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

As ‘one of the leading lights in the jurisdiction‘, Mourant’s Guernsey dispute resolution practice is instructed by trustees and joint liquidators on major trust litigation, insolvent funds proceedings and contentious business restructurings as led by practice head Abel Lyall and international litigation head Jeremy WesselsChristopher Edwards and Gordon Dawes take the lead on regulatory disputes (including AML actions), cross-border tax disputes and GFSC investigations. Financial services clients are the primary focus on this side. At the sub-partner level, counsel Chantal Barrett applies her knowledge of insurance law to weighty commercial litigation, while senior associate Benjamin Manchak and counsel Sandra Duerden (who brings French and German language capabilities) provide additional support in international trust disputes.

Guernsey > Private client, trusts and tax

Mourant’s international trust and private client practice sources clients from a vast array of jurisdictions, including South Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, India and Australia. Team head Abel Lyall, associate Alexander Hawkins (a ‘stand-out talent‘ who recently joined from an Australian firm) and new partner recruit Gillian Kennedy-Smith (who joined from Mills & Reeve LLP) assist institutional trustees and high-net-worth individuals with all structuring matters, including innovative hybrid corporate and foundation structures. Associate Diana Rodriguez handles pensions instructions. Previous practice head Matthew Guthrie departed to Ogier.