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Carey Olsen is ‘first class – the team’s professional expertise is so rock solid, it is able to cover not just Jersey law but its interaction with UK law too’ and ‘advice is always relevant and to the point, straightforward and understandable for a non-lawyer’. The practice handles a range of work for employers across core employment law and pensions issues. Paul Matthamsdoesn’t flinch from giving bad news; he looks for solutions in light of the circumstances’, and Siobhan Riley’s ‘wonderful expertise makes her easy to discuss matters with’. Counsel Huw Thomas handles discrimination claims, redundancies and employment status litigation. Clients include a range of financial services companies and pensions schemes.

Mourant Ozannes has ‘an excellent employment team with significant market expertise; it provides commercial advice in a timely and cost-effective manner’. The firm handles significant work for employers including redundancies, data protection, and discrimination matters, often working in synergy with its Guernsey office. Counsel Carla Benest, who ‘always looks at the big picture and co-ordinates with her colleagues in other teams to provide near-seamless advice’, has a wide-ranging practice that includes handling tribunal advocacy. banks, private equity houses, businesses in the local economy and public sector organisations are all clients of the team. Leading individual Helen Ruelle left Mourant for Ogier in 2018.

Ogier is ‘very accessible and available – it goes the extra mile’; ‘clients appreciate its sensible and practical approach to concluding matters’. Senior associate Daniel Read advises Zedra on immigration matters, and Jersey and Guernsey Gas on a range of employment and health and safety at work matters. Michael Little, now a counsel, has ‘immense depth of expertise and knowledge, plus commercial acumen’ – he advised the RNLI on taking over lifeguard responsibilities in Jersey, which is not covered by TUPE. Nigel Sanders is ‘experienced, approachable and professional’ – he handles work such as executive exits, tribunal litigation and complex discrimination claims. Clients include Guiton Group, which the firm advised on the employment aspects of its joint venture with Kodak to create a new newspaper printing facility on the island. The firm also acts for the Liberation Group and several well-known retailers.

BCR Law has ‘very clear in-depth knowledge and is able to articular the complexities and nuances in the law with great clarity and simplicity’. The firm acts for senior executives of major financial services companies as well as a range of businesses in the local economy, including owner-managed businesses. Litigator Jean-Marie Renouf is ‘professional, commercial, tenacious, a trusted adviser and a great listener’ – he handles a range of tribunal advocacy and negotiated exits for senior executives. Wendy Lambert, who joined the firm with the firm’s merger with Lambert Legal, handles non-contentious work such as redundancies and acquisitions. Jeremy Heywood also handles contentious work.

Bedell Cristin is ‘always efficient, with first-class knowledge’ of matters such as unfair dismissal claims, executive exits, transfers of business, redundancies and immigration. Guy Le Sueur handles the non-contentious side of the practice, while Edward Drummond handles tribunal and court work. At the associate level, Will Austin-Vautier is also recommended. The firm acts for a number of national and international financial services businesses.

Boutique firm Callington Chambers advises employers, public bodies and executives on cutting-edge employment law matters and data protection. Vicky Milner acted as amicus curiae to the Royal Court of Jersey in Klonowska v The Chief Minister, in which the Royal Court overturned a decision by the Population Office to allow a woman to run, but not work in, her own business. She also handles work concerning executive exits. On the data protection front, Davida Blackmore – a new hire from Appleby – is providing advice to Jersey’s Office of the Information Commissioner, as well as Guernsey’s Data Protection Commissioner. Other mandates relate to the ‘gig economy’ and restrictive covenants.

Collas Crill’s ‘understanding of local legislation and its wider impacts’ ensures that clients get ‘impressively quick advice that takes into account the wider areas of the business that have the potential to be impacted’. The firm has a particular strength in work concerning fiduciary businesses: Paul Wilson advised the management of Coutts & Co Trustees on a management buyout, and Equiom on its purchase of Vivat, which included carrying over some but not all employees. Elena Moran is ‘direct, and means business – clients appreciate how these strengths are gracefully presented in how she represents their interests’. She advised Lumiere Wealth Management on ending the employment of a key figure in the light of a Jersey Financial Services Commission investigation, and the subsequent transfer of staff to a new wealth manager. Away from financial services, Wilson advised Condor Ferries on an executive exit and Sports Direct on employee contracts. Other clients include SigmaRoc, Vizuality Group, Osiris Management Services and individual executives.

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