Real Estate

  • We had an excellent service that looked out for our needs and worked to push the property through on a very tight time scale. We had a close relationship working with the team which made the process very easy for us.
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The property sector is critical to the economic landscape in any jurisdiction and, whatever's going on in the market, every transaction requires lawyers who can act proactively, adapt and deliver in an ever-changing environment.

We know that everyone's circumstances, priorities and goals are different; whether you are looking to develop or acquire a commercial property, relocate offshore or purchase residential property, you need an experienced lawyer who will guide you through the maze of property law and ensure a hassle-free experience.

Led globally by Jason Green, our full-service Real Estate teams - based in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey - are recognised by clients for their responsive, friendly and commercially aware approach. Our Guernsey and Jersey teams are the largest on island and both are ranked in the top tier of the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories. 

We offer services in commercial property including real estate financing, planning and property disputes, relocation services and residential property and planning services.

Our partners take a hands-on approach, working in close collaboration with our clients, their advisers and other legal professionals to ensure every deal and transaction is managed to successful completion. At every level we are proactive, going above and beyond expectations to provide clients with the best possible service.

Regardless of the prevailing economic and market conditions, our goal is to minimise the risks and drive maximum value for our clients in every property transaction. Our property specialists have the local knowledge and expertise to provide top quality advice on all commercial and residential transactions, as well as give meaningful opinions and anticipate challenges and opportunities, at every stage of the process.

Contact our Cayman, Guernsey or Jersey real estate teams to find out how we can help you.

Services
Commercial real estate
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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.

Construction and development
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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.

International arbitration and mediation
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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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Leisure and retail
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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.

Personal relocation
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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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Planning services (Channel Islands)
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Collas Crill has a proven track record on planning matters, from initial advice 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.

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Real estate disputes
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Our experienced team represent clients in a range of private, contractual and commercial real estate disputes. 

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Real estate finance
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Real estate continues to dominate as an asset class for many investors. We have a strong track record in financing commercial real estate acquisitions, mainly in New York and the UK and the London prime market. We act for some of the key lenders in this area. Our clients include banks, funds, alternative lenders, private equity houses, private investors, hotel consortiums and family offices. Locally, we have worked on the funding of some of the most prestigious buildings in our jurisdictions.

Residential real estate
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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.

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