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Julie Melia

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Property Law.


Julie is a Partner in Ogier’s Property Law Group and Head of the Probate and Estates practice. She has specialised in Jersey property encompassing commercial acquisitions and leases, residential development schemes and planning issues, mergers and acquisitions, property finance and residential purchases and sales for over 18 years. She acts for landlords and tenants, developers, lenders and private individuals. Her role as Head of Probate and Estates includes assisting Jersey based clients with the administration of Jersey estates and international clients where Jersey assets form part of a wider estate, together with the registration of Court of Protection Orders and Worldwide Affidavits, curatorships and tutelles.


Partner and head of Property at Walkers; joined Ogier in July 2012.


Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, the Law Society of Jersey and the Institute of Directors.


Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Examination, Law 1988 – 1989); Bristol Polytechnic (LL.B. Law 1984 – 1987). Qualified England & Wales 1989; Jersey 1992.


Commercial property

Within: Leading individuals

Julie Melia - Ogier

Within: Commercial property

‘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.

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