Alistair Wade

Alistair Wade 

Senior Associate | Cayman

Real Estate


Alistair is a real estate lawyer providing both commercial and residential advice across a wide range of matters including acquisitions and disposals, insolvency, development funding and lettings. He is experienced in acting for developers, administrators, investors, lenders, landlords and tenants.

"I pride myself on being able to build strong working relationships with my clients while providing commercial and practical advice. Clients have commented on my ability to demystify legal issues and present advice in a clear, concise manner. "


Alistair has more than 10 years' experience in the real estate sector. Originally based in the UK, Alistair worked at DWF and then Shoosmiths acting for a wide range of clients managing transactions between £200k to £20m+ including a large number of Yorkshire-based private rental sector schemes.


Before training to become a solicitor, Alistair previously ran his own business providing architectural visualisations for construction companies while teaching 3D animation at Lincoln University. Alistair obtained his GDL and LPC from BPP Law School, Leeds in 2010, before qualifying as a solicitor in June 2016 after a number of years working as a paralegal.

Alistair is listed as a recommended lawyer in Legal 500 2024.

My services
Cayman real estate

Whatever your property goals, you want personalised advice that is right for you.

We take the time to get to know you and offer discreet, practical advice that’s tailored to your needs. Our friendly, experienced team can help you with a range of property services, whether you're relocating to the Cayman Islands, moving house on island, planning to develop your property or seeking other residential or commercial property advice.

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Commercial real estate

Our commercial property team includes some of the most highly regarded offshore commercial property lawyers. We are recognised and cited for our experience, commercial approach, exceptional service standards and ability to deliver in a fast and efficient manner. Across Guernsey, Jersey and the Cayman Islands we have been involved in many of the most significant commercial property transactions of the last decade. We handle all aspects of commercial freehold and leasehold real estate, acting for both landlord and tenant, buyer and seller. We have the experience to guide you through every stage of a transaction with absolute confidence.

Leisure and retail

We have acted for numerous business owners, developers and investors in the leisure and retail market, including freehold acquisitions and disposals, financing and leasehold and commercial aspects. We regularly act for many funds, hoteliers, and retail landlords and tenants, including many nationally and internationally recognised businesses.

Construction and development

We act for a number of well-known and well-respected local development companies and can assist with all aspects of a development project, including site acquisition, finance, planning and constructions advice, though to estate schedule drafting and eventual sales. Our team also regularly advises on construction law documents and contracts.

Residential real estate

Property law can be a complex, daunting and emotional experience for many individual buyers and sellers. Feeling an emotional tie to your new or prospective property, your 'home', is inevitable. When buying or selling property you need a strong, dependable team that knows the market inside and out. We offer top quality advice and successfully anticipate the unique challenges and opportunities you are likely to face. We believe that communication and responsiveness is the key to a stress-free experience which is why we're always on hand to listen, offer assistance and pick up the phone to keep you informed at every stage of a transaction.

Personal relocation

When considering a move offshore, it's essential to seek advice from experienced advisers who know the market inside out. Our property teams regularly help newcomers to the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey in acquiring new homes and/or business premises and guiding them through the relocation process. We act for many high-net-worth individuals and high-value residents.

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11 Apr 2024

Demystifying Cayman real estate law: Off-plan property purchases

Understanding the risks involved with off-plan property purchases  Off-plan purchases can be a rewarding way to invest in real estate as the value of the property could increase between the date you agree to purchase and the date of closing. However...

28 Feb 2024

2023: Cayman property overview

2023 was another big year in the Cayman Islands for Real Estate, with figures revealing that while the number of transactions were lower than previous years, the value of transactions have increased year-on-year, explains Senior Associate Alistair Wade.&...

11 Dec 2023

Demystifying Cayman Closing Costs

Buying or selling a property in the Cayman Islands is a significant financial undertaking. While the prospect of owning a piece of paradise is exciting, it’s essential to navigate the intricacies of closing costs and fees involved in Cayman Islands real ...

14 Nov 2023

Legal 500 Caribbean 2024 guide

Collas Crill's teams in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands have received a solid set of results in the latest Legal 500 directory. In the BVI the dispute resolution team has moved up to tier 3, with the Cayman corporate team being listed by Le...

18 Oct 2023

Changes to stamp duty in Cayman

In this new series of articles, Alistair Wade aims to demystify Cayman real estate law. Here he explains important changes to Stamp Duty for Caymanian buyers. Stamp Duty is a government imposed tax applicable to real estate transactions. In the context o...

10 Jul 2023

Strata property: risks to consider

In the Cayman islands, a strata property is managed on a day-to-day basis by the strata corporation, which is made up of the individual unit owners within the development. The strata corporation is responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance...

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