Matthew GuthrieManaging Partner, Guernsey

Matthew Guthrie

'Excellent commercial understanding'

Overview

I'm our Guernsey office Managing Partner and also lead the International Trusts & Private Client practice in Guernsey.

I provide Guernsey law advice on wealth structuring and asset protection through trusts and other vehicles to trust companies, international families and high-net-worth individuals.

I also advise on all Guernsey law aspects of international pension schemes, employee benefit trusts and share option schemes for multinational corporations.

Professional qualifications

  • Called to the Guernsey Bar, February 2014
  • Certificat d'Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes from the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie in France, December 2013
  • Solicitor, England and Wales, 2008 (currently non-practising)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course
  • History degree from Cambridge University

Memberships

  • The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

What the directories say

"He is really reactive, thorough in his approach, thinks outside the box, and is a pleasure to work with." Chambers and Partners UK 2020.

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

Chambers UK, 2019 reports that Matthew Guthrie's "technical knowledge is great and it's always delivered in an efficient and friendly manner."

A source says Matthew Guthrie is: 'a very skilled lawyer, hugely creative and asks the right questions.' Chambers and Partners, 2019.

Mourant Ozannes Matthew Guthrie 'is one of the best non-contentious trust lawyers in Guernsey: incredibly easy to work with and he has the fantastic ability to see things from the trustee's perspective'. Legal 500, UK 2018.

"He has excellent technical knowledge, he's great to work with, practical and efficient," and highlight his "intelligent, considered, practical advice." A commentator states: "He is a brilliant technician and a thoroughly nice person." "We've never come up with a query that Matt can't find a good answer for," says a client. Chambers HNW, 2018.

"He is someone that is very committed and hard-working but not a cut-throat litigator; he is much more pragmatic and deals with things constructively rather than destructively," reports a fellow practitioner. Another interviewee highlights his abilities on non-contentious matters: "He is really excellent. He's very serious in his approach, but he knows if you're in a spot, and he's a good person to help you get out of it." Chambers and Partners UK, 2018.

"His technical knowledge is great and it's always delivered in an efficient and friendly manner," Chambers Global, 2018.

'Matthew Guthrie has 'excellent commercial understanding' and has an 'appreciation of the everyday practicalities of trust and company administration',' Chambers UK, 2017.

'Matthew Guthrie is 'approachable, likeable and extremely bright',' Legal 500 UK, 2016.

Legal 500, 2016, lists Matthew as a Leading Individual for Private Client, Trusts and Tax.

Chambers UK, 2016, lists Matthew Guthrie as a Notable Practitioner.