The Jersey Law Commission

simplifying and modernising our island’s laws

Who we are

The Jersey Law Commission consists of  commissioners appointed by the States of Jersey Assembly. The role of commissioner is unremunerated.

clive_chaplinClive Chaplin (Chairman) has been a member of the Commission since 2000 and chairman since February 2010. He graduated in law from the University of Nottingham in 1974. He qualified as an English Solicitor in 1977 and in 1986 in Jersey as a solicitor of the Royal Court. He was a partner at Michael Voisin & Co before leaving private practice to become senior counsel with an international investments group in Jersey. He returned to private practice as a partner at Ogier from 1994 to 2012. As a lawyer, his practice was principally focussed on the establishment of investment funds and general corporate work, including mergers and acquisitions. He is a director of a number of companies operating in the financial sector and chairman of a group of companies in the manufacture, supply and distribution of bathroom fittings and furniture. Reappointed chairman for a 5-year term on 19 January 2016 (term expires January 2021).

barbara-corbett-bcr-profile-shotAdvocate Barbara Corbett is a Jersey Advocate (a partner at Corbett Le Quesne) 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. 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. Appointed as a member for a 5-year term on 19 January 2016.

Claire-de-ThanProfessor Claire de Than, BA (Hons), LLB, LLM is Director of Studies at 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 two 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.

Jonathan_WalkerJonathan Walker was educated at the King’s School, Canterbury and read Modern History at Hertford College, Oxford. 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.

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Dr Elina Steinerte is an international human rights lawyer with extensive expertise with respect to the prevention of torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary deprivation of liberty and independent oversight of detention facilities. She was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in November 2016. Subsequently Dr Steinerte acceded to become Vice Chair of the Working Group in April 2017, reelected by her peers to that position in April 2018 and again in April 2019.  In this role Dr Steinerte has lead numerous UN missions including to Argentina, Sri Lanka, Hungary and Bhutan as well as participated in the delivery of Opinions of the Group with regard to over 200 allegations of arbitrary deprivation of liberty globally. Dr Steinerte was awarded a Ph.D. from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and has taught public international and human rights law at universities in Latvia, England and Scotland as well as the Bailiwick of Jersey. The primary focus of her work and research to date has been the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol (OPCAT). She has worked globally with respect to the implementation of the Convention including advising upon the calibration of domestic legislation and the designation and effectiveness of National Preventive Mechanisms. Additionally, she has provided expert advice on a variety of criminal justice reforms concerning pre-trial detention, overuse of imprisonment, overcrowding and independent oversight over the places of deprivation of liberty. Recently she has been working with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on streamlining its methodology for monitoring immigration detention.  Appointed as a Commissioner by decision of the Chief Minister presented to the States on 11 July 2019

 

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 WEB LARGE- MarkDunlop(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 was previously the Adjunct Professor at the Jersey Institute of Law on the company law course and is currently the principal lecturer at the Jersey Institute of Law on the security and bankruptcy law course. Mark is also a member of the Jersey Law Society Financial and Commercial Law Sub-committee. Mark has recently been appointed as the financial services law knowledge management partner at Bedell Cristin.  Appointed as a Commissioner by decision of the Chief Minister presented to the States on 11 July 2019.

Tim-Hart-RGB-300-340x340Timothy Hart was admitted as a solicitor of the Royal Court in 1996, having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2015, and since 2000 has been a partner of Appleby (formerly Bailhache Labesse). He is the head of Appleby’s property practice, specialising in Jersey-based commercial property work, including property development, commercial leases, acquisitions and disposals, secured lending and general property law advice. His practice also includes work in relation to residential property, wills and probate and local commercial transactions. In addition to his professional work, Timothy is a member of the Law Society of Jersey Conveyancing Sub-Committee, the Board of Examiners for the Advocates and Solicitors Qualifying Examination (currently being an examiner for immovable property, having previously been an examiner for wills and succession) and of the Royal Court Rules Committee. Appointed as a Commissioner by decision of the Chief Minister presented to the States on 11 July 2019.

Former Law Commissioners

Advocate Keith Baker (1996-2000), a former chairman
Jurat Donald Le Boutillier (1996-2000)
Mr David Lyons (1996-2010), a former chairman
Mr David Moon (1997-2003), a former chairman
Advocate William Bailhache (1997-2000)
Advocate John Wheeler (2000-2004)
Advocate Kerry Lawrence (2003-2008)
Advocate John Kelleher (2005-2010)
Mr Peter Hargreaves (2005-2014)
Advocate Alan Binnington (2000-2016)
Professor Andrew Le Sueur (October 2014 – October 2018): he continues to work with the Jersey Law Commission on the forthcoming report on a public services Ombudsman for Jersey.
Mr Malcolm Le Boutillier (2010-2019)

Secretary to the Commission

Cairistiona Annan

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