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Lawyer Confidential

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Sinels has recently achieved a significant success before the Jersey Court of Appeal in a landmark case which clarifies the nature of the relationship of confidence between a lawyer and his or her client.  In a judgment delivered by Bompas, JA,...

High Net Worth Divorces

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This is the first in a series of blogs about matrimonial law.  Remembering always that the aim in divorce proceedings is to get a fair settlement with the minimum amount of disruption and time it takes to do the job properly and with the least...

Family Dispute Resolution - A Real Alternative to Court for Divorcing Couples

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Children and money are often the main source of stress and concern when a couple find themselves in the trauma and tension of divorce. Catia Tavares, as Head of Family Law and Wills and Probate at Sinels,  says ‘I have been at Sinels for nearly 9...

Attaining Best Price

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Where an individual or company is unable to meet their debts and liabilities and usually as a last resort when avenues and attempts at compromise have been exhausted, the Court may declare the property of the said bankrupt en désastre .  The...

Legal Aid and Human Rights

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Have you been refused legal aid?  Have you wondered whether the process is fair? In Jersey, when someone applies for legal aid in a civil matter (ie not relating to a criminal matter), the legal aid office (effectively a Jersey lawyer plus assistants)...

Constitutional Change - How long will it take?

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This is a short blog dealing with one aspect of what is going to be a topic for political debate for some time, a debate which, in the author’s view, can only at some stage be resolved in favour of the proponents of change, that is to say, the long...

Paradise Papers Part 2

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PARADISE PAPERS: PART 2 After the dust settled on the so-called “Paradise Papers”, a leak of over 13 million documents from, principally, the system of offshore law firm, Appleby, it became obvious to most that the headline-stealing reports...

Another Offshore Leak

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In May 2016 I sat in Miami at the Offshore Alert Conference as the debate over the Panama Papers was livestreamed all over the globe. The presentation was by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a self-styled community of two...

Using stolen documents: Advocate James v Law Society of Jersey

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Using stolen documents: Advocate James v Law Society of Jersey [2017] JRC047B This case concerns the use of documents not obtained via proper means, and in particular, the obligations of a lawyer in respect of those documents. Summary ...

Constitutional Change

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The long awaited report and recommendations from the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry have, at long last, appeared. The Island owes a great debt to a number of people: Frances Oldham QC and her two panel members, Professor Sandy Cameron and Mrs Alyson...

LIBOR Fixing - what does this mean for me?

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  Sinels has recovered tens of millions of pounds from a variety of banks over a number of years.  Recent focus has been on the mis-selling of LIBOR-related products, primarily swaps, a form of Interest Rate Hedging Product (which are the focus of...

Two senior appointments to our Jersey team

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Advocate Robin Leeuwenburg, a litigation expert with extensive experience of handling complex commercial, trust and financial services cases, has joined Sinels Advocates as a Partner. He will work alongside newly-appointed Partner, Advocate Steven Chiddicks,...

Abuse of Power - Regulating the Regulator

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W  v The Jersey Financial Services Commission [2016] JRC 231A   We act for the Appellant in a long running litigation with the Jersey Financial Services Commission (the “Regulator”) and we have just received an interlocutory...

Continuing condemnation of the SEB by the Complaints Board

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Following the Complaints Board’s second publication which continued to condemn the conduct of the States Employment Board (SEB), Dr Alwitry issued a press release.  Image: Dr Alwitry ​Source: Circle Health Extracts of...

The dismissal of Dr Alwitry and where the States are now...

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Dr Alwitry’s unlawful sacking has been an ongoing feature in the local press and has been the subject of much debate in the States Assembly.  Dr Alwitry’s case has received substantial support from several politicians, and as a result, a...

Sinels EQ

Philip Sinel, Jersey Advocate and litigation lawyer

Introducing our blog: ‘Sinels EQ’ “All men by nature desire to know” … Aristotle Why Sinels EQ? Blogging about legal matters should be written by ‘those in the know’ in order to be informative, newsworthy...