simplifying and modernising our island’s laws
On 19 January 2016, the States of Jersey assembly appointed three new members to the Jersey Law Commission. The Jersey Law Commission is an independent body set up by the States of Jersey in 1996 to identify and examine aspects of law with a view to their development and reform. The Commission’s recommendations are considered by the Chief Minister of Jersey and the assembly of the States of Jersey. The Commissioners are unpaid and work on the reform projects part-time. Further information about the Commission is available on our website.
Advocate Barbara Corbett is a Jersey Advocate and an experienced English Solicitor, who specialises in family and child law. As such, she is therefore able to advise and represent clients in both Jersey and England. Advocate Corbett joined Hanson Renouf in 2007 as Head of Family Law, and became a Partner in May 2011; the firm became Benest Corbett Renouf in January 2016. She is also a qualified Collaborative Lawyer, Specialist Children’s Lawyer, and is both a Family and a Civil and Commercial mediator. Advocate Corbett is the only practitioner in Jersey who is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which demonstrates her expertise in international family law. Advocate Corbett is the first, and only, Family Arbitrator in Jersey. Advocate Corbett also has expertise in public child law, dealing with care and supervision orders and applications for contact with children in care. Prior to joining Hanson Renouf, Advocate Corbett was a Partner at Brethertons Solicitors in Rugby, Warwickshire. Appointed as a member for a 5-year term on 19 January 2016.
Ms Claire de Than, BA (Hons), LLB, LLM is Deputy Director of the Institute of Law, Jersey, and Co-Director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University, London, having previously held appointments at 2 London University colleges. A senior academic of more than 20 years’ standing, she is the author or co-author of more than 15 books, including de Than, Criminal Law (OUP 2016), de Than and Heaton, Criminal Law (OUP 2013) and de Than and Shorts, International Criminal Law and Human Rights (Sweet and Maxwell 2004). She has over 80 legal publications in total, including chapters in leading legal monographs and edited collections, such as Reed and Bohlander, Substantive Issues in Criminal Law (Ashgate, 2011) and articles in a variety of national and international journals, including the Modern Law Review. Her research fields include criminal law, human rights law, media law, and disability law. She has been an expert for the Law Commission of England and Wales on two recent criminal law projects. A regular keynote speaker at legal and medical conferences, she has advised several governments and many organisations on criminal law, human rights and law reform issues, with specialisms in the law of British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies and in the law of consent. Appointed as a member for a 5-year term on 19 January 2016.
Mr Jonathan Walker was born in Sarawak in 1961. He was educated at the King’s School, Canterbury and read Modern History at Hertford College, Cambridge. In 1985 he qualified in the City of London as a solicitor. Having spent a period with Mourant du Feu & Jeune in 1990, Mr. Walker moved to Jersey in 1991 to join that firm and, having qualified as a Solicitor of the Royal Court in 1996, became a partner of Mourant du Feu & Jeune in 1999. His area of practice was finance and corporate law. He also served on the Board of Examiners, and was an Associate Professor at the Institute of Law from 2009 until 2013, teaching Company Law and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Law. Mr Walker retired from practice in 2014. Appointed as a member for a 5-year term on 19 January 2016.