Commercial property in Guernsey
Carey Olsen remains a market leader in Guernsey’s commercial property sector, advising private lenders and international banks on purchases, sales, and construction projects. Jason Morgan is retained by some of the bailiwick’s foremost retailers and hospitality businesses for drafting and negotiating leases, land and building acquisitions and advising on licensing laws. The team remains stable with Davey Le Marquand and senior associate John Le Tissier being prominent names in the local property market; significant recent mandates included assisting with the due diligence and acquisition of a number of mixed-use developments, rent reviews and commercial letting.
‘Provides, excellent prompt service and sound commercial advice‘
‘Carey Olsen has a depth of knowledge and expertise of the Channel Islands property markets that very few, if any, firms can compete with‘
‘A very professional property team‘
‘Jason Morgan, Rachel Jones and Christopher Philpott are all extremely knowledgeable in their fields and present that knowledge in an accessible way tailored to their audience‘
Crescendo Advisors International
Close Brothers Properties (Guernsey)
Trustees of the Webb Guernsey Property Unit Trust
Skipton International (Guernsey)
ABN Amro Channel Islands
RW Randall Limited
States of Alderney
National Trust of Guernsey
Collas Crill recently handled a number of Guernsey’s most significant property acquisitions, developments and relocation exercises involving landmark hospitality, retail and commercial premises. Although the firm saw the recent retirement of Chris Bound, the practice remains strong with the likes of Jason Green, Paul Nettleship and senior associate Donald Millar acting for a broad client portfolio of property developers, investors, financial lenders, local businesses and private clients.
Jason Green; Michael Morris
Other key lawyers:
‘Collas Crill has a really impressive real estate finance team and advised us as lender on all aspects of the property finance including title, construction and security, including enforcement where required.’
‘The team has a great depth of knowledge and has worked with us on complicated issues offering a pragmatic approach to solving problems.’
‘The Collas Crill team is about ‘the people’ both externally and internally. This breaks down many of the barriers between the legal profession and others, which is refreshing!’
‘Knowledge and expertise is second to none! Great trust and rapport which makes referring business and clients very easy.’
‘Collectively aligned and knowledgeable of all cases; Straight talking, pragmatic, very real, extremely approachable.’
‘Donald Millar and Michael Morris are easy to do business with, pragmatic and commercial and I enjoy working with them.’
‘Jason Green offers both property knowledge and also provides common sense options and alternatives to problems that always arise in complicated transactions – he is also quick to notice where there maybe issues so that parties can discuss and resolve.’
SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank
Castle Trust Capital plc
Bank Julius Baer
Channel Islands Property Fund
Guernsey Housing Association
- Instructed by Comprop in relation to the redevelopment of an iconic former Guernsey brewery site into thirty apartments.
- Acting for The Liberation Group in the sale of its property assets to a local high net worth individual.
- Advised The Medical Specialist Group on the leasing of existing premises and a proposed recolation to new premises.
- An ongoing instruction by Comprop regarding the acquisition of Guernsey’s former prison site, with the intention to redevelop the site into office space.
Mourant enjoys a strong flow of commercial property mandates from domestic and international lenders, developers, buyers and utilities companies. Mark Torode leads the team on regular high-value property sales and purchases, lettings, construction contracts and planning matters. Another regular seam of work sees the team, with associate Laura Bougourd often assisting, handling the property aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals by way of share purchase agreements.
Other key lawyers:
‘Mourant Ozannes is responsive, diligent and always approachable on any transaction.‘
‘Mourant Ozannes is always prepared to go that extra mile.‘
‘Mourant has an excellent commercial property team. They are all very approachable and commercially minded. They work with client to find solutions to problems to keep the deal on track.’
‘Laura Bougourd is one member of the team who particularly stands out as being proactive, responding quickly to enquiries and being willing to work with clients within their timeframes.’
Investec (Channel Islands)
Lloyds Bank International
McAulay (Market Buildings)
Red Carnation Group
The Royal Bank of Canada
- Advising Guernsey Electric on its involvement with the £80m redevelopment of Guernsey Airport.
- Ongoing advice to Lloyds regarding the perfection of security over Guernsey real estate.
The team at Ogier covers the full range of on-island commercial property mandates, including office purchases, restaurant leases, real estate finance and property elements of M&A deals. A noteworthy addition to the team is senior associate Martin Casas from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, who has quickly developed a healthy work portfolio in retail and hospitality.
‘Ogier’s commercially minded, personable and responsive attitude sets it apart from other firms‘
‘Martyn Baudains achieves the best position for his clients while being reasonably minded to ensure the deal completes in a timely and cost effective manner‘
‘The team has an incredible ability to combine decades of knowledge of the Guernsey legal and commercial property market with contemporary legal services. The firm gives you the best insight into a transaction, while advising quickly and succinctly‘
‘Martyn Baudains is “Mr. Guernsey Property”; there is no more experienced advocate on the island‘
‘Martin Casas is an experienced modern day lawyer who compliments Martyn’s team wonderfully. He provides big city experience to small island transactions‘
John Lewis Partnership
Lloyds Banking Group
Channel Island Fuels
International Energy Group (Jersey and Guernsey Gas)
Family Building Society
Boots The Chemist
Guernsey Housing Association
- Represented Yours Clothing in the lease of its high street retail premises.
- Acted for Grand Havre Holdings in its acquisition by share transfer of the second largest hotel on the island, the 98 bedroom Peninsula Hotel.
AFR Advocates has a full service commercial property practice, with recent mandates showing activity in lease structuring, property relocations, commercial property portfolio administration and multimillion-pound sale and acquisition transactions (the latter of which Peter Stahelin is a go-to name for). Practice head Mark Ferbrache handles property litigation, with a particular recent trend of acting in schedule of dilapidation issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Easily contactable and good value‘
‘AFR Advocates has an exceptional knowledge of local law and maintains a practical and common sense approach at all times‘
‘Peter Stahelin has always provided a first class service to our clients‘
Although a relatively new entrant to the Guernsey legal market, Ferbrache & Farrell LLP has acted on a range of mandates including office building acquisitions, commercial lease renegotiations, environmental law advice and property deals. Managing partner Alastair Hargreaves (former managing associate at Mourant) brings his commercial property, planning and environmental law expertise to the growing department’s client list of pub and hotel chains, financial institutions, developers and family offices.
‘Has an attentive and personal relationship that larger firms do not‘
‘Alastair Hargreaves is very knowledgeable of the law, regulation and policy, not just in land and property, but also planning and environmental aspects‘