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Advocate Carly James is an associate in the Family Law team within the Dispute Resolution department in Jersey.  Carly is an experienced practitioner dealing with all aspects of Family Law.

Carly’s career with Appleby (then Bailhache Labesse) began when she was a student carrying out work experience.  She was awarded a Bursary when studying the Legal Practice Course and upon completing her studies, and joined the firm permanently in September 2005.  She began her career in Commercial Litigation and moved to the Family Law team in 2007 where she has remained since.  Carly was admitted as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey in October 2011.

Carly’s caseload is predominantly divorce and separation, representing a broad range of clients from those with more modest means to those with substantial and complex asset structures, however, she is experienced in all areas of family law including;

  • Divorce and separation;
  • Children’s matters;
  • The breakdown of civil partnerships;
  • Applications to vary maintenance (child and spousal);
  • Cohabitation disputes;
  • Jurisdictional disputes and enforcement;
  • Pre and post-nuptial agreements; and
  • Injunctions;

She is also accredited by the Children’s Panel to represent children (on the instructions of the guardian or independently) and also parents (or a relative who wishes to be considered as a primary carer) in relation to Public Law Proceedings.

Her friendly and down to earth approach ensures strong client relationships from the earliest point of contact.  Combined with her tenacious and cost conscious attitude, together with her ability to grasp the crux of each matter swiftly, she achieves effective and cost efficient outcomes for her clients as illustrated by recent client testimonials;

“Carly was brilliant throughout my rollercoaster of a divorce.  Pragmatic yet sensitive in her approach, I took so much strength from working with her.  She was extremely successful in securing a great outcome for me and my children.”

“Throughout the whole process, Carly has been very thorough, professional, and exceptionally knowledgeable on the subject of matrimonial law and has always given me her best advice, some of which I followed reluctantly.  I trusted her judgement in these circumstances however, and this always gave me the best possible outcomes.  I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer to help and guide me through what proved to be a fairly lengthy, challenging and emotional process.”

“I instructed Carly with my divorce and through this quite difficult time she was always highly professional, knowledgeable, incisive and direct. She achieved the best result and far more economically than I could have hoped for.  I would highly recommend her to anyone going through divorce without hesitation.”

“Carly was at all times professional, confident and when required gentle in her approach with me. She was an excellent listener, this was evidenced in the content of the paperwork that needed to be prepared and exchanged with my ex-husband's Advocate.  Each time we met, Carly remembered what we had previously talked about making me feel that my case mattered to her and was always available either on the phone or by email, quick to respond when I had to contact her with an issue.  I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of my Divorce settlement which has been, in my opinion, wholly due to Carly's professionalism.”

 “After years of constant demands and threats from my ex-wife we decided to seek legal advice.  After contacting a couple of local law firms, I was lucky to make contact with Carly James who listened to the situation we were involved in and fully supported us from the first point of contact, without hesitation we booked the next available appointment.  After our initial meeting, there was no time wasted, Carly took our instructions and advised on the most professional approach and within a matter of weeks the situation was resolved and we received the final response, which we were extremely happy with”

“I instructed Carly James in respect of parental responsibility, maintenance, access.  I was extremely happy with the service I received, Carly was thorough and diligent whilst managing her time efficiently thus controlling my potential costs.  I will always recommend Carly to any friends who are unfortunate enough to require such services.”

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