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Collas Crill

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Grand Cayman, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola
Collas Crill, Michael Morris, St Helier, JERSEY

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Michael Morris

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Collas Crill

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Property: UK Real Estate


Group Partner specialising in looking after funds, major financial institutions, and high net worth individuals. He advises them in respect of their UK based transactions, whether personally or via their offshore trusts, dealing with prime residential and commercial property as well as country estates.

Michael has acted in the acquisition of ‘trophy’ properties in the UK and also on hotel acquisitions. He also acts for many private and international banks and deals with banking and security documents for lenders on real estate transactions.


Called as an attorney in the State of New York 2004; admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales; qualified Wedlake Bell 2004, partner 2007; partner Spicer & Partners in Guernsey until 2010; joined Collas Crill 2011.


Guernsey International Legal Association (GILA); New York State Bar Association; Institute of Directors; Rotary Guernesiais


Guernsey Grammar School; University Buckingham (graduating in 2001); College of Law Birmingham (2001-2002); New York State Bar


Member of Rotary Guernesiais, regular participant in 48-mile Collas Crill Island Walk, fundraiser for local charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust and Cheshire Home


Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

The four-partner team at Collas Crill ‘regularly demonstrates an ability to quickly assist with both regular services and enquiries in times of urgency’. Known to clients for its ‘fast response times, personal approach and knowledge in the area’, the group acts for major retailers, developers, banks and corporates in Jersey and abroad under the leadership of the ‘knowledgeable, experienced and courteous’ Martin Le Boutillier. Dunelm appointed the practice to handle all aspects of its entry into Jersey by way of a retail lease, and Paul Harben led the advice to a UK bank with regard to the property aspects of a substantial loan to refinance an existing debt involving a well-known commercial building in St Helier. Michael Morris specialises in UK real estate transactions, acting for funds, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals, and is also a key contact. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Pamela Doherty from Mourant Ozannes.

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