Ferbrache & Farrell LLP > St Peters Port, Guernsey > Firm Profile

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP
SOMERS HOUSE, RUE DU PRE
ST PETER PORT
GY1 1LU
Guernsey

Guernsey > Commercial property Tier 2

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:

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!’

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP’s corporate and commercial practice acts for Jersey-based owner-managed businesses and larger international corporates. Advocate and partner Gavin Farrell leads the practice, advising on boardroom governance issues, including corporate consolidations and company migrations. Counsel Helen McGeoch (formerly of Appleby’s corporate team) handles mid-tier M&A activity for stakeholders in regulated companies and high-street chains.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Farrell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have found the team very approachable and practical in their solutions. They are always thorough and comprehensive in their delivery, explaining their approach and the reasons for conclusions. Often they will note aspects which we will have not considered in respect of risk, thereby ensuring we are suitably indemnified or covered.’

‘I have worked with Ferbrache & Farrell on a number of assignments for different clients and have always found them to be very responsive and helpful.’

‘A medium-sized law firm in Guernsey with a high level of competence. Have experienced professional advice and services provided in a timely manner to highly professional standards. Their local knowledge is first class.’

‘We worked with Gavin Farrell and Helen McGeoch and both were clear, very responsive and showed good transaction management.’

‘Ferbrache & Farrell LLP are uniquely placed as an independent Guernsey commercial law firm to provide high-quality legal input in the corporate and commercial areas. The team’s strength lies in its responsiveness and service delivery combined with deep expertise and experience in private M&A and mainstream corporate assistance.’

‘Excellent efficiency, dynamic, and excelling in the diversity of understanding of different legal and professional aspects of work. A truly gifted set of individuals within one firm.’

‘Ferbrache & Farrell LLP clearly have an exceptionally diverse and vibrant team which means they are able to deal with anything. No case is too small or too large. I found them to be exceptionally accommodating and highly efficient in dealing with my needs especially as it was on a tight timescale. As a driven organisation and team this allows them to be flexible, efficient and nimble which differentiates them from more old fashioned traditional firms.’

‘From beginning to end the support was exceptional and everyone responded like lightning! Gavin Farrell provided us with the right support speedily.’

Guernsey > Dispute resolution Tier 3

The 'unflappable' practice head Martin Jones and 'incredibly bright' counsel Robert Breckon of Ferbrache & Farrell LLP’s dispute resolution bench regularly handle on-island litigation pertaining to construction and boundary disputes, property investment redress, trust disputes for beneficiaries, and other commercial litigation. Peter Ferbrache remains a consultant and notary public to the firm following his election as Chief Minister of Guernsey in 2020. Associate Alison Antill provides essential support in trust disputes.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Ferbrache & Farrell on a substantial family dispute. I was especially impressed with the spread of talent and experience, in a relatively small firm, and the service that they offered to their clients. In particular, they dealt with the emotive aspects of the dispute and managed their clients’ expectations very effectively.’

‘Martin Jones – unflappable, becoming a real master of the Royal Court.’

‘Robert Breckon – incredibly bright, easy to deal with and totally focused on his clients.’

‘Excellent proactive team. Always on point driving matters forward when required and providing more time, when appropriate. We have had several instances where they have managed to achieve a settlement on good terms through skillful negotiation. Easy to deal with and practical with their solutions. Thoughtful with their delivery and tactful when dealing with clients, applying the right amount of pressure at the right times.’

‘Robert Breckon is thorough and innovative in his approach to regulatory and civil litigation – he is client-centric and gives sound and balanced advice being realistic and forthright in his conduct of cases.’

‘What makes this team special is that they are a relatively new, independent, firm, which means that they still are entrepreneurial and practical without decades of “large firm” restrictions, but with the many years of experience of Peter Ferbrache. ’

‘Martin Jones and his team were remarkably sensitive to particularities of the dispute and were able to shape the strategy and arguments that fitted the unusual situation. The main strength of the team was in the analysis of the case from a business (management) point of view and in focusing on the real issues.’

‘In the digital age, a firm that is able to combine technology with personal attention is a rare and very pleasing find. I live in the UK and the physical distance was bridged with ease.’

Guernsey > Investment funds Tier 3

Gavin Farrell at Ferbrache & Farrell LLP has a broad practice which incorporates fund formations and closures alongside general fund finance and corporate transactions. Recent advice pertained to closed-end collective investment schemes, venture capital funds and fund liquidations.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Farrell

Testimonials

‘Gavin Farrell is very responsive indeed on all matters.’

‘Gavin Farrell and the team do whatever it takes to get the job done at the required level of quality.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic advice.’

‘Gavin Farrell – probably best fund lawyer in Guernsey.’

‘Ferbrache & Farrell’s investment funds practice has a good reputation on the island due to partner Gavin Farrell’s background of practising investment funds law over the years in Guernsey.’

‘We have worked with Ferbrache & Farrell for several years and have always found their advice and support to be excellent. I believe the firm is unique in Guernsey in that the individuals all come from large law firms and have extensive experience and yet they are able to deliver a very personal approach to their clients.’

‘The firm feels very personal. Gavin Farrell and his team are very well versed in the legislation and apply a hands-on approach. We find their methodology collaborative and enabling.’

Key clients

Lakestar

Progressive Asset Value Limited

Work highlights

  • Supported European venture capital specialist Lakestar with the side-by-side closing of its third-generation fund Lakestar III and Lakestar Growth.
  • Advised Progressive Value Management Limited on the Guernsey law aspects of the establishment of the Meritwell II Fund.

Guernsey > Banking and finance

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP is a full-service firm with offerings in the areas of corporate & commercial, dispute resolution, property and private client.

The firm: Ferbrache & Farrell LLP was formed in November 2016. All of its partners and staff originated from major offshore law firms (but all worked together at a prior firm) and bring a wealth of expertise. Included in the firm’s team are two of the most influential Guernsey advocates in their practice areas, namely Peter Ferbrache (dispute resolution) and Gavin Farrell (corporate), who was the only Guernsey lawyer inducted in more than one practice area in Guernsey for the inaugural 2018 Legal 500 Hall of Fame. A number of the firm’s lawyers have been independently recognised as leaders in their fields, and it works closely alongside local, national and international clients.

Due to the limited size of the Guernsey Bar, Ferbrache & Farrell LLP makes a particular effort to cultivate and support local relationships, as well as international intermediaries such as lawyers, accountants and professional advisers. As a Guernsey-only owned, boutique, highly-respected full-service commercial law firm, it is a welcome entrant in the jurisdiction. The firm is effectively conflict-free, and has the expertise and ability to assist clients. It is regularly referred work by other law practices, and equally refers work to other practices where of benefit to the client.

Types of work undertaken
Corporate and commercial: Ferbrache & Farrell LLP’s corporate & commercial department comprises well-known individuals who all previously worked together as one of the most highly-regarded and successful teams in the Guernsey office of an international offshore law firm. The department offers full-service corporate, banking and commercial cover and is able to advise on all aspects of Guernsey general corporate and commercial law, including banking and finance, regulatory, investment funds, asset management, mergers, acquisitions and restructuring and listings on The International Stock Exchange (TISE). Each member of the department has worked at major offshore law firms locally, gaining valuable experience in matters of Guernsey corporate and commercial law, either for Guernsey clients or as part of transactions with an international exposure. The team has worked with most of the leading law firms across a number of jurisdictions.

Dispute resolution: the dispute resolution department at Ferbrache & Farrell LLP has vast experience of local and international litigation and dispute resolution generally, gained from acting in complex local and international high-value disputes, both in Guernsey and throughout the world. All of the department’s advocates have practised at top City and offshore law firms and together, advocates Ferbrache and Jones boast over 60 years of contentious, semi-contentious and advisory experience. They have regularly acted for large corporations and high-net-worth individuals, and have appeared or been involved in many of Guernsey’s high-profile law cases.

Property: the property department is dedicated to providing tailored solutions that meet and exceed clients’ expectations. In addition, the property department provides support to colleagues in the corporate and dispute resolution departments on real estate-related technical points of law. The team’s areas of expertise encompass commercial and residential sales, purchases, leases, licences, boundary issues, property development documentation, legal title, population law queries and banking documentation. The team’s planning expertise means that it is often called upon to provide strategic advice, submit planning applications, deal with enforcement issues and conduct planning appeals. In environmental law matters, the team is often asked to provide legal opinions and assist clients with minimising and managing risk. The team has a deep understanding of the real estate marketplace and is alive to the importance of offering value for money.

Private client: the private client department is well-regarded and has a wealth of expertise, ensuring a first-rate client experience. The department deals with the drafting of realty and personalty wills and obtaining Grants of Probate. It also acts as professional executors and assists foreign lawyers who have requirements in this jurisdiction.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing partner Alastair Hargreaves
Dispute resolution Martin Jones
Corporate Gavin Farrell
Property/planning/housing Alastair Hargreaves
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Alison Antill photo Alison AntillAdvocate & Associate
Joshua Black photo Joshua BlackAssociate
Robert Breckon photo Robert BreckonAdvocate & Partner
Anna  Douglass photo Anna DouglassSolicitor & Counsel – UK Property
Gavin Farrell photo Gavin FarrellAdvocate and Partner
Peter Ferbrache photo Peter FerbracheConsultant & Notary Public
Alastair Hargreaves photo Alastair HargreavesAdvocate and Managing Partner
Martin Jones photo Martin JonesAdvocate, Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution
Helen McGeoch photo Helen McGeochCounsel
Stuart Nash photo Stuart NashSenior Associate

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Diversity is about recognising difference (both visible and non-visible) and acknowledging the benefits this can bring to an organisation as opposed to adopting a ‘one size fits all’ approach which creates inequity and unfairness and stifles opportunities and development.

Since its inception, Ferbrache & Farrell has been committed to diversity, with our people-led culture openly recognising, welcoming and encouraging individuals from all walks of life to be either part of our team or to engage with us as valued clients.

Our aim is to provide the best quality legal service to our clients, regardless of their ethnic origin, religion, beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, background or philosophies and we apply the same principles to those we recruit as well as our established team of employees, treating everyone equitably and fairly, without bias or prejudice.

The importance of healthy minds is paramount in our environment so our team’s work/life balance and ability to spend time with family and friends are very important to us so we closely monitor the hours they work and offer flexibility and support where it is needed, particularly for those with caring responsibilities or those facing significant life-changing events.

Individuals within our team have faced numerous personal challenges in the past but have done so with our full support and that of their colleagues.  Whilst there are numerous examples that we could recount, we must respect their privacy.  There is, however, one significant challenge that affected us all and that came in the form of the COVID pandemic when everyone rallied around to offer support.  As well as complying with legal requirements and internal procedures, everyone had choices to make based on their own individual beliefs and the individual decisions they made were acknowledged and respected by everyone.  We are proud to say that, despite the financial burden to the business, particularly during the height of the pandemic, the whole team pulled together and were retained on full pay, with those who could work, willingly working from home.  Communication was clear and regular and support was available to those who struggled to come to terms with the impact the pandemic was having on their lives.  As a result, we truly believe that this has increased our team’s loyalty and commitment to us as a Firm.  Following on from this experience, some individuals have moved to more flexible working arrangements and one of the team has become a trained Mental Health First Aider which we hope, going forward, will be a valuable resource for all in their time of need.

As an organisation, we are constantly having to overcome adversity in a rapidly changing world so we need diversity and inclusion to thrive.  Our Managing Partner, Alastair Hargreaves, who is a firm believer that individual backgrounds, experiences and identities bring tremendous value to the team, said “True diversity and inclusion bring more ideas to the table, more perspectives and greater decision-making for our service-led business.”