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Christina Hall

Litigation Partner
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Overview

Christina is a partner in the litigation team at Viberts. A highly regarded litigation lawyer, Christina has established a successful practice which includes both complex commercial and general civil litigation. Whilst working at Viberts, Christina has also gained extensive experience in criminal litigation and has appeared in a number of high profile civil and criminal cases brought before the Royal Court of Jersey. In December 2015 she was sworn in as a Crown Advocate whereby she represents the Attorney General in criminal cases heard before the Royal Court.

Christina began her career as an advocate advising on non-contentious Jersey trusts, corporate acquisitions and private and public property funds. After working on some of Jersey’s most prominent high value transactions, Christina joined Viberts’ litigation department and changed her focus. Her work ranges from trust litigation, where she frequently acts for and against trustees, insolvency, personal injury and clinical negligence, through to more general civil litigation such as corporate disputes.

Christina is known for her tenacity, meticulous attention to detail and her outstanding courtroom ability.

Christina is recognised by the Legal 500 as ‘a particularly good lawyer, who offers straightforward advice’.

Presentation to Law Society members and property practitioners about the impact of Fogarty v St Martin’s Cottage on Jersey property law.

Speaker at the 1Kbw 2015 Family Law Conference – “Flynn v Reid and P v Q”

Christina has also spoken at events held by Offshore Professional Conferences Limited, which were aimed at professionals working in Jersey’s trust environment.

Ag v Caruso, Siracusa and Verga [2015]

In December 2015 Christina appeared for Mr Caruso in the biggest fraud case that has come before the Jersey Court to date. Mr Caruso was charged with a $20 billion fraud along with two other Italian nationals. Mr Caruso was acquitted and returned to his family in Italy.

Fogarty v St Martin’s Cottage Limited [2015] JRC068

This case marked a fundamental change to Jersey property law which will affect the advice given by property lawyers to their clients. Christina successfully defended the Plaintiff’s application to order the removal of an encroachment. The Plaintiff relied on the 1979 case of Felard Investments Limited v Church of Our Lady which had determined Jersey property law did not allow the Court to permit an encroachment to remain by awarding damages instead. The Court in Fogarty disagreed with Felard, allowed the encroachment to remain and awarded the Plaintiff damages instead. The case is being appealed.

Pitman and Pitman v Jersey Evening Post and 1st Jersey Limited [2012] JRC092

Christina represented two high-profile local politicians in a very rare Jersey defamation trial.

AG v Norris and Norris [2015] JRC 174

Christina represented Mr Liam Norris who pleaded guilty to conspiring to import the largest haul of cannabis to date, into Jersey. In the confiscation hearing the Crown claimed Norris had a benefit figure of nearly £2million and had hidden assets of over £364,000. Even though the court found Norris to be an unreliable witness the Court accepted Christina’s submissions that the evidence did not support a hidden assets claim by the Crown which meant Norris received no further custodial sentence.

Saint v Le Feuvre [2014]JRC 142D

Representing the Defendant in one of the few personal injury cases to reach the Royal Court, Christina successfully argued Mr Le Feuvre was not liable for the injuries caused to Mr Saint. The Judgement is useful authority to practitioners specialising in this area as the Court quantified the claim Mr Saint would have been entitled to, had he proved liability. In particular the Court confirmed the approach to be taken by the Courts in relation to the discount figure to be used by the Jersey courts in the absence of expert evidence suggesting otherwise.

Colback trading as Pro-Fit Services v Deerglen [2013]JRC049

In one of the rare building/construction cases heard by the Royal Court, Christina successfully argued on behalf of the Plaintiff that the construction work carried out by the Plaintiff for the Defendant was fit for purpose. The decision considered the relationship between contractors and sub-contractors and the level of supervision that was required by the main contractor.

In the matter of Caversham Trustees and Andre Crichton [2008]JRC065

Christina, with Christopher Scholefield, successfully represented the Beneficiary. The Court examined the Trustees’ duties to transfer assets in a timely manner and determined that the Trustees had delayed in transferring the trusts’ assets.

Flynn v Reid [2012] (1) JLR370

In this ground-breaking case, Christina successfully sought the equitable remedy of unjust enrichment to secure an interest in her client’s ex-partner’s property, despite the fact it was registered in his sole name.

Member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Member of the Jersey Law Society Member of the Jersey Personal Injury Medicolegal Society Member of the Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts (“ARIES”)

Key Information

Department: Litigation
Year Joined: 2007
Education: Kingston University (LLB), College of Law London (LPC)
Admitted: Jersey Advocate, 2001
Appointments: Crown Advocate, 2015
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