Family in Jersey
Corbett Le Quesne
Corbett Le Quesne's name partners Barbara Corbett and Nicholas Le Quesne are active in a range of work across the family space, covering higher-value matrimonial finance matters, as well as child law issues including both private law matters such as international child abduction, as well as a role on the panel for public law child work. Anna Styles, in the past of Stonehage Fleming, joined in September 2019 as an associate.
Other key lawyers:
‘Extremely professional and yet very approachable, care for clientele especially when they have never before dealt with any court process. They excel in family law as they seem to really understand the importance and value of protecting family interests in how they look after their clients and how they treat each other with a genuine sense of compassion and loyalty.’
‘Both Barbara and Nick are exceptionally talented and have taken Jersey by storm. They are all round good family lawyers and have created a niche firm supporting their clients well and providing top-notch legal advice.’
‘They have a reputation for being friendly, approachable, and welcoming. They are a firm whose values are deep rooted in everything they do.’
‘Barbara Corbett is a strong advocate for those who are struggling to seek justice and support. She puts the client and their family at the centre of all that she does, and treats them with dignity and compassion. She is a champion for families.’
‘Nick Le Quesne is a fantastic junior partner gaining more and more prominence and becoming renowned as a very gifted lawyer. Excellent at business development, he will go far.’
At Myersons, Victoria Myerson heads a practice that covers a range of large family finance matters, as well as complex private law child work. Carly James - who is also chair of Relate in Jersey - is a February 2020 partner promotion, and Elizabeth Le Guillou joined from an in-house role at Standard Bank, joining Celanne Scally among the senior associates.
‘Expert in the handling of matrimonial disputes. They provide quality advice which seeks to produce a fair settlement for their client.‘
‘Throughout this multi faceted and complex case, Myersons were consistently available with pragmatic, commercial advice. It was a personal service delivered with sensitivity, care and attention to detail.‘
‘Victoria Myerson is not only an extremely talented family lawyer but also a fabulous advocate. She is respected and admired for the work that she does and has an impressive roster of clients. She is generally involved in the biggest cases in Jersey.‘
‘She has two junior partners who are excellent to support her and between them they are really making waves in Jersey!‘
At Viberts Jersey Lawyers, Rose Colley, who heads the practice and Jamie Orchard, handle challenging child law matters (including cases subject to appeals to the highest level), as well as divorce matters involving international assets and issues of housing licences. Public law child work is another area of expertise. Below partner level, English solicitor Kiera Jones joined in September 2019 from Benest & Syvret.
‘Very friendly and commercial family law team.’
‘Rose Colley and Jamie Orchard are both excellent.’
Emma Wakeling is the key family practitioner at BCR Law - she handles complex child law work, including cross-border matters and cases with allegations of criminal activity, as well as ancillary relief matters.
‘Very proactive and commercial.’
‘Emma Wakeling is professional, hard working, honest and practical in the advice she gives. She has been very supportive with my case and is always willing to answer any questions I have. Emma has made complex legal terms easy for me to understand. She has carefully explained each step, enabling me to feel less anxious about my situation. Her expertise in this area has given me confidence that I am in very safe hands. Whilst remaining professional and focused on legal matters, she is very supportive and understanding of the emotional impact of such a case.’
Senior associate Lauren Glynn is the key contact at Carey Olsen's family practice, primarily covering family financial work but also some private law children work, as well as providing Jersey law opinions for use in English proceedings. Disputes specialist Marcus Pallot provides partner level support.
Other key lawyers:
‘Lauren Glynn stands out for her ability to advise across a wide spectrum of situations involving individuals, HNW individuals with complex financial structures to vulnerable adults in crisis situations, approaching each situation in the same calm and professional manner, and giving reassurance, guidance and advice. She likes to work collaboratively too.’
‘Lauren Glynn is a superb lawyer who gives practical and constructive advice, yet she is an intelligent and empathetic lawyer.’
Ingram Advocates' Chris Hillier handles child law matters including residence, child maintainance and international child abduction, as well as ancillary relief cases. Allana Binnie is a key associate in the team - originally of the English Bar, she was sworn in as a Jersey advocate in February 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘All the members of the team I met were very professional, calm and rational and treated me in a sympathetic manner.’
‘From the moment you arrive you will know just how valued you are; you’ll receive the level of service you’d expect from the larger Jersey Law firms with the responsiveness and agility only a smaller practice can provide. You will feel very comfortable when you are most vulnerable.’
‘The team is very responsive and always ready to assist with any queries.’
‘I consulted Advocate Chris Hillier in the main; I found him to be very reasonable, knowledgeable and struck the right balance between having empathy and yet at the same time proceeding with the case in a totally professional manner, and I’m satisfied that his knowledge, experience and approach benefitted me in achieving the most positive outcome in the circumstances.’
‘I praise Chris for his calm and practical problem solving approach in matters which are often emotionally challenging. He is a force of nature, compassionate, empathetic but also focused. You will leave his office feeling completely in charge again. Chris Hillier has very extensive knowledge and experience and always ready to give constructive solutions to any questions. He is dedicated to his work and finds the approach to very complex cases calmly and efficiently.’
‘Parslows were head and shoulders the friendliest and most welcoming, right from their receptionist’s warm welcome. The whole team instantly realised my position and distress, they put me at ease and explained the best way forward and the likely costs moving forward. After walking into their firm a complete mess I left feeling a lot happier and comfortable that we could all work well together, I have been working with them now for over a year and simply can’t praise them enough. I think the key is the whole firm feels like a real team.’
‘Natalie and the team worked together seamlessly as a team for me consciously keeping my costs throughout as low as possible, whilst at the same time in my opinion giving me the best advice and always making sure I understood any ramifications of our decisions. They were at all times extremely kind, friendly, polite and punctual and the time spent in the offices was always friendly and not intimidating at all, almost family like.’