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Guernsey's next Bailiff confirmed

Guernsey's next Bailiff confirmed

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Guernsey's next Bailiff confirmed

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of the next Bailiff of Guernsey, who will take over when Sir Richard Collas retires from the post next year.

Mr Richard McMahon is currently the Deputy Bailiff and was recommended to The Queen by the Lord Chancellor.

He has been in his present position since 2012 and will become Bailiff of Guernsey in May 2020.

Mr McMahon was born in 1962 and was educated at Abingdon School, Liverpool University, Emmanuel College, the Inns of Court School of Law in London and the Université de Caen in France. He was called to the English Bar, Middle Temple in 1986 and lectured in law at the University of Reading until 1995, when he came to Guernsey as a Legislative Draftsman.

Sir Richard Collas

Pictured: Bailiff of Guernsey Sir Richard Collas.

In 1998, Mr McMahon was called to the Guernsey Bar and two years later he was appointed a Crown Advocate and Director of Civil Litigation. He was then appointed Her Majesty's Comptroller and, as a result, Deputy to Her Majesty's Receiver General for Guernsey, before becoming Deputy Bailiff.

The Bailiff is Guernsey's leading citizen and represents the island in non-political matters, greeting and welcoming Royal visitors and dignitaries on behalf of residents. He also acts as a Presiding Officer of the States, moderating debate in the assembly, ruling on questions of procedure and maintaining order.

Sir Richard Collas was appointed Deputy Bailiff of Guernsey in 2005 and will have served as Bailiff for eight years when he retires in 2020.

Pictured top: Current Deputy Bailiff Richard McMahon.

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