Bedell Cristin has two lawyers featured in industry rising stars list

11 Sep 2014

Bedell Cristin is the only offshore law firm to have two practitioners included in the lists of the ‘Top 35 Under 35’ published this week by the leading private wealth magazine, eprivateclient.com (Private Client Practitioner).

Nancy Chien and Kellyann Ozouf are both senior associates in Bedell’s private wealth and fiduciary group, which is ranked as a top tier practice group in the leading legal directories. It is Nancy’s second consecutive appearance in the list and the third time that Kellyann has been selected.

Nancy, a native Mandarin speaker, was previously a senior associate at Ashurst in London, before joining Bedell in 2012. A pensions, employee benefits and private client specialist, she has been described as ‘a proactive adviser who impresses with appropriate legal advice that comes with high service levels.’ and someone who is ‘a leading source of legal advice and guidance in the increasingly complex area of local, UK and international pension legislation’.

In 2013, Nancy qualified as a BVI lawyer further strengthening the firm’s depth of experience in providing BVI legal advice and she also featured in a 2013 industry list of future leaders.  Her earlier career was as a trust law specialist practising in both Jersey and New Zealand.

Kellyann joined Bedell in 2007 and qualified as a Jersey advocate in 2010.  She advises on all aspects of Jersey trust law (including, advising trustees on their obligations pursuant to tax information exchange agreements), foundations and wills and succession. Kellyann has contributed to leading publications on trust law matters and has also featured in a 2013 industry list of future leaders.

She has been acknowledged to be the 'first point of contact when legal assistance is required' and is someone who is ‘highly regarded by clients and contributes to the profession, including acknowledgement in the firm for mentoring junior staff’.  Kellyann has been described as possessing ‘a great ability to explain her subject clearly to a mixed audience with a diversity of experience.’

The ‘Top 35 Under 35’ is designed to identify, recognise, promote and introduce the rising stars of the private client profession working at the major firms in London and elsewhere in the British Isles, including the offshore locations. It includes 10 practitioners based in the Channel Islands and two of those are from Bedell.

Congratulating both Nancy and Kellyann on their inclusion, Edward Bennett, Partner and head of the firm’s International Private Client group, said:

"Recognition for two of our talented individuals at the firm at senior associate level is an illustration of the strength in depth that is now a hallmark of the firm’s development, which in turn supports our commitment to providing the highest possible standards of service to our clients."