Ogier’s property team has been named the leading legal adviser in Jersey.
The team, led by partner Jonathan Hughes, has been elevated to a tier of its own by researchers Chambers & Partners in the 2016 edition of their directory, which was published this week.
Jonathan Hughes said: “Our team is well known for executing some of the largest and most complex commercial property transactions in Jersey. We’re also highly recommended by local agents, banks and the people we have helped to buy, sell and finance their residential property.
“From feedback we know that clients value our commercial approach, speed of response and pragmatism - and we’re very pleased to see that has been reflected in the latest rankings by leading legal researchers Chambers & Partners.”
Ogier’s property team acts for buyers, sellers, developers, funders, landlords and tenants providing advice on the purchase, development, sale and lease of commercial and residential properties located in Jersey.
Ogier recently announced it is extending its expertise in Jersey to include a specialist planning and construction law team, which will also be a core services offered by the firm’s new property, planning and construction law team recently launched in Guernsey.
In its 2016 guide to the offshore legal market, Chambers quote clients who report that Jonathan Hughes, who advises on areas including commercial property, property finance, development and offshore relocations for businesses and private clients "strikes a balance between commerciality and the technical side of things".
Partner Julie Melia handles property matters ranging from residential development and planning to property finance and commercial acquisitions. "She's good at focusing on the important things," say clients, "and will fight the battles that need to be fought."
Consultant Chris Renouf is an experienced consultant dealing with real estate funding among a range of other commercial property work. Clients say: "He's extremely experienced, technically one of the best and easy to deal with."
The Ogier team also includes a number of other senior property, finance, planning and construction lawyers, supported by an experienced conveyancing team, offering strength in-depth across the board.