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Alderney & Sark Legal Services

The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes not only the island of Guernsey but also two other islands, Alderney and Sark, which are jurisdictions in their own right with their own laws and courts.

Alderney has established itself as a global hub for e-gaming and has its own licensing regime in that regard as well as its own Company law.

Sark's unique history and constitution raise interesting and difficult legal challenges regarding many aspects of life from administrative law to property transactions.

Collas Crill's experienced Guernsey team regularly advises on the laws of both Alderney and Sark, in addition to Guernsey. Our experience includes:

  • Advising the world's largest online gaming software supplier on the acquisition and regulation of an Alderney-licensed gaming company;
  • Completing the first ever conveyance of part of a tenement in Sark, following changes to Sark's ancient property laws;
  • Advising Blue Islands on Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney law aspects of a restructuring and loan facility;
  • Acting as expert witnesses on matters of local law;
  • Advising the former owners of Sark Electricity Limited on regulatory and legislative matters including appeals against decisions of the Sark Electricity Price Control Commissioner;
  • Advising on Alderney e-gaming regulation and licensing applications;
  • Advising renewable energy businesses in respect of seabed leases and energy generation regulations; and
  • Preparing wills to deal with Alderney and Sark property.
Alderney & Sark Legal Services services
Corporate Advisory
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With a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience our offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey, London and Singapore, we ensure that advice is provided in the context of other key global offshore centres and with a knowledge of the bigger, global picture. Our clients appreciate our pro-active attitude to providing sensible user-friendly advice, our accuracy and honesty in our approach to pricing matters, and our senior level involvement in all matters to ensure smooth progress and client satisfaction. In an increasingly complex, competitive and more tightly regulated market, we'll make sure your business or commercial venture reaches its full potential.

Utilities Regulations
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We work with a number of local utilities assisting them with their work with regulators and pricing control commissioners as well as advising on the effects of proposed changes in legislation, commercial contracts and corporate governance.

Competition
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We are able to assist local businesses on locally applicable competition laws, including mergers and acquisitions processes and approvals and exemptions, as well as advising on the increasingly complex legislation related to anti-competitive behaviours and agreements between businesses and the abuse of a dominant position in a market.

E-gaming and E-commerce
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E-gaming and E-commerce have become increasingly important sectors to the economy, having grown exponentially in recent years. Collas Crill has a particular specialism in E-gaming. The opportunities are huge, but the legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry require close attention. Our specialists can advise and assist companies and other organisations on the issues in setting up and managing online businesses as well as managing the risks to succeed in a global market.

Commercial Real Estate
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At Collas Crill, our commercial property team includes some of the most highly regarded offshore commercial property lawyers. Our team is recognised and cited for its experience, commercial approach, exceptional service standards and its 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.

Residential Property
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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.

Planning Service
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Collas Crill has a proven track record for planning matters, including initial advice, and running all the way through to successful planning appeals. Our aim is to make the planning process as simple as possible, bearing in mind at all times our clients' primary goal.

Guernsey's Senior Planning Consultant, Chris Crew, can offer: 

  • initial options and feasibility analyses
  • pre-application enquiries
  • completing and submitting planning applications
  • exemption queries
  • development frameworks
  • planning and lawful use certificate applications
  • discharge and variation of planning conditions
  • enforcement matters
  • planning appeals
  • general planning advice

For more information please contact Chris at chris.crew@collascrill.com.

Trusts & Fiduciary
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We work closely with trust and fiduciary businesses and their clients to build strong relationships based on trust, confidence and a deep understanding of their priorities and needs. We have an extensive range of experience in terms of particular products or service lines, including pensions and Shariah, and many of the team have worked in the other international off and onshore jurisdictions prominent in the world of wealth management. We have associated skills in dispute resolution, risk and regulatory, and image protection. We ensure that thought has been given to the composition of the team on every piece of work we do, and use our mix of skill and experience effectively.

Wills & Estate Planning
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Planning for the future is something that people often don't like to think about however it is one of the most important things that you should do during your lifetime. Whether you need simple Wills put in place or more complex estate structuring, our experienced and approachable team can help you organise and plan your affairs for the immediate and longer term future. We work hard to guide you through any issues of concern to ensure that you reach a position where you feel reassured that you are clear as to what will happen to your assets, and the ones you leave behind, in the future.

News 8 Mar 2021

Property history made in Sark

Collas Crill completed the first conveyance of part of a tenement in Sark on Friday 5 March, following recent changes to Sark's ancient property laws. The long-awaited Land...

Insight 27 Jan 2021

Changes coming to Sark property law

1 February 2021 is set to be a massive day for Sark and its people with the coming into force of the long-awaited Land Reform (Sark) Law, 2019, (the "Law"). The Law will...

Deal 10 Jul 2020

Blue Islands £10 million loan

Collas Crill has acted for Blue Islands on its £10 million loan facility with the States of Jersey, safeguarding essential lifeline travel connections for the Channel...

News 1 May 2020

Lasting powers of attorney

Clients often ask whether they are able to put in place a lasting power of attorney so that chosen individuals could manage their affairs for them, should they become unable...

News 24 Jul 2019

The Alderney Gambling Law Review

Collas Crill has again collaborated with several major international law firms for the fourth edition of the multi-jurisdictional legal reference book, The Gambling Law...

Deal 30 Nov 2018

Sark Electricity Settlement

Collas Crill’s ongoing work with Sark Electricity Limited has resulted in the Sark Electricity Price Control Commissioner agreeing to a Court order setting aside his earlier...

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