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Anthony Williams

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Dispute Resolution


Anthony is Head of Dispute Resolution in Guernsey.

Anthony has significant experience in many areas of corporate litigation and dispute resolution. He has a particular expertise in high value and complex commercial litigation, with particular focus on investment fund disputes, regulatory enforcement, contentious insolvency matters, asset-tracing and recovery work, and trust litigation. Anthony has also appeared with success in the Court of Appeal.

Anthony’s experience includes:

  • Advising HSBC on the transfer of their banking businesses in both Jersey and Guernsey into the respective Jersey and Guernsey branches of HSBC Bank Plc pursuant to a scheme in each jurisdiction. This is the first court sanctioned scheme of this kind in Guernsey
  • Acting for a minority shareholder in multi-jurisdictional proceedings involving high value and strategic assets located in the Russian Federation, in connection with a high profile and complex dispute involving the majority shareholders.
  • Advising a prominent trustee in relation to an application for norwich pharmacal relief in connection with an ongoing dispute in England concerning a major fraud involving high value assets located in Eastern Europe.
  • Acting for an Icelandic bank in connection with an application to recognise foreign insolvency proceedings.
  • Acting for and advising a prominent custodian in relation to proceedings involving an investment fund providing litigation funding services.
  • Acting for a major US Hedge fund in relation to a dispute involving a Guernsey investment fund.
  • Acting for a global bank in connection with claw back claims instituted by the US Trustee of Madoff and the Liquidators of Fairfield.
  • Regularly advising various funds and fund service providers including custodians and investment managers / advisors as regards their rights and obligations vis-à-vis one another and the proper interpretation of the constitutive documents.


Anthony qualified as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2012. Anthony is also admitted to the roll of solicitors of England and Wales (non-practising) and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia.




Anthony is a member of R3, INSOL International, the Insolvency Practitioners Association, and the Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts.


University of Queensland (Australia); Université de Caen (France)


Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Anthony Williams - Appleby

Within: Dispute resolution

Appleby’s ‘very strong team’ is ‘capably led’ by ‘calm and cool-headed strategic thinkerAnthony Williams, who is ‘a first-rate advocate and has an outstanding reputation’ on the island, according to one client. Supported by counsel Richard Sheldon and associate Camilla Cook, Williams led the advice to an individual with regard to his application for Hastings-Bass relief against the trustee of his offshore retirement annuity trust, and the firm was instructed by a financial institution as the trustee in a trust dispute with its settlor pertaining to unexpected tax charges following the transfer of funds into the structure. On the regulatory side, the group continues to advise Blenheim on the enforcement actions filed against it by the GFSC arising from a fraud by one of its former directors. Alison MacKrill recently arrived from Carey Olsen with senior associate Paula Fry to bolster the practice.

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Within: Employment

Counsel Richard Sheldon ‘uses his experience and judgement well’ to lead Appleby’s employment offering across the Channel Islands. The Guernsey team advises many of the island’s financial institutions on the employment issues arising out of restructurings, regulatory changes and senior executive moves. Dispute resolution head Anthony Williams is currently leading the advice to a client with regard to the review and reform of its collective bargaining structures, which could include de-recognising one of its trade unions. In other highlights, Sheldon teamed up with the corporate department to handle the employment issues relating to Estera’s acquisition of Heritage. On the contentious side, the group was instructed to oversee an independent investigation into the chief compliance officer of a fiduciary company in light of allegations that he had sought to suppress information from the board and the regulator. Other notable clients include Sanne, HSBC and Barclays.

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Private client, trusts and tax

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

At Appleby, ‘staff are professional and knowledgeable’; the dedicated private client offering consists of Alison MacKrill and senior associate Paula Fry, who recently joined from Carey Olsen. The group was recently appointed as Guernsey counsel by a fiduciary entity with regard to the transfer of trusteeship of ten settlements. Anthony Williams continues to represent the beneficiary and claimant in a significant longstanding dispute with a major wealth management company which refused to terminate the trust and distribute the funds, as requested by the claimant, so as not to breach local anti-money laundering laws. In other highlights, David Dorgan – who shares his time between Jersey and Guernsey – led the advice to a trust structure with regard to the substantial distribution of funds to the settlor, with specific attention paid to the protection of the trustee, and English counsel instructed Dorgan’s team to oversee the potential termination of a defined benefits scheme which raised novel questions relating to insolvent trusts.

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