News and Insights
10 October 2023
Viberts in Jersey has again been recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2024 directory as Top Tier in Family Law, with Dispute Resolution, Employment, Private Client, Trust and Tax, and Commercial Property achieving Tier 2 ranking.
There are 17 ranked individuals from across Vibert’s legal services, two in the ‘Hall of fame’, one 'Next Generation Partner' with 12 ‘Recommended’ and two ‘Rising Stars’ in their respective practices.
Managing Partner, Zoe Blomfield, said: “This is an excellent set of results, with our lawyers’ depth of knowledge and skills being recognised across all our service lines. It is also pleasing to note that 12 of our lawyers have been recommended in their fields of practice. This demonstrates a growing recognition of Viberts capabilities and commitment to client service throughout the firm. The feedback from our clients and our overall Legal 500 rankings are testament to both the technical expertise and the excellent work consistently provided to clients across our practice areas. This is a huge achievement for the team."
From the Private Client, Trusts and Tax team, which is ranked in Tier 2, Zoe Blomfield (capacity and elderly client specialist), Christopher Scholefield, Charles Thacker, Eleanor Colley, Karla Summers-Shaw and Ashley Bidmead are named as ‘Recommended’. According to client feedback, Viberts has "a good selection of lawyers available to deal with our requests – very insightful practice and they try to get behind the client – it’s not all about fees!"
Viberts’ Family Law team is described as "The stand-out family law team in Jersey. Able to handle the largest cases with ease and obtain stunning results." Family Partner, Rose Colley, is acknowledged in the ‘Hall of Fame’ while Alexandra Cohen is ‘Recommended.’ Client testimonials cite, "Rose Colley – a wonderful combination of high emotional intelligence, judgement and tenacity. Alexandra Cohen – a natural advocate. No one at her level comes close." Client praise was comprehensive, including, "Viberts was exceptional in all areas, keeping me updated and informed of any extra costs. My divorce was complicated, and they put my mind at rest on many occasions. There are too many things to praise them in writing."
Employment partner, Vicky Milner was once more listed in the ‘Hall of Fame’ category, and Dispute Resolution and Employment Partner, Giles Emmanuel, was also recognised as a 'Rising Star' for his employment work. Clients cited, "Viberts has an excellent team of employment lawyers who are able to work collaboratively to provide sound advice on matters which are outside the usual HR issues. I note their diligence in keeping on top of an issue, which in the case of my company, was ongoing for over a year. I was also impressed with their compassion, as the case involved a sensitive issue."
Dispute Resolution Partner, Giles Emmanuel, is recognised as a 'Next Generation Partner', with Corinne Holmes being ‘Recommended’ and clients noting, "I dealt with Corinne Holmes, who established a friendly manner and made conversations with her very easy and casual, with which I am very happy." "The team will go further and all the way to make sure clients get their maximum of benefits."
Corporate law Senior Associate, Oliver Hughes, was identified as a ‘Rising Star’ in the Corporate and Commercial category, with Paul Wilson, Irene Blöch and Christopher Scholefield being ‘Recommended’ and praised by clients: "We would like to commend Christopher Scholefield for his consistently high level of advice, always delivered with pragmatism and attention to detail. We would also like to highly commend Irene Blöch. Irene always delivers an excellent service. She goes the extra mile to get a job done. It has been a pleasure to work with her."
Commercial Property partners, James Lawrence and Paul Harben, and Senior Associate, Emily Paris-Hunter, are all identified as ‘Recommended’ with client feedback including, "Each person we dealt with was professional, approachable, and friendly. We appreciated that although it was for them just another client, they took an interest in ensuring all of our questions were promptly addressed." "James Lawrence and Paul Harben have an excellent and well-deserved reputation for their knowledge, experience, and quality of service. They are supported by an excellent team."
Viberts’ Banking and Finance team is described as, "Great to deal with and prompt attention given to tasks." "Oliver Hughes is our go-to person. Always helpful and points us to the right person if he is unable to help. A pleasure to work with." Viberts’ Banking and Finance lawyers have received outstanding recognition in the guide. Paul Wilson, Christopher Scholefield, James Lawrence and Oliver Hughes are all recognised as key lawyers.
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