Eight new recruits have been welcomed into Gibraltar’s leading law firm, Hassans, underpinning its continued growth in spite of the difficult economic situation worldwide.
Five barristers, Isaac Levy, Andrew Montegriffo, Ralph Bossino, Tito Garro, and Darren Martinez, in addition to three trainee solicitors, Jason Corbett, Chloe Oppenheimer and Caroline Sullivan, will work in various departments of the firm, including commercial, tax, litigation, financial services and funds.
Isaac Levy, the son of James Levy QC, Senior Partner at the firm, will work in the Corporate and Private Client team. Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Isaac was ordained as a Rabbi by the Central Israeli Rabbinical Court. In addition, for a number of years Isaac headed a Research Institute in Talmudic Law in Jerusalem comprising of 70 students. He attained first class honours in his undergraduate degree and outstanding in the Bar Professional Training Course. Following in the footsteps of his father, Isaac was called to the bar in the Middle Temple. He has experience working for well-known city legal firms and barristers chambers in London. In addition he has had experience in the financial world working for a number of Family Offices and Investment Managers.
Andrew Montegriffo, the son of Peter Montegriffo, one of the senior partners at the firm, completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham before going on to achieve a Masters in Commercial Law. He subsequently undertook the Bar Professional Training Course and is a member of Middle Temple. Andrew has joined the Corporate and Commercial team at Hassans.
Jason is from Cardiff, Wales and converted to a career in law from being a quantity surveyor. He obtained a Masters of Law at Cardiff University where he also undertook the legal practice course.
Caroline was born and brought up in Dundee, Scotland. She graduated from the University of Dundee as one of the first students to complete a dually qualifying Scots and English Law LLB (Hons) degree there. She then went on to complete her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in Leeds. Caroline has been coming to Gibraltar for the past 6 years and has been involved in the student programme at Hassans.
Darren currently forms part of the Corporate and Commercial Department. An LLB Honours Graduate from the University of Leeds, Darren completed the Bar Practitioners Training Course at BPP Leeds in 2011. Darren is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and was called to the Bar of England and Wales on the 13th October 2011.
Chloe was born in Gibraltar and raised in Marbella until the age of 14. She has had the benefit of an international education, having attended Leysin American School, an American boarding school in Switzerland, Northeastern University in Boston and the London School of Economics, where she achieved a BA Hons degree in International Affairs in 2009. Chloe successfully completed her Graduate Diploma in Law in 2010 and her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London where she achieved a LLB Hons.
Tito currently forms part of the Corporate and Commercial Department. He holds a 2:1 LLB Honours degree from the University of The West of England, he further completed the Bar Practitioners Training Course at the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice in 2011. He also recently attained accreditation as a mediator with the ADR Group, and is currently in the process of completing a Masters in Legal Practice within the area of Clinical Negligence.
Hassans remain committed to expansion by tapping into the talent available both locally and abroad with this year’s intake deriving from Gibraltar, Scotland and Wales. Most of the recruits have also spent time in the firm’s highly popular and successful ‘Summer Placement Programme’ and both Jason and Andrew have achieved exceptional academic qualifications with a Masters Degree in Law.
Hassans was the first law firm outside the UK to be accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales to offer training contracts to aspiring solicitors, putting Hassans firmly at the forefront of legal training in Gibraltar.
Managing Partner, Javier Chincotta commented, “At Hassans we are committed to continual professional development and training. Our goal is to recruit exceptionally talented people who will stay with us and who want to become partners in our continuing success story. The new recruits have varied backgrounds and each will bring new skills and experiences to the firm, which all our clients can benefit from”.