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Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Guernsey > Banking and finance Tier 2

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP’s ‘dynamic, thorough and responsive’ team advises on a range of banking and finance matters, with particular strength in supporting borrowers engaged in transactions based solely in Guernsey. Gavin Farrell leads the team, specialising in matters concerning funds and asset management. Counsel Helen McGeoch advises on a range of banking and finance transactions, while senior associate Stuart Nash’s practice is focused on the real estate and healthcare sectors. Associate Joshua Black is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Farrell

Other key lawyers:


‘A fairly small corporate and banking team that does the same work as the larger Guernsey firms. The team is very responsive.’

‘Helen McGeogh has always been very knowledgeable and quick to respond.’

‘Gavin Farrell and Stuart Nash, very responsive and competent team.’

‘A small but very user-friendly legal team led by Gavin Farrell, a leading and highly experienced Guernsey advocate. A great alternative to some of the larger Guernsey firms.’

‘Flexible and extremely responsive. Always willing to help and available. I regularly recommend members of the team to others.’

‘The team was willing, pragmatic, available when we needed them and most importantly very understanding of our uncertainty and changing requirements. Their approach to us as an organisation was first class and in terms of billing they charged us exactly what they quoted – although I suspect our ever-changing needs resulted in them working much longer and harder than they budgeted!’

‘The team is dynamic, thorough and responsive. They provide quality and accurate advice and services in a timely manner.’

‘Gavin Farrell was straight to the point, not trying to charge the highest fees possible, but was concerned about us getting the right setup to complete our request. He was also very reactive as we changed the scope of the mandate, and immediately proposed several options that could be implemented while prudently assessing the risks related to each new request. Gavin Farrell has a good network in Guernsey and is able to propose plug and play solutions that work.’

Key clients

Global Net Lease


Internet Fusion Group



Tenn Capital

White Star Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisting HitecVision with various banking and finance matters and corporate acquisitions.
  • Advising Lakestar on the establishment of funds, closings, and ongoing issues relating to existing funds.

Guernsey > Commercial property Tier 2

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP acts for corporate clients, HNWIs, landlords and tenants on the spectrum of property matters in Guernsey, including the acquisition, disposal and leasing of commercial property. Managing partner Alastair Hargreaves leads the team, advising on commercial property transactions alongside counsel Anna Douglass, as well as advising on planning and environmental law issues. Senior associate Stuart Nash assists with a wide range of property matters and also advises banks on security requirements for real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Hargreaves

Other key lawyers:


‘Ferbrache & Farrell’s knowledge of Guernsey leases allowed us to take comfort in the exiting process, whilst giving us utmost confidence that the terms of the new lease reflected our best interests. At all times the team kept us informed and updated, whilst working in our best interests.’

‘Stuart Nash was our main point of contact. The attention to detail and explanation of any unknown legal terms made the whole process extremely comfortable to run through.’

‘The team is agile and works well to achieve results for our unconventional requests and complex business and property matters. They come forward with solutions that expedite the process of delivering the lease requirements we’ve had, whereas other firms we have dealt with through other businesses have spent a disproportionate amount on fees whilst seeing little practical return.’

‘Stuart Nash has been exceptional and efficient in the work that we’ve received. I have confidence in the lease assignments and mitigations he’s put in place with intelligent warranties and/or indemnifications that have quite literally saved us £100k in subsequent property disputes. Whenever I’m going out to bat on a property matter, I’m taking Stuart with me.’

‘F&F obviously have a well oiled system. They had a proactive approach to everything throughout the whole process.’

‘Alastair Hargreaves at Ferbrache & Farrell is very knowledgeable, he took me through the vagaries of commercial property transactions, and having only sold domestic properties before, this was very helpful. He assumed nothing and explained everything in detail and offered useful advice.’

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Corporate clients, family offices and HNWIs instruct Ferbrache & Farrell LLP to advise them on M&A, advisory and regulatory matters, with the team regularly working alongside the firm’s property and dispute resolution departments to deliver cross-practice assistance. Funds and asset management specialist Gavin Farrell leads the team. Helen McGeoch handles M&A, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Associate Joshua Black is recommended for both corporate, and banking and finance advice, while senior associate Stuart Nash, who joined the firm from AFR Advocates in January 2022, advises on the property aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Farrell

Other key lawyers:


‘Responsive, knowledgeable and willing to work in a different way.’

‘A small team that does the same corporate and banking work as the larger competitors.’

‘Helen McGeogh has always been very knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Superlative reaction times and pragmatic advice.’

‘The team offers extremely good value for money corporate legal services, often at short notice. Turnaround times are excellent.’

‘Partner availability is very good – Gavin Farrell goes the extra mile for his clients. The team is reliable, hard-working and extremely helpful. As a small team, they are very flexible in their offering and are not tied to policies and processes in the same way that larger firms are.’

‘Gavin Farrell is an invaluable partner to go to for advice. Helpful, constructive advice. Demonstrates a deep understanding of commercial realities as well as the law.’

‘Gavin Farrell’s detailed knowledge of the intricacies of Guernsey law helped steer our business on the right course to delivering a major restructuring of our business on time.’

Key clients


Fort Group


Irish Breeze LLP

Tarian Trust

Internet Fusion Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted activist shareholders with a change of investment policy and changes to the board of an LSE-listed entity.

Guernsey > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP‘s dispute resolution team predominantly focuses on commercial litigation, assisting with trust, insolvency, investment and professional negligence disputes, as well as acting for clients in regulatory proceedings. Martin Jones leads the practice, representing clients in a wide variety of cross-border issues including trust, regulatory and fraud claims. Robert Breckon handles trust and professional negligence cases, while Alison Antill, senior associate as of June 2022, handles trust matters and a range of commercial disputes. Sean Donaldson joined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Sandton office in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jones


‘Excellent all-round service with prompt responses at all times.’

‘Robert Breckon is a phenomenal lawyer. He’s a good communicator, efficient, shows attention to detail, and gives frank commercial advice where necessary. I am always particularly impressed with his ability to turn advice round at short notice. He is very familiar with the Guernsey judiciary and increasingly has the ‘ear of the court’. In short, when I am working with Robert, I know his clients will always be in safe hands.’

‘Of the all practices I have dealt with both in Guernsey and the UK, a stand-out element with F&F is that all team members are always available, responsive and helpful. My primary point of contact is Martin Jones, who is consistently helpful, supportive and reassuring in dealing with what is a complex matter.’

‘Martin Jones is an experienced and knowledgeable litigator who has an excellent grasp of the details and key aspects of the matter, as well as law and the court processes. He is a very good communicator, ensuring that his clients are kept updated on developments and progress.’

‘Alison Antill – extremely professional, always available and quick responses to emails, even is minor queries but very important when needing reassurance. Martin Jones – really professional advice, always supportive and with outstanding attitude towards us as clients. Transmits confidence and provides options to present solutions in a clear manner.’

‘Robert Breckon and Alison Antill at Ferbrache & Farrell in the dispute resolution team are world class. Their rates are very fair and they are commercial about when they charge and what they charge. The partner leads the case at all times. I have worked with a number of offshore firms and also have extensive experience working with leading London firms. I would rate Ferbrache as exceptional by comparison not only to offshore but also to City firms.’

‘Robert Breckon is my main point of contact. He is an excellent advocate by any standard. He is extremely responsive, seemingly available at all waking hours, as well as being commercial, thorough and pragmatic. I’ve worked with a large number of City and offshore lawyers in my career and I would rate him as one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with.’

‘Alison Antill – she is a senior associate but the quality of her advice is at partner level. She is considered, careful and diligent. She understood exactly the nature of the dilemma and ensured her advice struck at the heart of the issues, which meant it could then easily be adopted for the purpose of advising a lay client.’

Guernsey > Investment funds Tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP supports investment managers across the lifecycle of their funds, advising on the establishment, structuring and closing of Guernsey-based investment vehicles. ‘Outstanding lawyer’ Gavin Farrell leads the team, advising on funds matters and issues concerning the asset management industry. Counsel Helen McGeoch offers wide-ranging transactional and regulatory expertise, while senior associate Stuart Nash, who joined the firm in January 2022 from AFR Advocates, focuses predominantly on real estate transactions. Associate Joshua Black is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Farrell

Other key lawyers:


‘Gavin Farrell has a vast amount of experience in the Guernsey funds industry. His knowledge of local regulations and best practice ensures that when advice is given all key considerations are clearly highlighted and explained and that advice is able to be provided within a short time frame.’

‘I think what makes this team unique is that they are very good at communication, which makes the whole process run smoothly. I also think that the team has a good knowledge level and respond in a timely manner. I would recommend this firm to another company/colleague.’

‘The core team of Ferbrache & Farrell in Guernsey is comprised of some of the most respected fund formation lawyers on the island. They have been involved in numerous fund formation and administration exercises. The team is very responsive and has outstanding knowledge of legal questions concerning private equity and venture capital funds.’

‘Gavin Farrell is an outstanding lawyer in the field of investment fund formation. He is very responsive, always available and creative in his thinking to seek solutions for his clients. Gavin is also very entrepreneurial and willing to work with first-time funds and build long-term client relationships.’

‘Firstly, Ferbrache & Farrell has a deep understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to private equity funds. F&F is well versed in the various structures that are commonly used for private equity funds, and they have experience in preparing the necessary documentation for fund formation. In addition, F&F can provide ongoing legal advice to the fund and its investors throughout the life of the fund. They can help ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and address any legal issues that may arise.’

‘Gavin Farrell has a strong understanding of the investment strategies used by funds. This allows him to provide valuable guidance to fund managers and investors on issues related to investment strategy, risk management, and governance.’

‘Gavin Farrell is very knowledgeable and provides clear and to the point advice.’

‘Gavin Farrell demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the industry and the law. Helpful, responsive and professional.’

Key clients




Prime Investments

White Star Capital


Work highlights

  • Advising Lakestar on an ongoing basis, including assisting with the establishment of funds and ongoing support of existing funds, in particular Lakestar Growth II and Lakestar Early IV funds.
  • Advised Prime Investments ICC, a Guernsey-protected cell company, on the establishment of an open-ended Class B ICC structure, the launch of new cell sub-funds, and the transfer of 3 Class B incorporated cells from an existing third-party ICC platform.
  • Assisting HitecVision with its Guernsey funds work.

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP is a full-service firm with offerings in the areas of corporate and 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 and 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Alastair Hargreaves
Dispute resolution Martin Jones
Corporate Gavin Farrell
Property/planning/housing Alastair Hargreaves
Photo Name Position Profile
Alison Antill photo Alison Antill Advocate & Associate
Joshua Black photo Joshua Black Associate
Robert Breckon photo Robert Breckon Advocate & Partner
Anna  Douglass photo Anna Douglass Solicitor & Counsel – UK Property
Gavin Farrell photo Gavin Farrell Advocate and Partner
Peter Ferbrache photo Peter Ferbrache Consultant & Notary Public
Alastair Hargreaves photo Alastair Hargreaves Advocate and Managing Partner
Martin Jones photo Martin Jones Advocate, Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution
Helen McGeoch photo Helen McGeoch Counsel
Stuart Nash photo Stuart Nash Senior Associate

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.”