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

Jersey > Employment Tier 1

The team at Viberts handles the spectrum of employment law issues, with experts in litigation, regulatory issues, business licensing, contract advice and compromise agreements, as well as employment issues following M&A transactions. The team is led by Vicky Milner, who specialises in representing senior individuals in claims involving allegations of discrimination and psychiatric injury, as well as non-contentious advisory work. Paul Wilson is a non-contentious employment law expert with experience in redundancies. Rebecca Morley-Kirk is a litigator who regularly appears before employment tribunals, representing individuals and unions, while Giles Emmanuel  is another key member of the practice. Chris Hendry is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Vicky Milner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have a good team and have been responsive to our requirements in a timely fashion.’

‘A good understanding of HR law in practice, so able to give practical and proactive advice.’

‘Solid technical knowledge, partner involvement, practical application, competitive fees and all with a sense of humour.’

‘Worked with Vicky Milner and Chris Hendry. They work very well together and the service provided by them was technically solid and personally empathetic in what was at times an emotional time for me. Chris Hendry was always able to set the legal analysis within the practical and pragmatic context. At times my emotional reaction to do something was well and sympathetically managed with the potential implications of following certain courses being clearly but not patronisingly set out. A good sense of humour was appreciated. Vicky has a seniority of approach and practical wisdom which is reassuring.’

‘I have dealt, for many years, with Vicky Milner. I consider her to be a trusted advisor.’

Key clients

Institute of Law

JP Mauger Limited

Baccata Trustees Limited

IQ-EQ (Jersey) Limited

National Education Union

USDAW

Work highlights

  • Represented the Institute of Law in a case in the Jersey Employment & Discrimination Tribunal and in the Royal Court: the Royal Court decision set a new precedent on costs.
  • Represented JP Mauger Limited in a case in the Jersey Employment & Discrimination Tribunal, which confirmed the position on employment status.

Jersey > Family Tier 1

Viberts‘ team is ‘always able to hold its own from the smallest contact dispute to the biggest billionaire divorce‘, according to clients. It provides a well-rounded family law service that draws on expertise from across the firm, to assist high-net-worth individuals and their families on property transfers and inheritance matters. The group has vast experience in divorce cases and separations. Rose Colley leads the department and is able to handle complex financial matters and cases involving children. Jamie Orchard is regularly instructed by high-net-worth individuals in divorce cases, but also specialises in novel private children matters. Senior associate Emma Hollywood joined in June 2021 from the law officers department of the government of Jersey, where she specialised in both children and criminal matters.

Practice head(s):

Rose Colley

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Orchard; Emma Hollywood; Alexandra Cohen; Kiera Jones

Testimonials

‘Excellent people. Caring.’

‘The best family lawyers in Jersey. They have everything in spades: the experience; the resources; the individuals; the resources; the judgement, and, this means that they are always able to hold their own from the smallest contact dispute to the biggest billionaire divorce.’

‘Jamie Orchard – a lawyer’s lawyer, never brash but cool, calm and effective. He knows his law and also knows when to take points (and when to leave them) to further his client’s interests.’

‘The large size of the team along with its stellar reputation in children and money work. They appear to be willing to embrace all forms of ADR ahead of other Jersey firms.’

‘Rose Colley and Jamie Orchard are incredibly friendly and committed.’

‘Jamie Orchard is a young partner with a keen intellect and calm authority. He is a star of the future’

‘As an English lawyer specialising in matrimonial finance and children law I would always recommend Viberts to a client looking for a Jersey lawyer. The team are always bright, very hard-working and give great advice. From a barrister’s perspective they are a dream to work with.’

Alexandra Cohen gets very good work and works incredibly hard to do the best by her clients. Rose Colley continues to be the best-known and most respected family lawyer on Jersey and with good reason.’

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Viberts‘ disputes team is known for handling a wide variety of cases, including administrative reviews, insurance-related claims, a specialty of Corinne Holmes, construction disputes, contentious trust and probate work, as well as commercial litigation. The team is led by Christina Hall, an experienced commercial and trust litigator. Rebecca Morley-Kirk is focused on disputes involving human rights, employment and immigration law, but also has a criminal law practice. Giles Emmanuel  is instructed in cases involving insolvencies, trusts, construction and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Christina Hall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Outstanding client care. Fight for clients. Always properly resourced and know the legal personalities in Jersey.’

‘Christina Hall and Corinne Holmes.’

‘Christina Hall has been most involved in recent years I/we cannot fault her work. The care, attention and understanding she has given to our requirements together with her professional acumen is outstanding.’

‘Viberts has a range of experience but I have only utilised them for one case therefore focused on Christina Hall and her team who have been excellent.’

‘Christina Hall has a wide range of experience but exceptional at personal injury. She can grasp complex technical factual and legal points. Sensible and commercially minded lawyer, provide business focused solutions for commercial clients but compassionate to lay individuals. Clearly very experienced and bright but responsive and personable.

‘The Viberts team have been very thorough when dealing with this case, they have good communication and and have looked into every area which may help us with our case. They have attended meetings out of hours and and generally been very supportive with any of our questions or concerns.’

‘Christina Hall has been looking after our case, and her experience with other cases of similar claims has been invaluable and she’s been able to help move ours forward by having a thorough and clear knowledge of what we require.’

‘Received clear advice and guidance and was supported throughout a relatively long and drawn-out process by a non-compliant “other side”. I almost enjoyed the process!’

Key clients

Rok Construction Limited

Rok Homes Limited

CNR Construction

Maillard & Co

Unite the Union

Representation of the minor children in Crociani

Royal College of Nursing

British Cycling Association

Police Association

Work highlights

  • In the Representation of the Milbanke Trust; representating the settlor and beneficiary to set aside the Trust on the grounds of duress.
  • In the Representation of Falle; representing the representor seeking to establish Jersey law ancillary rights to contractual servitudes.
  • In Corbin v Dorynek and Flath; represented the defendant in a liability trial in the first maritime trial to come before the Jersey court.

Jersey > Banking and finance Tier 3

Lawyers at Vibertsunderstand their area of expertise and give sage advice‘, with recent expertise handling novel transactions including in relation to crowdfunding. Real estate finance structures are a notable area of specialism. Christopher Scholefield leads the firm’s relationship with Lloyds Bank, while James Lawrence focuses on bonds and securitisations. Heading the team is Paul Wilson. Promoted to senior associate in February 2022, Eleanor Colley is increasingly active in the real estate finance space.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good responsive advice from key contacts within law firm . They understand their area of expertise and give sage advice’

‘My firm of choice to refer finance work to in Jersey. Always responsive and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Oliver Hughes stands out as approachable, knowledgeable and helpful.’

Key clients

AMC Cinemas

Coutts

Zedra Trust Company Limited

Caxton

Criptyque

Omega Financial Services (Jersey) Limited

FCC Construction Limited

Dominion Financial Services

Aztec Financial Services

BDO

LassWho?

Treasure Quest Limited

Highvern Trust Company Limited

Pentera Trust Company Limited

Shufl Venture Capital Limited

KPMG

BCK Holdings Limited

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 Limited

HLG Holdings (Jersey) Limited

GlenQ Trustees Limited

ROK FCC JV

Comnexa

Work highlights

  • Advised GlenQ Trustees Limited, a Jersey financial services business, in relation to a £62 million multi-jurisdictional debt financing deal involving the purchase of an English company which owned landmark real estate in a London Borough that was being purchased for development purposes.
  • Advised a holding company in relation to a £10,000,000 crowdfunding equity raise.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank by undertaking a full scale review of the Bank’s suite of Jersey security documents.

Jersey > Commercial property Tier 3

Viberts is a mainstay of the local Jersey property market, advising commercial landlords, tenants, private individuals, property investors and developers on a the spectrum of real estate matters. Co-leading are James Lawrence and Paul Harben , both of whom are experienced hands in property transactions. Scottish-qualified associate Emily Paris-Hunter has a growing profile in commercial property deals in St Helier.

Practice head(s):

James Lawrence; Paul Harben

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have been a property developer for the past 25 years involved in both large and smaller scale developments, in that time I have had the opportunity to deal with many commercial lawyers firms, whilst I am very satisfied with Viberts fees it is without doubt the level of service I receive on both a professional level and also that they are always contactable to deal with any issues that invariably arise.’

‘James Lawrence is a partner at Viberts and my first point of contact, whilst James is surrounded by an extremely competent team he is by far one of the most competent and knowledgeable commercial lawyers I have had the pleasure of dealing with and at the same time he is both friendly and approachable.’

‘Unparalleled knowledge of commercial and residential market. Always approachable and they deal with instructions in a very timely manner.’

‘Paul Harben is super friendly and reliable, very experienced and a true commercial real estate specialist.’

‘Viberts still feels like a small personal practice, however they have a huge amount of experience and actually is a much larger organisation who carry out all the services worldwide law firms provide. I believe their personal service very much makes them unique.’

‘I enjoy working with the team and they always provide a high-quality service. Communication is very clear and concise which makes handling a piece of work simple and straightforward.’

‘I have developed an exceptional level of trust in the partner – Paul Harben.’

‘I have used this company for over 35 years and found them always very reliable, obliging and could never find any faults in a way they deal with their customer I have no hesitations to recommend them to anyone who requires a legal assistance.’

Key clients

Andium Homes Limited

Optic Holdings Limited (Kevin & Heidi McGinty)

Falles Holdings Limited

CIS Properties Limited

Red Heather Limited

Mark Gonsalves

Merchants Square purchaser’s panel solicitors

Work highlights

  • Advised Andium on the acquisition of development site (2 hotels) for social housing at a combined price of circa £15,000,000 including a development agreement for the build out of circa 300 residential units.
  • Advised two private individuals on a number of property holding company purchases/subsequent disposals, including lodging houses, former office space, a restaurant, a city centre gym and multiple units of residential accommodation.
  • Appointed to act as one of two purchasers’ panel lawyers for Merchants Square in respect of a large new residential/commercial development.

Jersey > Corporate and commercial Tier 3

At Viberts, the corporate team counts a healthy mix of Jersey-based financial services businesses, trading companies and high-net-worth individuals as clients, assisting with a wide variety of transactions and commercial advisory work, where its able to draw on key expertise in regulatory issues. Paul Wilson leads the department and is a veteran of Jersey corporate deals, insolvency and restructuring transactions. Christopher Scholefield is the name to note for commercial and charity law issues. Promoted to senior associate in February 2022, Eleanor Colley is developing a name for the corporate aspects of real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wilson

Testimonials

‘Helpful and enthusiastic, with a wide knowledge.’

‘Attention to personal service and attention to detail. Able to offer thoughtful advice in the round on complex matters’

‘Very easy to get along with. They are all, to an individual, personable and have a relaxed manner that makes complex legal issues easier to understand. They refrain from forcing their viewpoint upon you, and instead help take you on the journey to the final conclusion. They are particularly strong with local matters. As a practice, they are flexible on billing solutions and management of appointment (the process for which is always handled with professionalism and clarity).’

‘Paul Wilson is at he very top of his game, understands the issues and cuts straight to the chase. I welcome his frank and clear advice, and he is particularly good at listening, reverting with poignant observations that help direct a suitable outcome. Eleanor Colley – Ah, Ellie! What a joy to work with. Brings humour and candour to the most-complex of problems, and never loses sight of the end-goal. A brilliant strategist, and supports Paul with excellent day-to-day management of discussions, drafting, etc.’

‘The team worked well with us during difficult Covid times. We had face to face meetings, video link meetings and we were able to get hold of those working from home easily.’

‘We particularly valued the work that Eleanor Colley put into our lease negotiations, liaising with Irene Bloch in property and then the sale of our business.’

‘Good advice and guidance are given at all times’

‘Enjoy working with Paul Wilson and his team.’

Key clients

AMC Cinemas

Zedra Trust Company Limited

Omega Financial Services (Jersey) Limited

FCC Construction Limited

Aztec Financial Services

BDO

LassWho?

Treasure Quest Limited

Highvern Trust Company Limited

Pentera Trust Company Limited

Shufl Venture Capital Limited

KPMG

BCK Holdings Limited

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 Limited

HLG Holdings (Jersey) Limited

GlenQ Trustees Limited

ROK FCC JV

Comnexa

Work highlights

  • Advised the 3 owners of Omega Financial Services (Jersey) Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Omega to a Jersey subsidiary of TEAM Plc.
  • Advised the principal director and sole shareholder of a Jersey courier company in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Guernsey Post, Guernsey’s provider of postal and courier services.
  • Acted for the owners of Pentera Trust Company Limited in relation to a transaction in which 2 of the 3 owners of the business bought out the shareholding of the third owner who had decided to retire from the business.

Jersey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 3

The personal law team at Viberts is known for advising on will drafting, inheritance issues and estate planning. Clients include financial institutions including Lloyds Bank, overseas law firms and high-net-worth individuals. Key figures are Christopher Scholefield, who is experienced in succession planning and asset protection, particularly where there is a cross-border aspect; and managing partner Zoe Blomfield, a seasoned cross-border estate administration expert. Senior associate Eleanor Colley is building a notable trusts practice.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Scholefield; Zoe Blomfield

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Helpful detailed analysis and clear advice given.’

‘We always receive an excellent service from Viberts. Replies to our instructions are prompt. The advice we receive is well-considered, easy to understand and represents good value for money. The partners and associates that we deal with all demonstrate high levels of industry knowledge and they always exhibit a willingness to work with us to achieve a practical solution.’

‘Generally knowledgeable, approachable, accommodating and understanding of our Jersey trust company business and inherent risks.’

‘Very sound and practical advice – and very responsive.’

‘Christopher Scholefield is very responsive – readily available – excellent advice.’

‘I have always found that the team at Viberts are very professional and prompt in dealing with my requirements, not only that but they are friendly and approachable. It gives confidence that they act in my best interest. Viberts billing gives full details of how much time was devoted to what purpose in simple to understand terms.’

‘The “go-to” team for delegateship work in Jersey. Well-resourced, responsive, tenacious in fighting for their clients, impressive team depth.’

‘Zoe Blomfield – Head and shoulders the market leader in Jersey for delegateship work, backed up by a great team. GReat client-handling skills. A delight to work with.’

Key clients

Fiduchi Trustees Limited

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Glen Q Trustees on the refinancing of a facility used to purchase and English holding company.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Private Client Zoe Blomfield, Managing Partnerzoe.blomfield@viberts.com
Private Client Charles Thacker, Partnercharles.thacker@viberts.com
Corporate Law Paul Wilson, Partnerpaul.wilson@viberts.com
Corporate Law Christopher Scholefield, Partnerchristopher.scholefield@viberts.com
Employment Law Vicky Milner, Partnervicky.milner@viberts.com
Family Law Rose Colley, Partnerrose.colley@viberts.com
Family Law Jamie Orchard, Partnerjamie.orchard@viberts.com
Dispute Resolution Christina Hall, Partnerchristina.hall@viberts.com
Dispute Resolution Rebecca Morley-Kirk, Partnerrebecca.morley-kirk@viberts.com
Dispute Resolution Giles Emmanuel, Partnergiles.emmanuel@viberts.com
Property Law James Lawrence, Partnerjames.lawrence@viberts.com
Property Law Paul Harben, Partnerpaul.harben@viberts.com
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Zoe Blomfield photoAdvocate Zoe BlomfieldZoe joined Viberts in 2004 and whilst being the firm’s Managing Partner,…
Rose Colley photoAdvocate Rose ColleyRose joined Viberts in 2000 and heads the family law team. She…
Giles Emmanuel photo Giles EmmanuelGiles joined Viberts in January 2019 in the dispute resolution department. He…
Christina Hall photoAdvocate Christina HallChristina is a partner in the litigation team at Viberts. A highly…
Paul Harben photo Paul HarbenPaul has extensive knowledge and experience of Jersey commercial property transactions. Paul…
Chris Hendry photo Chris HendryChris joined Viberts in January 2021 as a Scottish Solicitor and he…
James Lawrence photoAdvocate James LawrenceOften described as one of the Island’s most talented property lawyers, James…
Vicky Milner photoAdvocate Vicky MilnerVicky joined Viberts in 2020. She is widely recognised as the “go…
Rebecca Morley-Kirk photoAdvocate Rebecca Morley-KirkRebecca began her career in Jersey in 1995, initially specialising in criminal…
Jamie Orchard photoAdvocate Jamie OrchardJamie is an Advocate in the family law team. He was promoted…
Christopher Scholefield photoAdvocate Christopher ScholefieldChristopher is a partner and heads the corporate and trust team at…
Charles Thacker photoAdvocate Charles ThackerCharles is a Senior Partner and Advocate in the personal law department.…
Paul Wilson photoAdvocate Paul WilsonPaul is a Partner and has 25 years of experience in corporate…
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Other fee earners : 31
Administrators : 10
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