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Step One The Petitioner files the following documents with the Court to initiate divorce proceedings against the Respondent (additional copy to be provided for an adultery petition against the Co-Respondent): Petition (filing for divorce under one of the available...

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Intermeddling – How serious is it?

Intermeddling - How serious is it? If an executor of a Will or the administrator (where there is no Will) begins the distribution of estate assets before a Grant has been issued, under Jersey law their actions can be classed as intermeddling. Intermeddling is a...

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UK and Jersey: What are the differences in probate law?

UK and Jersey: What are the differences in probate law? Probate laws differ between countries within the UK and the crown dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man). Individuals dealing with probate in another country will need to familiarise themselves with...

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Purchasing freehold property in Jersey

Purchasing freehold property in Jersey What actually is a freehold? The concept of ownership is, in Jersey law, very simple: a person owns land or he does not. The only qualification is the case of joint ownership. The English concept of an “estate in” land plays no...

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Do smaller Jersey businesses really need a lawyer?

Do smaller Jersey businesses really need a lawyer? Among the countless considerations for smaller Jersey businesses who are starting or are already running a small business is the question of whether they need a business lawyer. There is a reluctance among small...

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Why have I received a compromise agreement?

Why have I received a compromise agreement? The purpose of a compromise agreement is to provide businesses and employees an alternative to costly employment tribunals by having an agreement which will settle any claims relating to dismissal or any other issues that...

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What is the procedure for divorce in Jersey?

What is the procedure for divorce in Jersey? Step One The Petitioner files the following documents with the Court to initiate divorce proceedings against the Respondent (additional copy to be provided for an adultery petition against the Co-Respondent): Petition...

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Domestic abuse – injunctive relief

Domestic abuse - injunctive relief Domestic abuse can be physical and or mental abuse, threats and or intimidation from a family member. It can be a pattern of behaviour over many years or it can be a one-off incident. You do not have to suffer physical violence to...

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Is “divorce day” a myth or a reality?

Is “divorce day” a myth or a reality? The first working Monday of the New Year has been coined by the media as “divorce day”. A day when family lawyers are supposed to see an increase in the number of enquiries, after the stresses of a family Christmas and have spent...

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How do I set up a Jersey business?

How do I set up a Jersey business?  A useful guide to starting a Jersey business. Making key decisions Decide on a business structure What type of business structure to choose will depend on various factors. In general terms the following are the main structures...

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What is a compromise agreement?

What is a compromise agreement? As a Jersey business owner or manager, you may have come across the term “compromise agreement” and been unsure of what it is. Compromise agreements give businesses and employees an alternative to lengthy employment tribunals that can...

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Parslows advise ecommerce start-up Heirloom Watch

Parslows advise e-commerce start-up heirloom watch Parslows have advised Heirloom Watch on the launch of its new ecommerce business of sourcing, selling and dealing in luxury watches www.heirloomwatch.co.uk After many years of collecting, trading and nurturing his own...

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Covid-19 Notice for attending Parslows office

Covid-19 Notice for attending Parslows officeRequirements in place should you need to attend Parslows office In line with many other businesses on the Island and due to the increase in Covid-19 cases recently, we now ask that you do not attend our offices if you or...

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Child maintenance and parental responsibility

Child maintenance and parental responsibility When parents separate they must come to an agreement about how they will support any children under the age of 18 — legally known as “child maintenance”. Where possible, this should be decided amicably between the parties....

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Party wall disputes in Jersey property law

Party wall disputes in Jersey property law Party wall disputes are not uncommon and can arise from several different circumstances. Here, we look at what is meant by party wall in Jersey property law and how to avoid party wall disputes. What is meant by a party wall...

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Children’s Orders

Children's orders Parental responsibility What is parental responsibility? The concept of Parental Responsibility can often cause some confusion amongst parents, particularly if there is a dispute as to whether an unmarried father should be granted Parental...

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What are the grounds for divorce in Jersey?

What are the grounds for divorce in Jersey? Whether you are the Petitioner or Respondent in divorce proceedings, it is important to understand what the available grounds are for divorce in Jersey. Under the Matrimonial Causes (Jersey) Law 1949, there are several...

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Are you selling a Jersey business or company?

Are you selling a Jersey business or company? If so, it is important you obtain the right advice from experienced Jersey legal advisers to protect your assets. You need to consider, at the very least, the following important issues. Don’t disclose confidential details...

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An overview of the Jersey courts

An overview of the Jersey courts Jersey has its own distinct and separate legal system which is separate from that of other jurisdictions. Jersey’s litigation procedure is mainly embodied in the Royal Court Rules (the “Rules”). The Rules broadly reflect the English...

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Disputes over Jersey property – relief

Disputes over Jersey property - relief What is Jersey relief? Jersey customary law imposes an obligation on every property owner to set back any new building (or any part of it) constructed on the property so as to allow for a relief (or offset). This relief (or...

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Parslows assists on sale of ALX Training to BDO/C5

Parslows assists on sale of ALX Training to BDO/C5 Parslows is pleased to announce that it has acted for Alex Morel on the disposal of ALX Training to the technology business C5 Alliance. The purchase follows the acquisition of C5 by BDO in Jersey earlier this year....

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How to fairly dismiss an employee

How to fairly dismiss an employee Dismissing an employee is not an easy task and if you’ve never had to dismiss an employee before, then you need to be prepared when you do it for the first time. As an entrepreneur or small business owner, it can be one of the most...

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Are company assets off-limits in divorce cases?

Are company assets off-limits in divorce cases?Are the company assets of a wife or husband’s companies now available for distribution as a result of divorce? Natalie Jenner, Jersey Solicitor and partner at Parslows Jersey examines the Supreme Court ruling in Prest v...

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Jersey residential property jargon

Jersey residential property jargonJersey residential property jargon used by practitioners can be confusing. Here is a translation of some of the terms: Property – this can refer to both “immovable” and “movable” property. Immovables – immovable property is land and...

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Jersey Post – call and check service

Jersey Post - call and check service  Parslows Jersey is pleased to announce that its client, Jersey Post, has entered into agreements with HomeCall Limited to further develop, implement and deliver the award-winning and innovative Call & Check service both...

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Are separation agreements binding?

Are separation agreements binding?Separation Agreements are common among couples who have decided that they no longer wish to be together, but are unable to issue divorce proceedings either due to religious reasons or because they are subject to the three year bar....

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Pre-sale agreements in Jersey

Pre-sale Agreements in JerseyUnder Jersey law, it is not possible (subject to certain exceptions) to force parties to buy or sell freehold property, or to pass any other contract in the Royal Court. This is because the process of passing a contract in Court requires...

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How start-up businesses help boost the Jersey economy

How start-up businesses help boost the Jersey economy Throughout the world, it is arguably the small and medium-sized businesses that form the backbone of most economies. Jersey is no exception to this rule and Jersey start-ups are great for the economy. According to...

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Jersey probate fast track services for UK estates

Jersey probate fast track services for UK estates  For probate fast track applications from the United Kingdom/Isle of Man/Guernsey where the deceased died testate, it is possible to use the fast track probate method to obtain Jersey grant of probate. A fast...

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Application for en désastre bankruptcy in Jersey

Application for En Désastre Bankruptcy in JerseyDésastre applications are governed by the provisions of the Bankruptcy (Désastre) Jersey Law 1990. This remedy is available to parties seeking recovery of an unsatisfied debt owed by an individual or company. Application...

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What does discovery mean in litigation?

What Does Discovery Mean in Litigation?Discovery is the legal process by which the parties to litigation reveal their documentary evidence to each other. What documents can be subject to discovery? In this briefing we outline, in general terms, what the definition of...

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What stamp duty is payable on Jersey probate?

What stamp duty is payable on Jersey probate?  There are no death duties, estate duty, inheritance tax or capital gains tax in Jersey. Stamp duty is payable upon application for the Grant of Probate at a rate of 0.5% of the value of the assets at the date of...

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Does every divorce need a financial order?

Does Every Divorce Need a Financial Order?The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC14 is of vital importance to divorcing and divorced couples. The question ‘Does every divorce need financial order’ is answered. The case underlines the need...

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Commercial leases in Jersey – an overview

Commercial leases in Jersey - an overview  It is important to take advice from a lawyer as to the points you should consider when negotiating with the Landlord regarding leasing office space. You should be aiming to agree what is called the ‘head of terms’. This...

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Attending upon a Jersey notary public

Attending Upon a Jersey Notary PublicIs there a requirement for a personal appearance in front of a notary? Attending Notary will depend on what the Notary is being asked to certify. If it is a document required for a governmental or court reason, or where you have to...

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Application for a Degrévèment

Application for a DegrévèmentIn general terms degrévèment will be sought in lieu of en désastre proceedings. The key difference between en désastre and degrévèment is that degrévèment applies to individual properties, as opposed to the entirety of the debtor’s estate...

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Jersey Post – Acquisition of HICS Worldwide

Jersey Post - Acquisition of HICS Worldwide Parslows is pleased to announce that its client, Jersey Post, has completed the purchase of Heathrow based Customs Broker – HICS Worldwide. HICS Worldwide was established in 1988 and currently has full clearance facilities...

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