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Ferbrache & Farrell LLP

Banking and finance Tier 2

Gavin Farrell and associate Natalie Le Cras are key names at Ferbrache & Farrell LLP, which handles a range of cross-border lending work including private fund finance; frequently representing borrowers. Restructuring is another area of expertise.

Key clients


Guernsey Investment Fund

HitechVision Asset Solutions

Lakestar Advisors

Next Generation Holdings



Commercial property Tier 3

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.


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

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

At Ferbrache & Farrell LLP, the 'well-respected' Gavin Farrell is the main partner in a team which handles on-island deals, work for private equity and complex corporate work - he typically works with senior associate Natalie Le Cras. While the firm is only present in Guernsey, it is popular for inter-island referrals from Jersey's independent firms.


A boutique firm with long experience – its partners had previously worked in large offshore firms.’

The small team is tight-knit and responsive.’

Gavin Farrell has an outstanding reputation – he has a reassuring and fresh approach for solving problems.’

Gavin Farrell ensures that the level of service is much better than one would get at a large firm.’

Natalie Le Cras is a top-notch lieutenant to Gavin Farrell – she is very thorough.’

Key clients

Beauvoir Trust

Financial Services Opportunities Investment Fund

Hanseatic Asset Management

HitechVision Asset Solutions

Lakestar Advisors

Metro Bank


Oak Group

The International Stock Exchange

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP's is developing a solid reputation in the Guernsey legal market. Advocates Peter Ferbrache ('great tactician'; 'fearsome advocate') and Martin Jones ('excellent litigator'; 'inventive') regularly act for private clients, fiduciary and pension companies and domestic commercial entities on matters including trust litigation, contentious insolvency, investment disputes and professional negligence. On the local level, the practice also handles employment, criminal, licensing, family law and medical negligence issues.


A small but growing and dynamic firm that can and do certainly mix it with the big boys in the offshore litigation playground

Ferbrache & Farrell is an excellent firm

Very knowledgeable and provides honest opinions and advice

Responsiveness and attention to detail that is second to none

Adam Cole is an empathetic, highly articulate and commercially aware professional who is an absolute titan when it comes to representing his client’s position. A great guy to have in your corner

Peter Ferbrache’s name precedes him as a man whose passion and tenacity still flows in abundance such is his clear love of the law and protecting his clients’ interests

Peter Ferbrache is one of the very best


Investment funds Tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP handles a range of fund formation and advisory mandates, covering both private funds as well as open-ended funds work. Gavin Farrell's team has a strong following among Norwegian managers, and also advises US university endowments. Natalie Le Cras is the key senior associate.


A newer boutique law firm on the island with partners that have worked for years in larger offshore and onshore firms.’

Gavin Farrell is one of the best corporate and funds lawyers on the island – he has a very detailed approach but always sees things with a fresh mind.’

Key clients

Associated Partners

E. I. Sturdza Strategic Management

ESRG Group

Financial Services Opportunity Investment Fund

Guernsey Investment Fund


Kestrel Partners

Lakestar Advisors


Offshore Merchant Partners Asset Yield Fund

Phaunos Timber Fund


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 & 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Alastair Hargreaves
Dispute resolution Martin Jones
Corporate Gavin Farrell
Property/planning/housing Alastair Hargreaves
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gavin Farrell  photo Gavin Farrell
 Peter Ferbrache  photo Peter Ferbrache
 Alastair Hargreaves  photo Alastair Hargreaves
Mr Martin Jones photo Mr Martin Jones Founding Partner
 Natalie Le Cras  photo Natalie Le Cras

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