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The ‘superb service’ at Carey Olsen ‘ticks all the boxes’ and the team ‘is constructive in resolving any conflicts which may arise’. Joint practice heads David Le Marquand and Jason Morgan ‘are well known as expert advisers’ in the field of commercial property; Le Marquand recently acted for a retailer in its relocation to a high-street location, and Morgan represented the lender in the refinancing and acquisition of two properties in Jersey. Senior associate John Le Tissier was part of the team overseeing a headquarters site transfer via a surrender of lease, and ‘excellent’ senior associate Rachel Jones handled a number of leasing issues pertaining to, among others, the entry of a new retailer and the opening of its first store in St Peter Port. Also notable is senior associate Allan Skirrow, who sits in the corporate and finance practice.

Known to clients for its 'excellent technical knowledge' and 'ability to work to tight deadlines', Collas Crill acts for financial institutions, landlords and developers in significant property transactions. Paul Nettleship led the advice to the Channel Islands Property Fund with regard to its freehold acquisition of the Royal Chambers office building in St Peter Port, and Jason Green was part of the team which acted for Esplanade Properties – a consortium of high-net-worth individuals – in its purchase of Royal Bank Place; a separate team led by Nettleship advised the seller on this transaction. On the international front, Michael Morris assisted a UK bank with the Guernsey, Jersey and BVI aspects of the financing of its acquisition of a commercial property in the Midlands. His group was also instructed by a peer-to-peer lender to oversee an initial drawdown on a loan for the development and conversion of a residential property in London. In other highlights, an international unit trust appointed the firm to handle the transfer of its property portfolio under the supervision of consultant Shelagh Mason. Also notable are senior partner Chris Bound  and senior associates Donald Millar, Tristan Ozannes and Anna Douglass.

At Mourant Ozannes, the 'very competent' commercial property team 'is always incredibly helpful' and 'rates extremely highly in terms of response times, business acumen and strength in depth'. Clients highlight team head Mark Torode, senior associate Alison Wood and associate Laura Bougourd as 'thorough, approachable and a pleasure to deal with'. The firm continues to act as sole Guernsey counsel to Lloyds with regard to its lending activities, and Matthew Guthrie and consultant Kate Dewsnap recently assisted Torode with advising Craigard on its purchase of a significant office and retail block. In other highlights, clients engaged the team to handle the intra-group transfer of five properties, planning applications and the redevelopment of a major infrastructure asset.

Ogier’s commercial property team is headed in Guernsey by Martyn Baudains and includes several of the firm’s corporate, banking and finance, and private client partners. In recent highlights, Deloitte appointed the group to oversee the property aspects of the liquidation of Long Port Properties, and Baudains led the advice to Havers Investment with regard to its purchase of a multi-tenanted office block in St Peter Port. Significant leasing work includes negotiating lease terms with a new retailer on behalf of an individual, and senior associate Piers Dereham was part of the team which assisted a household name bank with the re-vesting of its leasehold property and bonds as part of its large-scale restructuring in light of new ring-fencing obligations. Also notable is senior associate Claire Smith, who specialises in handling planning and construction issues for local clients.

AFR Advocates is currently acting as lead counsel to a property holding company with a substantial commercial property portfolio on all aspects relating to its management, including the restructuring of leases, licensing issues and dilapidation matters. Peter Stahelin advised an asset management group on its tax-driven restructuring, which will split its property portfolio of residential, commercial and mixed-use properties between Guernsey and the UK, while Mark Febrache handled the sale of a tenement. In other highlights, the group oversaw a number of property transactions, relocations and disputes such as dilapidation claims.

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