Alison Marie Ozanne

Advocate and Partner (Head of Guernsey IDR Team)  |  Walkers
JURISDICTION

Guernsey

TOP SPECIALISMS

Trusts: Contentious

Commercial Litigation

Q&A

Why did you become a lawyer?

The law is interesting and you get to apply it in interesting circumstances. Getting the right result is a vindication.

Who had the biggest influence on your career?

My first boss in London , Paul Howcroft (now retired) at Nicholson Graham and Jones.

What is your proudest professional moment?

Setting up my own law firm which eventually merged with Walkers and wins in the Court of Appeal.

What was your worst day at work?

Watching the twin towers come down, with colleagues, on the only computer with internet on our floor.

What advice would you give a trainee just starting out?

Never say no to work as you can learn from every matter and client, and take advice and don't see it is a criticism.

Did you have a mentor who supported you in your early career? What was the most valuable thing they taught you?

Paul (mentioned above) showed me what true professionalism was both in terms of client care, work product and how to carry out successful BD.

What do you think will be the most significant trend in your practice over the next 12 months?

Growing Corporate and Private Capital & Trusts teams after two key new hires. Steady growth in my team which is maturing nicely!

What is the most unusual or shocking request you've ever had from a client?

The most unusual or shocking request that I have had came when I was a young female lawyer in London, and on meeting a senior male lawyer for the first time at a client dinner, the first thing that he said was 'Do you think we will have sex?'. I was shocked but I held my ground. That was the environment that I – and others - had to deal with, and fortunately, times have moved on.

What's your favourite midnight snack when you're in late from the office?

KitKat bar.

What was your top lockdown box-set?

Succession.

What do you do when you're not working? Any hobbies?

Get bossed about by my three dogs.

What would you do if you weren't a lawyer?

Doctor.

What is the book you'd recommend to everyone?

War and Peace.

Where can you see yourself in ten, twenty, thirty or years? (you can pick one!)

Absolutely no idea, that's the great thing!

What song will never fail to get you on the dance floor?

Dancing Queen