Employment in Jersey

Appleby

Appleby regularly advises international businesses on non-contentious issues such as significant employee transfer exercises, employee share plans and policy reviews; disputes work includes matters such as senior director terminations, whistleblowing investigations, tribunal appeals and unfair dismissal claims. The team has grown by two partners, with the promotion of Richard Sheldon (who divides his time between Jersey and Guernsey) and recruitment of data protection specialist Richard Field from Carey Olsen. Clients include multinational financial institutions, trust companies and locally operating employers.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sheldon

Other key lawyers:

Richard Field

Testimonials

Appleby’s advice is pragmatic and solutions focussed

Richard Sheldon is outstanding

Key clients

Bank Julius Baer

Barclays Group

Canaccord Genuity Wealth

Clifford Chance

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

CRR Hotels

Equiom

Estera

Eversheds Sutherland

Grant Thornton

HSBC Group

International Energy Group Limited

PraxisIFM

Sanne Group

Santander

Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment law implications of Santander’s business transfer into Abbey National.
  • Successfully defended CRR Hotels in a tribunal claim brought by the employee for unfair dismissal, unpaid wages and holiday pay.

Carey Olsen Jersey LLP

Carey Olsen’s employment practice provides a full-service offering covering both contentious and non-contentious issues. Siobhan Riley and Huw Thomas are highly sought-after by businesses on island, including global banks, for advice on outsourcing arrangements, market entries and executive exits, as well as representation in tribunal cases such as constructive dismissal claims. Data protection in the employment context and pensions are further areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Siobhan Riley; Huw Thomas

Testimonials

Carey Olsen is always available when needed and is very thorough. The team goes that extra mile to assist in sometimes very complex situations

A proactive and engaging firm

Siobhan Riley is very thorough, especially in complex situations

Mourant

The employment practice at Mourant advises the firm's usual client base of asset managers, banks, trustees and other multinationals on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Regular contentious mandates include advising on tribunal and court claims, including breach of contract disputes. Carla Benest is a go-to name for employment advice regarding corporate restructurings and entries to the Jersey market. Senior associate Laurie Child is highly praised by clients for his discrimination law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Carla Benest

Other key lawyers:

Laurie Child

Testimonials

Very collaborative and knowledgeable

Mourant Ozannes is extremely professional while also being very approachable. The level of expertise is second-to-none

The go-to legal firm for all things employment related

Carla Benest is exceptional in her field. She is extremely knowledgeable and confident

Carla Benest is calm, knowledgeable and gets the client’s issues the first time

Laurie Child and Carla Benest are stand-out individuals in the field

Ogier

Ogier’s team can act on either side of employment disputes, representing claimants and respondents in tribunal claims concerning constructive and unfair dismissals and breach of contract disputes. The team receives instructions from both local employers and financial services institutions to advise on M&A transactions, data protection and employee benefit schemes. Practice head Helen Ruelle also has expertise in control of housing and work law, including work permit advice and appeals. Will Austin-Vautier is routinely praised by clients for his employment law expertise in corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Helen Ruelle; Jonathan Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Will Austin-Vautier

Testimonials

Approachable, friendly, professional and accessible

Delivers an impressive service

Will Austin-Vautier is an incredibly helpful lawyer with significant experience. He goes the extra mile for clients

Helen Ruelle is extremely knowledgeable and her advice is practical, commercial and timely

Will Austin-Vautier is really making his mark within the team and industry

Helen Ruelle is vastly experienced and approachable, responsive and pragmatic

BCR Law

BCR Law has a strong non-contentious employment law offering led by Wendy Lambert. The practice advises employers across all sectors on issues arising from corporate transactions, as well as handling their day-to-day contractual needs and providing advice on equalities law. With the departure of contentious employment specialist Jean-Marie Renouf for Noirmont Consulting, employment disputes in the courts and tribunals can be handled by the wider dispute resolution practice.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Lambert

Testimonials

The firm holds a vast amount of expertise, with proven knowledge and experience

Wendy Lambert always provides prompt and professional advice for a variety of complex needs

Wendy Lambert is a determined and proactive practitioner, and is extremely personable

Wendy Lambert faces difficult decisions with a total commitment to finding a solution

Key clients

Alex Picot & Co.

Alex Picot Trust Company Limited

Les Amis Limited

A&A Scaffolding

Rawlinson & Hunter

Jemec Automotive Limited

Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin advises a number of locally-based businesses on their obligations under the evolving Jersey employment law, advising on policy restructuring exercises where necessary. The team also offers advice on employee transfer exercises and redundancy programmes arising from commercial transactions. Recent contentious mandates involved breach of confidence applications, misconduct claims, negotiating compromise agreements and discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

David Cadin; Edward Drummond

Testimonials

Always responsive and available, with a commercial and pragmatic approach’

A trusted advisor

Knowledgeable and commercial in the advice given

Key clients

Little Sisters of the Poor

JT

Ocorian

Saltgate Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided employment advice to Little Sisters of the Poor relating to the sale of a 133-year old residential care home business in Jersey.
  • Retained to provide dedicated support to JT on the full range of employment law issues, including discrimination, data protection, and immigration.
  • Provided a thorough examination of Saltgate Limited’s policies, procedures and employee handbook.

Callington Chambers

Employment law boutique Callington Chambers specialises in representing businesses, government bodies and high-ranking employees in disputes heard in Jersey’s Royal Court and the Employment & Discrimination Tribunal. Vicky Milner is an established name in the field and is sought after for high-value and complex disputes involving unfair dismissals, redundancies, significant workplace injuries, restrictive covenants and confidential information issues. Davida Blackmore, who recently became the firm’s second partner, is a go-to name for data protection matters interfacing with employment law.

Practice head(s):

Vicky Milner

Other key lawyers:

Davida Blackmore

Testimonials

Callington Chambers sets itself apart through its deep knowledge, personal attention and diligence

Callington Chambers is an expert in the field of employment law with years of experience delicately handling and successfully concluding complex matters

Callington Chambers delivers an exceptional service, both personable and professional with complete transparency from the outset

Unparalleled in Jersey when it comes to local employment law and data protection matters

Vicky Milner’s ability to cut through the noise of employment disputes and get to the legal crux of the matter allows her clients to resolve matters efficiently and cost effectively

Vicky Milner is clearly at the top of her game in employment law

Vicky Milner is a genuine expert who puts her clients at ease

Vicky Milner provides clear advice, support and empathy

Seymour Law LLP

Seymour Law LLP entered the market following the recruitment of well-regarded employment litigator Jean-Marie Renouf from BCR Law. The firm now provides contentious employment expertise to businesses and senior employees. Ongoing mandates include the negotiation of severance packages and other contentious departure mandates, contractual disputes and injunction applications.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marie Renouf

Parslows

Parslows represents a portfolio of businesses in the Jersey economy, public sector organisations and executive-level employees on a range of contentious issues, with a noticeable uptick in unfair dismissal applications and breach of restrictive covenant claims. Non-contentious mandates include providing advice on GDPR legislation and due diligence services to the firm’s corporate department.

Practice head(s):

Lorraine McClure

WALKERS

The experienced litigators from WALKERS’ dispute resolution team often handle high-value employment litigation in the Jersey Royal Court and the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal. Typical mandates include unfair and wrongful dismissal claims, partnership disputes, fraud allegations and misconduct allegations. The practice has enhanced its offering with the addition of senior counsel Daniel Read from Ogier, an established name in the Jersey contentious employment field. In addition to the above stated mandates, Read and Niall MacDonald also provide due diligence support for corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Louise Hall; Daniel Read

Other key lawyers:

Niall MacDonald

Testimonials

Walkers has a personal, adaptable and flexible approach to employment law

Daniel Read has a very pragmatic sensible approach and delivers on time

The team is engaging, professional, pragmatic and commercially focussed

Commercially savvy and quick thinking with the ability to manage high-stakes litigation calmly and with skill

Niall MacDonald is a charming, friendly and capable associate, fully versed and very thorough when it comes to employment law issues. He gives his advice a personal feel and really tries to look after his clients

Key clients

Affinity Private Wealth

Hawksford

Axio Capital Solutions

Jersey Mutual Insurance Society

Schroders

JP Morgan Asset Management

STM Fiduciaire

Jersey Hospice

Vistra (Jersey) Limited and Vistra Group

Stonehage Fleming Corporate

Work highlights

  • Representing Consolidated Minerals in a high-value constructive dismissal and breach of contract claim in the Royal Court.
  • Advised MyJar Treasury Limited on a range of issues including a relocation exercise, GDPR compliance and staff grievances.