Business Law

Our commercial law team pride themselves in their pragmatic and responsive approach when looking to understand the issues and concerns from our clients.


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Business Law

We strive to build relationships with clients and ensure that together we work to deliver the best results. Whether you are a new or well established business we appreciate you will have individual needs and requirements and we look to tailor our legal advice and services to meet them all.

We offer clear advice, on the day to day legal issues that can arise when managing or leading your business.


"I would like to say a big thank you for your work and support and understanding dealing with this case at an incredibly difficult time for me" – Litigation client


"Philip Syvret provided an excellent service and advice and the team was friendly, helpful and efficient" – Litigation client


"Many thanks for all your help with this mater, you have been very supportive and helpful." – Family Client

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Our Commercial Property team is headed up by Philip Syvret and advises both landlords and tenants on all aspects of commercial lease transactions.

We can guide you through the sometimes complex process of completing your commercial lease, whether you are a landlord or tenant, and can provide advice on all aspects of the transaction.

Abigail Watkins can provide you with expert legal and practical advice from both a legal and management perspective, having previously managed a large portfolio of local commercial properties.

We can assist you with, amongst other things;

  • Drafting of paper and contract leases on behalf of the landlord
  • Reviewing of paper and contract leases on behalf of the tenant
  • Advising on exit strategy from an existing lease
  • Assisting with pre lease negotiation
  • Cancellation of existing leases
  • Rent reviews
  • Dilapidation issues
  • Landlord and tenant lease disputes

Please contact either Philip or Abigail to find out how we can help you.


Ask owners of small Jersey businesses what frustrates them most and the chances are they will tell you it is the customers who do not pay on time. Late payment is a significant issue for small firms. It is not just time consuming trying to get money out of people – for a small firm, it can be a matter of life and death.

First steps

So how can you get customers to pay without delay? The first step is to make sure there is nothing preventing payment. Find out whether it is simply an administrative error. Is there an issue about whether they have received the invoice? Did they receive the goods? Is there an argument about the standard of service they have received?

If there is a genuine dispute about the service or product, or the amount charged, it needs to be resolved before any further action is taken.

The next step can be as simple as making a call to somebody in the credit control department who has not realised your invoice has been pushed to the bottom of the pile. If that does not work see if there is somebody you could contact at a more senior level.

Pre action

If phone calls do not get you anywhere a formal letter on headed notepaper – from your firm’s credit control department or from Benest & Syvret – often produces results. This is called a letter before action and gives the customer a last chance to pay before things get serious.

Often this flushes out those people who are trying to buy a bit of time. A solicitor’s letter will help you move up the pecking order because the customer knows he can not just ignore it. Also, it shows that you are taking this seriously and so are likely to take further action if they do not pay.

You might want to point out in the letter that you are entitled to recover fixed costs relating to the proceedings over and above the amount of the debt. This may encourage reluctant payers to engage.

When it comes to excuses our clients have heard them all. Explanations from customers have included: the person responsible for signing the cheques is on holiday; the accounts department has no direct phone line and can only be contacted by email; and someone new has joined the company and because she is unfamiliar with the systems it is unclear which bills she has and has not paid.

If polite tactics do not work and there is no prospect of negotiation, the next step will be to consider debt recovery proceedings.

We recommend that you should not begin legal action for non-payment unless you are reasonably certain the other side has the money to pay. If there is any suggestion of them facing insolvency or bankruptcy, then any action will need careful consideration.

You also need to be aware that even if the Court finds in your favour it will not pursue the money for you. You have to enforce the judgment through the Viscount’s Department and if the other side is unable to pay you could find yourself no better off – or back in Court.

If you are owed less than £30,000 you can go through the Petty Debts Court. For unpaid bills over £30,000 claims must be issued in the Royal Court.

If your customers disputes the claim, however, a hearing will be held at which each side will present their case to a judge.

Please contact our team to discuss your individual requirements.

Key Contacts.



Nina has over has over twenty years’ experience in the legal profession in Jersey. She was sworn in as an Advocate…

Philip Syvret

Philip Syvret

After obtaining his Law degree from the University of London, Philip was admitted as a Solicitor of the Royal Court…

darry robinson

Darry Robinson

Darry is a litigator with broad experience, and has particular expertise in dispute resolution and criminal law.…

claire kingham

Claire Kingham

Claire has over 25 years of experience practising law in Jersey across a wide range of private client and business…

Abigail Watkins

Abigail Watkins

Abigail started her legal career with a firm of Solicitors in Loughborough, dealing mainly with residential and…

Greg Herold-Howes


Greg is an Advocate and an experienced civil, criminal and commercial lawyer specialising in dispute resolution...

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