LLB Faculty

Jersey-based lecturers:

Professor Janine Griffiths Baker

Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, LL.B. (Hons), LL.M., Ph.D., P.F.H.E.A.

Professor Griffiths-Baker was appointed as Director and Chief Executive of the Institute of Law in Jersey in April 2020.

Prior to taking up her appointment, Professor Griffiths-Baker was Dean of Nottingham Law School. She had previously been Dean of the Faculty of Business and Society at the University of South Wales; Deputy Principal of St Mary’s University College London; Associate Dean and Head of the School of Law at the University of Bedfordshire; and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Bristol, where she had begun her academic career as a lecturer in law.

Born in Wales, Professor Griffiths-Baker was educated at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls and, subsequently, at Cardiff University, where she graduated with an LL.B. Honours degree. She then completed an LL.M. in International Commercial Law at the University of Bristol before undertaking the legal practice course and later winning a scholarship to study for her Ph.D.

With over twenty-four years’ experience in higher education, Janine has taught in the fields of criminal law, property law, the law of evidence and legal ethics, and supervised research students in these areas. She has a particular interest in legal ethics and the professional regulation of the legal profession, frequently providing advice to national and international bodies on regulatory issues and training, her work in this field receiving wide recognition. She was appointed Professor of Law at the age of 36.

In 2015, given her extensive academic experience, leadership and programme development, she was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Since 2010, she has also been a member of the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Legal Ethics


Visiting Lecturers:

Paul Dale Paul Dale

– Legal System & Method

Paul Dale LLB, LLM currently teaches on the LLB at Aston University, Birmingham and The Open University, having received academic teaching awards. Paul previously taught at the University of Birmingham after gaining a Distinction in the LLM. He has won the Birmingham Law School scholarship (2016-2021) to conduct Doctoral research in International Legal Theory, with a specific focus on the influences of early nineteenth-century legal education.
Paul is a graduate of the LLB at the University of London International Programmes, has represented students within its academic governance and worked within its committee structure. He also has prior experience in offender rehabilitation, various youth mentoring roles and human rights lobbying for the Law Society. He now helps to run the ‘Open Justice’ Public Legal Education project, a collaboration between the Open University and St Gile’s Trust, where law students get to present findings from legal research to offenders within UK prisons.
Paul is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Association of Law Teachers, holding teaching interests in Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence, Applied Ethics, Criminal Law and English Legal Systems.

Angus Nurse

–  Legal System & Method

Dr Angus Nurse is a Green Criminologist who researches and teaches in criminal law, human rights, environmental law and miscarriages of justice. Angus has taught at Lincoln Law School, Middlesex University, Birmingham City University and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. His books include: Policing Wildlife (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Animal Harm (Ashgate, 2015) and An Introduction to Environmental Justice and Green Criminology (Sage, 2016). Together with Sam Poyser and Rebecca Milne he co-authored Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, Consequences and Remedies (Policy Press, 2018). Angus was previously an Investigator for the Local Government Ombudsmen and worked for a leading environmental NGO for ten years.

PhilPhil Palmer

– Criminal Law
– Tort law
– Criminology

Before his retirement Phil Palmer was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Southampton. His research and teaching focused on Tort Law, Criminal Justice and Policing all of which are reflected in his publications. Prior to taking up an academic career he served as a Police Officer before working for the Home Office as Head of Police Operations at the National Crime and Operations Faculty and Head of Public Protection at the National Centre for Policing Excellence.

JoJo Samanta

– Criminal Law

Jo Samanta is Emeritus Professor at De Montfort University (Leicester), where she was formerly Reader and Professor of Medical Law. She has previously taught at Nottingham Trent University, Leicester University and the Open University of Hong Kong. She has published widely in a range of leading peer-reviewed journals including Medical Law Review, Cambridge Law Review, Medical Law International, Journal of Law and Society, and the Journal of Medical Ethics. She also publishes in high impact healthcare journals such as the BMJ, Nursing Ethics and Clinical Medicine. She is on the editorial board for the Denning Law Review. Jo has led, and collaborated on, several interdisciplinary funded projects. She has worked on large-scale international collaborations (including the H2020 Human Brain Project) where she acted as a human research ethics adviser. She peer-reviews for several funding bodies including the British Academy, Leverhulme and the ESRC). She is a qualified solicitor with experience in company commercial and high value personal injury work.


Colin Munro

– Public Law

Colin Munro is Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Edinburgh, where he was also Dean of the Faculty of Law. He previously taught at the Universities of Durham, Essex and Manchester. His publications include “Studies in Constitutional Law” and “The Scotland Act 1998”, along with articles in Public Law, the Cambridge Law Journal and the Criminal Law Review, amongst other journals. A highly experienced teacher and examiner, he has taught International Programmes students at the University of Hong Kong and in the University of London, as well as enjoying flying visits to Jersey since the inception of the Institute of Law.


Eloise Ellis

–  Public Law

Dr Eloise Ellis LLB, MA(HEP), PhD is a Senior Lecturer in law at the University of East Anglia where she teaches Public Law and European Union Law, details of which can be found here.
She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Salzburg.  Eloise has previously taught at King’s College London and Queen Mary, University of London. After graduating from King’s College London, Eloise spent several years working as a political adviser and policy/campaigns manager for a range of organisations from the Country Landowner’s Association to the London Chamber of Commerce.  Eloise then spent a couple of years at a Government Department, where her roles included working for a Minister, following which she returned to academia.

Youseph Farah

–  Contract Law
–  Alternative Dispute Resolution

Dr Youseph Farah, MCiarb, LLB Hebrew University, LLM, PhD Essex University is an associate professor in international dispute resolution at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom (with Tenure). He is an expert on English Contract Law, EU consumer law, international dispute resolution, and on the remediation of business related human rights violations. Youseph is a member of London Chartered institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Essex. Youseph was a visiting Professor twice to Michigan State University, and is a visiting Professor at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France), and the École normale supérieure de Rennes (France). He has published in Peer reviewed Journals on investment and human rights, international arbitration, international commercial litigation, and EU consumer law. His professional career outside of academia includes advising law firms, businesses and NGOs on matters relating to international trade, international dispute resolution management, and business and human rights (including trade and ethics, and GSCOP).

Jeremy Scholes

–  Contract Law

Jeremy Scholes has for many years had a hybrid career as an academic and as a senior practitioner. For the first 14 years of his working life he worked full-time as a solicitor (England and Wales). He qualified at Freshfields in London and was for several years a partner in what is now Eversheds Sutherland LLP (where he set up and for several years led the competition law practice group across the UK). He started his hybrid career in the mid-1990s. He is licensed as a sole practitioner and has, as well, for over 20 years been a consultant with Walker Morris LLP, solicitors in Leeds. He is also qualified as a solicitor in Ireland, but does not currently practise as such. His legal academic work was at the University of Sheffield for 14 years and then for 10 years at The City Law School at City, University of London, from which he retired (having an unusually young retirement age) in summer 2018. As well as his work at the Law Institute in Jersey, he teaches part-time at the University of Manchester and has since 2001 been visiting professor at the Faculté de Droit, Economie et Sciences Politiques at Nancy in NE France (now part of Université de Lorraine). He works in English and French, and also speaks good German. His main publications (both co-authored) are Saintier and Scholes, Commercial agents and the law (2005) of which a second edition is in preparation and Reich, Nordhausen Scholes and Scholes, Understanding EU internal market law (2015). His areas of interest as an academic are the same as his practising work: he is probably best known as a competition lawyer, but is also active in other private law fields related to what businesses do (e.g. commercial law broadly defined, company law, contract law). At the Institute he teaches Contract Law.

OLIVEROliver Gerstenberg

– EU Law

Dr. Oliver Gerstenberg is an Associate Professor at the UCL Faculty of Laws where he teaches EU Law. Oliver’s academic background is in Law and Philosophy. He received his doctorate in law from the JW Goethe University Frankfurt/M. He has been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence); a JF Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University; and a Fellow in the Law-and-Public-Affairs Program (LAPA) at Princeton University. He has also held a (non-stipendiary) Visiting Fellowship at the BIICL (London) and is a member of UCL’s European Institute. He has published widely in the fields of EU law and constitutional theory and is the author of the monograph Euroconstitutionalism and Its Discontents (Oxford University Press: 2018). He speaks English, French, German and some Italian.

His newest publication is available here.

Photo of Professor GuinchardEmmanuel Guinchard

– EU Law

Emmanuel Guinchard worked a few years in France before moving to the United Kingdom. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Law at Northumbria University at Newcastle. He specialises in European and International legal topics, especially EU Law, Private International Law and Comparative Civil Dispute Resolution. He has an informative blog at europeanciviljustice@wordpress.com. He has taught to a wide variety of students, whether in terms of location, occupation, age or background. His teaching is informed by the latest research.

Publications include E. Guinchard and M-P Granger (eds.), The New EU Judiciary, Kluwer, 2017.

GuillaumeGuillaume Tusseau

– Jurisprudence

Guillaume Tusseau was trained both in political science and law. After holding positions in the Universities of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Rouen, he is currently Professor of Public Law at Sciences Po Law School, in Paris, and a member of the Institut universitaire de France. He has been a member of the Conseil supérieur de la magistrature (French High Council for the Judiciary) from 2015 to 2019. His main areas of interest are comparative constitutional law and legal theory, both fields in which he has extensively taught and published, with further information en francais here and in English. Among his latest publications are:
‘The Legal Philosophy of Jeremy Bentham’: Essays on ‘Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence’, Guillaume Tusseau (ed.) (Routledge, Routledge Research in Constitutional Law Series, 2014), and, co-authored with Olivier Duhamel, Droit constitutionnel et institutions politiques (Le Seuil, 2016).

MERYLMeryl Thomas
– Property Law
– Trust Law

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.

Scott-AtkinsScott Atkins

–  Trust Law

Scott Atkins is Deputy Director of Legal Studies at the Truman Bodden Law School, Cayman Islands. A graduate of the University of Birmingham (UK) where he obtained a First Class honours degree in Law, Scott subsequently became a practising solicitor before changing to academia in 2002 when he accepted a lecturing position at what is now the University of Law. He moved to the University of Derby in 2007, and was eventually appointed Head of Law. In October 2017, he went to Grand Cayman and enjoys teaching a variety of subjects on the LLB and Professional (legal) Practice Course, including Equity and Trusts, Contract and Commercial Law. He retains his name on the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales by being a non-practising solicitor. Scott continues to enjoy his work with the Institute of Law, a position he has held since 2011, but appreciates the warmer weather in the Cayman Islands!

Rick-CanavanRick Canavan

– Commercial Law

Rick Canavan LLB, LL.M, PGCHE is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and is currently a lecturer at the University of Hull, where details of his research and publications are available here.   Rick has teaching and research interests in the broad areas of commercial and contract law.  He has contributed to various texts and other publications and taught for a number of years in these areas as well as advising central government on the law relating to the sale of goods to consumers.   Despite having not visited Jersey for some years, as it is now home to some of his friends who have left the mainland he is keen to see what all the fuss is about!

Claire DaviesClaire Davies

– Family Law
– Alternative Dispute Resolution

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).

Gavin HoccomGavin Hoccom

– Company Law

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.

Dr-Elina-SteinerteDr Elina Steinerte

– Public International Law

Dr Elina Steinerte LLB, Lawyers Diploma, LLM, PhD is a Research Associate with the Human Rights Implementation Centre at the Law School of the University of Bristol. Elina joined the Law School of the University of Bristol in June 2006 on a high profile Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) sponsored research project. In the remits of this project Elina has been involved in OPCAT-related processes around world in over 30 countries; she has provided expert advice on aspects of OPCAT’s implementation, including NPM legislation to various governments, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and various other UN agencies, worked in the expert capacity with such organizations as UNDP and CoE. She is a co-author of various publications and policy papers on the subject. She has worked closely with She is the co-author of ‘The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture’ (Oxford University Press, 2011) and further information on her publications is available here. Elina lives in Guernsey and thus have close links with the Channel Islands.

Sasha Holden

– Introduction to Law
– Contemporary Challenges in Human Rights Law

Sasha has taught human rights law at King’s College London School of Law. She has also taught international human rights law, public law, jurisprudence, property law and first year law at Victoria University of Wellington.  Sasha has experience as a legal practitioner specializing variously in commercial contracts, employment law and human rights working in private practice, in-house and advising central and local governments.  Sasha was awarded her PhD at King’s College London on 1 January 2018. Her research focused on international human rights, women’s rights in immigration and refugee settings and feminist legal theory. Sasha was awarded a first class Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford in 2009. She also has undergraduate degrees in law and history from Otago University, New Zealand.

Mid-week tutors

Dennis Dixon

– Legal Systems and Method
– Public Law

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.

Duncan Mills

– Property Law

Duncan Mills LLB, LLM, LARTPI, admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 1994, is a graduate of Staffordshire University and a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute (since 2000).   On qualifying he worked in-house for a utility company and then in private practice with a City law firm before working for the Environment Agency.  His principal areas of practice are planning, environmental and property related in respect of both contentious and non-contentious matters. He joined the Law Officers’ Department (Jersey) in 2007, completed the Jersey Law Course in 2015 and was called to the Jersey Bar in December that year.

Miguel Zaragoza

– Trust Law

Miguel is a Spanish qualified lawyer and has master’s degrees in EU law, politics and economics from the University of Strasbourg and the College of Europe. Miguel has previously worked for the European Commission within the legal department of DG Energy dealing with the awarding of public procurement in accordance with EU law. In Jersey, Miguel worked for Digital Jersey, where he conducted market and legal research and managed projects within the digital health and Fintech fields. Miguel currently works for the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

Victoria Bell

– EU Law

Advocate Victoria Bell obtained at Master’s Degree in English at the University of Exeter before completing her Graduate Diploma in Law at Exeter and her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. She qualified as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 2009 and relocated back to Jersey, taking up post as an Assistant Legal Adviser in the Law Officers Department and specialising in EU law. Here she was then seconded to Belgium to the Channel Islands Brussels Office for a period between 2010 to 2011 before returning to Jersey and taking up post as a Legal Adviser in the Civil Division of the Law Officers Department. Her role is largely advice-based, with a focus on EU, international and constitutional matters. She completed the Jersey Law Course in 2015, being called to the Jersey Bar in February 2016.

Darren Woodside
– Tort Law

Advocate Darren Woodside is a Senior Legal Adviser in the Civil Division at the Law Officers’ Department, Jersey. Darren read law at Magdalen College, Oxford and began private practice in London wrestling with a superyacht arbitration and a flooded penthouse in Regent’s Park. His pastimes of choice include long walks with Charlotte (2008 edition), navigating the FT Weekend with a double espresso at Locke’s and pairing whitebait with saddle of lamb at La Capannina.

Jason Lloyds-Francis
– Criminal Law

Jason has dual training in Law and Compliance.
He obtained his LL. B from the University of Buckingham Law School and is currently completing the Legal Practice Course (LPC), with a combined LL.M in Legal Practice, with The University of Law, London.
He has worked in Litigation, Private Client, Family and Intellectual Property Law.  He holds a MSc. in Global Security and Policing, a BA in Criminology & Law and an Advanced Diploma in International Financial Crime.
Prior to completing his law degree, he worked as a Money Laundering Reporting Officer and a Money Laundering Compliance Officer for a local private equity firm. He has a keen interest in Commercial Dispute Resolution, Acquisition and Capital Market & Behavioural Finance.
He plans to practice as an English Solicitor.

Charles Sorensen
– Contract Law

Charles is an English Barrister and Jersey Advocate who is a Senior Associate at Baker & Partners. His speciality is in commercial litigation and contentious insolvency, particularly contractual disputes and fraud.

Matthew Waddington
– EU Law
Matthew Waddington is an English Solicitor (admitted 1990, now non-practicing), who holds a BA from Cambridge University and an MA from Keele University. He is the deputy head of the Legislative Drafting Office for the States of Jersey, and has led their work on Brexit since the referendum. He previously drafted legislation for the British Sovereign Base Areas when Cyprus entered the EU, so he has worked on both joining and leaving the EU. He previously taught law at Manchester Metropolitan University for 4 years, worked as a lawyer at the Law Commission (England & Wales) for 2 years, and before that practised as a solicitor in a legal aid firm and a Law Centre. He is currently working on “Rules as Code”, a global initiative to draft new legislation alongside a published computer-coded version of the rules embodied in the legislation