Cyril Whelan - Advocate

Cyril Whelan

Called to the English bar in 1979 and to the Jersey bar in 1982, Cyril spent 28 years as senior legal adviser in the Law Officers’ chambers in Jersey. He was appointed to the office of Crown Advocate immediately upon the creation of that office in 1987 and remains the Island’s Senior Crown Advocate.

As head of the Department within the Attorney General’s chambers responsible for Serious Crime and International Mutual Legal Assistance, Cyril has advised on all aspects of public law, including serious crimes such as murder, rape, serious and complex fraud and money laundering.

He has been a Senior Consultant of the firm since 2007.


As well as Senior Counsel for Baker & Partners, Cyril is also Chairman of Baker Regulatory Services Limited.

Cyril has acted as Jersey’s Attorney General from time to time and has also acted on behalf of successive Attorneys General in the implementation of major regulatory and mutual assistance legislation in Jersey. He has been involved in high profile investigative and litigation work relating to asset recovery on behalf of governments worldwide.

He is one of Jersey’s four MONEYVAL assessors, trained to assess the AML/ CFT defences of countries across a wide international front. MONEYVAL is the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism, an independent monitoring mechanism within the Council of Europe answerable directly to the Committee of Ministers.

In June 2020 Cyril completed the ten year maximum tenure as a Commissioner of the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Conflict free, he will now take a wider part in the senior levels of  the firm’s regulatory offering.  He continues to chair the Jersey Gambling Commission and to chair the Appeals Panel in respect of the fitness of medical professionals under the relevant legislation. He sits from time to time as one of Jersey’s Coroners. He serves on the conditional early release panel in respect of those serving custodial terms in the Jersey prison system. He continues to serve as a director of the Jersey Opera House.


Aspects of Sentencing in the Superior Courts of Jersey, now into a 4th edition.

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