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

Guernsey > Banking and finance Tier 2

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP's Guernsey team advises on a range of complex matters for banking and finance clients, and is well-regarded for offering 'a boutique service rather then the usual "large team" approach offered by the bigger Guernsey banking and finance firms'. Recent work has included advising on multimillion-pound funding facilities, secured loans, and refinancing of banking facilities. The 'unflappable' and hugely experienced Gavin Farrell leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Farrell

Other key lawyers:

Helen McGeoch; Joshua Black

Testimonials

Able to work to demanding client timescales (as a offshore law firm) and always responsive.’

Gavin Farrell was responsive and quick to assist whenever needed. Clear fee quote provided. Joshua Black handled the matter and was very capable and again quick to respond whenever needed.’

Gavin Farrell – very personal and responsive service; clear, practical and timely advice.

Ferbrache & Farrell is different to other Guernsey firms because it offers a boutique service rather then the usual ‘large team’ approach offered by the bigger Guernsey banking and finance firms.’

The team of Gavin Farrell and Helen McGeoch are well placed to anticipate the Guernsey law issues on banking and financing transactions and they ensure that they are dealt with efficiently. The service is calm, collaborative and friendly. The team is very responsive and pricing is very competitive when compared with the team’s larger competitors in the Guernsey market. Gavin Farrell is fun to work with and, as a seasoned practitioner, unflappable.’

Gavin Farrell and Helen McGeoch are incredibly smart and capable.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank AG

Global Net Lease

Hitecvision

Internet Fusion Group

Lakestar

Norvestor

Tenn Capital

White Star Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Tenn Capital Limited in connection with a funding facility of up to £300 million and joint venture partnership with funds advised by Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited and its affiliates.
  • Advised Internet Fusion Group Limited in connection with the Guernsey law aspects of its £13.7 million secured loan with Hawkwing plc.
  • Acted for a multinational bank on the Guernsey aspects of a £100 million note issuance facility in connection with a billboard lease receivables securitisation.

Guernsey > Commercial property Tier 2

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP has a reputation for advising buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants on the spectrum of commercial property matters in Guernsey, with ancillary expertise in issues such as environmental regulation, planning and health and safety in a commercial property context. Alastair Hargreaves  heads the team, with a strong track record in real estate transactions; he is ably supported by Anna Douglass.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Hargreaves

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Our business has been working with Ferbrache for 12 months and have been very impressed with the service provided. Alastair Hargreaves is always available when required, has excellent knowledge, which is delivered in a concise and accurate manner. The firm have been able to provide advice on all aspects of Real Estate that have been required.’

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP handles a wide range of Guernsey corporate and M&A deals, with a varied client list of local, UK, Irish and international clients, including corporates and high-net-worth individuals. The team is also regularly instructed on corporate reorganisations. Taking the lead is Gavin Farrell, whose focus is the investment funds and asset management sectors. Helen McGeoch is another name to note for transactional work, that includes joint ventures and shareholder agreements.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Farrell

Other key lawyers:

Helen McGeoch; Joshua Black

Testimonials

‘I found the team to be very helpful and timely in their response. They understood the urgency of my requests and provided full and very swift replies. My queries were technical in nature and so I did not experience the technology which they offer but found the firm overall to be very efficient.’

‘Gavin Farrell and Joshua Black were very open to discussing the aspects of Guernsey law which concerned my clients and were very approachable. I have recommended the firm to a number of my clients and have no hesitation in doing so.’

‘A relatively new legal firm founded by three leading Guernsey lawyers and a consultant.  The firm is extremely reactive to queries and getting direct access to the partners is quick and easy. These qualities are not always found with the largest firms. Their communications are clear and concise. They don’t attempt to wrap unnecessary legal waffle around what they say. The firm offers advice that is both technically robust and commercially astute.’

‘Gavin Farrell is a leading Guernsey legal partner with a broad and deep understanding of the many facets of Guernsey’s finance industry. Gavin is exceptional not only in his technical abilities, but also in his openness and communication, meaning it is always clear where you are in the legal process and what the next steps should be. Gavin takes the lead on projects meaning that he is always only one e-mail or phone call away, and is always up to date on the status of the project.’

‘As practices on Guernsey go they are the best. Amazingly well rounded. They understand the problem and the client and work with you.. The import two words there is ” with you” not telling you they work with you to get the outcome you need’

‘Gavin and Helen and team are knowledgeable and all I can describe them as is super stars’

Key clients

Global Net Lease, Inc.

Internet Fusion Group Limited

Fort Group

Guernsey Investment Fund PCC Limited

Irish Breeze LLP

Tarian Trust

Motion Ventures Limited

Evolution Insurance Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Net Lease, Inc. on the acquisition of a £55m commercial property in Guernsey, one of the largest investment transactions in the Channel Islands in recent years.
  • Acted for a local investment fund in respect of joint venture arrangement fund in respect of joint venture arrangement for investment in various local businesses
  • Advising local trust and corporate services provider on the sale of its pensions business to another local provider.

Guernsey > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP is known for commercial disputes, including trust litigation and contentious insolvency, as well as contentious regulatory issues concerning medical negligence, employment and housing license issues. The team also has experience in planning and family law matters. Taking the lead is Martin Jones, a specialist in local and international commercial litigation, in addition to cross-border fraud claims. Alison Antill is lead associate on a number of the firm’s instructions, across commercial, trust and insolvency cases. Senior associate Ian Davis  joined from AFR Advocates in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Robert Breckon; Alison Antill; Ian Davis

Testimonials

‘Robert Breckon was outstanding – clear, concise and at all time upfront with our litigation. There is no doubt we obtained value for money and were always steered in the right direction where there was risk and the possibility of racking up unnecessary cost. First class!’

‘I have worked with Robert Breckon and his team – they work collaboratively using a thorough and highly professional approach recognising the issues and they drill into the concerns without unnecessary extra work. The team are focussed on the relevant facts to resolve the issues that have been raised.’

‘Robert Breckon is the partner who uses his deft approach to finding answers to create an atmosphere of positivity in the approach to resolving issues and problems which he achieves with his team with focussed and the targeted identification of issues which guides clients to a resolution route with the minimum of fuss but the maximum of understanding of the detail.’

‘The practice is resolutely client-focused putting realistic commercial considerations at the forefront of its professional services without compromising technical expertise.’

‘Very attentive and professional, caring advice.’

‘Martin Jones was particularly good and was always available and excellent in communication.’

‘Very thoughtful and explain clearly’

‘Ferbrache & Farrell is a relatively small, locally owned Guernsey Practice with an experienced team which from my experience has a real client focussed approach. Aside from strong technical expertise, I regard their strength as ready availability of team members at all levels, very close ‘hand holding’ and in addition to advice, providing reassurance through complicated legal process. Rather than innovation, I would regarding this strength as “back to basics” in terms of a strong, client focussed, ethic.’

Guernsey > Investment funds Tier 3

Ferbrache & Farrell LLP's investment funds practice encompasses fund establishment work and deals. The team, led by Gavin Farrell , also has experience in migrating structures out of Guernsey via limited partnerships. Farrell is ably supported on the transactional side by counsel Helen McGeoch and associate Joshua Black .

Practice head(s):

Gavin Farrell

Other key lawyers:

Helen McGeoch; Joshua Black

Testimonials

It is the breadth of knowledge and experience at the top of this firm which filters down the organisation and makes this practice unique. Coupled with the responsive availability of its senior personnel their capability to deal with innovative and complex investment structures is exceptional.’

Gavin Farrell is the stand-out partner. He has the edge on competitors by applying both cumulative experience and innovative thinking to new investment vehicles. A responsive, professional and insightful focus.’

F&F is a relatively small firm compared to the big offshore legal firms in Guernsey, however it offers the flexibility and accessibility that an independent company can offer.’

The main partner on the Corporate Finance/Investment Funds side, Gavin Farrell is a long outstanding veteran of the industry in Guernsey. His knowledge and accessibility is considerable. He has extensive experience on the Guernsey, UK, French and German market which makes him unique.’

Joshua was simply brilliant. He displayed the maturity and efficiency of a partner. Gavin is practical and marries commercial and operational understanding with the “legalese” elements which makes it very easy to engage with.’

Key clients

Lakestar

HitecVision

Norvestor

Prime Investments

White Star Capital

OMP

Work highlights

  • Ongoing legal advice including the establishment of funds and ongoing support of existing Lakestar funds, including the structuring of a PCC for certain angel investors.
  • Advising Prime Investments ICC Limited, a Guernsey protected cell company, in respect of 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
  • Advising an investment fund structure on its migration out of Guernsey, including the first limited partnership migrations out under the new Guernsey Regulations.

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.”