Firm Profile > Viberts > St Helier, Jersey

Viberts
VIBERTS HOUSE, PO BOX 737
DON STREET
ST HELIER
JE4 8ZQ
Jersey

Jersey > Employment Tier 1

Employment litigation in the Employment Tribunal and Royal Court is an area of strength for the team at Viberts; advocates including practice head Vicky Milner, Rebecca Morley-Kirk and senior associate Giles Emmanuel represent clients in complex contractual disputes, contentious exits, pay-rate disputes and discrimination claims. Paul Wilson and associate Oliver Hughes are key names for non-contentious work, including immigration matters, general redundancy procedures and M&A-related work. Scottish-qualified solicitor Chris Hendry, who recently moved from BCR Law, adds a broad set of knowledge, including in regards to employee data issues and trade union matters.

Practice head(s):

Vicky Milner

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Morley-Kirk; Giles Emmanuel; Paul Wilson; Oliver Hughes; Chris Hendry

Testimonials

‘The team at Viberts are very professional and forward thinking. They are on point with current legislation changes and advise in the most appropriate way, providing exceptional support and guidance.’

‘The two individuals that I would like to recommend are Vicky Milner and Chris Hendry. Both are very capable and diligent workers that always go over and above expectations. They provide an exceptional service to their clients and always offer sensible advice and support.’

‘Vicky Milner’s qualities are her attention to detail, grasp of the legal issues, responsiveness and her personable/engaging nature.’

Key clients

Institute of Law

Jersey Financial Services Commission

Prospect Union for Professionals

Unite the Union

Baccata Trustees Limited

IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited

JJ Fox International Limited

Jersey > Family Tier 1

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.’

Jersey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 2

Viberts’ non-contentious trusts offering is led by Christopher Scholefield, who handles matters pertaining to estate and foundation planning, succession planning and asset protection. The client roster comprises high-net-worth individuals, trust companies, company directors and charitable organisations. Zoe Blomfield and Charles Thacker head up the wills and probate side of the practice, incorporating capacity and delegation matters. Karla Summers-Shaw is a highly regarded associate.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Scholefield; Zoe Blomfield; Charles Thacker

Other key lawyers:

Karla Summers-Shaw

Testimonials

‘Viberts carries out a wide range of private client matters and has strength throughout its team in all key areas. The teams are led by partners whose client care is excellent and who are supported by dedicated and diligent associates and assistants. The team’s breadth of local knowledge is unsurpassed.’

‘Zoe and her team have a keen and in-depth insight into each individual needs and go the extra mile to ensure that they are met. They take their responsibilities very seriously indeed.’

‘My main contact is Christopher Scholefield who is extremely helpful and a real safe pair of hands. Very responsive.’

‘The managing partner, Zoe Bloomfield, leads an competent, friendly team that does provide me with the service that I want.’

‘The team are approachable and always available. The fact they are local is a huge benefit, they are also well set up to help with my international clients and have used technology well during the pandemic, offering clients a contact channel that is suitable for the individual.’

‘The speed of response is first class with a firm knowledge of the practice area. We have referred clients with complex needs and on every occasion Karla Summers-Shaw and the team have answered all questions and provided high levels of service.’

Key clients

Financial Consultants (Jersey) Limited (FCM)

Chamberlains UK LLP

Oak Trustees (Jersey) Limited

IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited

Oak Services Limited

CTJ Housing Trust

Victoria College Foundation Limited

Baccata Trustees Limited

Butterfield Trust (Guernsey) Limited

RBC Trustees (Jersey) Limited

GlenQ Trustees Limited

Dentons UK and Middle East LLP

Forward Group Limited

Saltgate Limited

Amity Partners

Zedra Trust Company Limited

Brightly

Lloyds Bank International Limited

Barclays Bank PLC

Cannacord

Blake Morgan LLP

DQ Advocates

AFR Advocates

Jersey > Banking and finance Tier 3

Viberts maintains longstanding client relationships with a number of impressive international lenders, for which practice head Paul Wilson and Christopher Scholefield assist with acquisition and funds lending transactions. James Lawrence deals with securitisation mandates for lenders including Lloyds Bank. On the borrower side, associate Oliver Hughes recently handled debt financing arrangements for a Jersey-domiciled property group.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Scholefield; James Lawrence; Oliver Hughes

Testimonials

‘A very responsive and knowledgeable team.’

‘Eleanor Colley and Paul Wilson are both very easy to deal with and get on with things without needing to be chased or nudged. They are both quick to turn things around and explain any issues in an easily understood manner, with a good commercial viewpoint.’

Key clients

Saltgate Limited

CNR Constructeur SAS

Baccata Trustees Limited

IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited

Lloyds Bank

Forward Group Limited

Tobacco Dock Limited

BCI Asset Finance Limited

Dunningham Investments Limited

Fox Managed Services (CI) Limited

Level 4 Developments Limited

J.J. Fox International Limited

Rossborough Financial Services Limited

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc previously Lloyds Bank International

Longulf Trading (UK) Limited

Oak Services Limited

Oak Trustees (Jersey) Limited

Oak Group (Jersey) Limited

Financial Consultants (Jersey) Limited

Cynergy Bank Limited

Regal Construction (Jersey) Limited

Ready Plant (2019) Limited

ROK Construction Limited

HLG Holdings (Jersey) Limited

GlenQ Trustees Limited

Zedra Trust Company Limited

Qarma Technology Limited

Butterfield Trust (Guernsey) Limited

Hampden & Co plc

Rathbones Investment Management International

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabaroo Olswang LLP

FCC Contrucction SA

Falles Holdings Limited

Jersey > Commercial property Tier 3

Viberts recently welcomed Paul Harben, previously of Collas Crill, to lead the commercial property team alongside James Lawrence. Combined with the expertise of Scottish-qualified solicitor Emily Paris-Hunter, the team's strengths include site acquisitions, public sector construction advice, financial lending transactions and commercial leasing negotiations. Notable clients include premier Jersey developers, social housing providers and property holding companies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Harben; James Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Emily Paris-Hunter; Irene Bloch

Testimonials

‘A diverse group, with skills that complement the full range of queries and challenges we present.’

‘Paul Harben joined the Viberts team in 2020 and has taken a lead role in developing complex commercial development agreements for our company. His skills are particularly suited to the large scale property developments we are seeking to deliver. Clear and definitive advice is received quickly and efficiently. A real pleasure to deal with. ‘

‘James Lawrence has a strong understanding of the local property law, and the commercial market. He provided sound commercial advice, whilst mitigating some of the risks presented to us in the initial draft. He adopted a very commercial approach, ensuring we were provided with accurate advice first time.’

‘James Lawrence and Irene Bloch together make a great team. James’ knowledge and experience, combined with Irene’s diligence and fervour to protect her clients’ interests truly give confidence that we are getting a good service. They always take direction from us, whilst completing our view with advice formed by real-world experience. ‘

‘I have worked with a number of firms in Jersey in both a professional and personal capacity, nearly all of which do not offer such a good value service as Viberts.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc

Hallmark Cars Limited

Moorings Hotels Limited

Red Heather Limited

Haut Bois Limited

Regal Construction Limited

Grant Thornton Channel Islands

Christians together in Jersey Housing Trust

Andium Homes Limited

BCK Holdings Limited

Jersey > Corporate and commercial Tier 3

Viberts’ corporate law group is retained by domestic trading companies for M&A and other non-transactional engagements. Practice head Paul Wilson and Christopher Scholefield — supported by a team of associates including Eleanor Colley and Oliver Hughes — perform share acquisitions, company sales and joint ventures. The team provides guidance on corporate governance and regulatory issues to a diverse set of clients including medicinal cannabis startups and fintech companies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Scholefield; Eleanor Colley; Oliver Hughes

Testimonials

‘A local firm which understands the marketplace.’

‘Eleanor Colley is personable and knowledgeable; very approachable and proactive.’

‘I have been a client of Viberts for the last three years. They have acted for me in both a personal and commercial capacity. I have always found the partners and staff to be very helpful, able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues involved. The flow and speed of information has assisted me greatly with some often complex commercial matters.’

‘Paul Wilson, assisted by Eleanor Colley, acted for me in a recent business sale. They were able to guide me through some of the more challenging issues. Their experience and professionalism enabled a swift resolution to bring matters to completion.’

Key clients

Saltgate Limited

CNR Constructeur SAS

Baccata Trustees Limited

IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited

Lloyds Bank

Forward Group Limited

Tobacco Dock Limited

BCI Asset Finance Limited

Dunningham Investments Limited

Revoke Limited

Fox Managed Services (CI) Limited

Level 4 Developments Limited

J.J. Fox International Limited

Rossborough Financial Services Limited

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc previously Lloyds Bank International

Longulf Trading (UK) Limited

Oak Services Limited

Oak Trustees (Jersey) Limited

Oak Group (Jersey) Limited

Financial Consultants (Jersey) Limited

Cynergy Bank Limited

Zero1 Limited

Regal Construction (Jersey) Limited

Pomroy Limited

Ready Plant (2019) Limited

ROK Construction Limited

Jersey Oyster Company

HLG Holdings (Jersey) Limited

GlenQ Trustees Limited

ROK FCC JV

Comnexa

365 Intellectual Property Limited

Whitmill Group Holdings Limited

Tiller Technologies Limited

ProTime Investments Limited

PC Boat Sales Limited

Freer Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Viberts’ dispute resolution practice acts in high-stakes personal injury mandates (including novel maritime claims) and clinical negligence disputes. Practice head Christina Hall is 'a strong advocate with a commercial approach' and is developing the firm's trust litigation offering for trustees and beneficiaries. Rebecca Morley-Kirk leads on matters of immigration and deportation, while senior associate Giles Emmanuel assists with contentious insolvency and bankruptcy matters.

Practice head(s):

Christina Hall

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Morley-Kirk; Giles Emmanuel; Corinne Holmes

Testimonials

‘Very friendly and approachable firm. Corinne Holmes is exceptionally astute, as is Christina Hall. They both also have the inside knowledge on the Jersey legal personalities which in such a small jurisdiction is of great assistance.’

‘Professional and aggressive if needed.’

‘Christina Hall is pragmatic, sensible and a pleasure to work with. A strong advocate with a commercial approach to matters.’

‘Viberts’ team is in my view impressive. Their partners are first rate, and provide a service on Jersey that is at least the equal of the very top firms operating in comparable areas of law in London.’

‘The team has a strong client-care ethic. They fight hard for plaintiffs whose cases are sometimes borderline, and have in my experience achieved remarkable results in cases that most would consider weak on the merits. Overall, Viberts is in my view a firm of the first rank.’

‘The stand-out individual at Viberts is Christina Hall. She is diligent, hard working, and professional. The quality I value highest in her is her manner: she is simultaneously a fierce advocate for her clients and also a measured, highly knowledgeable legal professional who is always on the lookout for the best resolution.’

‘Rebecca Morley-Kirk is exceptional in her ability to establish rapport with clients who have complex needs and is able to communicate her advice in a calm and respectful manner. She has an excellent awareness of mental illness and mental capacity issues and always remains professional and approachable.’

‘Viberts Law firm will forever hold a very strong place in my heart, thanks to the dedication and compassion I received as their client when the firm was appointed to represent me. Although this application was a first-of-its kind for Jersey, and daunting for all involved, I was kept well informed, directed, and guided through procedures with immense care and professionalism.’

Key clients

Rok Construction

Representation of the minor children in Crociani

Unite the Union

Royal College of Nursing

British Cycling Association

Police Association

Founded in Jersey in the 1930’s Viberts is a full-service law firm dedicated to providing outstanding legal advice and customer service, both locally and internationally.

Our clients range from private individuals to multinational corporations, local businesses and public authorities. We are large enough to offer a full service but small enough that each client has direct contact with one of our partners. We always take a pragmatic approach so that we can deal with matters as efficiently and commercially as possible but are also compassionate and understanding when it comes to sensitive issues.

We value and support our staff and in return have fostered a stable and loyal team that means clients benefit from continuity of service and a considerable depth of knowledge and experience.

Department Name Email Telephone
Private Client Zoe Blomfield, Managing Partner zoe.blomfield@viberts.com
Private Client Charles Thacker, Partner charles.thacker@viberts.com
Corporate Law Paul Wilson, Partner paul.wilson@viberts.com
Corporate Law Christopher Scholefield, Partner christopher.scholefield@viberts.com
Employment Law Vicky Milner, Partner vicky.milner@viberts.com
Family Law Rose Colley, Partner rose.colley@viberts.com
Family Law Jamie Orchard, Partner jamie.orchard@viberts.com
Dispute Resolution Christina Hall, Partner christina.hall@viberts.com
Dispute Resolution Rebecca Morley-Kirk, Partner rebecca.morley-kirk@viberts.com
Property Law James Lawrence, Partner james.lawrence@viberts.com
Property Law Paul Harben, Partner paul.harben@viberts.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Advocate Zoe Blomfield photo Advocate Zoe Blomfield Zoe joined Viberts in 2004 and whilst being the firm’s Managing Partner,…
Advocate Rose Colley photo Advocate Rose Colley Rose joined Viberts in 2000 and heads the family law team. She…
Advocate Giles Emmanuel  photo Advocate Giles Emmanuel Giles joined Viberts in January 2019 as an Associate in the litigation…
Advocate Christina Hall photo Advocate Christina Hall Christina is a partner in the litigation team at Viberts. A highly…
 Paul Harben  photo Paul Harben Paul has extensive knowledge and experience of Jersey commercial property transactions. Paul…
Advocate James Lawrence photo Advocate James Lawrence Often described as one of the Island’s most talented property lawyers, James…
Advocate Vicky Milner photo Advocate Vicky Milner Vicky joined Viberts in 2020. She is widely recognised as the “go…
Advocate Rebecca Morley-Kirk photo Advocate Rebecca Morley-Kirk Rebecca began her career in Jersey in 1995, initially specialising in criminal…
Advocate Jamie Orchard  photo Advocate Jamie Orchard Jamie is an Advocate in the family law team. He was promoted…
Advocate Christopher Scholefield photo Advocate Christopher Scholefield Christopher is a partner and heads the corporate and trust team at…
Advocate Charles Thacker photo Advocate Charles Thacker Charles is a Senior Partner and Advocate in the personal law department.…
Advocate Paul Wilson photo Advocate Paul Wilson Paul is a Partner and has 25 years of experience in corporate…
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