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Claire Smith

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Commercial Property


Senior Associate


Claire specialises in planning & environmental, property, construction, health & safety and non-contentious employment law working pan-Channel Islands in the Local Legal Services team. 

Claire joined Ogier in November 2015 from London firm Eversheds where she was a Principal Associate in the Planning and Infrastructure Consenting Team.

Claire previously worked in Guernsey for a number of years, acting for Channel Islands developers, architects, real estate investors, corporate occupiers, trusts and the States of Guernsey. 

Claire was appointed to the States Review Committee set up in 2012 to review the structure and functions of the States of Deliberation (Guernsey's Parliament and system of government). Claire was one of two non-states members on the committee along-side former Chief Minister of Jersey, Terry Le Sueur.  Following 4 years of advising the Committee pro-bono, the changes that the SRC proposed were unanimously adopted by the States and the revised form of government was instituted in May 2016.


Claire is a member of the Guernsey Construction Industry Forum and the Jersey Chamber of Commerce.


Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

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.

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