The Channel Islands
of Jersey and Guernsey
Part of the British Isles, but not the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey lie in the Bay of Mont St. Michel, some 85 miles south of mainland Britain and 15 miles east of the French coast. The islands are unique in many ways having their own legal and fiscal systems and income tax is a flat rate of 20%. The islands are home to many international off-shore law firms, several of which have representation in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and other international jurisdictions.
JERSEY is 45 sq miles (118 sq. kms) and has a population of approx. 95,000. Similar to Guernsey in many ways, its’ sheltered position means that it has a temperate climate, often warmer with more sunshine hours than any other part of the other British Isles. It is the largest of the Channel Islands and is one of the world's major international finance centres. The successful combination of stability and reliability has kept Jersey at the forefront of global finance for almost half a century. Government determination to encourage high quality business to the Island, and the support offered by the sophisticated and comprehensive infrastructure of laws and regulations, combine to promote investor confidence. It is also self-governing, has it own financial and legal systems and its own courts of law.
GUERNSEY is 24 sq. miles (63 sq. kms) and has a population of approx. 63,000. It offers a completely different way of life, fantastic scenery, stunning views, award winning beaches, walks and cycle routes and a wealth of things to do. Guernsey has a well-established legal system which has been enhanced over the years by the introduction of modern legislation covering all important aspects relating to the finance industry. This has resulted in Guernsey developing and maintaining a reputation as a well-regulated and attractive centre to conduct business. Guernsey's tax neutrality, its long history of financial and political stability, good banking, wealth management and professional infrastructure, GMT time zone and proximity to the UK and Europe, have ensured that Guernsey is a first-rate, thriving, offshore financial centre. It was placed on the OECD G20 white list for offshore jurisdictions in 2009 which reflects its high standards of international compliance and transparency.
Jersey and Guernsey have very strict housing laws which specify who can rent or buy property, and who can live in it. The housing laws were introduced to control the demand for residential property on the islands where demand exceeds supply. The vast majority of people gain their qualifications through a long period of residence. The provisions are varied and detailed but in addition to qualifying through a period of residence, special consent to rent or buy property can be granted by the Housing Departments to a person who does not have housing qualifications but whose employment in the islands is deemed as essential. These residents are classified as “essentially employed” and they are granted a “Local Market Licence” in Guernsey and “Licenced Status” in Jersey. The main factors taken into account are ability, qualifications and experience, the importance of the post, and that the post cannot readily be filled from within the islands’ existing labour force.
Australia and New Zealand
Judicial Review has established alliances with legal recruiters in each of Australia and New Zealand. We assist both Australian and New Zealand qualified lawyers seeking appointments in the UK and Channel Islands and also, we are able to introduce candidates seeking to move, or return down under, to our antipodean colleagues.