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Three new law firms open in Jersey in a matter of weeks

Formerly of Appleby, Advocates Victoria Myerson, Carly James and Celanne Scally have teamed up to form boutique family law firm Myersons.

Based in Broad Street, the trio are offering services in all aspects of family law including divorce and pre- and post-nuptial agreements, together with matters involving children such as maintenance and contact disputes.

With a core ethos of ‘wellness’, clients will be encouraged to seek counselling, practice mindfulness and make use of other health support services during their family cases.

Formerly a partner at Appleby, Advocate Myerson is also vice-chairman of the Jersey Family Law Association. Advocate James is the current chairman of relationship support charity Relate.

Advocate Myerson said: ‘We are not a high street firm, we are a boutique offering and our independence affords us the opportunity to work in a completely client-focused way.

‘Over my career, I have seen the stress and impact that family disputes can have on clients’ emotional and physical wellbeing and we are dedicated to ensuring cases are dealt with efficiently and sensitively while encouraging clients to access therapeutic and wellness support. We are not fee focused, we are family focused.’

Also a new firm, Nicholls Law in Wharf Street is focusing exclusively on litigation and dispute resolution work.

Founder Advocate Paul Nicholls previously headed the litigation and dispute resolution department at Walkers and has been practising law for 25 years.

The new service, which promises to be accessible, conflict free and relationship based, offers competitive hourly rate charging and flexible fee arrangements where appropriate, including ‘no win no fee’, deferred fee and fixed fee arrangements, with a free initial consultation for every client.

Advocate Nicholls said: ‘I hope to be able to position myself as a credible alternative to many of the existing Jersey law firms. I strongly believe that the Jersey legal market is changing. I also believe that Jersey law firms need to adapt to be able to offer a more affordable, flexible and timely level of services.

‘My aim is to offer an unbeatable combination of accessibility, experience, quality and value. That credibility comes not from the size of the firm, but from my experience, acumen and proven ability in this type of work.’

In addition, specialist family law firm Corbett Le Quesne has been launched in West’s Centre by Advocates Barbara Corbett and Nicholas Le Quesne, both previously at BCR Law (rebranded from Benest Corbett Renouf).

The experienced family lawyers are qualified in both Jersey and England and Wales and able to advise and represent clients in both jurisdictions. Both are also trained in collaborative law and Advocate Corbett is a mediator and arbitrator.

The ethos of the firm is to help people to resolve their family law issues to ensure the best outcome for the clients and their children, working in a constructive, consensual and holistic way and using out-of-court methods wherever possible.

Advocate Corbett said: ‘Nick and I share a desire to help people by providing exceptional service, support, guidance and representation at what can often be one of the most stressful and traumatic periods of their lives. For us, this means being creative in our approach and accessible whenever our clients need us.’