John Rochester


— Legal 500, 2021

John Rochester

Mourant LP Partner


I am based in our Guernsey office and advise on Guernsey and BVI Law in the Corporate team. I advise corporate and financial institutions on a range of banking and finance matters (including real estate finance and asset finance) and corporate transactions (including schemes of arrangement, reorganisations and public and private M&A).

I trained as a Solicitor at Linklaters in London and Hong Kong, including a secondment to Merrill Lynch.

After practising in Linklaters' Asset Finance department, I relocated to the British Virgin Islands with Maples and Calder, before joining Mourant Ozannes' Jersey office in 2009. I moved to our Guernsey office in 2014.

Professional qualifications

  • Solicitor, British Virgin Islands, 2005
  • Solicitor, England and Wales, 2004 (currently non-practising)
  • Legal Practice Course at BPP in London
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law at Nottingham Trent University
  • Degree in Law with French Law from Aberdeen University

What the directories say

Legal 500, 2022 quotes ‘John Rochester is superb. He is a great manager of clients and always delivers top-notch service and does it fast.' He is also listed as a next generation partner, key lawyer and leading individual.

Chambers UK 2021 states 'he is a strong technical lawyer and a good communicator.'

'The service received from John Rochester was exceptional and always going the extra mile. His legal knowledge is on point and an absolute pleasure to work with. He is no-doubt our ‘go-to-guy’ in Guernsey’, Legal 500, 2021.

‘John Rochester provided seamless service and was extremely personable, efficient and flexible. His pragmatism, legal knowledge and strong understanding of complex M&A issues were invaluable’, Legal 500, 2021.

John Rochester is noted by market sources for his banking knowledge and strategic advice, with one client commenting that he is 'very efficient' and provides 'excellent service'. Chambers and Partners, 2019.

John Rochester is 'calm and reliable,' Legal 500 UK, 2018.

IFLR 1000, 2017, describes John as a 'strong corporate lawyer who is personable and easy to deal with', and who 'organises his team well and is available to you when needed'.

John is 'extremely helpful meeting deadlines and providing an on-the-ground liaison with Guernsey-based stakeholders', and is 'able to seamlessly manage a team and explain esoteric concepts of Guernsey law', Legal 500, 2017.

Legal 500 UK, 2016, describes John as 'pragmatic and efficient'.

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