Tuesday, September 3, 2013









Sir Michael is the 88th Bailiff of Jersey

Sir Michael practised at Jersey Law Firm Ogier & Le Cornu from 1976 to 1993

In January 1994 he was appointed Attorney General 

In February 2000 he became Deputy Bailiff 

In July 2009 he became Bailiff 


Commissioner to the Royal Court of Jersey

Retired Jersey advocate and former partner of Ogier Law Firm practised the same time as Michael Birt. Julien sat as commissioner on former Police Chief Graham Powers Judicial Review. The most heavily conflicted Judicial Review ever conducted in my opinion.



Former Partner of Ogier Law Firm.

One of Ogier's Jersey partners Tim Le Cocq, has been appointed as Her Majesty's Solicitor General for Jersey with effect from the retirement of the current Solicitor General, Stephanie Nicolle Q.C., at the end of March 2008.
Tim qualified as a Jersey advocate in 1985 and has been a partner in Ogier since February 1992. He will retire from the Ogier partnership at the end of January 2008 and is expected to be sworn in as Solicitor General in April 2008.
With Tim's appointment, we see a continuation of the Ogier tradition of public service. Michael Birt and Julian Clyde-Smith, both former Ogier partners, currently hold the offices of Deputy Bailiff of Jersey and Commissioner of the Royal Court of Jersey respectively.
Practised at the same time as Birt & Clyde-Smith and also represented the Home Affairs Minister during the farcical Judicial Review of the suspension of Graham Power


A LAWYER who already chairs Jersey Finance and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has been appointed to head the new independent body that will oversee the running of the Island’s police force.
As chairman of the Jersey Police Authority, Advocate Jonathan White will be responsible for ensuring that the States of Jersey Police is an efficient and effective force.
He will be joined on the board by up to six other members who are still to be appointed, two of whom will be States Members.
Advocate White is a former managing partner and group chairman of the law firm Ogier, which during his time at the firm grew into an international fiduciary services business in nine jurisdictions and from which he retired in 2009.
From Ogier Website:
After 21 years as a Partner, of which over 15 have been involved in managing and developing the business, Jonathan White has decided to stand down as a Partner of Ogier. Whilst he remains deeply committed to Ogier, Jonathan believes that the time is right for him to step aside and to develop other interests.He will retire as a Partner with effect from 31 July 2009 but will be retained as a consultant by Ogier working on both client matters and special projects. This will be a substantial commitment and is one that pleases Jonathan given his long-term and special association with Ogier. Clive Chaplin, the new Ogier Group Chairman, said that "We are delighted to be able to continue to draw on his expertise in a meaningful way which will be to our mutual benefit.
Practised at the same time as the Attorney General 



Area of expertise:

Litigation, Employment Law, Restructuring & Insolvency


Matthew Thompson joined Ogier in 1993, qualified as a Jersey Advocate in 1996 and became a partner in 1997. He is one of the few Jersey lawyers to have qualified by obtaining a diploma from Caen University.

Prior to joining Ogier Matthew had spent six years in the UK with two leading firms.

Matthew specialises in commercial litigation, trust and shareholder disputes, asset tracing, fraud, regulatory and money laundering issues and employment law.  He is recommended by a number of leading directories in his areas of expertise.  He is a member of ACTAPS, the Jersey Financial Services Commission Steering Group on Anti-Money Laundering.

Matthew was Managing Partner of the Jersey office from 2008 to 2011 and remains a member of the management team. He also co-ordinates Ogier's multi-jurisdictional litigation service.

Matthew Thompson is retiring from the panel upon his appointment of Master of the Royal Court. Our grateful thanks to Matthew for his contribution and indeed also to the new and existing members of the panel for giving up their time to assist the Law Society in upholding the highest standards of professional conduct.


Anonymous said...

Now does anyone wonder why the French might be worried about this cozy little setup?

Anonymous said...

What was the criteria and the selection process for head of the Police Police Authority?

Anonymous said...

What is a master of the royal court and who were the two leading firms Matthew Thompson worked for in England before joining Ogier's? Please tell me one of them wasn't 7 Bedford Row!

Anonymous said...

The Royal Court Master is a judge who rules in interlocutory civil applications and can strike out actions, including things like planning appeals, before they reach the full court. You get the idea. You are quite right when you state you are being surrounded. Add in the Police Authority and it's a job well done.

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the same process as was given to the chosen one for the position of police chief.

voiceforchildren said...


So the Royal Court Master can prevent cases even reaching court? That's a very powerful position how was he appointed?

In the meantime, it looks like Senator Bailhache has (hypocritically) gone running to the UK for help. Do you think he might get berated for running off to the UK as other politicians have? I thought Jersey can/should manage its own affairs and doesn't need the intervention of the UK?


voiceforchildren said...


"This reminds me of the same process as was given to the chosen one for the position of police chief."

INDEED. Another Blogger (Jersey's only independent media) Exclusive.

Anonymous said...

Even Ian Lemarqand's son-in-law was provided with a job at Ogier.

Anonymous said...

Rico, this comment was left on the JEPonline section I hope you don't mind me repeating it here. It really does hit the nail on the head regarding the police authority appointment.


Well, this appointment certainly begs a number of questions, some of them no doubt “awkward questions”. Anyone who read the “Saturday Interview” in yesterday’s post will have found, needless to say, that no questions, awkward or otherwise, were asked.

The “Saturday Interview” tends to be a sort of cosy, toytown piece of media stage-managing when someone has been appointed to a particular position. The stage-management is particularly necessary where the appointment is likely to be controversial or contentious. Asking awkward questions, or indeed any questions at all, does not seem to be a feature of the journalism.

One awkward question which should have been asked by any journalist worth his salt might well have questioned the wisdom of putting the Chairman of Jersey finance in charge of the new police authority. Does this not present a conflict of interest?

Jersey is now rather keen to be seen to prosecute what is known as “white collar crime”. It is quite likely that, at some point, an individual or an organisation from within the finance industry (perhaps also someone who is personally acquainted with Mr. White) might be investigate by the police financial crimes unit.

It is also possible that anyone under such investigation might register a complaint in connection with the police investigation. Which hat will Mr. White be wearing when he investigates this complaint? Will he wear his Jersey finance hat, his police authority hat or will he perhaps wear some other hat that we have not been told about?

We seem today to be seeing an altogether more blatant style of appointing people into senior positions in our island. Whereas once such things either did not happen or were subject to some form of public consultation, today these things are presented as a fait accompli. What is particularly worrying is the fact that, without a doubt, those who engineer these things are aware of the public concern but proceed anyway because they know that no member the public can do anything to question the process.

This trend began, I believe, when the then Bailiff recommended his brother for appointment as Attorney General in 2000. The appearance which this gave was quite dreadful and improper, but no member of the public was able to prevent it.

The evidence which was given to the Carswell panel some years later also suggested that the system of official appointments within Jersey is dangerously unsophisticated and steeped in nepotism. Anyone who would like to learn more about the attitudes of those within these positions, together with the failure of the panel to ask the right questions, would be entertained by reading the transcripts of evidence.

Anonymous said...

Excellent and forward thinking reporting Rico, put up for the world to see.

This is the internet blog at it's powerful best, completely unnecessary if the Jersey professional media were doing the job they were paid for.

One has to wonder, how long the establishment hard core can take these bazooka blasts at their thick walled tax funded bunker, before they get so desperate at their own failings written on the internet, that they try and close the Jersey internet blogs down.

The Government islanders deserve or do they ? I disagree, few people recognised the cronyism the corruption, the self interest agenda of the elite but through blogs and research like yours Rico they do now.

If people really care about their future and their families on Jersey with the evidence you, stuart, VFC and right to reply blog, plus young Menzec and other wider blogs, then I suggest people start to take serious responsibility for their lives and who they put into power.


Anonymous said...

Jersey has an entire legal industry dedicated to (not) investigating itself. It exists to serve the sole purpose of sustaining the criminal enterprise.

Anonymous said...

"Jonathan White has decided to stand down as a Partner of Ogier. Whilst he remains deeply committed to Ogier, Jonathan believes that the time is right for him to step aside and to develop other interests"

Keeping an eye on the Police!!!!!

Anonymous said...


I recall your BBC radio interview with Ian Le Marquand also being present.
you mentioned in a blog posting that he made an off air candid comment to you that 'they' know that they are up a creek without a paddle and are, in effect, waiting for the inevitable storm heading their way.
But to this poster's eyes reading such blatant stupidity, do you think that this will just create even more ammunition for the oncoming storm?

The Beano is not the Rag

Anonymous said...

I do not understand what you are getting at with this post. Ogiers trains up Lawyer as its a legal Firm and the people who work there are required to obtain professional examinations before being made a Partner. Just because a lot of legal people have come from Ogiers what is so strange about that? What are you trying to imply, that they are all part of a club against child abuse or something?

rico sorda said...

Hi Boatyboy, thanks for the kind words.

The Judiciary is the ultimate power in Jersey. They use their courts to break dissent. Look how the Ogier old boys club are filling positions. One could say they are being trusted in these positions to do what is best and right for Jersey no matter what. We have this conflict of independent thought going on. There must be group think. Lawyers are not immune from this. What about you, the people of jersey, who have to go before these people, what chance do you really stand if you are known to them as an irritant or trouble maker of Jersey?

The Judicial Review of the suspension of former Police Chief Graham Power is the classic example of the Ogier group think that you will ever see. Graham Power walked into the lions den without probably knowing it. It was over before it started.

This is what he faced.

The Commissioner was Julian Clyde-Smith - Partner at Ogier

Representing the Minister for Home Affairs was the Attorney General Tim Le Cocq - Partner at Ogier

The Two Jurats were:

Jill Clapham - Husband was Partner at Ogier same time as Clyde -Smith and Le cocq

John Le Breton - Should never have been a Jurat let alone sit in judgement of a police chief who exposed child abuse. John Le Breton and his Judgement regarding child abuse at Victoria College was nothing more than criminal and a disgrace.

That is ho they circle the wagons. The judgement of the Judicial Review is online and is simply comical.

The one thing ILM was worried about when I met him in the BBC Studios was the Committee of Enquiry looking into Graham Powers suspension. If they did - and did it properly - the game was up.


Anonymous said...

We can see that some people really do need to have you spell out why conflict of interest is conflict of interest.

Anonymous said...

A little of topic
But Ogier pay no GST
Which means no doubt there registered off shore.
Thieving B------s robbing the island and not even paying any tax

Anonymous said...


Makes you wonder why ILM will not be standing in the 2014 elections....

Is it because the Committee of Inquiry, and hopefully Graham Power's illegal(?) suspension will be well under investigation by then?!

Anonymous said...

The GST situation for financial services businesses is a non-story. They basically all pay a flat fee, to supposedly avoid bureaucracy and extra costs. They are all listed here:



Not worth getting bogged down in that. If you don't like it, vote in politicians who will change it. On balance, it's probably a cost efficient way of collecting some tax. Life ain't perfect, get over it.

Don't let that issue take this thread off topic.