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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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Planning services (Channel Islands)

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

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

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Real estate finance

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

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.

21 May 2024

Who watches the watchers?

This article first appeared in issue 15 of Guernsey Property and Constriction magazine, Recent reports in the Guardian newspaper highlighted criticism by the NHS Ombudsman that the health service in England is doing too little to end the "cover up cultur...

2 May 2024

Latest Jersey House Price Index figures show lowest property turnover since 2002

Anna Carter, Senior Conveyancer in Collas Crill's Property team, explores the newly released figures from Statistics Jersey.   The report on the House Price Index (HPI) for the first quarter of 2024 has been released today and now providing an overv...

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 ...

17 Apr 2024

Landlords take note: New rented dwelling licensing scheme in Jersey

A new licensing scheme in Jersey means that from 1 May 2024 all landlords in Jersey will need to have a Renting Dwellings Licence for each unit of residential properties they rent. What is this new scheme?  The new Rented Dwelling Licensing Scheme h...

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...

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