLB (Hons) - University of Birmingham
  • LLM in Corporate, Commercial & Taxation Law - University of New South Wales

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Bank on the sale of its Global Trust Solutions business to Butterfield 
  • Advising the shareholders of Nerine on its acquisition by Praxis
  • Advising the personal trustees of a pension scheme for a non-profit organisation on its court-sanctioned restructure and withdrawal of related litigation
  • Advising on the transfer of Guernsey insurance business from Equitable Life to Utmost as part of the wider UK Part 26/Part VII schemes

What the directories say

"John is very knowledgeable and provides excellent service." Chambers UK (2020). Chambers UK (2019) describes John as 'always commercial and always looking to find a solution'. He delivers 'very pragmatic and commercial advice, he always sees the business perspective' Chambers UK (2017).

Legal 500 UK (2019) lists John in the Hall of Fame for Banking and Finance and as a Leading Individual for Corporate and M&A and Insurance. He is described as 'commercial and practical', 'always provides excellent service and gives practical, well-researched advice' and is 'approachable, commercial and understanding'.

John Lewis is ranked as Highly Regarded in IFLR1000 UK (2020).

Read more about John Lewis

Chambers & Partners


Recent publication | 25 September 2020

Guernsey legal and regulatory update - Q3


Recent publication | 16 July 2020

Guernsey's Mandatory Disclosure Rules