JLC Faculty

Jersey Legal System & Constitutional Law

philip-johnsonDr Phillip Johnson LLB LLM PGDip (Arb)

Phillip Johnson Ph.D, LLM PGDip (Arb), LLB is the Professor of Commercial Law at Cardiff University.  Other than his interest in the Jersey Legal System, he has expertise in intellectual property law and UK constitutional law.




Alastair Sutton LLB, LLM

Alastair Sutton LLB, LLM has recently retired as a partner at White and Case, where his practice covered a wide range of EU law issues, especially the internal and external aspects of the Single Market. He has advised the UK Crown Dependencies on EU law issues for more than 20 years, since leaving the European Commission, where he served as a trade negotiator, diplomat, legal adviser to the Vice President on the Single Market and Head of Division for Insurance.

He now practices in London and Brussels and is a door tenant at Brick Court Chambers. He is also a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and the University of Edinburgh (Europa Institute).

Dr Dennis Dixon LLB, LLM, PhD

Dennis Dixon PhD was called the bar by the Middle Temple in 1995, having studied Law at St John’s College, Cambridge. He worked for the Inland Revenue/HMRC for twelve years, mainly in anti-avoidance. He has also worked as a law draftsman in Gibraltar, and currently works for the Law Officers’ Department Jersey. His academic interests include human rights, and has recently completed a doctorate on the potential for reconciling constitutional review and democracy. He has also published on English constitutional history, the Bosman case, legal professional privilege and the constitutional position of the Island of Jersey. As well as law, he has a masters in historical research.

Adjunct Professor: Advocate Stephen Meiklejohn from the Law Officers’ department.


Law of Contract

Emmanuel Araguas

Emmanuel qualified as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 2013 and gained knowledge of the Channel Island legal system as well their institution and history in 2013 obtaining (with distinction) the “Certificat d’études juridiques françaises et normandes” taught by Mrs Sophie Poirey at the University of Caen.

Since 2015 Emmanuel has been teaching Civil Law at the University of La Rochelle, as well as lectures in French Law & Institutions between 2015 and 2017. He is currently lecturing on Common Law at La Rochelle. All this whilst leading a busy professional life as the practice he founded in 2008 monitors legal cases across France for British, Channel Islands, Ireland or Asian countries residents. In fact, he was one of the youngest to be elected by his peers as a fellow member of the Board of Bar (secrétaire de l’Ordre des Avocats au Barreau de Saintes) in 2013,2014 and 2015.

Emmanuel is also a member of “The Société de Législation Comparée” and the “Franco-British Lawyers Society.

Emmanuel is currently writing a paper presenting the role of the Channel Islands in this history (“Guernsey: port of call for the wine trade at medieval times”) as well as a sort of ‘biopic’ article dedicated to Jean Martell, founder of the Martell cognac trad house, whose first customers where based in Jersey where he originated from.

Fraser Robertson

Fraser Robertson is a partner at Appleby Global and is local group head of litigation and insolvency.

Company Law

Gavin Hoccom

Gavin Hoccom is a graduate of Bristol Law School, who trained at the Bar and worked in in-house private practice. Gavin has subsequently cross-qualified as a Solicitor and is working for a regional firm specialising in Commercial Litigation, information on which is available here.

Security on Movable Property and Bankruptcy

Mark Dunlop

Advocate Mark Dunlop is a partner at Bedell Cristin, specialising in banking and corporate transactions.

Adjunct Professor: Jeremy Garrood is a partner at Carey Olsen.

Testate and Intestate Succession

MERYLProfessor Meryl Thomas BA LLM

Professor Meryl Thomas BA LLM is Professor of Property Law at Birmingham City University and Professeur Invité at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (formerly Paris X). Meryl was formerly lecturer at Cardiff University and Visiting Professor at University of Nantes.

She is currently a member of the Academic Board of the Fellowship of Will Writers and Probate Practioners. She has published widely in the areas of succession, trusts and property law and is the Editor of “A Practioners Guide to Wills” (Wildey & Sons) which is in its 3rd edition.

Her research includes comparative French and English law, including the absence of community of property in English law; a comparative study of Norman and Anglo-Norman law. Other aspects of her research include succession and human rights law.

Meryl is a participant in the European Common Core Project (a project ‘mapping’ private law in Europe), focusing upon property protection.

Her recent publications include:

    • ‘Protection of Immovables in European Legal Systems’, European Common Core (the Trento Project), ed, P. Sparkes and S. Martin, Cambridge University Press, 2015, English law contributor;
    • ‘Blackstones Statutes on Property Law’, OUP, 2015-2016 ed, pp.s 412

Adjunct Professor: Michelle Leverington is a Partner and Jersey solicitor working at BCRLaw in Jersey as Head of Wills and Probate.

Civil and Criminal Procedure and Ethics

Robert-McPeakeRobert McPeake

Robert McPeake LLB, LLM is currently a Principal Lecturer at The City Law School, having joined what was then the Inns of Court School of Law as a lecturer from private practice at the common law Bar in London.

Since becoming a barrister, Robert has been interested in the theories and practice of advocacy and evidence and has been involved both as a student and as a tutor in these areas for many years.

Robert has continued to research into advocacy theories and training as well as delivering practical courses in several countries and to different groups of professionals.

Adjunct Professor: Criminal Procedure: Advocate Matthew Jowitt works at Ardent Chambers.

Trusts Law


 Claire de Than, Deputy Director

Claire de Than, LLB, LLM is a senior lecturer in law at City Law School in London, where she is Director of Student Experience and a member of various committees including Senate and Academic Governance.

A graduate of Queen Mary, University of London, she is the author or co-author of more than 15 books, including the new student text de Than and Heaton, Criminal Law (OUP, 2010, new edition 2013).

Claire has advised several governments on human rights issues and law reform, including British Overseas Territories. Claire’s family has roots in Jersey and she is a frequent visitor to the Island. Information on Claire and her publications can be found here and here.

Adjunct Professor: Richard Holden works for Carey Olsen.

Family Law

Vera-McEwanProfessor Vera McEwan BA LLM MSc MA

Vera is an English qualified barrister who is currently an academic associate at One Garden Court Family Law Chambers, Temple, London. She specialises in Family and Education law (such as special educational needs provision). She has written a textbook, ‘Education Law’. Vera sits as a magistrate and is a member of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges Association. In addition to her work in Jersey Vera teaches part-time at the Universities of Durham and Reading. She is also an Assessor for the Chartered Institute of Insurance having an interest in Insurance and Pensions law.

Adjunct Professor: Advocate Claire Davies.

Immovable Property Law

Rebecca MacLeod

Rebecca joined the Institute in 2016. She is a native of another mixed jurisdiction in the British islands – Scotland. Her principal professional focus is in property law (not solely immovable property). Her book, “Property Law in Jersey” was published by the Jersey and Guernsey Law Review in 2016. She is a practising solicitor and tutored for a number of years in Property, Succession and Trusts at the University of Edinburgh.

Adjunct Professor: John Bisson is a partner in the Property Group in the Jersey office and Chairman of the Executive Board of Appleby.