Greg is an Advocate and English Solicitor (currently non-practising) and an experienced civil, criminal
and commercial lawyer, specialising in dispute resolution.
Greg has developed a broad civil and criminal practice, dealing with matters coming before all of
Jersey’s courts. He has built a reputation as a robust litigator who offers practical solutions to his
clients on the best means for resolving their disputes, whether that be in court or through
alternative dispute resolution.
He has a thorough understanding of criminal law and procedure. His background includes
representing clients in all manner of criminal defence cases; from minor road traffic offences to
attempted murder, large-scale drug importation and fraud. He has also worked on cases challenging
administrative decisions through judicial review.
His civil and commercial practice includes advising on construction matters, contentious probate,
personal and professional negligence actions, trust disputes and insolvency, acting for both plaintiffs
and defendants. He has worked on a number of high value and significant cases for both institutional
clients and high net worth individuals.
Greg has a particular interest in planning matters, having successfully represented an appellant in a
decade long dispute involving multiple third-party planning appeals and subsequent tribunal
proceedings. He has a detailed knowledge of the policies of the Island Plan and can advise in respect
of proposed development or following a planning decision.
Greg was called to the Jersey Bar in December 2022 – during the course of his studies he was
awarded the Law Society’s prize for the highest mark in the ‘Law of Security Interests & Bankruptcy’
Outside of work, Greg is a keen runner, cyclist and paddleboarder. As a former captain of a local
rugby team, he remains passionate about the game, though nowadays more often from the safety of
We aspire to be an outstanding legal practice in Jersey, respected for the excellence and energy we put into everything we do for our clients, our community and our people. Above all and at all times we act with the utmost integrity. You will find our refreshingly approachable people will quickly put you at ease. They are dedicated to finding solutions rather than simply identifying the problems.
Benest & Syvret have been included in the Legal 500 for family law in the 2023 edition
This is a wonderful achievement and something we are very proud of! The Legal 500 is the largest and most in-depth independent survey of the UK legal market. It is seen as the most definitive guide of who is the best. This year Benest & Syvret made their first submission because we wanted to understand exactly what our clients thought of the service we provide and to obtain an independent assessment of our abilities in family law. The researchers at the Legal 500 take many months to contact clients and ask them for their views of the work we have done for them and ask those clients to provide testimonials for our submission. Only seven firms in Jersey who undertake Family law made the list and we are one of them.
We would like to share some of our testimonials with you, as for us, this is what really counts; what our clients think. We are honoured to be included in this list as it confirms that we are well respected for the work we undertake by clients and colleagues alike. Nina, Darry and Clare would like to thank all our clients for their contribution and we look forward to continuing to provide an excellent service for you going forward.
We are rather proud of our offices at No. 16 Hill Street. The offices were specifically renovated to combine a traditional Jersey lawyer’s practice with the modern facilities and technology necessary for the efficient provision of effective legal services in the Twenty-First Century.
The façade of No. 16 Hill Street carries a small inscription “IP 1748”. The letters IP refer to Jean Perrochon who in 1746, purchased the land in La Vingtaine de la Ville upon which the property stands. The house which he built is substantially the same building which is now the offices of Benest and Syvret.
The building played its part even in its earliest days shaping the Island’s commerce. Jean Perrochon was one of the Jersey merchants who in 1768 formed a Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the oldest in the English speaking world. The principal purpose of the Chamber of Commerce in those days was to protect the shipping belonging to Jersey merchants that were trading with England, France and as far afield as Newfoundland.
By 1829 No. 16 was occupied by Madame Le Sueur who ran the premises as a hotel known as Le Hôtel des Trois Pigions which later it gave its name to La Rue that later became today’s Hill Street.
Towards the close of the 19th Century the property was already in use as legal chambers, unsurprisingly given its proximity to Jersey’s Royal Court building. One of the earliest lawyers to practice from the building was Mr. Peter Falla, a Solicitor who coincidently was the owner of the first motor car in Jersey. The premises have since that time been consecutively occupied by different legal firms.
Many of the original features that would have been installed by Monsieur Perrochon when he constructed the building two and a half centuries ago have been retained and carefully restored. Joan Stevens in her survey of old Jersey houses noted that “the interior of No. 16 has distinction”.
Surrounded by elegant original architectural heritage a modern office has been laid out. Meeting rooms have been established to provide mediation suites. All principal meeting rooms have video conference facilities. Client facilities have specifically been designed and laid out to be child friendly with family clients in mind. Access for disabled clients is good notwithstanding the age and nature of the premises.
What is Lexcel?
- Designed specifically for the legal sector, Lexcel is the Law Society’s Standard for excellence in practice management and client care. It provides a management framework to develop consistent operational efficiencies, client service, and to manage risk effectively.
- Lexcel defines quality management procedures in seven areas: structure and strategy, financial management, information management, people management, risk management, client care, and file and case management.
- Achieving accreditation involves a rigorous on site assessment by an independent assessor appointed by the Law Society. Lexcel accreditation is awarded for three years, and annual re-accreditation and monitoring visits to ensure continued compliance.
- With ever-increasing competitive forces and client demands, it is vital for law firms to manage the quality and delivery of legal services. The quality management system that Lexcel requires demonstrates both a commitment and an ability to deliver services that exceed client expectations, improve overall satisfaction and achieve regulatory compliance.
- Lexcel is owned and managed by the Law Society of England and Wales. Assessments are carried out by one of three independent assessor bodies who are licensed by the Law Society. This ensures that the process is independent, objective and maintains meticulous quality control.
Freya has started her career with Benest & Syvret within the private client team dealing with Wills, LPAs and Estates.