News detailAppleby is pleased to announce that Advocate Susan Pearmain was elected as the new Bâtonnier of the Jersey Bar by her fellow Bar members at the beginning of June.
Advocate Pearmain practices as a Senior Associate within the Litigation & Insolvency group at Appleby and will continue to specialise in criminal and family law Advocacy.
The Bâtonnier is the Head of the Jersey Bar and is appointed for a period of three years to lead the Bar and oversee its interests. Advocate Pearmain takes over from Advocate Anthony Olsen, who is about to be sworn in as a Jurat of the Royal Court of Jersey.
The Bâtonnier is responsible for administering the Island’s legal aid which is delegated to the Acting Bâtonnier, currently Advocate Dionne Gilbert. Advocate Pearmain will determine appeals in relation to the granting or refusal of legal aid. The Bâtonnier is an ex-officio member of the Committee of the Law Society of Jersey. She will represent the Bar on ceremonial occasions.
Advocate Pearmain has acted for defendants in many high profile prosecutions and has considerable experience in representing accused persons in all the courts in Jersey, including the Court of Appeal. She also acts in family law cases.
She is currently Chairman of the Jersey Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. For many years she was on the Board of Examiners for Jersey Advocates and Solicitors, examining on family law and succession. She is a Notary Public and she was regularly an Examiner for those wishing to qualify in Jersey as Notaries Public. She is Procureur du Bien Public for the Parish of St Clement and a Trustee for the Lloyds TSB Foundation for the Channel Islands.
Advocate Susan Pearmain commented, “I am delighted to have been elected Bâtonnier by my colleagues. I am very much looking forward to taking up the position alongside my continuing role at Appleby.”