Commercial property in Guernsey

Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen‘s commercial property practice houses a large team of Guernsey property law specialists. Practice head Jason Morgan takes the lead on market-leading sales and purchases of office and retail assets, while Davey Le Marquand advises on issues concerning the leasing of historical island sites and developments and mixed-use sites. Senior associate John Le Tissier brings further long-term experience in domestic property law. Also at senior associate level, ‘excellent negotiator‘ Rachel Jones is a go-to name for planning law advice and guidance, while associate Kieran Ogilvie adds strength to financial lending mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jason Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Davey Le Marquand; John Le Tissier; Rachel Jones; Kieran Ogilvie

Testimonials

‘Carey Olsen have a shine to them that stands out in their sector. Their team are extremely knowledgeable, but also see beyond the obvious, to give a fresh point of view to get the job done. As a team, they work exceptionally well together, and you can see that their camaraderie is genuine, so that when teams need to work together, it is seamless.’

‘Jason Morgan clearly has an excellent handle on all matters in his department, and is always extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and takes time to get to know his clients closely, so best to understand their concerns and needs. Jason’s team are an absolute credit to him, particularly Rachel Jones. She is absolutely on her game, extremely thorough, an excellent negotiator and completely understands exactly what is needed to satisfy even the most tenacious clients!’

‘Kieran Ogilvie was always approachable at any time and at short notice and notably our last contract agreements went ‘down to the line’ with respect of minutes left on the clock for completion. Kieran’s depth of knowledge in the field required, outshone both sets of advocates on the opposing negotiating teams.’

‘John Le Tissier is unrivalled technically for Guernsey property matters.’

Key clients

Webb Guernsey Property Unit Trust

LPE Limited

Specsavers

RW Randall Limited

Jacksons (CI) Limited

National Trust of Guernsey

Bant Holdings Limited

Blue Diamond Limited

Polygon Group Limited

Skipton International (Guernsey) Limited

Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited

Collas Crill

Collas Crill recently acted for both purchasers and sellers on a number of the top-tier commercial property deals in Guernsey. Co-head Paul Nettleship and Jason Green ('responsive, diligent, commercially minded') apply their transactional expertise to a range of mandates, while also advising tenants on leasing negotiations, most notably in the hotel sector. Elsewhere in the hospitality sector, the firm advised a premier pub and brewery chain on ownership changes. Co-head Michael Morris and senior associate Donald Millar — cited as 'a leader in residential property knowledge' by one client — advise financial institutions on property development financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Nettleship; Michael Morris

Other key lawyers:

Jason Green; Donald Millar

Testimonials

‘I primarily work with Donald Millar and Michael Morris. Put simply, they are experienced and knowledgeable in all matters property. They have a strong wider team and are able to tackle any questions with have with speed and efficiency. They are quick to make contact when any issues arise and always have a plethora of options available when coming to problem solving.’

‘Pragmatic, supportive and willing to go the extra mile to assist their clients. Their plain-English approach is reassuring and empowering.’

‘Collas Crill have a strong presence in the commercial property market and are able to deal with complex issues relating to commercial leasing, commercial development and commercial sales. This depth and breadth of experience, together with their client care makes them a pleasure to work with, in the knowledge they have the ability to represent your interests fairly and to protect your position.’

‘Donald Millar is a leader in residential property knowledge. If it’s just a five-minute catch up or a full debrief on a client, he always captures the salient points and explains them in layman terms. He is happy to work with banks and clients to solve differences and is a ‘go-to’ lawyer when we have any complicated issues.’

‘Donald Millar’s grounded, down-to-earth, logical and proactive approach continues to be a breath of fresh air. Trying to source pragmatic solutions to any situation that arises and not afraid to take a constructive lead amongst peers to get the deal done, not just for the benefit of his own client.’

‘We particularly enjoy working with Jason Green. We find him responsive, diligent, commercially minded and a good team player.’

‘Paul Nettleship is directly contactable and if not available he has the necessary secretarial and technical support to ensure matters requiring attention can be progressed. A huge advantage in commercial property transactions. He is a respected member of the Guernsey Bar.’

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited

SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank Limited

CapitalRise Finance Limited

Castle Trust Capital plc

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Ltd

Bank Julius Baer

Martin Grant Homes

Garenne Group

Liberation Group

SandpiperCI Limited

Comprop

Channel Islands Property Fund

Guernsey Housing Association LBG

Claire’s Accessories

Work highlights

  • Acted on the sale by Channel Islands Media Group of its Guernsey Press premises to the Red Fund in the summer of 2020 subject to a leaseback arrangement for the Guernsey Press to enable it to continue to trade from its premises.
  • Acted for Comprop in an agreement for lease between it and Bank Julius Baer in respect of the leasing of a three floors of a new office building at Admiral Park which is in the course of construction.
  • Acted for Arbuthnot Latham & Co on the £23m financing of a portfolio of properties across the Midlands and the North West.

Ogier

The commercial property team at Ogier advised on a diverse array of instructions recently, ranging from family office relocations, tenancy agreements and high-value residential lendings to housing developments, construction joint ventures, hotel sales and other asset disposals. ‘Simply brilliant‘ practice head Martyn Baudains and senior associate Piers Dereham are retained by construction companies, housing associations, tenants and developers. Senior associate Martín Casas receives regular instructions from Guernsey-based landlords.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Baudains

Other key lawyers:

Piers Dereham; Martín Casas

Testimonials

‘They are specialists in their market with an excellent knowledge of the Channel Islands.’

‘Extremely approachable team of commercially-savvy lawyers who know the market place and the legal issues better than anyone. Ogier are the go-to team for modern day legal services.’

‘Martyn Baudains is Mr Guernsey Property. He knows the law like all lawyers, but it’s his experience and network that adds true value to a transaction.’

‘The team have very good depth and breath of experience at all levels. They are a very forward thinking firm and are able to handle matters in an efficient and joined-up manner, given their internal systems and they way they have adopted changes in technology.’

‘Martyn Baudains has an excellent reputation for resolving problems in a fair manner whilst not scoring points or getting stuck on less relevant technical issues which can be common amongst some lawyers.

‘Martin Casas – he is responsive and easy to work with and assists the client through the process without making it too arduous for them.’

‘Martyn Baudains is simply brilliant. He calmly and quickly gets the best for his customers despite the mayhem going on all around.’

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

At Ferbrache & Farrell LLP, ‘exceptional lawyer‘ Alastair Hargreaves is prominent in headline commercial property transactions. Counsel Anna Douglass , who joined the team from Collas Crill in 2020, acts for trust companies on all their commercial property requirements. She also capably handles leasing negotiations for tenants and landlords in the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Hargreaves

Other key lawyers:

Anna Douglass

Testimonials

‘Ferbrache & Farrell are a young legal firm with great experience behind the brand. Being so new to the market shows in their enthusiasm and output. The service is seamless from initial client engagement to delivery of advice.’

‘Alastair Hargreaves is an exceptional lawyer. His personable and professional approach is a great skill and one that puts the client at ease that they are being listened to and advised correctly. Nothing is ever too much trouble and as a result of the quality advice and service Alastair has become a lawyer to generations of families such is the trust placed in him.’

‘Very slick no-nonsense action and advice with emphasis on delivery at a reasonable cost!’

AFR Advocates

AFR Advocates assists with a range of commercial property negotiations, including lease renewals, site sales and purchases and multimillion-pound redevelopment projects. Clients of practice head Peter Stahelin include holding companies, high-net-worth individuals and leaseholders.

Practice head(s):

Peter Stahelin

Testimonials

‘Sound knowledge and application of Guernsey property commercial law. Very satisfied with the level of service, maintained through the pandemic, and the level of fees.’

Mark Ferbrache is exceptional – excellent knowledge, practical, concise and achieves results.’

Their communication is of the highest standard and we feel that we are in capable hands.’

Good communicators, they deliver well thought through advice clearly and promptly and in a way which is easy to understand and digest. They avoid waffle and work quickly and efficiently which reduces the charge time to sensible levels.’

They just do a very good job and are top class.’

The commercial property team, and in particular Peter Stahelin (who oversees our work), is always very prompt to react to our requests. This allows us to complete transactions rapidly, which is extremely important to us as a business.’

Mourant

Mourant has 'a well-respected property team in Guernsey', which takes the lead on domestic commercial property transactions, leasing negotiations and construction agreements. It also handles property financing agreements for lenders and borrowers. The key individuals in the team are corporate partner John Lewis (who leads the practice), senior associate Alison Wood and associate Laura Bougourd. Former practice head Mark Torode left to establish Torode Advocates.

Practice head(s):

John Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Alison Wood; Laura Bougourd

Testimonials

‘A well-respected property team in Guernsey.’

‘The commercial property team at Mourant are very approachable and always make themselves available to discuss any issues. Between them, they have a wealth of experience both locally and in the UK.’

‘The team provides a good, personal service.’

‘I work principally with Alison Wood and Laura Bougourd. They are both very personable and pragmatic in their approach.’

‘Everyone is friendly, from reception through to assigned partner.’

Key clients

Guernsey Electricity Limited

Lloyds Bank International Limited

McAulay (Market Buildings) Limited

Canada Court Limited

Monsoon Stores Limited

Esher Investments Limited

Savills Channel Islands Limited