Paul  Nettleship

Paul Nettleship  

Partner | Guernsey

Real Estate

  • Personable, concise, decisive, accurate, speedy responder.
    Client feedback
  • Paul is directly contactable and if not available he has the necessary secretarial and technical support to ensure matters requiring attention can be progressed. A huge advantage in commercial property transactions.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Very professional, a skilled lawyer with good communication skills.
    Client feedback
  • Paul provides an extremely responsive service and delivers a superb client experience.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Paul is good to work with, professional, responsive and pragmatic, which is important.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Clients appreciate his strong communication skills, his diligence and his commercial acumen.
    Legal 500
  • We deal with Paul on a weekly basis and have never had any issues. He always makes time to discuss various property matters in detail and nothing is ever too much. His advice is second to none.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Paul has vast experience and is extremely knowledgeable. He offers a great service for his clients in Guernsey.
    Chambers UK 2023
  • We have been working on complex deals involving multiple parties and Paul has been able to be creative, pragmatic and deliver simplicity on the other side of complexity.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Paul Nettleship along with Lynn Freeman have provided us with excellent levels of care and attention in the sale of our property. This is the second property they have helped us sell and we will also use Collas Crill when we purchase a new property.
    Client feedback


Paul heads up the Real Estate team in Guernsey. He has a broad practice covering local real estate and private client matters. This includes advising on commercial property development, acquisitions, and disposals (both freehold and leasehold); funding and security over real property; planning matters; property disputes; and small business acquisitions and disposals.

He acts for landlords, tenants, funders, brokers, P2P lenders, and private and high street banks.

As well as Paul's commercial property business, his private client practice includes advising and acting for clients moving to the island, will drafting and inheritance matters, and guardianship issues. He generally oversees the firm's conveyancing practice.


"I pride myself on giving my clients sound, commercial and, above all, practical advice."


Paul has 20 years' experience at Collas Crill, practising corporate law to begin with, before moving into real estate. Over the years he has acted on the majority of major developments on the island, either for the developer, landlord, tenant or funder.

Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration.


Prior to moving to Collas Crill, Paul worked for Investec Bank in Guernsey in banking and compliance.

After obtaining a non-law degree (BSc (Hons)) he obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School, before taking the Bar Vocational Course and being called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004.

He completed the Certificat d'Etudes Juridiques et Normandes at the University of Caen, followed by the Guernsey Bar exams to be admitted to the Guernsey Bar as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2008.

Paul became a Partner in 2013 and Head of Real Estate in Guernsey in 2021.


Paul is a recognised as a leading individual in the legal directories and his department has been listed as top tier in both Legal 500 and Chambers for almost 15 consecutive years.

Paul was named as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 2024 listing and in band 2 in the Chambers and Partners UK 2024.


  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • The Institute of Directors
  • The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
  • Guernsey International Legal Association

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Lisa  Paul

Lisa Paul

My services
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.

Guernsey 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 is one of the largest on the island and can help you with a range of property services, whether you're relocating to the Channel Islands, moving house on island, planning to develop your property or seeking other residential or commercial property advice.

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International arbitration and mediation

With offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and London, we can advise you on every aspect of international arbitration. Our dedicated arbitration specialists will work alongside you to quickly determine the best approach for a successful conclusion.

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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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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.

Third sector - charities and NPOs

The third sector is an umbrella term that covers a variety of different organisations with different legal structures and purposes, belonging neither to the public sector (the state) nor to the private sector (profit-making private enterprise).

As a business, we are heavily focused on supporting third sector organisations both in our local communities on local issues and also internationally.

Charities, non-profit organisations (NPOs) and voluntary organisations are increasingly required to plug the gap and perform the social and cultural functions formerly carried out by the public sector.

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Wills and estates

Managing wealth, asset preservation, planning for succession and inheritance, and writing wills can be a complex and difficult experience. It's important to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and that your family and/or successors are taken care of.

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1 May 2024

Affordable housing requirements in Guernsey: The impact of GP11 suspension

The States of Guernsey has recently voted to suspend the Island Development Plan Policy GP11 for a five year period. This article outlines the wider implications this decision could have on affordable housing in Guernsey. The suspension follows sustained...

26 Apr 2024

GDA's plans for Guernsey shared at latest Commercial Property Lunch

The Real Estate team in Guernsey was delighted to welcome Simon Kildahl and Peter Watson from the Guernsey Development Agency as guest speakers at its latest Commercial Property Lunch on 24 April. Taking place on a quarterly basis, these lunches provide ...

30 Jan 2024

Collas Crill raises more than £2k for Guernsey Chest and Heart

Staff at Collas Crill in Guernsey have raised £2,100 for Guernsey Chest and Heart LGB. The firm selected the organisation as its charity of choice. Led by the firm's Health and Wellbeing Committees, staff in each of the offices of the law firm select a l...

10 Jan 2024

2023 Guernsey property market review

It is no secret that the island has seen some exceptional activity in its property market over recent years (as has been the case across the globe). Against a climate of higher interest rates and tighter lending, 2023 represented a consolidation and 'ret...

11 Sep 2023

Guernsey's call for sites

On Monday September 11, The Guernsey Development & Planning Authority launched a 'Call for Sites' as part of the ongoing focused review of the Island Development Plan (IDP). The Call for Sites is an opportunity for residents, landowners, developers a...

1 Aug 2023

Legal life: past, present, future

This article was first published in Business Brief magazine, issue 405 - click here to read the publication in full. Paul Nettleship, head of Collas Crill's Property team in Guernsey, reflects on changes to the legal profession since he qualified, his c...

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