Commercial property in Guernsey

Carey Olsen (Guernsey) LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

Jason Morgan

Other key lawyers:

John Le Tissier; Davey Le Marquand

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Augentius (Guernsey)

Crescendo Advisors International

Close Brothers Properties (Guernsey)

Trustees of the Webb Guernsey Property Unit Trust

BGC Holdings

Skipton International (Guernsey)

LPE Limited

Specsavers

ABN Amro Channel Islands

RW Randall Limited

Stenprop

States of Alderney

JTC Group

Jacksons

SPP Holdings

Investec

Polygon Group

Schuh

Fat Face

Artex

PwC

Sure International

National Trust of Guernsey

BNP Paribas

Augentius (Guernsey)

Collas Crill

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 GreenPaul Nettleship and senior associate Donald Millar acting for a broad client portfolio of property developers, investors, financial lenders, local businesses and private clients.

Practice head(s):

Jason Green; Michael Morris

Other key lawyers:

Donald Millar

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

RBSI

Investec Bank

SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank

Castle Trust Capital plc

Arbuthnot Latham

Bank Julius Baer

JTC

Comprop

Channel Islands Property Fund

Guernsey Housing Association

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Mark Torode

Other key lawyers:

Laura Bougourd

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Healthspan Group

Vista Groups

HSBC Bank

Guernsey Electricity

Investec (Channel Islands)

Lloyds Bank International

McAulay (Market Buildings)

Red Carnation Group

Sarnia Properties

The Royal Bank of Canada

Work highlights

  • 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.

Ogier

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.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Baudains

Testimonials

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

Key clients

HSBC Bank

John Lewis Partnership

Waitrose

Lloyds Banking Group

Channel Island Fuels

International Energy Group (Jersey and Guernsey Gas)

G4S

Family Building Society

Deloitte

Boots The Chemist

Grant Thornton

Guernsey Housing Association

Close Finance

Yours Clothing

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Mark Ferbrache

Other key lawyers:

Peter Stahelin

Testimonials

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

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Hargreaves

Testimonials

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