Guernsey: Guernsey Autumn Seminars 2015
Last Updated: 14 August 2015

Our forthcoming seminars will tackle a number of hot topics for 2015, which we will explore from a Channel Islands perspective using a combination of relevant case studies and insight from a variety of experts.

Seminar 1: UK Commercial Property Update

Tuesday 29 September

Seminar 2: Succession and the Shari'a

Tuesday 6 October

Full details of the events are below. To reserve your place (or to make a group booking), please complete the registration form. If you have any queries please email

Seminar 1: UK Commercial Property Update

Tuesday 29 September

UK commercial investment has seen a record start to 2015, with £30.7 billion traded, 10% above the previous peak in 2006. 55% of all purchasers were domestic investors, but there continues to be substantial overseas interest in the UK, with 19% of capital coming from North America, 7% from Asia Pacific and 6% from the Middle East, as investors respond positively to the strength of the economy and occupational demand. JLL predicts a strong second half and is forecasting volumes to hit £60 to £65 billion for FY 2015. In this session we'll consider:

  • The sustained momentum behind UK commercial investment
  • Occupational market performance
  • The weight of overseas demand for UK property
  • Where are we in the cycle?


Michael Morris - Group partner and Head of Collas Crill's UK Property department, Michael specialises in all aspects of residential and commercial property and secured lending.

Ben Burston - Head of UK Office Research at Jones Lang LaSalle, Ben regularly presents on the outlook for the economy and the UK office market to external clients and broader industry bodies. Ben will draw on JLL's leading research and the market knowledge of their business practitioners, to give you the most up-to-date view on current and future trends within the commercial property market.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This seminar will be of interest to investors, trust and corporate service providers, family offices, entrepreneurs and lenders.

COST: £25

WHERE: The Rotunda, i2 Office, Royal Avenue, St. Peter Port, Guernsey

WHEN: Tuesday 29 September 2015. Registration from 4pm. Speakers commence at 4.30pm sharp. Close at 6pm.

To make a booking, please complete the registration form. If you have any queries please email

Seminar 2: Succession and the Shari'a

Tuesday 06 October

Our Head of Trusts, Angela Calnan, will be hosting specialist Shari'a practitioners from City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner and London-based Shari'a Scholar, Shaykh Haytham Tamim, to look at Shari'a considerations in wealth structuring.

Shari'a considerations can arise for a broad spectrum of private wealth clients ranging from Muslim families who are keen to utilise the full range of wealth planning tools in compliance with Shari'a principles through to non-Muslim families, living in jurisdictions where Shari'a law prevails, who are keen to achieve greater flexibility and take advantage of offshore structuring and anti-forced heirship legislation.

Increasing numbers of our Channel Islands clients including trustees, investment advisers and private bankers are travelling to the MENA region and this session will provide a good introduction to the relevance of the Shari'a in delivering appropriate structuring solutions for MENA-connected clients.

Our experts will:

  • Introduce the meaning and core principles of Shari'a
  • Look at the broad spectrum of clients attitudes to Shari'a
  • Highlight areas where traditional offshore structures need to be adapted in order to take account of Shari'a principles
  • Look at live wealth structuring cases with Shari'a considerations both for Muslim and non-Muslim clients


Angela Calnan - Angela heads Collas Crill's multi-award winning team of trust lawyers and our MENA Practice Group. Angela lived and worked in the UAE for a number of years before coming to Guernsey in 2012 to head the team. Angela's MENA practice has most recently involved assisting non-Muslim and non-practicing Muslim families in establishing offshore structures for onshore UAE assets with a view to achieving greater flexibility of succession and taking advantage of the Channel Islands' robust firewall legislation.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim - The Shaykh is a well-respected Shari'a scholar from Lebanon. He has devoted most of his life to the acquisition of knowledge. He identified a specific need to make authentic Islamic knowledge accessible in a clear and simple manner in the UK. His firm, Shari'a Solutions Ltd, collaborates with leading advisory firms (including Collas Crill and BLP) in structuring and developing Shari'a compliant financial products and platforms and providing Shari'a consulting and advisory services.

Reshmi Manekporia - Reshmi is an Associate Director at BLP and a qualified English barrister. She primarily focuses on international tax and succession planning and has particular experience with Shari'a based planning; working closely with a number of Shari'a Scholars or advisers on developing Shari'a compliant wealth structuring solutions for various clients. She has experience of considering a range of Shari'a issues from the Shari'a rules on lifetime gifts and succession to the rules on investments and Shari'a compliance for such structures.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This seminar will be of interest to trust and corporate service providers, family offices, entrepreneurs, private bankers, accountants and those with MENA-connected clients or who are looking to develop business in the MENA region.

COST: £25

WHERE: The Rotunda, i2 Office, Royal Avenue, St. Peter Port, Guernsey

WHEN: Tuesday 6 October 2015. Registration from 4pm. Speakers commence at 4.30pm sharp. Close at 6pm.

To make a booking, please complete the registration form. If you would like the seminar to cover a specific Shari'a-related matter, please email in advance and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

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