Commercial property in Jersey

Appleby

In a recent headline mandate for Appleby’s commercial property team, counsel Jonathan Anderson advised the Jersey Milk Marketing Board on a major leasing agreement for the installation of the Channel Islands’ largest solar photovoltaic array, which required Royal Court approval. Anderson and practice head John Bisson (who returned to the partnership following Tim Hart’s departure to take up a consultant role at Jersey Finance) have also been handling pre-let agreements and refinancing negotiations for prominent domestic developer Dandara Group. The team also advises on lender-side property finance transactions and mixed-use and residential development projects. High-net-worth individuals also instruct the team on property acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

John Bisson

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Anderson

Testimonials

‘Appleby offer the strongest and most reliable property legal advice you could obtain in Jersey.’

‘A wide breadth of experience and able to cover all the major offshore jurisdictions seamlessly’’

‘Jonathan Anderson was very responsive and took a pragmatic and commercial view focusing on essentials so as to de-escalate a potentially contentious negotiation.’

‘The team work seamlessly so that requirements are met no matter who is dealing with the matter.’

‘John Bisson has a huge knowledge of historic transactions which enables him to advise on a situation within the right context and to move a matter to completion both quickly and without any unforeseen complications.’

Key clients

Rosscot Group Limited

Barclays Bank PLC

Daisy Hill Real Estates Limited

Dandara Group

Jersey Milk Marketing Board

HSBC Bank PLC

Butterfield Bank (Jersey) Limited

Palladium Group

Santander Financial Services plc

The Yacht Hotel Limited

Seymour Hotel Group

AMP Golf Limited

Equipe Property Holdings Limited

Newcastle Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advised the Jersey Milk Marketing Board on all aspects of a 25-year contract lease passed before the Royal Court with Jersey Electricity in relation to the installation and operation of PV equipment on the roof of one of its largest warehouses at its headquarters at Jersey Dairy in the parish of Trinity.
  • Advised the Dandara Group on the pre-let agreement and then the formal letting to Barclays Bank of its new Jersey Office Headquarters at Cooil House 5/6 Esplanade St Helier.
  • Advised the Dandara Group on a refinancing of a £20m term loan facility with Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets secured over its office development Cooil House 5/6 Esplanade in St Helier.

BCR Law

Commercial property is one of BCR Law’s primary fields of focus. The hugely experienced Wendy Lambert heads up the team, which acts for a broad client roster comprising property developers, construction companies, commercial tenants, landlords and high-wealth families. The Jersey Heritage Trust continues to instruct Lambert, Michelle Leverington and associate Emma Baker on leasing negotiations for significant Jersey landmarks. Recent transactional work has included acquisitions of hospitality sites, as well as complex tripartite agreements for the sale of land assets. The team has also been advising a number of new utilities clients on site relocations.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Lambert

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Leverington; Emma Baker

Testimonials

‘The individuals I work with when conducting business feel like they’re personal friends, and the atmosphere is always relaxed when we meet them.’

‘I am extremely impressed with the service offered by BCR Law. They have easily understood that as I am essentially working in a different time zone to the BCR office. They have tailor made their answers to my questions to be with me without any time zone delays. This involves the finance side of my business and the information that has to come from persons with whom I might be dealing. The team who I have been dealing with also appear to have made sure that all of the BCR staff fully understand the situation.’

‘The partner I deal with is mostly Michelle Leverington. I do appreciate the fact that I will often receive replies to questions and important, if brief, information sometimes at weekends. This goes beyond the call of duty but is much appreciated by myself and I feel I have a totally trustworthy relationship with the BCR team. Very important when constantly working from a distance.’

‘We are based in England and have property interests in Jersey. Thus we require a legal expert with property expertise, not only to advise us, but also to act on our behalf. BCR Law have proved themselves to be an excellent provider of such a service to us over the last few years.’

‘Wendy Lambert and Emma Baker have been extremely helpful in recent property transactions, being commercial leases. They have provided an excellent service within an agreed and sometimes short timeframe and at an agreed cost.’

‘We have employed the commercial property team for property purchases, property sales, and advice and implementation of leases on our commercial properties.

‘The team are always available, are conversant with all of our matters and are very efficient in advising on complex issues.’

‘Both Wendy Lambert and Emma Baker are efficient and thorough, whilst at the same time being very personable. They use terminology we can understand and are always happy to help however large or small our requirements are.’

Key clients

The Jersey Heritage Trust

Sandpiper

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Jersey Heritage Trust in relation to its 99-year lease of 21 sites together with land and buildings – primarily forts and towers – from The Public of the Island of Jersey.
  • Instructed by local property developer Wayne Le Marquand on the acquisition of La Pulente Pub and acquisition of the Bisson Land at La Pulente, St. Brelade.
  • Instructed by tenant Sandpiper in connection with their continued occupation of prominent out-of-town premises in the West side of the island close to Quennevais Parade.

Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen’s property law group is retained by prestigious domestic clients including The States of Jersey Development Company and transport infrastructure administrator Ports of Jersey. 'Exceptional' practice head Christopher PhilpottAlex Ohlsson and counsel Will Whitehead have been advising the former on the planning and pre-sale phase of top-shelf mixed-used developments in St. Helier. Indicative of his innovative leasing capabilities, Philpott also took the lead on Jersey Electric’s find-of-a-kind installation of solar arrays on an external property. Another team strength is acting for leading financial institutions on development financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Philpott

Other key lawyers:

Alex Ohlsson; Will Whitehead; Lyndsay Houlette

Testimonials

‘The team provide a comprehensive service where one of the team is always available, working as a team and up to speed with the transaction to provide continuity.’

‘I deal with the property and litigation teams at this firm. Both teams have, in my opinion, the best individuals in a local law firm who offer consistent and commercial advice that help us to run our business.’

‘Experienced and large team who we have worked with on major projects.’

‘Very flexible and responsive – and very commercial.’

‘Chris Philpott is exceptional. Always coming up with new thoughts and ideas.’

‘Carey Olsen have helped us develop a completely new commercial offering in our local industry setting. The process has been challenging at times but through excellent collaboration, ingenuity and problem solving, we have made it a success.’

‘Lyndsay Houlette has provided a fantastic level of service; she’s been able to provide answers and guidance on a very wide range of issues, and always within a very short timescale.’

‘Carey Olsen has exceptional depth of experience. Solid, well established and highly regarded team.’

Key clients

Ports of Jersey Limited

The States of Jersey Development Company Limited

Jersey Electricity plc

Affinity Private Wealth/Affinity Trust Limited

Apache Capital

New Look Retailers (CI) Limited

Computershare Offshore Services Limited

Don Street Investments Limited

Euro Garages Limited

Samphire Limited

Handpicked Hotels / Hotel L’Horizon Limited

Stratagem Properties Limited

Suntera (formerly SMP Helm)

Team Athlete Holdings (Jersey) Limited

Santander Financial Services plc

HSBC Bank plc

Skipton International Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited t/a NatWest International

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ports of Jersey on the management and restructuring of its unique and extensive property portfolio.
  • Advising The States of Jersey Development Company in connection with the mixed-use property portfolio and residential development project Horizon.
  • Advising Jersey Electricity on the lease agreements for the utility company’s solar arrays at both Woodside Farm and Jersey Dairy – the first solar photo-voltaic arrays to be installed by the client on sites in Jersey outside its own property portfolio.

Collas Crill

Collas Crill’s commercial property department is retained by an exceptionally diverse client roster comprising developers, lenders, tenants and commercial purchasers and sellers. Headline clients Dandara and Le Masurier have instructed Pamela Doherty and practice head Martin Le Boutillier on major commercial and residential developments involving central St. Helier property. With the assistance of head of conveyancing Gavin Renault, the team also handles multimillion-pound disposals in the hospitality and tourism sectors. Commercial property investment is another strength, evidenced by the team’s handling of prominent building site acquisitions on behalf of property funds clients.

Practice head(s):

Martin Le Boutillier

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Doherty

Testimonials

‘Martin Le Boutillier and Pamela Doherty are extremely knowledgeable in the local market and extremely easy to deal with.’

‘The team are very approachable and their experience in all commercial property areas is second to none.’

‘Pamela Doherty is always pleasant and easy to approach.’

‘Martin Le Boutillier is always dependable, dedicated to his work and has extensive knowledge.’

‘Gavin Renault is responsive and dedicated and has more than 40 years of local experience.’

‘Pamela Doherty demonstrated fantastic knowledge and flexibility to complete what was a rather complicated property transaction that needed to be completed within a short time frame whilst all parties to the transaction were in lockdown. She and her team made use of technology to ensure documents, meetings and KYC were handled in a timely manner, with ease and professionalism while exercising flexibility and initiative to overcome the hurdles thrown up by Covid-19.’

Key clients

Castle Properties

Channel Islands Property Fund

Dandara

Investec

Le Masurier

Liberation Group

Modern Hotels

SG Kleinwort Hambros

Work highlights

  • Advised Le Masurier on its major development projects including a £70m investment in the development “Merchants Square” Bath Street, St Helier to develop a Premier Inn Hotel, circa 145 residential units, food and beverage and commercial units and car parking.
  • Advised Channel Islands Property Fund on the acquisition of 18-22 Grenville Street, St Helier, Jersey via the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the property holding company.
  • Instructed by Dandara on its 16 Hilary Street town centre residential development including structuring and first-off plan sales.

Ogier

Ogier’s property law group leads on premier Jersey projects incorporating innovative points of law. Practice head Jonathan Hughes and corporate partner Matthew Shaxson recently secured a competitive pitch to advise on a major PFI/PPP hospital development, and the wider team supplies construction and commercial advice in relation to hotel and transport developments; counsel Rebecca McNulty takes on any related contentious instructions. Newly promoted partner Katharine Marshall advises on site acquisitions and related financing transactions alongside senior associate Sarah Parish, while senior associate Will Austin-Vautier handles leasing work for tenants and landlords. A stable client base of high-net-worth individuals engages the team on property investments, redevelopments and family office relocations.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hughes; Helen Ruelle

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Shaxson; Rebecca McNulty; Katharine Marshall; Sarah Parish; Will Austin-Vautier

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Hughes is a very approachable lawyer, very well connected and provides clear and practical advice to clients – a pleasure to work with.’

‘First of all, the team works as a team and clients always feel looked after. The team is extremely professional and the quality of the work is excellent. And finally team members go the extra mile for their clients adding value to the experience along the way.’

‘They are friendly, engaging and extremely competent at what they do.’

‘Ogier have demonstrated commitment to their staff welfare which comes through in a calm and considered approach to their work.’

‘The open and easygoing approach to their work means that in my opinion they get the best out of their staff and the people they work with whilst retaining professionalism required for significant transactions. Working with Jonathan Hughes and Sarah Parish recently has been very enjoyable and productive.’

Key clients

HSBC

TMF Group

Sandpiper

Jersey Homes Trust

LV Group Care Home Group

Parish of St Helier

Whitbread Plc / Premier Inn

Parish of St Martin

Guiton Group

Gamma Aviation Limited

Government of Jersey – States of Jersey Hospital Project

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose Limited

Fuel Supplies CI Limited

Close Finance

Metlife Investment Company Limited

BDO Group

Work highlights

  • Handling local reseidential and commercial property lending transactions for HSBC.
  • Advising on the projected £500m Jersey Our Hospital PFI/PPP hospital development.
  • Advised the beneficial owners of a local law firm property holding company in the sale of significant commercial premises in St. Helier.

Bedell Cristin

Complex leasing negotiations for tenants (including well-known chains and retailers) and landlords constitute the core of Bedell Cristin’s 'very responsive, technically strong' commercial property practice. Practice head Jeff O’Boyle and 'first-class' associate Hannah Robinson are currently advising on lease and license alterations, complex alcohol permits and title restructures in redevelopment projects. New client Andium Homes recently instructed O’Boyle on the sale of expansive residential portfolios. Jane Needham advises on asset recovery and bankruptcy matters for commercial property lenders.

Practice head(s):

Jeff O’Boyle

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Robinson; Jane Needham

Testimonials

‘The team found creative ways to get to answers, were available to turn things around at the pace we wanted and managed to do it with humour and humility.’

‘Hannah Robinson was clear about approach, timelines and her knowledge of the parties we were dealing with. Thankfully we had such a pragmatic person who created such a positive experience despite working remotely. Very approachable – good communication.’

‘Hannah Robinson has been first class in the past year, successfully concluding difficult transactions to our benefit and guiding and reassuring us and providing first-class legal advice every step of the way. Very practical, achieves results.’

‘Very responsive, technically strong.’

‘We have a good relationship with Jeff O’Boyle and Hannah Robinson and have a collaborative approach. If there is an issue they find solutions. They are ambitious and keen to expand their market share, which makes them responsive. They are also good company, which helps in stressful situations.’

‘They are very responsive and provide concise advice in a timely manner. They can provide a lease very quickly due to technology they employ and this is hugely beneficial to our clients. ’

‘They are very approachable and will always give measured advice. They are the most responsive of all firms we work with and one of the first we recommend to clients – Jeff and Hannah. Their client care is second to none.’

‘Having used Bedell Cristin for many property-related works, I have always found them to be an extremely professional and efficient team to deal with.’

Key clients

Andium Homes Limited

Santander Bank Plc

Royal Bank of Scotland International

OneSavings Bank

Produce Investments Plc

St Saviours Realty

ITV

JT (Jersey) Limited

The Little Sisters of the Poor

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole adviser to Andium Homes on sales of affordable housing.
  • Advised RBS on a sterling term loan for the development financing of a key mixed-use regeneration site in the heart of St. Helier.
  • Advised RBS on the property security on a loan facility of £120m, including an extension of £9m, to fund the acquisition of the large office premises occupied by a leading international local law firm.

Mourant

Mourant’s 'dynamic' property practice is retained by a diverse range of clients, notably major Jersey utilities companies, for which practice head Julie Melia and counsel Georgina Cook provide advice on commercial leases, boundary issues and infrastructure contracts. The team assists with acquisitions, disposals and redevelopments of commercial offices and mixed-use sites. Senior associate Carol Doherty is well placed to advise high-wealth individuals on all aspects of their commercial property needs.

Practice head(s):

Julie Melia

Other key lawyers:

Georgina Cook; Carol Doherty

Testimonials

‘The important thing for us about this team is that we have developed a good working relationship with certain trusted key individuals who know and understand our unique business and interests.’

‘Georgina Cook is our trusted ‘go-to’ property lawyer. She is responsive and achieves the results we need in a systematic and organised way.’

‘My experience has primarily been with Carol Doherty. What makes her stand out is that she treats me as a person not just a client. She has been kind as well as efficient. She has also been very fair and not taken advantage of my lack of knowledge.’

‘Excellent team diversity; thoroughly experienced and dynamic team.’

‘Georgina Cook and Julie Melia; both long-serving, highly regarded, top-tier lawyers. Excellent in their field. Thorough, attentive and commercial.’

Key clients

Government of Jersey

The Channel Islands Co-Operative Society Limited

Royal Bank of Canada

G.R. Langlois (1991) Limited

Tindle Newspapers Limited

Jersey Electricity Plc

Jersey Water

Triton Investment Management Limited

Arioso Jersey Properties Limited (part of the Redevco and COFRA Holdings AG group).

The National Trust for Jersey

Work highlights

  • Advised RBC on its disposal of Canada Court, RBC’s existing office premises and relocation to new, custom-fit premises at at Grade-A office park known as Dorey Court.
  • Advised Triton Group on its acquisition of brand new, off-plan flagship Jersey offices (Cooil House) for its investment group business.
  • Primary adviser to The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited with respect to the operation and redevelopment of its multimillion-pound Channel Islands property portfolio.

Parslows

Parslows is a firm of choice for Jersey SMEs requiring assistance with commercial leasing negotiations. Active clients include retail, logistics and renewable energy businesses, as well as Jersey Post. Practice head Carl Parslow was recently joined by a senior conveyancer who consults on domestic property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Carl Parslow

Key clients

Jersey Post

Fraser Freight Limited

Sun Works (CI) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Sun Works (CI) Limited on a new lease for the company’s new headquarters.

Viberts

Viberts recently welcomed Paul Harben, previously of Collas Crill, to lead the commercial property team alongside James Lawrence. Combined with the expertise of Scottish-qualified solicitor Emily Paris-Hunter, the team's strengths include site acquisitions, public sector construction advice, financial lending transactions and commercial leasing negotiations. Notable clients include premier Jersey developers, social housing providers and property holding companies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Harben; James Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Emily Paris-Hunter; Irene Bloch

Testimonials

‘A diverse group, with skills that complement the full range of queries and challenges we present.’

‘Paul Harben joined the Viberts team in 2020 and has taken a lead role in developing complex commercial development agreements for our company. His skills are particularly suited to the large scale property developments we are seeking to deliver. Clear and definitive advice is received quickly and efficiently. A real pleasure to deal with. ‘

‘James Lawrence has a strong understanding of the local property law, and the commercial market. He provided sound commercial advice, whilst mitigating some of the risks presented to us in the initial draft. He adopted a very commercial approach, ensuring we were provided with accurate advice first time.’

‘James Lawrence and Irene Bloch together make a great team. James’ knowledge and experience, combined with Irene’s diligence and fervour to protect her clients’ interests truly give confidence that we are getting a good service. They always take direction from us, whilst completing our view with advice formed by real-world experience. ‘

‘I have worked with a number of firms in Jersey in both a professional and personal capacity, nearly all of which do not offer such a good value service as Viberts.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc

Hallmark Cars Limited

Moorings Hotels Limited

Red Heather Limited

Haut Bois Limited

Regal Construction Limited

Grant Thornton Channel Islands

Christians together in Jersey Housing Trust

Andium Homes Limited

BCK Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets on securitisation, both in respect of residential and commercial properties as well as investments and developments.
  • Advised Red Heather Limited on all aspects of work in relation to the acquisition of development premises, development and sale of 13 apartments.
  • Advising The Moorings Hotel on all aspects of work in relation to end of hospitality tenancy of the iconic Jersey hotel as well as negotiation of agreement in respect of dilapidations and new lease with liquor and land licencing components.