Abel Lyall > Mourant > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Litigation, Financial Services & Regulatory, Insolvency & Restructuring, International Trusts & Private Client.


Abel’s practice covers all areas of commercial and financial disputes, with a focus on financial institutions, investment funds and trusts. He specialises in insolvency matters, and has extensive experience acting for creditors, directors, shareholders and insolvency practitioners on all aspects of contentious insolvency and asset recovery.

Abel also advises on regulatory issues, and has acted for financial institutions in a number of significant regulatory investigations and proceedings.


Abel studied law at the University of Queensland and was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland (currently non-practising) in 2002. He has also qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales (currently non-practising).

Abel obtained his Certificat d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes from the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie in France in December 2010 and was called to the Guernsey Bar in February 2011.


Abel is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association, INSOL International and the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3).

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Abel LyallMourant

Mourant‘s litigation practice is fully integrated between the firm’s international offshore office network. Trust disputes are a core of the work, and lawyers are often instructed on the most high-profile cases in Guernsey. Another area where the firm stands out is insolvency and restructuring, acting for creditors and liquidators, and the group is experienced in court-ordered schemes of arrangement. On the regulatory front, the department houses go-to lawyers for financial institutions in disputes with the Guernsey regulators. The team is led by Abel Lyall , an experienced court room advocate, and includes trust litigator Jeremy Wessels ; contentious regulatory lawyer Gordon Dawes  and counsel Sandra Duerden, who has built an impressive trust litigation practice.

Guernsey > Private client, trusts and tax

Mourant‘s private wealth practice spans contentious and non-contentious work, and draws on lawyers from across the firm’s offshore office network. The team is led by Gilly Kennedy-Smith, who has significant expertise in international tax and succession advice. Abel Lyall  is noted for representing trustees, settlors and beneficiaries in contentious and semi-contentious trust issues. Jeremy Wessels  is often instructed on contentious trust matters, as is Gordon Dawes .