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Corbett Le Quesne

Jersey > Family Tier 1

Corbett Le Quesne‘s team is well versed in the full spectrum of family law matters, handling complex divorce cases, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and parental child abduction cases, with a particular focus on multi-jurisdictional family matters, including complex children matters. The practice is co-headed by Barbara Corbett, an experienced arbitrator who frequently handles cross-border cases, ranging from divorces and related financial disputes to trusts, adoption and surrogacy issues, and Nicholas Le Quesne, who advises clients on matrimonial financial arrangements and is also adept at handling complex matters of child law. Kate Donohue represents HNWIs in divorce proceedings and also advises on care, residence and contact orders.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Corbett; Nicholas Le Quesne

Other key lawyers:


‘A special mention for Nicholas Le Quesne, who has been updating me regularly throughout the process so far, keeping me aware of proceedings and subsequently submitting my comments. He is friendly and accommodating.’

‘My daughter and I are eternally grateful for all the help, support and service which was provided by the Corbett Le Quesne team in our complicated case. Every team member has been supporting me from the beginning till the end. I’ve never needed a lawyer before, but Barbara Corbett was helpful in everything and at every stage.’

‘Nicholas Le Quesne and Barbara Corbett are exceptional at what they do. They provide a wonderful and supportive service.’

‘They focus on the task at hand as opposed to being side-tracked.’

‘The team is dynamic as it has a great reputation for both local and international work both in finances and children matters.’

‘Barbara Corbett is a human dynamo. She is very well connected and possesses pioneering zeal.’

‘I have been very impressed by both Barbara Corbett and Nicholas Le Quesne. They both have a wealth of experience in dealing with financial and children matters and are growing their practice.’

‘Barbara Corbett is a force of nature – she has a great deal of energy and is innovative and creative, as well as being an excellent lawyer. She has a brilliant manner with clients and is extremely conscientious and hard-working. She always puts her clients first. What?’

Jersey > Private client, trusts and tax

Expanding on its family law offering, Corbett Le Quesne advises professional trustees based in Jersey and further afield, including the UK and Switzerland. Simon Lofthouse‘s team also advises on cross-border wills and probate issues.

Corbett Le Quesne is a specialist international family and private client law firm in Jersey and the largest family team in the Island. We offer exceptional service to our wide client base, always aiming to exceed clients’ varied expectations with our pragmatic and caring approach.

When clients need to plan ahead, we provide practical guidance with due consideration for potentially divisive emotional factors. We offer pre-nuptial agreements, estate planning and trust services, wills and lasting powers of attorney. We also support clients when the best laid plans are disrupted. Post nuptial agreements are more prevalent and we are regularly instructed to deal with international UHNW and HNW divorce and financial matters with assets located in various jurisdictions. In Jersey we are very familiar with complex trust issues impacting family arrangements and we are known for our problem solving approach. We also provide efficient and supportive delegate and probate services.

In all cases our excellent alternative dispute resolution skills come to the fore. Both our partners Barbara Corbett and Nicholas Le Quesne are qualified collaborative lawyers and we offer mediation and arbitration to our clients as well as lawyer led negotiation and court based solutions. We look to do what is in the interests of the family as a whole. We don’t litigate for the sake of it, but where court proceedings are necessary, we represent our clients’ interests vigorously.

We are also expert international child abduction and relocation lawyers. We have dealt with various extremely complex and challenging international cases of this nature. We are also passionate about supporting people dealing with surrogacy, adoption and fertility matters.

At Corbett Le Quesne we take time to understand the issues our clients face and help achieve the best possible outcome for them, their children and their wider families. We understand that at times of family change clients need emotional support as well as the best legal advice and representation. Our lawyers are very experienced and this means they can find workable solutions even where things look hopeless.

Corbett Le Quesne has been placed in Tier 1 of the Legal 500 in Jersey in the Family Law category. Senior Partner Advocate Barbara Corbett is named as the Top Leading Individual and Advocate Nicholas Le Quesne is named as the Next Generation Partner.

Department Name Email Telephone
Family Law Barbara Corbett +44 (0)1534 733030
Family Law Nicholas Le Quesne +44 (0)1534 733030
Private Client Simon Lofthouse +44 (0)1534 733030
Photo Name Position Profile
Simon Lofthouse photo Mr Simon Lofthouse Head of Private Client
Partners, Advocates : 2
Lawyers : 4
Paralegals : 2
Office managers : 2
English (fluent)
Portuguese (fluent)
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (CIArb)
Law Society of Jersey
Jersey Family Law Association
Law Society of England and Wales
Fellow: International Academy of Family Lawyers
Law Society of Jersey Children Panel
Law Society of Jersey Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel
Association of Lawyers for Children
European Association of Private International Law (EAPIL)