Michael  Morris

Michael Morris

Group Partner

Guernsey

  • Distinguished Individual
    2019 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 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
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 not only offer top quality advice but also to 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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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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Commercial Real Estate
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Collas Crill's 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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UK Real Estate
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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 & deals
Deal 5 Nov 2019

£41m commercial property deal

Collas Crill has advised on the £41 million acquisition of 27/28 Esplanade, known as JTC House, in St Helier, Jersey. The team was instructed by Seaton Place Limited, who...

Insight 18 Sep 2019

UK House Price Index Summary

HM Land Registry has published the official UK House Price Index Summary Report for July 2019. The report marks the continued rise of average house prices and shows an...

News 2 Jul 2019

New reform for leasehold properties

The UK Government has just published its much anticipated reform of the law relating to residential leasehold property. Whilst the proposals are not yet law, we can be...

Insight 20 May 2019

Overlooked by the Tate Modern

NEO BANKSIDE V TATE MODERN Following completion of a new 360° viewing platform at the Tate Modern, the residents of the luxury NEO Bankside development began to have the...

Insight 15 May 2019

Estate Agent's Commissions

WELLS V DEVANI Agents are often fundamental to a successful property transaction, especially when locating a buyer. Their fees can be structured in different ways, with the...

Insight 13 May 2019

Grounds for Possession of Commercia

S FRANSES LTD V THE CAVENDISH HOTEL (LONDON) LTD Certain business tenancies in England and Wales are afforded a protected status under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954...