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  • Clients appreciate his strong communication skills, his diligence and his commercial acumen
    Legal 500
  • Very professional, a skilled lawyer with good communication skills
    Client feedback
  • Personable, concise, decisive, accurate, speedy responder
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Overview

Paul heads up the Guernsey Property department. He has a broad practice covering local real estate and private client matters. This includes advising on commercial property development, acquisitions, and disposals (both freehold and leasehold); funding and security over real property; planning matters; property disputes; and small business acquisitions and disposals.

He acts for landlords, tenants, funders, brokers, P2P lenders, and private and high street banks.

As well as Paul's commercial property business, his private client practice includes advising and acting for clients moving to the Island, will drafting and inheritance matters, and guardianship issues. He generally oversees the firm's conveyancing practice.

Experience

Paul has 20 years' experience at Collas Crill, practising corporate law to begin with, before moving into real estate. Over the years he has acted on the majority of major developments on the Island, either for the developer, landlord, tenant or funder.

"I pride myself on giving my clients sound, commercial and, above all, practical advice."

Background

Prior to moving to Collas Crill, Paul worked for Investec Bank in Guernsey in banking and compliance.

After obtaining a non-law degree (BSc (Hons)) he obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School, before taking the Bar Vocational Course and being called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004.

He completed the Certificat d'Etudes Juridiques et Normandes at the University of Caen, followed by the Guernsey Bar exams to be admitted to the Guernsey Bar as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2008.

Paul became a partner in 2013 and head of property Guernsey in 2021. 

Awards

Paul is a recognised as a leading individual in the legal directories and his department has been listed as "top tier" in both Legal500 and Chambers for almost 15 consecutive years.

Membership

Paul is a barrister member of The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, a member of the Institute of Directors, and the Guernsey International Legal Association. He also holds qualifications from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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.

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.

Property Relocation
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When considering moving to the island, it's essential to seek advice from experienced advisers who know the market inside out. Our property teams regularly help newcomers to the islands in acquiring new homes and/or premises for new business and guide them through the relocation process. We believe that communication and responsiveness are 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 your move. We act for many HNWIs and HVRs and are consistently praised by clients for their calm, proactive and hands-on approach, ensuring all transactions are completed as swiftly and stress-free as possible.

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.

Wills & Estate Planning
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Planning for the future is something that people often don't like to think about however it is one of the most important things that you should do during your lifetime. Whether you need simple Wills put in place or more complex estate structuring, our experienced and approachable team can help you organise and plan your affairs for the immediate and longer term future. We work hard to guide you through any issues of concern to ensure that you reach a position where you feel reassured that you are clear as to what will happen to your assets, and the ones you leave behind, in the future.

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