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Appleby’s practice is ‘very good on all fronts’. ‘Excellent’ consultant John Bisson advised Dandara on the purchase of 27 Esplanade for development as an office block, and on the £7m purchase of the Hotel Metropole in St Helier. Highlights for ‘very strong’ practice head Tim Hart included acting for Peter Street Properties on the sale of Kleinwort Benson House in St Helier to Berkshire Capital for £7m, and assisting Kennedy Enterprise with the purchase of 1 Grenville Street, St Helier from HSBC Private Bank.

Carey Olsenprovides a first-rate level of service’ and ‘turns around advice at short notice’. ‘Prompt, courteous and highly professional’ practice head Christopher Philpott acted alongside ‘very considered and reliable’ senior associate Will Whitehead on the incorporation of the ports and airport of Jersey, and advised Ports of Jersey on the head ground lease for all the island’s ports and harbours. Other highlights included assisting Ravenscroft and Bailiwick Investments with property aspects of their acquisition of Sandpiper CI. Managing partner Alex Ohlsson led the firm’s advice to The States of Jersey Development Company on the development of the Jersey International Finance Centre in St Helier.

Mourant Ozannes’ practice provides ‘prompt, sound and timely advice’. Gavin Renault leads the team, which includes ‘clever, knowledgeable and willing’ managing associate Pamela Doherty and counsels Georgina Cook and Gio Pollano. They advised Royal Bank of Canada on the pre-let of its new flagship premises at 66-72 Esplanade; advised Strand Estates on the £17m redevelopment of its King Street department store; and acted for the Channel Islands Co-operative Society on the redevelopment of its site in Charing Cross, St Helier.

The ‘very strong personnel’ at Ogieralways look after their clients well and offer wise counsel’. The Channel Islands property group is led by the ‘very approachable and vastly knowledgeableJonathan Hughes, who regularly advises HSBC on real estate financing. Julie Melia is ‘excellent with clients’ and ‘consistently provides sound advice’. She acted for Jersey Airport in pre-let and lease transactions involving the development of a new cargo centre. Jersey Homes Trust, Jersey Gas Company and the Parish of St Helier are also clients. Managing associate Katharine Marshall is ‘friendly and prompt’ and consultant Chris Renouf is ‘highly experienced’.

Bedell Cristin’s head of commercial property is Guy Le Sueur, who advised Rozel Hotels on the £7.5m sale of Le Couperon Rozel. Peter Bertram is also experienced in this area. Other clients include Jersey Home Loans, Ravenscroft and Santander.

Highlights for the team at Collas Crill included advising JTC Group on the pre-let of its new Esplanade offices from Dandara, and assisting Liberation Group with the pre-let of a new restaurant and bar in St Helier. The firm also advised Ravenscroft on the £54m refinancing of a property portfolio. Practice head Paul Harben is ‘extremely thorough’ and Martin Le Boutillier is ‘excellent’.

At Viberts Jersey Lawyers practice head James Lawrence advises a broad range of clients on purchases, lease agreements and planning issues. He advised the Christians Together in Jersey Housing Trust on the £1.6m purchase of the former Scope Furnishings building at Minden Place.

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Legal Developments in Jersey for Commercial property

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    - Carey Olsen

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