Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Jersey

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
Click here for more details

United Kingdom > Jersey > Commercial property > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings

Editorial

Other

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Commercial property clients in Jersey using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHO REPRESENTS WHO SITE

The lawyers at Appleby ‘always provide prompt responses and have a great depth of knowledge’; clients single out ‘very knowledgeable’ practice head Tim Hart and senior associate Jonathan Anderson. New client Point Properties recently appointed a team led by consultant John Bisson to oversee its acquisition of the reversionary interest in the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel from the States of Jersey Development Company, and Hart represented World Duty Free in the negotiation of its ten-year agreement with Ports of Jersey to provide duty and tax-free items in the departure lounge of the airport. The team also works closely with the corporate and commercial department to advise on acquisition financing transactions in the real estate sector. Other notable clients include Dandara, the Palladium Group and the States of Jersey Property Holdings.

The ‘extremely competent and knowledgeable team’ at Carey Olsen ‘provides an excellent service’ through its ‘proactive collaborative approach’. Alex Ohlsson is recommended for property structures and commercial leases, and clients praise practice head Christopher Philpott for his ‘in-depth knowledge of property’ and John Kelleher for his skills in litigation. Also recommended is senior associate Will Whitehead, who is part of the team advising the Ports of Jersey on the restructuring of its major property portfolio, and is supporting Ohlsson in his advice to the States of Jersey Development Company on its residential redevelopment of the former Jersey College for Girls site. A wide array of clients including both landlords and tenants also appointed the department to oversee high-value asset disposals, negotiate lease arrangements, and handle office moves and property transactions. New clients include Minerva Trust, Molton Brown and STM Fiduciaire.

The four-partner team at Collas Crill ‘regularly demonstrates an ability to quickly assist with both regular services and enquiries in times of urgency’. Known to clients for its ‘fast response times, personal approach and knowledge in the area’, the group acts for major retailers, developers, banks and corporates in Jersey and abroad under the leadership of the ‘knowledgeable, experienced and courteous’ Martin Le Boutillier. Dunelm appointed the practice to handle all aspects of its entry into Jersey by way of a retail lease, and Paul Harben led the advice to a UK bank with regard to the property aspects of a substantial loan to refinance an existing debt involving a well-known commercial building in St Helier. Michael Morris specialises in UK real estate transactions, acting for funds, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals, and is also a key contact. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Pamela Doherty from Mourant Ozannes.

‘Great leadership, teamwork and thoroughly professional advice’ are all hallmarks of Ogier’s commercial property team, which operates under the leadership of the ‘very competent’ Jonathan Hughes, who ‘always has a smile on his face’. Alongside significant commercial leasehold mandates for clients such as BNP Paribas, Whitbread and First Names, the group also acted for a number of high-net-worth individuals undertaking major private residence projects. Managing associate Katharine Marshall regularly works alongside Hughes to advise on high-value property transactions, while Julie Melia oversaw several refinancing and loan transactions in the context of property developments and property acquisitions. In other highlights, counsel Victoria Grogan recently joined the firm from Carey Olsen and senior associate Sarah Parish arrived from Newcastle, where she held an associate position at Square One Law. Senior associate Claire Smith is also a key contact.

The service provided at BCR Law is ‘prompt and without a hitch’ and based upon ‘tremendous insight into the granting of new business licenses, superb conveyancing and proactivity in anticipating what is needed next’. Strong in commercial and residential development work, the team, led by the ‘vastly experienced’ Wendy Lambert, also advises landlords and tenants on leasing issues, exercising break options and dilapidation liability. ‘Prompt, excellent and easy to contact’ advocate Michelle Leverington is currently working alongside Lambert to draft a lease and advise on access rights on behalf of a heritage site; she also acted for the new landlord of a commercial agricultural site, including offices and two residential units, in the drafting of a new lease. English solicitor Emma Baker recently joined the firm from Malcolm C Foy & Co and is also a key name to note.

The commercial property offering at Bedell Cristin recently experienced some personnel changes with the departure of Peter Bertram and the arrival of senior associate and new acting head of department Jeff O'Boyle from Collas Crill. Corporate expert Tim Pearce regularly supports the team with complex and high-value transactional matters; he is currently collaborating with O’Boyle to advise a vendor on his sale of shares in a private company which owns a flagship multi-tenanted retail development. Another transactional highlight was Guy Le Sueur’s work for the buyer of the newly constructed Next department store in St Helier. Clients also appoint the firm to handle leasing, loan enforcements and portfolio restructurings. Key clients include JMart, Shawbrook International and ZEDRA Trust.

‘Experience and local knowledge added to a commercial approach and the close involvement of the partners enhances the service provided’ by Mourant Ozannes’ ‘pragmatic and prompt’ commercial property team. Clients recommend the ‘highly professional’ Gavin Renault, who spearheads the team, as well as ‘readily available’ counsel Gio Pollano, who ‘has the ability to look at the bigger picture’, and ‘very efficient’ counsel Georgina Cook, who ‘goes the extra mile’. The group is advising Strand Estates as the lessor on the lease to Next of its newly constructed flagship store in St Helier, as well as on the sale of the property to Prochaine. Cook collaborated with Renault on urban regeneration and residential developments such as GR Langlois’ acquisition and subsequent sale and development of Samares Nurseries’ 200 homes. The group is also involved in the new International Finance Centre, where it is acting for Laing O’Rourke Corporation as the lessee of office space.

The 'excellent, very responsive and readily available' commercial property team at Parslows is headed by the highly recommended Carl Parslow. The group is retained by clients such as CSS Limited, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Chiropractic Centre to provide ongoing property advice on lease reviews, the negotiation of share purchase agreements, due diligence and regulatory obligations, among other issues.

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments in Jersey for Commercial property

  • Modified Universalism - The Guernsey Perspective

    The Royal Court has recently given clear guidance on the application of the principle of modified universalism to insolvency matters in Guernsey. The case of EFG Private Bank (Channel Islands) Ltd v. BC Capital Group (in liquidation) & Ors [34/2013] will have significant consequences for crossborder insolvencies with a Guernsey element, as it sets out for the first time the principles which the Royal Court should consider when assessing the nature and extent of its obligation to provide "active assistance" to foreign insolvency proceedings.
    - Carey Olsen

Legal Developments in Jersey

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law

    Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law
  • Jersey Opens the door to QROP’s

    Jersey opens the door to QROPs
  • Jersey Legislation Overview

    Jersey Legislation Overview
  • Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes

    Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes
  • AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences

    AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences under the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999 
  • The New Charities Law - a bright new dawn

    As of Friday 21 November 2014, the new Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the " Law ") (or at least certain parts of it) came into effect.  This represents a quantum leap forward for Jersey in the charity field.  The Law has introduced a new test for what is charitable (the " Charity Test "), has introduced the post of a Charity Commissioner and a Charity Tribunal, and in time will introduce standards that those who run charities in the Island will have to abide by.  It is hoped that the Law will enable the Island to flourish as a centre for the administration of charitable and philanthropic structures.
  • New Managed Account Regime for Jersey Hedge Fund Managers

    An exemption which will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to be appointed in relation to managed accounts has now been introduced.  This will enable hedge fund managers that are already regulated under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law (FS Law) in Jersey to carry out fund services business (FSB) to also service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need to seek additional regulation for the conduct of investment business under the FS Law.
  • The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012: Changes to Jersey's security regime

    On 2 January 2014, the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 came into force in respect of Jersey law security over intangible movable property (e.g. shares/securities, bank accounts and custody assets).  The new law replaces the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (which was in force for the last three decades) and introduces a number of important changes which modernise Jersey's security regime.
  • Exclusive and Inherent Jurisdictions: to boldly go where no Court has gone before?

    On 26 November 2014, the Privy Council delivered judgment in the long-running case of Crociani & Others v. Crociani & Others [2014] UKPC 40 .  The case is of interest to trustees because it provides conclusive and binding guidance on the treatment of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust deeds.  However, it also raises questions as to the fundamental nature of the inherent supervisory jurisdiction of the Royal Court in connection with trust matters, and whether it is in fact broader than previously thought.
  • Accessing EU Institutional investor capital

    Luxembourg is one of the largest global investment fund domiciles, benefiting from the following factors:

Press Releases in Jersey

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to