Bio

John Bisson is a Partner within and leads the Property department in Jersey.

He joined Appleby in 1971, and became a partner when he qualified as a Jersey Solicitor in 1987.  He is a former Chairman of the Executive Board and Group General Counsel.

John specialises in commercial and residential property development and has advised on many major and innovative commercial property developments in Jersey. He is widely acknowledged as the leading commercial property practitioner in the Island.

Work Highlights

Recent examples of work include advising:

  • Dandara in its site acquisitions, development, funding of the acquisitions and development, lettings and ultimate sale of Gaspe House the most prestigious and largest single office block in Jersey
  • A private family in the reorganisation of a large residential and commercial portfolio including a number of town centre retail buildings following the death of the owner
  • A private family in the acquisition of town centre retail premises for redevelopment into new premises for the conduct of their high end jewellery business
  • Dandara in its purchase of three hotel sites from various vendors and an innovative agreement for the transfer of ownership to and the construction of hundreds of units of dwelling accommodation for Andium Homes Limited, the social housing vehicle of the Government of Jersey
  • The Aedifica Group of Belgium in their acquisition of a portfolio of nursing homes in Jersey and the letting of them to the international residential homes operator the Emera Group of France
  • Dandara in its agreement with the Government of Jersey for the construction of a new Government headquarters building to permit rationalisation of the Government’s property portfolio by bringing many Government departments under the same roof

Recognition

John is recognised by Chambers UK 2023 as a Senior Statesperson. Legal 500 UK 2021 refers to John as “a veteran of the Jersey property scene” and clients say John is “simply one of, if not the best, property lawyer in Jersey… very high attention to detail but practical as well”.

In Chambers 2017, he was deemed “efficient, prompt and concise” by clients, and also recognised as a Notable Practitioner and Senior Statesperson.

He was named a Leader in his Field by Chambers UK 2015. In Chambers Europe 2014 John was described as “a formidable figure in the real estate market. “He has a huge reputation in this area,” say clients, adding: “His input enabled us to achieve everything we wanted to.”

He was also named a Leader in his Field by Chambers Europe 2011 and 2010, and listed as “a leading light in property law”  by Chambers Global 2009. The directory went on to commend him for being “knowledgeable and diplomatic” and commented on his skill at handling “even the most difficult and complex transactions”.

Memberships & Associations

Joh is a member of, and was previously President of the Law Society of Jersey.

“[John] is excellent.”

The Legal 500
UK

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