Governing Body

Advocate Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker is an English barrister and Jersey Advocate, and Chairman of the Governing Body of the Institute of Law. He is senior partner at Baker & Partners. He was called to the English bar in 1989 and is a highly experienced court room advocate. Stephen practised at the English bar for many years before moving to Jersey where he established Baker & Partners. He specialises in complex international commercial and trusts litigation as well as retaining a niche practice in criminal and regulatory law.

Sir Philip Bailhache

Sir Philip Bailhache is Chairman Emeritus of the Governing Body of the Institute of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, an honorary fellow of Pembroke College, and an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple. He is an English barrister and an advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey. In Jersey, he served successively as Solicitor General, Attorney General, Deputy Bailiff and most recently Bailiff (1995-2009). He was appointed a commissioner of the Royal Court in July 2009 but retired from the judiciary in July 2011. In October 2011 he was elected as a Senator of the States of Jersey. He is the founding editor of the Jersey and Guernsey Law Review and the founder of the Jersey Legal Information Board which publishes a legal information website at www.jerseylaw.je

James Lambert

James Lambert is the Director of Services for the Jersey Court Service and a member of the Institute of Law governing body. He holds a BSc in engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree. After a career of 18 years in the Royal Navy, he joined the staff at the Judicial Greffe in 1996, where he has been responsible for the development and modernisation of the Court Service. He is also a founder member of the Jersey Legal Information Board and acts as the Board’s Accounting Officer.

Rosy Dessain

Rosy Dessain followed up a successful career in commerce, by in 1997 co-founding Thomas & Dessain Limited, international executive search and selection consultants. She is the Managing Director of the company and specialises in Director/Partner level positions. As the Head of the company’s legal practice, Rosy has in-depth knowledge of the legal profession in the offshore locations, gained not only as a search consultant but also through her work as a Certified Master Coach, where she specialises in the profession. Rosy is further formally qualified by examination in psychometric testing and as a Mediator. A member of the Committee of the Jersey Institute of Directors, Rosy is also involved at Committee level with several Jersey charities.

Carl Howarth

Carl Howarth is Principal of Jersey College for Girls.  He holds a Bachelor of Education from Cambridge University and a MA from Leeds University.  He is also a Trustee of the Jersey Employment Trust and past president of the Lions Club of Jersey.

David Garland

Dave Garland is a chartered accountant and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  He retired in 2014 after a career spanning more than 30 years in offshore financial services, spending time living and working in the Bahamas, Jersey, the Isle of Man and the UK.  During this time he held a number of different roles with various wealth management businesses within the RBS Group, most recently as Head of Trust Administration and Operations for the Coutts trust businesses across Jersey, Switzerland and Cayman.

Fraser Robertson

Fraser Robertson is a partner and Group Head of the Dispute Resolution department in Jersey. He is a commercial litigator who advises on all types of commercial disputes. He specialises primarily in trust, contractual and professional negligence, as well as fraud and asset tracing, and regulatory matters. He has acted and appeared before the Jersey courts in a number of significant trust disputes. He has contributed to various publications, including the Jersey Law Review. Fraser is a keen speaker at seminars and conferences, particularly on trust litigation matters.

Jeremy Heywood

Jeremy Heywood is a civil and commercial litigator and has extensive experience in immovable property and planning, contentious trusts, insured risks and commercial and contractual disputes. Jeremy was educated at The University of St. Andrews where he graduated with an MA in Ancient History. He then attended the Inns of Court School of Law to study for his Bar Vocational Course. Jeremy speaks fluent French and enjoys wine, reading and travel. He appears regularly before all the Island’s courts.

Paul Marett

Paul Marett is a highly successful IT executive with a strategic focus. He has a strong record of achievement, having managed a substantial IT service delivery business for 25 years, providing services to various industries including finance and Channel Islands’ local government.  An active committee member of the Jersey branch of the Institute of Directors, Paul was appointed as Director of Information Technology at Jersey Post in January 2012.

 

Lewis Buckley

Lewis Buckley is a Jersey advocate where until 2011 he specialised in trust litigation, regulatory and anti–money laundering advisory work.  In 2011 Lewis ceased private practice moving into the regulated financial services sector in Jersey and is a director of Helm Trust Company Limited.