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Appleby is ‘extremely good, attentive, accurate and quick to adjust to changes’. The firm provides ‘fast and accurate legal advice’ on a range of mandates concerning finance, leasing and sales of office, residential and leisure property. Practice head Tim Hart (who attracts praise for his ‘very pleasant and accommodating manner’) advised the owners of the Royal Yacht Hotel on a £27m refinancing facility provided by Starwood Capital Group. Lender-side real estate finance mandates handled by Hart include advising Barclays on a £5.4m loan to APC. John Bisson, who provides ‘first-class service in all areas’, advised Dandara on leasing the Gaspé House building to Royal Bank of Canada. Other office space leasing mandates include Hart’s advice to Zedra, Santander and the Jersey Gambling Commission, the last of which involved Bisson acting for the lessor on the other side of an ethics wall. Bisson and Hart also advised Dandara Group on the purchase of the former Old Court House Hotel site for £3m, a £7m finance facility for its redevelopment, and on the redevelopment itself. Andrew Pim acted behind an ethics wall for Barclays on the financing aspects of that mandate.

Carey Olsenhas an excellent knowledge of property law in Jersey, and also understands the commercial aspects’ of issues concerning construction, industrial leases, residential development and retail leasing. Will Whitehead and Christopher Philpott (who are ‘hardworking, skilful and experienced’) acted alongside Alex Ohlsson for the States of Jersey Development Company (SOJDC), a cornerstone client, on all aspects of the creation of the Jersey International Financial Centre, including construction, financing and leasing. Other work for the SOJDC included advising it on the redevelopment of the conversion of the former Jersey College for Girls site into residential property. In the retail space, Philpott and Whitehead advised Legal and General on the £4.5m sale of a retail unit on King Street. Other clients include Deutsche Bank International, which the firm advised on subletting two of its floors to Vistra; Ports of Jersey, which it advised on a 24-year lease of a boatyard and office space to Sunseeker; and the National Trust for Jersey, which it advised on its purchase and planned renovation of a number of historic buildings on Pitt Street.

One of the top firms in this space’, Collas Crill provides ‘excellent client service; it provides responsive advice without over-complicating matters’. The ‘experiencedMartin Le Boutillierprovides a depth of experience that complements the service from the more junior lawyers’; he advised Liberation Group on its sale to Caledonia Investments, which involved over forty premises in Jersey. In the office building space, he advised Channel Islands Property Fund on its £34m purchase of the Liberation House and Windward House buildings in St Helier. His other mandates include advising SigmaRoc on the Jersey aspects its purchase of Ronez, a leading aggregates supplier in both Channel Islands. Paul Harben provides ‘an excellent level of service, delivered in a timely manner with the right level of detail; his expertise is second-to-none’. He advised Comprop on a £22m refinancing deal with Santander, which included security over a building on the Esplanade. He also advised Dandara on its development of the Westmount site into more than 200 apartments.

Ogier provides ‘an excellent level of service; there is always someone available with the appropriate level of knowledge and experience to deal with any issues’. Jonathan Hughes advised Castle Properties on a planned residential and commercial development; following refusal of planning permission by the Planning Applications Panel, senior associate Claire Smith successfully appealed the refusal, securing permission. Hughes and Julie Melia, who ‘makes clients feel confident they will achieve the right outcome’, advised Caledonia Investments on the real estate aspects of its acquisition of pub company and brewery The Liberation Group. Hughes also advised Aggregate Industries on its sale of Ronez, which operates quarries in both Channel Islands, to SigmaRoc. On the financing front, Hughes, finance specialist Katrina Edge, and managing associate Katharine Marshall advised HSBC on a security package concerning a £25m development loan to Dandara for four apartment blocks. Other mandates include high-value residential property deals.

BCR Law merged with Lambert Legal, bringing on board name partner Wendy Lambert. The firm provides ‘a good level of service’ on real estate-heavy public procurements, commercial leases and real estate financing. Associate Michelle Leverington advised all the purchasers of a new residential development and, with Lambert, advised the Channel Islands Co-operative Society on leases concerning a newly-built medical centre. Lambert also handles planning work, and advised Loche (2014) Limited on a planning application for thirteen houses, which required a public inquiry. Jeremy Heywood from the dispute resolution practice provided additional advocacy support.

Bedell Cristin advises on acquisitions and disposals, often involving retail space and office buildings. Guy Le Sueur and Tim Pearce advised Sabal Finance on the sale of two office buildings for £35m as part of a share deal. Le Sueur also assisted Jmart with the sale of the island’s 19 Costcutter stores to SandpiperCI, which involved advising on licensing and Sunday trading regulation matters. Other clients include Jersey Telecom, which the firm advised on the purchase of the office building it was a tenant in at the time, and St. Brelade’s Bay Hotel Properties.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Mourant Ozannes provides ‘a high level of service’ to clients. Counsel Pamela Doherty demonstrates ‘a strong level of business acumen and takes care to understand the bigger picture – this allows her to provide appropriate advice in relevant terms’. She acted alongside Gio Pollano for Sanne, as anchor tenant, on a pre-let in the second Jersey International Finance Centre building. She also advised Royal Bank of Canada on its lease of the Gaspé House building on St Helier’s Esplanade. In the retail arena, Doherty advised The Channel Islands Co-Operative Society on the redevelopment of Jersey’s Charing Cross site, and assisted Premier Inn with the pre-let for a proposed hotel. Practice head Gavin Renault advises Jersey Electricity on real estate issues, such as wayleaves and leases for substations and pylons. Other clients include Monsoon Accessorize, Jersey Home Loans and UBS.

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