Governing Body

The Institute of Law’s activities are overseen by the Board of Governors. The Board has overall legal and constitutional responsibility for the conduct of the Institute of Law’s affairs in accordance with its constitution

Advocate Stephen Baker – Chair

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 – Chair Emeritus

Sir Philip Bailhache 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

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 – Honorary Treasurer

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 – Vice Chair

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.

Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson is a financial and corporate lawyer at Mourant Ozannes. She advises global corporate and financial institutions on a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, schemes of arrangement, listings and banking and structured finance transactions. Amy studied for both her University of London LLB degree and Jersey Law Course with the Institute of Law.