Legacy Week – 5th – 11th September 2022

Initial enquiry / Instructions to be received between 5th and 11th September 2022 inclusive. Payment of £50 will be made to a charity of the clients choice once the Will has been signed and paid for. Only 1 payment of £50 will be made per person.

Sales at Major New Residential Development Completed

Benest & Syvret have recently completed the sales of 39 apartments at Hemery Row in St. Helier, a prestigious new residential development in the heart of the Island’s capital.

Changes to Family Legal Aid

This month we have seen the long-expected changes to Legal Aid for family law in Jersey. The new changes have reduced the types of cases that will now be legally aided.

Panel of Criminal Lawyers

You may have heard that there is now a panel of specialist accredited lawyers who deal with criminal law in Jersey.

Do you want to change your name?

In Jersey it is a fairly quick and straightforward process to change your name. All that is required is an executed deed poll that adheres to the Jersey rules and is witnessed by an Advocate or Solicitor of the Court.

The end of Share Transfer?

Many people who own their house or apartment through a share transfer process will have been concerned to read of a recent Ministerial decision to bring an end to share transfer flats. The media headlines were perhaps a little inaccurate.

Essay Writing Competition 2022

Benest & Syvret have today launched the Benest & Syvret Law Essay 2022, a competition for “A” level (or equivalent) students studying in Jersey.

Good Divorce Week 2021

Children of parents who separate can find the experience one of the most challenging and impactful of their lives.

Human Rights in Jersey

The Royal Court has today published its judgment in a landmark Jersey Human Rights case involving a Jersey Family, where the Children’s Service and the States of Jersey Police have been found to have acted in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights.


A 4 minute read by Philip Syvret Partner, Benest & Syvret

Benest & Syvret advises ROK Group on multi-million pound development agreement for social housing

Benest & Syvret have advised the ROK Group, a substantial local development firm, on a complex Development Agreement relating to the development of the local former hospital facility, The Limes, for social housing.

Before you say I do...

For those who are taking the leap into marriage they do so with caution and planning.

Silver Separators

The trend of the millennials to live together has reduced the marriage rate however there has been a rising rate of divorces amongst the over 60s. There are several reasons for this growing trend.

Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law

The Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law 2012 marked the beginning of Jersey’s legal recognition of same sex relationships.

A new lease of life for 37-39 King Street (Hamon's Building)

Benest & Syvret have recently advised Hamon’s Limited in respect of it’s letting of 37-39 King Street, in the heart of Jersey’s retail district.

The development of a Covid vaccine, parental responsibility and the prickly subject of childhood immunisations

The prospect of a Covid vaccine being available soon has come as welcome news to many.

Who’s that behind the mask?

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 it has become common for people to wear face masks

Stress Awareness Month: Starting a New Job

here can be many reasons for applying for a new job – maybe you have been made redundant, you have been unhappy in your previous role, or you are stepping up on the career ladder.

Stress Awareness Month: The Death of a Family Member

It is probably trite to say that the death of a loved one is the most distressing moment in anyone’s life.

Stress Awareness Month: Moving Home

Statistics show that an average person moves home eight times in their lifetime. That seems a high number given that it is widely recognised as one of the most stressful times in a person’s life

Stress Awareness Month: Divorce or Separation

Separation in my experience comes in one of three ways; either you are the one instigating the separation, or it is by mutual agreement or it comes as a complete surprise.

Corona Virus and the Jersey Law

With parts of Italy now in lockdown what powers does the government have to prevent movement of its citizens? You may be surprised to read about the Jersey Health Minster’s powers originally set out in a law passed almost a century ago but which still applies today

International Women's Day - Celebrating Women in Law in Jersey

At Benest & Syvret we are proud to have a strong female-driven workforce. With 60% of our fee earners and 50% of our partners being women, we hope to inspire more women to enter the profession.

A Priti Unfair Dismissal

Sir Philip Rutman, permanent secretary at the Home Office, has resigned and is claiming constructive unfair dismissal.

Organ Donation: What's Changed?

Jersey has taken a lead over England with the introduction of an opt out based system for organ donation, being introduced on 1st July 2019.

Prenuptial agreements: Radmacher – a decade on.

Following the decision in the landmark Supreme Court case of Radmacher -v- Granatino in October 2010 (“Radmacher”), an air of certainty pervaded the air in family law circles of the legal profession as to the enforceability of pre-nuptial agreements.

It's National Sickie Day

Dubbed “National Sickie Day”, the first Monday in February is widely recognised as the day in the year on which employees are most likely to pull a sickie

Divorce and Dating – Is it Wise to Wait?

As family lawyers, we are often asked whether or not dating during the divorce process will have a potential impact on their case.

Feeling Compromised?

A compromise agreement is a legally binding agreement which usually brings an employment relationship to an end. It is one of the only means recognised in the law, by which an employee can legally “contract out” of their employment law rights.

Christmas After A Separation

In the ideal world Christmas is a time for family celebration with joy pervading all around. Sadly, for a good proportion of people Christmas can be a time of great emotional difficulty.

The Sad Story of Mr B

The office Christmas party season is upon us and ‘tis the season to be jolly. But when does an employee’s festive cheer stray towards having legal consequences for the employer?

The Royal Court Imposes Substantial Penalties

When a person dies nobody is allowed to deal with his bank accounts or other assets until a Grant of Probate has been issued, save in a very limited set of circumstance

The Bank of Mum & Dad

With the average cost of buying a three bedroom house in Jersey heading towards £600,000 an advance from the so-called “Bank of Mum and Dad” is increasingly the only way that millennials can afford to get a foot on the property ladder.

New Appointments at Benest & Syvret

Benest and Syvret are delighted to welcome Rhiannon George an English Solicitor and Jemima Kellett a Legal Assistant to the team.

Last Man Standing: The Importance of Determining Who Died First

A recent case in the English High Court has highlighted the difference between Jersey and English Law when spouses or couples die simultaneously. The facts of the case were somewhat tragic. John and Anne Scarle aged 79 and 69 died from hypothermia at their jointly owned home in Essex during the winter of 2016.

Lexcel Accreditation Press Release

Local law firm Benest & Syvret have been awarded Lexcel accreditation for the seventh year in a row. Lexcel is the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for practice management and client care. It is only awarded to firms who have achieved excellence in compliance and practice management as well as client service. Accreditation is given following a detailed two-day audit of files, procedures and interviews with partners and staff.


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