'A very strong lawyer with an adaptable style'
I’m a Partner and Head of our Jersey Employment practice. I specialise in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, particularly in employment tribunal claims, workplace disputes, high-value and complex dismissals, and restructurings.
I advise businesses relocating or starting up in Jersey, including on immigration and work permits, business and employment licences, and data protection matters. I also advise on general commercial litigation, including contentious property and trust matters.
I'm part of a team of specialists advising businesses on data protection matters including working with clients to ensure that their policies, procedures and third-party contracts can demonstrate compliance with data protection legislation, drafting information notices to meet the required standards of transparency and advising on the legality of international transfers of personal data.
A regular speaker on employment matters, I also contribute articles to publications and provide training to clients on employment law.
I joined Mourant Ozannes in September 2007.
"She is extremely professional, personable and able to discuss complex issues in non-legal terms.", Chambers and Partners UK, 2021
"Carla Benest is an exceptional employment lawyer. She is our trusted adviser when it comes to all employment matters. She provides technically strong advice in a coherent, pragmatic and digestible way which allows both in house counsel and the various managers in the business to understand complex legal matters quickly.", Legal 500 UK, 2021.
Legal 500 2020 states that Carla Benest is a go-to name for employment advice regarding corporate restructurings and entries to the Jersey market.
Carla's clients describe her as 'approachable, practical and realistic,' adding that she has 'exceptional knowledge' and is 'great at seeking solutions.' Chambers and Partners, 2019.
The ‘exceptional’ Carla Benest, ‘goes above and beyond,’ Legal 500 2018.
Carla is commended for her "excellent balance of technical skills and commercial advice". She is especially notable for her work on contentious matters in Chambers UK, 2017.
Chambers UK, 2017, lists Carla as a Star Associate.
'Carla is "a very strong lawyer with an adaptable style",' Legal 500 UK, 2016.
'Carla's clients have reported that "she had good knowledge of all legal matters and a great understanding of our situation",' Chambers UK, 2016.
'Peers say Carla "is extremely good to work with. She is collaborative". Her workload includes contentious and non-contentious matters,' Chambers UK, 2015. Carla is ranked as an 'Associate to Watch' in Employment.
Carla is described as "particularly impressive and applies her razor-sharp intelligence to all matters" and is recommended in Employment Legal 500 UK, 2015.
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