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Michael  Morris

Michael Morris  

Group Partner* | Guernsey

UK Real Estate

  • A dedicated lawyer, who is willing to go the extra mile to complete a transaction
    Legal 500
  • Distinguished Individual
    Spear's 500 Private Client Guide
  • Michael Morris provides excellent advice on the banking side and has the commercial acumen and knowledge to ensure we are well protected in lending and security matters.
    Legal 500
  • Has superb technical knowledge, is down to earth, communicates effectively and is very matter of fact
    Client feedback

Michael heads up Collas Crill’s UK Property team which specialises in looking after funds, major financial institutions, and high net worth individuals. He advises them in respect of their UK based transactions, whether personally or via their offshore trusts, dealing with prime residential and commercial property as well as country estates.

Michael has acted in the acquisition of ‘trophy’ properties in the UK and also on hotel acquisitions.

He also acts for many private and international banks and deals with banking and security documents for lenders on real estate transactions. Michael is also admitted as solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the territory of the Virgin Islands.

Michael's experience in UK real estate property coupled with the specialist knowledge of the team at Collas Crill means that he can assist with:

- Multi-jurisdiction transactions for buyers and sellers based overseas
- Buy-to-let investment property
- Granting and taking of leases and tenancy agreements
- Enfranchisement and lease extensions
- Portfolio sales and acquisitions
- Development work including site acquisition, unit sales and purchases
- Acquisition and disposal and management of UK property funds
- Secured lending on UK property for Channel Island based banks
- Mortgages and re-mortgages



*admitted in England and Wales

My services
Commercial Real Estate

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.

Middle East Group

The demand for professional advisers who understand the needs of clients in the region has never been more important. With shariah-compliant products and Islamic finance becoming increasingly mainstream and integrated into the global financial system, it is important to partner with a team who understands the complexities of these structures, while also understanding how more traditional structures can be applied to meet the needs of Middle Eastern clients.


At Collas Crill we 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. 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 not only offer top quality advice on all commercial and residential transactions, but to give meaningful opinions and anticipate challenges and opportunities at every stage of the process.

Residential Property

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.

UK Real Estate & Real Estate Finance

In 2010, Collas Crill became the first offshore law firm in the Channel Islands to establish a dedicated UK Real Estate Practice. We have since continued to lead the field, earning a Band 1 ranking from both Chambers UK and Legal 500. Chambers describes our UK Real Estate Practice as, providing “consistently excellent service, with sage and timely advice” and by clients as having “a pragmatic, client friendly approach, but with the expertise to deal with complex transactional work whether acting for a bank or a private client.”

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Event 21 Nov 2022
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Overseas Entities seminar

Failure to properly grasp the implications of UK's Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 could be catastrophic, with significant financial and criminal...

Event 12 Mar 2019
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MIPIM 2019

Our UK real estate and corporate, finance and funds teams continue to grow and with offices in Guernsey, Jersey, London, BVI, Singapore, Hong Kong and Cayman we offer our...

Event 12 Jun 2018
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JIBS Conference

Consultant Shelagh Mason will be on the panel of this year's 3rd Annual Real Estate & Real Estate Funds Conference. Group partners Mike Williams, Michael Morris, Ian...

Event 12 Mar 2018
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MIPIM 2018

Our real estate finance and funds teams continue to grow and with offices in Guernsey, Jersey, London, BVI, Singapore, Hong Kong and Cayman we now offer clients a truly...

Event 13 Jun 2017
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Real Estate and Real Estate Funds

A partner from Collas Crill will speaking at the second annual Real Estate and Real Estate Funds Conference, organised by Jersey International Business School (JIBS). Group...

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Real Estate Conference

Two partners from Collas Crill will speaking at the 2016 Real Estate and Real Estate Funds Conference, organised by Jersey International Business School. Group partners...

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