Claire Davies

Claire was called to the Jersey Bar in 1997 and is one of the most experienced and highly regarded family lawyers in the Island, specialising in divorce, separation and children’s matters. When dealing with family finances, Claire handles a wide range of cases. Some involve significant family or commercial assets requiring a confident head for numbers and business accounts, others require a gentle touch and a sensible approach to minimising legal costs. Whatever the circumstances, Claire’s clients always receive an excellent service. Claire is a member of Jersey’s children panel, meaning that she is qualified to represent children and parents in child protection cases in Jersey. She also regularly deals with, and helps to resolve, disputes between parents both in and out of the court room. Committed to public service, Claire sat as a deputy chair of the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal between 2012 and 2020 (for the maximum nine years) and in addition during 2018 sat as a Family Registrar in Jersey’s Royal Court. She is a qualified family mediator and worked with the Jersey Family Mediation Service, a charitable body which supports people to resolve disputes amicably following a breakup. An academic, Claire is a visiting professor with the Institute of Law and teaches students working towards their degree (LLB) with the University of London External Programme, the family law lecturer for both the Jersey Law Course and Guernsey Bar exams and has presented various other modules including Trust & Equity and Tort. She also teaches Jersey Law to students on the Social Work degree course at Highlands. She has providing bespoke witness training for experts and government agencies and has recently qualified as an advocacy trainer to the legal profession. In May 2020 Claire was appointed to the Academic Board of the Institute of Law and in April 2023 became Associate Dean (Professional Programmes).

Education:

  • Coventry University - Business Law LLB 1991 |
  • Gray’s Inn, London - England & Wales Bar exams 1992 |
  • Jersey Bar exams 1997 |
  • Nottingham Law School – Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction in Legal Practice Management 2006 |
  • Resolution – Collaborative Law Training

Appointments & Memberships:

  • Member of The Law Society of Jersey |
  • Associate member of Resolution |
  • Jersey Mediation Service - Family Mediator |
  • Chairman of Jersey Family Law Association (2016 - 2018) |
  • Member of the Institute of Law's Academic Board (appointed May 2020) |
  • Associate Dean (Professional Programmes), Institute of Law (2023 - present)
  • PUBLIC ROLES -
  • Acting Batonnier (administering Jersey’s legal aid system) - 2004 |
  • Batonnier substitute (2013- Present)
  • JUDICIAL ROLES -
  • Deputy Chairman of the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal (2012 - 2020) |
  • Substitute Greffier in the Royal Court of Jersey (sitting as Family Registrar) (2018)
  • TEACHING POSITIONS-
  • Jersey Institute of Law (professor for Family Law, Jersey Bar Course) (2016 - Present) |
  • University of London External Programs – Teacher LLB Family Law Module (teaches local students studying for their Law degree) (2017 - Present) |
  • Guernsey Bar Course - Lecturer, Family Module (2018 - Present) |
  • Jersey Social Work Degree - Lecturer, Law Module (2019 - Present) |
  • Advocacy Teacher to the Jersey Bar (2022 - present) |

Contact

Email: claire.davies@jerseyfamily.law

Phone: 01534 489589