Governance & History

Governance

The Law Society of Jersey Law 2005 (the "Law") also provides for the administration of the Law Society of Jersey and the disciplinary practice of Advocates and Jersey Solicitors of the Royal Court. 

The Law also had the effect of incorporating the Law Society of Jersey as a body corporate.

One of the main purposes of the Law is to set out the action to be taken by the Law Society of Jersey in the event that a complaint is received about one of its Members and how any complaints will be considered.

The Law is supported by the Law Society of Jersey Bye-Laws 2007.  Ordinary members of the Law Society of Jersey must observe its Code of Conduct and a breach of the Code is deemed professional misconduct.  All members are governed by the Law Society of Jersey’s Code of Conduct. 

Advocates and Jersey Solicitors have a right to practice Jersey law pursuant to the Advocates and Solicitors (Jersey) Law 1997, as amended.  Only these lawyers have a right to practice Jersey law.

The Law also gives members of the Law Society of Jersey who are Advocates the power to elect the Batonnier (the head of the Island’s Bar), once every three years.

History

Although the Law Society was not incorporated as a statutory body until 2007 when The Law Society of Jersey Law 2005 came into force, it was first established in 1899 to represents the interests of the legal profession.

The Society has been served by 19 Presidents since 1899, as detailed below: 

Past Presidents of the Law Society

 
         

Year

 

President

 

1899

 

Theodore Le Gallais

 

1905

 

Charles Malet de Carteret

1914

 

Edmund Nicolle

 

1920

 

Maurice Alavoine

 

1926

 

Philip Le Maistre

 

1937

 

Harold Giffard

 

1952

 

Lester Bailhache

 

1956

 

Ralph Voisin

 

1958

 

Lester Bailhache

 

1969

 

Edgar Becquet

 

1976

 

Helier Mourant

 

1980

 

Donald Le Boutillier

 

1982

 

Raoul Lempriere

 

1988

 

Jacques Labesse

 

1993

 

Ken Syvret

 

1997

 

Michael Clapham

 

2001

 

Alan Binnington

 

2005

 

John Bisson

 

2008

 

Charles Thacker

 

2012

2014

 

Timothy Hanson

Jonathan Speck

 
         

Enquiries

Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society of Jersey
P.O. Box 493
St Helier
Jersey
JE4 5SZ

Tel: +44 (0)1534 613920 (Office) or  +44 (0)1534 734826 (CEO)
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