We strive to build relationships with clients and ensure that together we work to deliver the best results. Whether you are a new or well established business we appreciate you will have individual needs and requirements and we look to tailor our legal advice and services to meet them all.
We offer clear advice, on the day to day legal issues that can arise when managing or leading your business.
Our business services include, but are not limited to:
Employment Law – In the ever changing environment of employment legislation, you need to ensure that your policies, procedures and practices are kept up to date. However as a business owner or leader, it is likely that you may have other areas of focus. Our lawyers have been helping navigate companies and directors tominimise the risk by advising on HR issues such as contracts of employment, sickness and performance management. Our team will look to provide strategic guidance and advice supporting your business while ensuring that you are complying with the employment legislation.
Commercial Property – Our team has wide experience of all commercial property in Jersey. We have a detailed knowledge of the Jersey commercial market and can help provide advice on either the sale or purchase of property, creation and reviewing of leases along with any other issues that you may encounter in managing your business premises.
Mergers, acquisitions and disposals – When you are looking to acquire, merge or dispose of a company our team can guide and support you through the transaction. By providing you with a dedicated contact who will be with you through the transaction from start to finish, we will ensure that we support your business objectives and ensure that tailored advice is given to help you achieve your goals.
Philip Syvret provided an excellent service and advice and the team was friendly, helpful and efficient
Thank you very much for the friendly and efficient service – Property client
Benest & Syvret staff have a caring professional approach – Private client
Thanks very much for your friendly and efficient service. It is much appreciated
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you so much for getting me to the end of this period of my life, it was a truly difficult time and I would not have got through it without your honesty, kindness and professionalism. You certainly inspired me to be a stronger woman and I am certainly getting there.
I will never forget your kindness and your whole team at Benest & Syvret have been fabulous and made my life so much easier. - 'Family client'
Excellent, professional experience whilst dealing my Lasting Powers of Attorney – Private client
Have referred many people to Benest & Syvret for excellent personal service.
I would like to say a big thank you for your work and support and understanding dealing with this case at an incredibly difficult time for me – Litigation client
Dear Nina, Once again you have shown that you are an excellent law firm there to help people. Thank you for everything. – 'Family client'
Many many many thanks for all your hard work, patience and for helping us persevere to the end. We have just been through a life changing few years which sadly I won't forget but nor will I forget Benest & Syvret and how without you we would have got nothing at all. Thank you so much. For ordinary people to get justice the world needs solicitors like all of you. - 'Litigation client'
I was impressed with the overall service, professionalism and integrity of the legal staff - Property client
At all times we felt that Philip & the team had our best interests at heart. They worked tirelessly on our behalf to ensure our property details were finalised in record time. We are still finding it hard to believe they changed our lives for the better in only 2 weeks
Everything was explained making our wills very easy. Thank you
Pleased with all staff members who did an excellent job – 'Clinical negligence client'
Very impressed with the efficiency, professionalism and friendliness
Many thanks for all your help with this matter, you have been very supportive and helpful. – 'Family client'
Commercial Property - Leases
Commercial Property - Leases
Our Commercial Property team is headed up by Philip Syvret and advises both landlords and tenants on all aspects of commercial lease transactions.
We can guide you through the sometimes complex process of completing your commercial lease, whether you are a landlord or tenant, and can provide advice on all aspects of the transaction.
Abigail Watkins can provide you with expert legal and practical advice from both a legal and management perspective, having previously managed a large portfolio of local commercial properties.
We can assist you with, amongst other things;
Drafting of paper and contract leases on behalf of the landlord
Reviewing of paper and contract leases on behalf of the tenant
Advising on exit strategy from an existing lease
Assisting with pre lease negotiation
Cancellation of existing leases
Landlord and tenant lease disputes
Please contact either Philip or Abigail to find out how we can help you.
Ask owners of small Jersey businesses what frustrates them most and the chances are they will tell you it is the customers who do not pay on time. Late payment is a significant issue for small firms. It is not just time consuming trying to get money out of people – for a small firm, it can be a matter of life and death.
So how can you get customers to pay without delay? The first step is to make sure there is nothing preventing payment. Find out whether it is simply an administrative error. Is there an issue about whether they have received the invoice? Did they receive the goods? Is there an argument about the standard of service they have received?
If there is a genuine dispute about the service or product, or the amount charged, it needs to be resolved before any further action is taken.
The next step can be as simple as making a call to somebody in the credit control department who has not realised your invoice has been pushed to the bottom of the pile. If that does not work see if there is somebody you could contact at a more senior level.
If phone calls do not get you anywhere a formal letter on headed notepaper – from your firm’s credit control department or from Benest & Syvret – often produces results. This is called a letter before action and gives the customer a last chance to pay before things get serious.
Often this flushes out those people who are trying to buy a bit of time. A solicitor’s letter will help you move up the pecking order because the customer knows he can not just ignore it. Also, it shows that you are taking this seriously and so are likely to take further action if they do not pay.
You might want to point out in the letter that you are entitled to recover fixed costs relating to the proceedings over and above the amount of the debt. This may encourage reluctant payers to engage.
When it comes to excuses our clients have heard them all. Explanations from customers have included: the person responsible for signing the cheques is on holiday; the accounts department has no direct phone line and can only be contacted by email; and someone new has joined the company and because she is unfamiliar with the systems it is unclear which bills she has and has not paid.
If polite tactics do not work and there is no prospect of negotiation, the next step will be to consider debt recovery proceedings.
We recommend that you should not begin legal action for non-payment unless you are reasonably certain the other side has the money to pay. If there is any suggestion of them facing insolvency or bankruptcy, then any action will need careful consideration.
You also need to be aware that even if the Court finds in your favour it will not pursue the money for you. You have to enforce the judgment through the Viscount’s Department and if the other side is unable to pay you could find yourself no better off – or back in Court.
If you are owed less than £30,000 you can go through the Petty Debts Court. For unpaid bills over £30,000 claims must be issued in the Royal Court.
If your customers disputes the claim, however, a hearing will be held at which each side will present their case to a judge.
Please contact our team to discuss your individual requirements.
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What We Collect
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name and job title
contact information including email address and phone number
demographic information such as location
preferences and interests
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Variations To The Policy
We reserve the right to alter and change information provided in this document at our own discretion and therefore this document should be regularly referred to for updates and variations. If you have any questions regarding this policy, our contact details are as follows: