A team from Bedell Cristin in Jersey has advised Produce Investments as lead counsel on its sale of The Jersey Royal Company to Albert Bartlett, a major deal for the island’s agricultural industry which is expected to provide a sustainable future for its biggest export, the iconic Jersey Royal potato, while continuing to deliver a great product for consumers.

The Jersey Royal Company was formed into its current model more than 20 years ago and was purchased by Produce Investments in 2014. Family-owned Albert Bartlett has packed and marketed Jersey potatoes for multiple generations and has had a dedicated packing and growing infrastructure on the island since 2008. Consolidation of these leading Jersey producers was completed following approval from the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority.

The Bedell Cristin team was led by Jersey heads of corporate and property, Guy Westmacott and Jeff O’Boyle, with support from specialists including partner Richard Le Liard, managing associate Louise Hassell, associates Tom Johnson and David Lobato Taylor and trainee solicitor Naomi Ryan.

Tim Pearce, Bedell Cristin’s Global Managing Partner, commented: “Having advised Produce Investments on its purchase of The Jersey Royal Company and a range of legal matters since, we have enjoyed a strong relationship with this client for almost a decade and were delighted to see the sale complete successfully. This was an important, high-profile transaction for the island and our involvement again underlines Bedell Cristin’s credentials as a leading Jersey legal adviser on headline corporate deals.”