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Michael  Morris

Michael Morris

Group Partner*

Guernsey

  • Distinguished Individual
    Spear's 500 Private Client Guide
  • Has superb technical knowledge, is down to earth, communicates effectively and is very matter of fact
    Client feedback
  • A dedicated lawyer, who is willing to go the extra mile to complete a transaction
    Legal 500
  • 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

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'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

My services
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.

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Middle East Group
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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.

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Property
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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.

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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.

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UK Real Estate & Real Estate Finance
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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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My news and insights
Insight 17 Apr 2020

Taking company decisions virtually

We are increasingly receiving queries from clients in all of our offshore jurisdictions asking for practical guidance and advice on (i) how entities may take decisions and...

News 3 Apr 2020

Key changes to UK eviction rules

The Coronavirus Bill has been rushed through Parliament over the past couple of weeks, and introduces 'extraordinary measures' never seen in peace time in the UK, bringing...

Insight 30 Mar 2020

UK buy-to-let sales in COVID-19

Many people were in the midst of a house sale or purchase when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared on 11 March, with stock markets plummeting and many events being...

Deal 23 Mar 2020

Teams advise on acquisition

Collas Crill's Guernsey Property and UK Real Estate teams have advised on multiple elements of the acquisition of Island Bowl. Collaboration between the teams led by...

Deal 10 Mar 2020

Goodfellows case

In a recent case of C Goodfellow & another v HMRC [2019] UKFTT 750 (TC) (16 December 2019), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) rejected a claim that SDLT should be charged on...

Insight 19 Feb 2020

Update: Tate Modern view

Last year, we prepared an article looking into the legal conflict between the Tate Modern and the residents of NEO Bankside, an exclusive development of luxury apartments on...

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