Employment in Jersey
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘Appleby’s advice is pragmatic and solutions focussed‘
‘Richard Sheldon is outstanding‘
Bank Julius Baer
Canaccord Genuity Wealth
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
International Energy Group Limited
- 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’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.
Siobhan Riley; Huw Thomas
‘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‘
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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’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.
Helen Ruelle; Jonathan Hughes
Other key lawyers:
‘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 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.
‘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‘
Alex Picot & Co.
Alex Picot Trust Company Limited
Les Amis Limited
Rawlinson & Hunter
Jemec Automotive Limited
Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited
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.
David Cadin; Edward Drummond
‘Always responsive and available, with a commercial and pragmatic approach’
‘A trusted advisor‘
‘Knowledgeable and commercial in the advice given‘
Little Sisters of the Poor
- 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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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 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.
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.
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.
Louise Hall; Daniel Read
Other key lawyers:
‘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‘
Affinity Private Wealth
Axio Capital Solutions
Jersey Mutual Insurance Society
JP Morgan Asset Management
Vistra (Jersey) Limited and Vistra Group
Stonehage Fleming Corporate
- 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.