Jersey Legal System & Constitutional Law
David Marrani: Dean of the Institute of Law
Prof. David Marrani, Ph.D (Essex), MA (Essex), Master (Toulon), Master (Nice), Maîtrise (Nice), Licence (Nice), LAP (Nice) studied law, philosophy and psychoanalysis.
He is Dean at the Institute in Jersey and was previously Director & Director of Studies. Prior to his move to Jersey, he was as Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex School of Law and Human Rights centre. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students French and UK Public Law, Common Law Reasoning, Comparative Law, Comparative Public Law, Jurisprudence and Critical Studies.
He is a Visiting Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, at the Faculte Libre de Droit de l’Universite Catholique de Lille in Paris, at the Universita’ degli Studi di Torino and at the University de Perpignan. He has also taught at various campuses of SciencePo, Paris and at the Universite St Joseph, Beirut.
His research relates to comparative public law and the intersections between law, philosophy and psychoanalysis. He is series general editor for the Routledge Research in Constitutional law and member of the executive committee of the SLS and its convenor for Open.
His latest publications are:
Space, Time, Justice, From Archaic Rituals to Contemporary Perspectives, Routledge 2017
Marrani, D., & Turner, S. (2019). The French Charter of the Environment and Standards of Environmental Protection. In S. Turner, D. Shelton, J. Razzaque, O. McIntyre, & J. May (Eds.), Environmental Rights: The Development of Standards (pp. 309-322). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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 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 is a partner at Appleby Global and is local group head of litigation and insolvency.
Kieran Durcan BCorp, LLB, LLM, FHEA
Kieran Durcan is a Senior Law lecturer and a dual qualified solicitor in England and Wales and Ireland. Prior to becoming an academic he worked for a highly regarded corporate and commercial practice. He is also a qualified tax consultant.
His teaching and scholarship interests lie in the area of corporate and commercial law broadly defined. He is passionate about legal education and regularly attends and presents at both national and international conferences. In 2014 he was shortlisted for UK Law Lecturer of the Year award. He likes to teach law in an engaging, practical and accessible manner.
Adjunct Professor: TBC.
Security on Movable Property and Bankruptcy
Advocate Mark Dunlop qualified as an English solicitor in 1993. From 1993 to 1998, Mark worked as a solicitor in the Banking and International Finance Department of Cameron Markby Hewitt and (after its merger) at Cameron McKenna in the City of London. Mark acted on a range of asset finance and general banking transactions. From 1998 to 2005, Mark worked as a solicitor in the Banking and Projects Department of Theodore Goddard and (after its merger) at Addleshaw Goddard in the City of London. Mark became a partner of Theodore Goddard in 2001. Mark specialised in PFI/PPP transactions (acting either for the lenders or project sponsors) and real estate finance. Mark moved to Jersey in 2005 and joined Bedell Cristin. He was sworn in as an Advocate of the Royal Court in 2007. Mark became a partner of Bedell Cristin in 2007 and has acted on a range of finance and corporate transactions. Mark has published “Dunlop on Jersey Company Law” (which is the only comprehensive textbook on Jersey company law). Mark has been noted as a leading lawyer in legal directories (Legal 500 and Chambers). Mark is a member of the Jersey Law Society Financial and Commercial Law Sub-committee. Mark has been appointed as the financial services law knowledge management partner at Bedell Cristin.
Adjunct Professor: Jeremy Garrood is a partner at Carey Olsen.
Testate and Intestate Succession
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
Dominic De Saulles
Dominic is a recognised expert in comparative civil procedure. His book Reforming Civil Procedure: The Hardest Path was published by Hart Publishing in May 2019 here. The book looks at changes in Anglo-American Civil Procedure in the Twentieth Century and examines the reasons for success and failure. He is particular interested in how the process of litigation works and how the court system and legal professionals interact. Dominic also has a long standing interest in how commercial contracts operate and are interpreted.
The current project on which Dominic is working is looking at the birth of modern Anglo-American civil procedure in the nineteenth century.
Dominic has been teaching and writing about litigation in particular since 2005. He has taught at Cardiff School of Law and Politics since 2005. Prior to that, Dominic was in private practice as a Solicitor Advocate in both national and regional firms specialising in commercial civil procedure. Dominic is currently a Senior Lecturer and a member of the BPTC team at Cardiff. He has taught on both the LPC and BPTC covering commercial litigation, civil litigation and advocacy, criminal procedure and professional ethics. Dominic is a supervisor for the LLM in Legal Practice.
After teaching on the SRA’s Professional Skills Course and Management Stage I Course, Dominic became an external examiner for the SRA’s Higher Courts Qualification and for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test. He then went on to sit as an Independent Assessor on appeals arising out of the Higher Court’s Qualification.
Dominic has a blog covering developments in the both procedural and substantive law here.
For the SRA’s 2016 investigation into the personal injury market Dominic was the Independent Academic. The report is here.
Dominic has numerous Publications. Prior to the release of Reforming Civil Procedure: The Hardest Path (2019), he also published articles including:
‘Hard Choices and Non-Delegable Duties: Armes v Nottinghamshire CC’ – Journal of Personal Injury Law Issue 2, 2018
‘Defending the Civil Justice System: The Function of Sanctions’ Civil Justice Quarterly Vol 36 Issue 4, 2017.
‘Process Costs and Error Costs: The Reform of Civil Appeals in Anglo-American Perspective’ Athens Journal of Law Volume 3, Issue 3 July 2017.
And many more.
Adjunct Professor: Civil Procedure: Advocate Matthew Thompson.
Adjunct Professor: Criminal Procedure: Advocate Matthew Jowitt works at Ardent Chambers.
Richard Holden works for Carey Olsen and advises on litigation, property and development. Alongside his teaching at the Institute, he also has numerous positions at other teaching Institutions, such as Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
His publications include Offshore Civil Procedure, which provides commentary on court and litigation procedure in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man. It is a companion volume to the White Book published by Sweet & Maxwell.
Adjunct Professor: Jared Dann is Partner at Appleby.
Advocate Claire Davies
Having passed her English Bar exams in 1992 Claire was called to the Jersey Bar in 1997 becoming an Associate of Mourant du Feu & Jeune before joining Backhurst Dorey & Crane. Having served as a partner of that firm from 2005 Claire founded Davies & Ingram as senior partner in 2012. In 2018 Claire commenced a new firm, ‘Claire Davies, Advocate’ specialising in all aspects of family law.
Although Claire initially trained in the field of business and employment law and maintained an interest in civil and insurance litigation her main focus as a practitioner has become her work in family and children’s law. Claire regularly appears in all Courts of the Island including the Jersey Court of Appeal. Claire represents and advises private individuals, companies and States of Jersey departments including the Minister for Health & Social Services in proceedings under the Children (Jersey) Law 2002. She is one of a select number of Advocates able to represent children in respect of Public Law proceedings under the Children’s Panel guidelines. Claire has served as Chairman of the Committee of the Jersey Family Law Association.
Claire has recently completed training as a family mediator and works with the Jersey Mediation Service in this regard. Committed to public service in the Island, Claire has served as the Island’s Acting Batonnier, was charged with the drafting of the Island’s modern legal aid guidelines in 2005 and has been a Batonnier substitute since 2013. Claire was appointed a Deputy Chairman of the Jersey Employment & Discrimination Tribunal in June 2012 and sits in adjudication of employment disputes in the Island.
She has a broad connection with the Institute of Law serving as the Island’s Adjunct Professor for Family Law on the Jersey Law Course, teaching local students the Family Law Module for those studying towards their law degrees via the University of London (LLB) and, most recently, becoming the lecturer for the Family Law module of the Guernsey Bar Course (having written the accompanying Guernsey Bar Course Family Law Study Guide).
Adjunct Professor: Emma Wakeling,
Emma is a Partner and head of the Family team at BCR Law, where she advises on a wide range of family law issues including separation and divorce and children issues. Emma is on the Children Panel and accredited to represent parents and children in Public Law proceedings.
Immovable Property Law
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.