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Paul  Nettleship

Paul Nettleship  

Partner | Guernsey


  • Paul provides an extremely responsive service and delivers a superb client experience.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Paul has vast experience and is extremely knowledgeable. He offers a great service for his clients in Guernsey.
    Chambers UK 2023
  • Paul Nettleship is directly contactable and if not available he has the necessary secretarial and technical support to ensure matters requiring attention can be progressed. A huge advantage in commercial property transactions.
    Legal 500 2022
  • We have been working on complex deals involving multiple parties and Paul has been able to be creative, pragmatic and deliver simplicity on the other side of complexity.
    Legal 500 2024
  • We deal with Paul Nettleship on a weekly basis and have never had any issues. He always makes time to discuss various property matters in detail and nothing is ever too much. His advice is second to none.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Personable, concise, decisive, accurate, speedy responder
    Client feedback
  • Clients appreciate his strong communication skills, his diligence and his commercial acumen
    Legal 500
  • Paul Nettleship is good to work with, professional, responsive and pragmatic, which is important.’
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Very professional, a skilled lawyer with good communication skills
    Client feedback


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.


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


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.

Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration. 


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 in Guernsey in 2021. 


Paul is a recognised as a leading individual in the legal directories and his department has been listed as "top tier" in both Legal 500 and Chambers for almost 15 consecutive years.

Paul was named as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 2024 listing and in band 2 in the Chambers and Partners UK 2024.


  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • The Institute of Directors
  • The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
  • Guernsey International Legal Association

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Lisa  Paul

Lisa Paul

My services
Alderney & Sark Legal Services

Collas Crill's experienced Guernsey team regularly advise on the laws of both Sark and Alderney in addition to Guernsey itself.

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.

International Arbitration and Mediation

Arbitration is increasingly being used as a cost-effective, confidential and efficient alternative to court litigation for solving commercial, construction and more frequently trust disputes. The global enforceability of arbitral awards and the successful adoption of virtual technology by most arbitration institutions makes it an attractive option for resolving disputes. With offices in Cayman, 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.


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

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.

Relocation Services

Our team is ideally placed to advise on and project manage relocations to Guernsey, Jersey or the Cayman Islands, advising on everything from company migrations, housing licenses and real estate matters through to introductions to other service providers and complementary local businesses. Some of our people have first-hand experience of relocating themselves, affording them a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities you are likely to face.

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.

Wills and Estate Planning

Planning for the future is something that people often don't like to think about but 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 those you leave behind, in the future.

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