Employment in Jersey
Carey Olsen provides a full service across the employment space, covering the full range of internal investigations, tribunal litigation and non-contentious work. Siobhan Riley and counsel Huw Thomas head the practice, and Riley's work also includes a number of mandates concerning pensions and employee share ownership programmes - counsel Stephen Fitzgerald is also active in this space.
Other key lawyers:
‘Carey Olsen has an excellent reputation and the employment team enable and enforce the same. I have my technical documents reviewed by CO and when I mention this to my clients, no further questions are asked. We regularly use their team for advice on client matters and again it goes without question that their advice is excellent.’
‘Huw Thomas is technically brilliant and this is coupled with a sensible, pragmatic and understandable approach and delivery. He is my first port of call for all things complex and difficult.’
Committee of Management of the Public Employees Pension Fund
Management Board of the Jersey Teachers Superannuation Fund
- Advising the Committee of Management of the Public Employees Pension Fund, the largest public sector pension scheme in the Channel Islands.
- Advising the Management Board of the Jersey Teachers Superannuation Fund, a scheme for those teachers employed by the Island’s government and by certain of the local private schools in the Island.
At Mourant, Carla Benest handles sensitive contentious and non-contentious matters, many of them involving the island's financial services industry, concerning senior exits and sensitive work permit issues and the labour aspects of M&A deals. Laurie Child is a key senior associate in the team, which also has a few notable public-sector clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘Always at hand to provide professional & pragmatic employment advice. The team maintain a solid understanding of our business needs and have particularly helped us through the key stages of a challenging business restructure.’
‘The team are approachable, professional and able to understand complex matters with ease and then provide a number of solutions for consideration. As they have been a team for quite some time they also have a depth and breadth of expertise that is much valued as a client.’
‘Carla Benest is an exceptional employment lawyer. She is our trusted adviser when it comes to all employment matters. She provides technically strong advice in a coherent, pragmatic and digestible way which allows both in house counsel and the various managers in the business to understand complex legal matters quickly.’
‘Laurie Child is an excellent senior associate. He is a good sounding board for legal and HR type matters and is a credit to the team and the firm.’
- Defended an international wealth management business in a high-risk Tribunal claim brought by a senior investment professional and former employee. The claim involved legally complex complaints of sexual harassment, disability discrimination and constructive dismissal.
- Advised a global investment business on the strategic enforcement of post-termination restrictions relating to a director and investment manager.
- Advised an asset manager on the employment aspects of a large acquisition advising on priority HR and employment matters during the due diligence process as well as providing post-completion support on a programme of changes to bonus pay and other employee benefits.
Ogier covers the gamut of work for employers, covering matters ranging from discrimination claims and contentious exits through to work permits, as well as some work for senior executives. Helen Ruelle heads the practice, with Will Austin-Vautier a key senior associate.
Other key lawyers:
‘Kind, considerate and always available for advice and guidance. They consider the cost in everything they do and will not over state work. They are clear and concise with their communication and make time for you in their busy schedules.’
‘The team simply has the breadth and depth of resources to pull on to cover all needs when it comes to employment law, including assessing and advising on complex senior executive contracts.’
‘Helen Ruelle is my go to person for advice on employment law matters. She is very knowledgeable and experienced, and her advice is practical.’
‘Will Austin-Vautier demonstrated his ability to deeply analyse and then scenario plan his advice following the review of the complex senior executive contract. This provided personal assurance in actions undertaken with regards this advice.’
Viberts Jersey Lawyers' employment practice was bolstered by the recruitment of Vicky Milner, who operated as a sole practitioner at Callington Chambers, in March 2020. Milner joined a practice headed by Paul Wilson, a corporate partner with a track record handling a range of matters for both employers and employees, and litigator Rebecca Morley-Kirk, whose litigation practice included representing trade unions in high-profile cases. Below partner level, Jersey advocate Giles Emmanuel is another key name.
‘The key uniqueness of the practice is in their approachability and pragmatism – on top of their professionalism & solid advice. There are no super egos here – and so they work really well together as a team – referring issues and strengthening. Matters are dealt with in the best way for the client – always with a view to value of their service. They care.’
‘Vicky Milner is one of the most experienced employment lawyers in Jersey, and is specialised in this field where others are often multi disciplinary. She is clearly very popular with clients, and very technically able. She is a formidable opponent, but also entirely professional and courteous.’
Professional Fulfilment (Jersey) Limited
Bernie’s Market Tea Room Limited
St Martins Tea Room Limited
Prospect Union for Professionals
Unite the Union
Baccata Trustees Limited
The Royal College of Midwives
Framing Workshop Limited
IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited
University and College Union
Indigo Estates (Jersey) (2013) Limited
J.J. Fox International Limited
Highvern Trustees Limited
- Advised Professional Fulfilment (Jersey) Limited on a constructive unfair dismissal claim at the Jersey Employment & Discrimination Tribunal.
- Advising a member of the University and College Union concerning potential claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination by the employer, the Jersey Institute of Law.
- Advised IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited in connection with the drafting and preparation of director service contracts and contracts of employment for a local company administered by the client.
At Appleby, group partner Richard Sheldon, who is based in Guernsey, divides his time between the two islands as part of an inter-Crown Dependencies practice covering the full range of contentious and non-contentious work. Michael Cushing, part of the dispute resolution team, handles Jersey Royal Court litigation in this space.
Other key lawyers:
‘Appleby always respond to our esquires very quickly and they are able to access international partners quickly to assist in our employment matters.’
‘The advice is pragmatic and responsive but well considered.’
‘Richard Sheldon and his team operate as business partners. His advice is prompt, concise and commercial, dealing with not only the immediate steps but also supporting a line of sight to the possible scenarios which helps HR with boardroom updates and management briefings.’
Bank Julius Baer
Canaccord Genuity Wealth
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
International Energy Group Limited
- Successfully defended Grant Thornton in respect of a constructive unfair dismissal claim by one of its former employees, as well as successfully counterclaiming against him for recovery of training fees.
- Advised a client on a large-scale redundancy exercise.
- Advised a business on an investigation into one of its directors involving allegations of sexual harrassment.
Wendy Lambert spearheads BCR Law's employment law offering, advising respected public and private-sector employers (both inside and outside the finance sector, and including some smaller employers) across the gamut of employment law. Below partner level, Scottish-qualified solicitor Chris Hendry is a notable name.
Other key lawyers:
‘Their strengths are their approachability and empathy, this works very well alongside their extensive knowledge and skills. As a team they have a good blend of experience so together they provide extensive support. They provide very practical advice and are very easy to deal with.’
‘They have a no-nonsense approach to tackling problems.’
‘Technically great. Wendy and Chris have different backgrounds and it’s insightful to see how they debate their different proposals and solutions to agree on the best sound outcome. They actively include you in the discussions so it’s a safe way to come together as one.’
‘Chris Henry has fantastic attention to detail and is very client friendly.’
‘Wendy Lambert is very commercial in her outlook and provides clear advice.’
At WALKERS, senior counsel Daniel Read advises employers on all manner of things ranging from work permit advice and contested departures to the enforcement of restrictive covenants. The team also handles a number of matters for smaller employees. The firm's litigation practice is also involved in many cases which cross over with more general commercial disputes. Niall MacDonald is a notable senior associate.
Other key lawyers:
The Walkers team were both professional and very approachable with a great experience depth in their sector, so I had total confidence with them. They were committed to my employment dismissal case and able to provide commercial insight, being with personally empathetic at the same time guiding through a very difficult time for my family.
‘Louise Hall has huge experience with employment law and is pragmatic and very approachable.’
‘Marc Seddon brings commercialism and expertise through his supportive litigation skills in the negotiating compromise agreements.
‘Dan Read simply is one of the best employment law counsels in the island, with excellent technical knowledge and UK bar experience background. Dan is an ultimate professional and we appreciate that he went the extra mile in a very complicated case.’
Vet Partners Limited
- Representing Consolidated Minerals Limited in a case to be litigated before both the Royal Court of Jersey and the employment tribunal by its former CEO, who alleges constructive dismissal.
- Advised a trust company on the use of restrictive covenants.
- Advised a trust and corporate services company on the employment aspects of a proposed sale.
Advocate Davida Blackmore
Advocate Davida Blackmore is the banner under which Advocate Davida Blackmore operates following the dissolution of Callington Chambers. Alongside her data protection practice, she handles a number of matters for primarily smaller employers and employees, with many matters involving disputed issues of hostile subject access requests and similar.
‘Advocate Blackmore is unique in the fact that she was always able to explain key areas we required advice for in a pragmatic yet simple way. She was able to adapt her language to be high level or layman’s terms dependent on who needed to understand. We felt very secure in her hands.’
‘Davida is a unique and talented professional. Her blend of honesty, warmth, humour, and – most importantly – employment law knowledge is exemplary. She has the ability to think on her feet with logical and realistic arguments and doesn’t bog down clients with overly-legal and technically complex talk. Davida was down-to-Earth, pragmatic, and engaging.’
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
- Advising Durrell in respect of all employment and data protection matters.
- Acting for a senior individual in respect of a claim for constructive unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
- Acting for an employee in respect of a personal injury claim for negligence against their former employer.
Bedell Cristin's litigation team, spearheaded by Edward Drummond and David Cadin, handles a number of heavyweight disputes in the space, including contentious tribunals, and also assists with some semi-contentious work around executive departures. Sonia Minns is a notable senior associate.
Other key lawyers:
‘Sonia Minns got to know the organisation and could therefore develop strategies that would work for us.’
Little Sisters of the Poor
Macmillan Cancer Support
- Acted for the Little Sisters of the Poor in their successful defence of claims brought by a former employee for constructive, unfair and wrongful dismissal at a trial in the Jersey Employment & Discrimination Tribunal.
- Advised JT on the full range of employment issues.
- Acting for Macmillan Cancer Support to provide training for HR professionals and employers regarding discrimination and dealing with cancer in the workplace.
Carl Parslow, who handles a range of contentious work for employers across Jersey's economy is the key name for employment law at Parslows alongside Lorraine McClure. The team also handles some work for public section unions, as well as matters crossing over between employment and data protection.
Other key lawyers:
- Advised an employer on defending a constructive dismissal claim with issues over vicarious liability for an assault at work.
- Advised an employer on restrictive covenants concerning databases and intellectual property.
Seymour Law LLP (which is now separate from, but still affiliated to, Noirmont Consulting) includes as one of its two partners Jean-Marie Renouf. As part of his practice, he advises a number of respected employers and senior employees on day-to-day matters as well as contested exits and other contentious work.
Ortac (AoC) Limited
Rawlinson & Hunter
Hotel de France
Infrasoft Technologies (Jersey) Ltd
- Advises Ortac on employment law issues concerning its pilots.
- Advises Rawlinson & Hunter on various employment matters.
- Advises Hotel De France on, among other employment matters, issues connected to its regeneration.