Family in Jersey

Corbett Le Quesne

The 'extraordinary' Barbara Corbett, who leads Corbett Le Quesne's family law practice, works closely with founding partner Nicholas Le Quesne. The team's expertise encompasses international divorce (for high-net-worth individuals, as well as clients with more modest means), children’s law, mental health law and adoptions. Corbett is an authority on issues regarding same-sex marriage, particularly in relation to recent legislative changes. The team also handles sensitive child abduction cases. Associate Simon Lofthouse joined from Ogier to lead the private client offering.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Corbett

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Le Quesne; Simon Lofthouse

Testimonials

‘Barbara Corbett is extraordinary and she has got lots of experience and knowledge. She is always proactive and responds straight away.’

‘As a small boutique firm the access to the partners and the knowledge that you are being looked after by experienced and senior lawyers is very comforting. Similarly with the fact they are specialists in family law, you know you are getting specialist experience and recommendations.’

‘Corbett Le Quesne offer a very personal service that doesn’t feel as imposing as bigger firms and are attentive to client needs. The service is paperless where possible making communication easier and more pragmatic.’

‘Upon entering the office of Corbett LeQuesne and seeing the open-plan nature of the work area, all the staff sitting together, it radiates a happy working environment. You are always made to feel welcome.’

‘I can only speak with high regard for Barbara Corbett as she has always been very kind to my family with advice when we have needed it. Recently, I required her assistance with an affidavit and Barbara was most helpful as the information I needed to supply seemed to change on a daily basis – she guided me all the way through.’

‘Barbara Corbett is a powerhouse in family law bringing her vast experience, a pragmatic approach and a wealth of knowledge.’

‘Nick Le Quesne is a superb lawyer. He is extremely responsive and understands the interface between English/Jersey cases and is able to clearly explain the issues to the lay clients and English solicitors.’

Myersons

Distinguished family law boutique Myersons’ demonstrates strong capabilities in matters concerning financial separations, nuptial agreements and private children’s law matters, including cases involving highly sensitive abuse allegations. Of particular note is the team’s strength in handling cross-jurisdictional proceedings involving high-value assets. Practice head and founder Victoria Myerson and senior associate Celanne Scally are key individuals in the group, as is barrister Kate Donohue, who joined from 18 St John Street Chambers in 2020. Donohue has a wealth of trial experience, including matters involving divorce, matrimonial finances and domestic violence claims. Carly James left to found her own firm.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Myerson

Other key lawyers:

Celanne Scally; Kate Donohue

Testimonials

‘Victoria Myerson is probably the best divorce lawyer in Jersey.’

‘A fabulous practice dealing with some of the most high-profile and high-net-worth cases in Jersey. Very well-known with a great reputation. Excellent at all sorts of family cases.’

‘Victoria Myerson has a great reputation as one of the best if not the best family lawyer in Jersey. She attracts amazing work and is always there for her clients. She has a brilliant manner with clients and provides pragmatic and tactical advice as well as being empathetic to their needs.’

‘They always put their clients first and deal with extremely complicated multijurisdictional cases often involving high-net-worth individuals. They know how to deal not only with straightforward family law but more complex issues including companies and trusts.’

‘Victoria Myerson has been careful to steered me away from I would suspect are pitfalls in this harrowing procedure which is a divorce. She is not afraid to take on adversaries on my behalf and has earned my respect and trust.’

‘Sympathetic practical and clear advice is provided. Response to correspondence is always timely. Most importantly, there is the clear recognition that as a client one is going through a difficult time and you are always treated as an individual and not just another case. ’

‘As well as being an extremely competent lawyer with a very strong grasp of her subject and the challenges of family law, Victoria Myerson is sympathetic to the challenges facing her clients at a difficult time in their life.’

Viberts

Rose Colley ('the grand dame of the Jersey family law world') leads the practice at Viberts, which excels in children’s law matters. In addition, the firm's ability to draw on in-house property law expertise also makes it well-placed to handle matrimonial disputes involving complex and high-value assets. Jamie Orchard and Kiera Jones are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Rose Colley

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Orchard; Kiera Jones

Testimonials

‘Viberts are one of only a couple of Jersey firms that can truly handle serious family law litigation on the island. They don’t play at it and won’t drop the ball. They are excellent lawyers and good value for money.’

‘Jamie Orchard- he would float in London where many other advocates would sink. He gets it right time and again. One of the few who have their pulse on the law and is able to use that to devastating advantage.’

‘An excellent close-knit team who do the absolute best for their clients.’

‘Rose Colley is the grande dame of the Jersey family law world. She has huge experience and doggedly pursues the best result for her client.’

‘Jamie Orchard has a calm assurance that belies his years. One to watch out for in the future.’

BCR Law

BCR Law represents Jersey-based individuals across multiple generations in family law matters; its work ranges from acting for children in contested adoption cases to advising high-wealth couples on pre-nuptial agreements and handling matters for elderly divorce applicants. Emma Wakeling’s expertise cuts across family and criminal law, which is evident in her involvement in Royal Court and Privy Council proceedings concerning child abductions and complex financial matters.

Practice head(s):

Emma Wakeling

Testimonials

‘I have always found the team at BCR extremely easy to work with. They are friendly, responsive and competent. They deliver an excellent legal product in an approachable and human way.’

‘Emma Wakeling is an excellent family lawyer. She really knows her stuff and is a joy to work with. She is accessible and clearly has her client’s interests at the forefront of what she does.’

Carey Olsen

At Carey Olsen, the key contact for family law advice is 'extremely impressive' senior associate Lauren Glynn, who is knowledgeable about cross-border pre-nuptial agreements and partnership dissolutions that involve assets of high value. Marcus Pallot provides partner-level litigation support, and together with Glynn, handles children’s law cases, including highly sensitive matters involving abuse allegations.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Pallot

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Glynn

Testimonials

‘They were honest and truthful even if they knew it wasn’t what I wanted to hear. They were incredibly patient in my case and listened and advised appropriately.’

‘Lauren Glynn: Very approachable and practical. Her knowledge on family law was excellent, even though it is constantly changing. I was never misled or given false hope. Toward the end of our case, the trust I had in Carey Olsen, in particular Lauren, made difficult decisions easier.’

‘Having used this firm for over 10 years in both a personal and business capacity, I must say that not only is the knowledge base second to none but just as important is the practical way solutions are found.’

‘Not only is there a passion to get the correct result, but it’s undertaken in a collaborative approach with the client, keeping them appraised at each stage.’

‘Both Marcus Pallot and Lauren Glynn are brilliant in explaining the action being taken at any one time while considering the bigger picture. I would also commend them for their lateral thought process, which has in the past saved hours of work and in turn money.’

‘I have worked with Lauren Glynn on a matter recently. She was extremely impressive, able to process and address all the complexities in the matter swiftly and succinctly. She also had an ever-courteous and constructive manner. In consequence I have just recommended her for another matter and would not hesitate to continue to do so in future.’

‘Lauren Glynn in the family team is extremely knowledgeable, approachable, and detailed. She works really well alongside the team’s trust practice and the overlapping aspects of legal work that this presents.’

Ingram Advocates

Ingram Advocates’ family law partner Chris Hillier has a focus on divorce proceedings and he regularly undertakes FDR hearings for Jersey-domiciled individuals. Other cornerstones of the practice include advising clients on mental health law and public children’s law matters, such as contested relocation proceedings under the Hague Convention.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hillier

Testimonials

‘Chris Hillier was simply outstanding regarding advice, clarity, communication and explaining the whole divorce process, as opposed to my last lawyers that just billed me without doing much or even explaining the process adding to the stress of the whole process.’

‘The team all work collaboratively together. They support each other and are very helpful when you need something actioned. There is a very warm welcome and feeling when you enter the offices, knowing they are dealing with sensitive matters. I think they have a very fair and transparent billing service in place.’

‘Chris has been outstanding in delivering everything he has said he would. It has been an extremely difficult year but I have never lost faith in Chris and his ability deliver. There have been some tricky court hearings but he has fully supported me, his client, throughout these.’

‘What makes Chris different from any other partner that I have known is he actually cares and it is not just about the fee note at the end of the month. I know I have worked for many law firms over the years. Core values are normally just words, but not with Chris or the firm. Both are outstanding.’

‘Chris has always been accessible, I have never been passed from pillar to post to get an answer, he explains things in a practical manner and will always have a positive outcome, looking at what we can achieve not what we cant constantly providing reassurance.’

‘What makes Chris different from any other partner is that he cares, it’s not just about making money. This in my mind makes this firm remarkable because of the service they provide.’

‘They took the time to understand what my case needed and to explore how best we could address the unusual circumstances which arose.’

Parslows

Parslows’ family law practice is led by Natalie Jenner, whose expertise is applied to partnership separations, ancillary relief applications and children’s law (incorporating maintenance) matters. The department has a strong profile among high-net-worth individuals, owing to Jenner’s expertise in wills and probate issues.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Jenner