"Always efficient, with first-class knowledge."
Legal 500 2017

Employment Law

Our employment practice provides specialist legal advice in Jersey. Our client-base ranges from large and medium sized Jersey-based organisations, including the offshore operations of many global financial institutions, to senior employees, directors and entrepreneurs. Our highly qualified team is represented on the Jersey branch of the Employment Lawyers Association, ensuring we remain at the forefront in helping shape and interpret changes in employment legislation.

Our team provides expertise covering both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including:

  • Contractual arrangements (to include employment, secondment and staff leasing)
  • Non-contractual policies and procedures
  • Misconduct, performance, redundancy and restructuring issues
  • Discrimination
  • Tribunal and Royal Court proceedings
  • Employment aspects of commercial transactions, including acquisitions and disposals.
  • Data protection
  • Health & Safety
  • Work and housing regulations and immigration issues
  • Restrictive covenants

Often employment and regulatory advice sought is one of a number of considerations (e.g. during M&A deals). Where required, our employment team works closely with expert lawyers from our other practice areas such as our corporate teams during such projects. Our overarching aim is to provide clients with highly-preventative and practical advice, however, where a full-blown dispute cannot be avoided we are able to offer both a frank and commercially driven assessment of the situation and also provide comprehensive support, including representation in the Tribunal or Royal Court.

We ensure that our clients remain fully up to date with employment law in Jersey. Our advice and training not only represents commercially-oriented best practice but, fundamentally, helps our clients to avoided unnecessary risks and achieve timely and proportionate solutions to the legal issues that they face.

  • Able to perform under pressure.
    Legal 500 2015
  • Provides good commercial advice.
    Legal 500 2015
News/Experience
Bedell Cristin is shortlisted for Offshore Firm of the Year in the Legal 500 UK Awards 2018
27 Nov 2017 Jersey Guernsey London Singapore BVI

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Bedell Cristin shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year - Jersey and Guernsey
16 Aug 2017 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Jersey and Guernsey have been shortlisted for 'Law Firm of the Year' in the Citywealth IFC Awards 2018.

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Bedell Cristin finalist in two STEP categories
13 Jun 2017 BVI Guernsey Jersey London Singapore

Bedell Cristin is a finalist in two categories of the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards 2017/18.

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States of Jersey to implement further charges for housing and work permissions
Employment Law Property 18 May 2017 Jersey

The Chief Minister's Department of the States of Jersey has released proposals to increase the cost to individuals and businesses of applying for work and housing permissions. New application fees have also been added.

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Bedell Cristin is shortlisted for Lawyer magazine award
11 May 2017 Jersey Guernsey London Singapore BVI

Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted for ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ in the prestigious annual awards organised by The Lawyer.

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Bedell Cristin's outstanding service secures European Award
10 Apr 2017 BVI Guernsey Jersey London Singapore

Bedell Cristin has been awarded the Offshore Client Service Award at the prestigious Chambers Europe Awards.

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The New Year brings new proposals to address migrant numbers in Jersey
Employment Law 11 Jan 2017 Jersey

The States of Jersey has released details of "new measures" that it will introduce in order to: "reduce the number of permissions available to businesses to employ newer migrants".

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Significant milestone for Bedell Cristin
20 Sep 2016 Jersey BVI Guernsey London Singapore

The management buyout of Bedell Trust has completed following regulatory approvals. As a result, Bedell Cristin is now a wholly separate business to Bedell Trust.

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Number of "zero hours" contracts in use in the private sector rises
Employment Law 21 Oct 2015 Jersey

Statistics published in Jersey's biannual Labour Market Survey show that the number of "zero hours" contracts in use in the private sector rose by 470 in the year to June 2015. Total headcount in the private sector increased by 860. In contrast, numbers of ...

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Recognition for Bedell Cristin Partners in European legal awards

Two Bedell Cristin partners were recognised as leaders in their field across Europe in the Europe Women in Business Law Awards organised by Euromoney Legal Media Group.

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Bedell Cristin named finalist in STEP Private Client Awards
28 Jun 2015 Jersey

Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted in the prestigious STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) Private Client Awards for 2015.

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Bedell Cristin shortlisted for a further award
12 Mar 2015 Jersey

Bedell Crsitin has been shortlisted for a further industry awards adding to the accolades achieved to date this year.

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New Year begins with series of awards for Bedell Cristin
27 Jan 2015 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell has been recognised in a number of industry awards.

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Bedell Cristin joins the World Services Group
05 Sep 2014 Guernsey Jersey Singapore BVI London

We are pleased to announce our membership of the World Services Group (WSG) representing both Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. We are looking forward to working with other member firms and developing our membership.

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Discrimination law passed: a "historic" day for Jersey
Employment Law 03 Jun 2013 Jersey

The Draft Discrimination (Jersey) Law 201- (the "Law") was passed by the States of Jersey on 14 May 2013. It is expected to come into force in 2014.

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Whirlwind of activity: Jersey employment law consultations and tribunal review
Employment Law 17 Apr 2013 Jersey

Since the autumn of 2012 there has been a whirlwind of activity in the Jersey employment law sphere.

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Insights
Statutory "Family Friendly" Rights
Briefings | 18 Aug 2015

This briefing summarises key changes to the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003 (the "Law") in connection with maternity, adoption, parental and flexible working rights (the "Family Friendly Rights").

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Introduction to Employment (Jersey) Law 2003
Briefings | 28 Jul 2015

The Employment (Jersey) Law 2003 (the "Law") came into force on 1 July 2005. Since this date there have been a number of amendments to the Law. Laws in connection with discrimination and "family friendly" rights (including maternity, paternity and adoption)...

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The precarious business of providing a reference
Briefings | 10 Jan 2012

Providing a reference for a departing or former employee can be a tricky task. Any negligent or deliberate errors could lead to compensation pay-outs and it is therefore crucial to strike the right balance. If he or she was a model employee and is departi...

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Managing conduct issues in the workplace
Briefings | 04 Aug 2011

This briefing discusses the management of conduct issues in the workplace. It sets out how the Jersey Employment Tribunal (the "Tribunal") has approached misconduct dismissals, and is accompanied by a summary of the procedure to be followed by employers whe...

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Record management within the financial services sector
Briefings | 10 Mar 2011

The purpose of this briefing is to address some of the issues a business may have to consider in relation to its record management policy and procedures in order to comply with the provisions of the Law.

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Redundancy: summary of the provisions of Amendments No.5 and No.6 to the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003
Briefings | 10 Mar 2011

This briefing provides a summary of the key provisions of Amendments No.5 ("Amendment No.5") and No.6 ("Amendment No.6") to the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003 (the "Law"). Please note that the amendments are complex. If employment issues arise to which these ...

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The importance of procedural safeguards on redundancy - what employers in Jersey can learn from the Voisin case
Briefings | 30 Jun 2008

The purpose of this briefing is to consider the concept of redundancy in light of the unfair dismissal legislation and then to consider the facts of Voisin. Thereafter, the briefing analyses the Royal Court judgment and clarifies the relevant consideration...

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