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Collas Crill

Commercial property Tier 1

Collas Crill handles major deals on the island across the real estate space. Pamela Doherty is a key name for heavyweight real estate deals, including IFC 5 and the island's new Premier Inn (which required construction expertise), while Martin Le Boutillier is active on work for a range of property developers, including both key private names as well as housing associations. Group partner Paul Harben is another key name. Conveyancer Gavin Renault  joined as head of conveyancing from Mourant in April 2019.

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‘A broad team across property, commercial and financing.’

‘Hard working and amenable individuals. The firm as a whole is accessible, there is always someone who can deal with your enquiry or needs on all subjects. They always go above and beyond for my needs.’

‘Pamela Doherty – Property partner is particularly impressive. Knowledgable, unflappable and a shrewd, yet pragmatic negotiator.’

‘Martin Le Boutillier is technically excellent.’

Key clients

Andium Homes


Le Masurier

Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

SG Kleinwort Hambros

Seaton Place Limited

Channel Islands Property Fund

The Liberation Group

Falles Holdings Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Collas Crill's 'exceptionally good' disputes practice covers a varied range of mandates in both the offshore space as well as issues arising on island. Practice head Damian James is active in both high-stakes trusts and commercial disputes. Simon Hurry, on top of further trust litigation work, is able to draw on his experience in the Cayman Islands in handling asset tracing and insolvency matters; he is involved in the Crociani saga for Grant Thornton while of counsel Sam Williams heads a team representing Appleby Trust Mauritius. Nuno Santos-Costa, the firm's senior partner in Jersey, handles varied litigation including prosecuting criminal cases as a Crown Advocate and representing high-net-worth individuals in construction disputes, and in a similar vein Dionne Gilbert handles a mixture of work including commercial matters, landlord and tenant cases and contentious probate. Dan Boxall is another key of counsel, and among the senior associates Daian Sumner joined in October 2019 from AMS Law in the BVI and clients also praise Lynne Calder.

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‘Nuno Santos-Costa is one of the most experienced advocates on the island and is an extremely robust performer in Court.’

‘Damian James consistently provides sage, no-nonsense advice and is unflappable under pressure. He is a highly experienced, persuasive and measured advocate and his manner with clients, colleagues and court alike is considerate and charming. He is a delight to work with.’

‘Dan Boxall is a pleasure to work with. He has an eagle-eye for detail and an encyclopaedic knowledge of each case in which he is involved. He has a keen head for strategy and develops excellent relationships with clients, not least because of his disarmingly self-effacing manner.’

‘Simon Hurry is fast emerging as a serious player in the market. He is extremely thorough and has an excellent court manner which commands the confidence of judges.’

‘Sam Williams, who was recently made up as counsel, is one to watch for the future. He was heavily involved in the long-running Crociani litigation and is extremely able.’

‘Lynne Calder is a Senior Associate; she is an extremely bright lawyer who swiftly gets to the core of a dispute and unfailingly manages to produce high quality work. Her client facing skills are first class.’

Key clients

Vladimir Anatolevich Chernukhin and Navigator Equities Limited

Grant Thornton Limited, acting as Receivers appointed by the Royal Court of Jersey

Juntong BD LP (Cayman) and Vincent Huang

Dandara Jersey Limited

Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Limited

Salzgitter Mannesmann International (USA) Inc. (via Vinson & Elkins)

Salzgitter Mannesmann International GmbH

Banking and finance Tier 2

Collas Crill's group partner Mike Williams , who has a track record of BVI work, handles work for mainstream and specialised banks (with Islamic finance a specific area of expertise), covering real estate both on-island and in the UK and fund finance. He was joined by Matthew Gilley, who joined from Ogier in April 2019, bringing with him a practice on the real estate side of the finance offering. Christine Fox is a key counsel in the team.

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‘The team at Collas Crill has the legal skills and experience to advise on all of my Jersey law matters (and indeed BVI law matters – which saves juggling timezones and provides consistency and ease on invoicing mechanics too).  They know us well and how we work so that they are able to anticipate our needs and the support and input required.’

‘I find Collas Crill to be very good to work with. The advice we receive is always accurate and justified and they can be trusted to work on deals efficiently and cognizant of client need. ‘

‘They delivered their product on time, liaised well with their opposite numbers and were fair on their billing.’

‘Mike Williams leads the team. As well as being a cracking lawyer, he is always around to help, extremely reliable and great fun to work with. His team has a strongly supportive ethos which makes them a pleasure to have on our side.’

Key clients

ABC International Bank

Abu Dhabi Investment Bank

Al Rayan Bank plc

Allied Irish Bank

Allied National Bank

Arab National Bank

Bangkok Bank

Bank of East Asia

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London & The Middle East

Bank Julius Baer

British Arab Commercial Bank

Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Limited


Citibank, N.A.


Clydesdale Bank plc

Credit Agricole

EFG Fund Administration Limited

Equiom Group

Gatehouse Bank plc

Gulf Capital

Habib Bank Zurich plc

Hermes Alternative Investment Management Limited

H.I.G. Europe Capital Partners II L.P.


ICG Alternative Investment Limited


Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Intesa SanPaolo

Investec Bank PLC

Kleinwort Hambros

Lloyds Bank

National Westminster Bank PLC


N M Rothschild & Sons Limited

OakNorth Bank PLC

Parklane Group

Qatari Investment Bank UK Plc (QIB)

QIB (UK) plc



Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Scotland International



Seaton Place Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

State Street Corporation

United Overseas Bank Limited, London Branch

VTB Bank

Wells Fargo

Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Collas Crill's Mike Williams, who heads the practice, is active in cross-border deals, handling both BVI and Jersey law. Matthew Gilley joined at partner level from Ogier in April 2019 - his mandates have involved acting as lead counsel on deals involving global businesses based in Jersey as well as setting up Jersey branches for global businesses. Dilmun Leach, who is also active in funds work, handles a number of on-island deals and matters concerning foreign real estate held through Jersey structures, as well as sensitive corporate governance matters, while counsel Fiona Wilson is a key name below partner level.

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Conor Walsh and Mike Williams are both very professional, attentive and accessible and always meet the required schedules – even the tightest ones. Their high qualities and dedication are things you can always count on.’

Key clients

BDO Limited

Blackgold Investments (Jersey) Limited

CBC UK Limited

Condor Ferries Limited

Credit Suisse AG

Dentons UK and Middle East LLP

Ernst & Young


Generali Worldwide Insurance

Grant Thornton

Green & Smart Holdings PLC

Hawksford Trust Company Limited

Highvern (formerly Coutts trust company)

JTC plc

Kleinwort Hambros Societe Generale Group


Lateral Propco Limited

Liberation Group

M1 Real Estate

Mansell Collection

MBU Capital (UK) LLP

Nedgroup Trust (Jersey) Limited

Northern Trust (Guernsey) Limited

Och-Ziff Management Europe Limited

Petrotiger Ltd

Prudential Assurance Company Limited

Ravenscroft Limited

Sanne plc

Seaton Place Limited

Vauban Limited

Investment funds Tier 2

Collas Crill group partner Dilmun Leach advises on real estate, venture capital and hedge fund work, with a number of mandates coming from start-up managers. Other work comes from the investor-side, and private funds handling novel assets and involve distributed ledger technology. David Walters is a key senior associate.

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‘A very personable and approachable firm. Practical and solution-driven.’

‘Collas Crill are very pro-active and quick off the mark to provide updates on topics that are relevant to the funds industry. ‘

‘Dilmun Leach is very approachable and friendly, and responsive in terms of advice. He takes a commercial approach to issues raised in the context of transactions.’

Key clients

Seaton Place Limited

Marchmont FM Limited

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 2

Kellyann Ozouf heads the private wealth practice at Collas Crill, which handles a range of matters concerning contentious and semi-contentious matters, covering private wealth for island residents and those overseas (with a particular following in the Middle East), as well as charitable, religious and pension trusts. She was joined in September 2019 by counsel Laura Perkins, who brought with her BVI law experience from Harneys in Tortola. Nick Marshall is a key senior associate, and Bonnie McPartland a notable associate whose practice straddles advisory work and litigation.

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‘The team really do understand the industry that they service and know how trustees and others really think on a day to day basis giving them an ability to provide clear concise and pragmatic advice which always seeks to get the best outcome for all parties involved.’

‘CC are a brilliant firm. You cannot understate the importance of a truly international outlook in your tax and estate planning lawyers, the ability to look across jurisdictions and add real value to complex multi-national clients. CC’s expertise are second to none but they are also really approachable and friendly. They really are serious players in the private wealth world and they pack some considerable punch.’

‘Collas Crill combine technical strength and expertise with an ability to translate that into clear, usable language. On a personal level, everyone I have dealt with at the firm has the same friendly, approachable manner – they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Both Nick and Kellyann always make themselves available and no engagement is either too big or too small and they are not scared to roll their sleeves up on difficult instructions to get the right answer.’

‘We dealt with Laura Perkins who put in many hours in a short period of time to understand the problem and devise a solution. She then carried that through  to a very satisfactory outcome. Laura was excellent in explaining what she had to do and on hand to give practical advice.’

‘Kellyann Ozouf is the epitome of what a leading private client partner should be, a technically brilliant practitioner who has the personal touch that allows her to lead a cutting edge team and also strike immediate and lasting relationships of trust with clients.’

Key clients

Intertrust Group

Stonehage Fleming

SG Kleinwort Hambros Trust Company (CI) Limited

JTC Group – Jersey and Switzerland

Nedgroup Trust (Jersey) Limited

Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited

Pinnacle Trustees Limited

Apex Group Limited


Trident Trust Company Limited

Rawlinson & Hunter

Ocorian (previously Estera)

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, New York

Wedlake Bell LLP London

Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York

Fiduchi Limited

Collas Crill is an offshore firm with offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and London. With 38 partners and directors, and 80 other lawyers and legal professionals, Collas Crill deliver a comprehensive range of legal services to clients locally and around the globe.

Clients include some of the world’s leading financial institutions, international businesses, trusts and funds, as well as HNW individuals and families, alongside an established network of independent and trusted partners.

The firm is committed to the local communities in which they operate and to the wellbeing of their people, and seek to build and develop a reflective CSR programme.

Practice areas
Banking and finance: 
Collas Crill’s banking and finance teams in Guernsey, Jersey, BVI and Cayman act on both borrower and lender side for banks, funds, institutional and private investors, government linked organisations and global development corporations. They are on the panel of and work for leading retail banks including RBS, HSBC, Santander as well as private banks such as Investec, Coutts, Rothschild and Arbuthnot Latham and Islamic banks (namely ABC, BLME, ADIB, QIB, Gatehouse and Al Rayan Bank).

They have particular expertise in (a) real estate finance (in financing investment in office buildings, luxury apartments, warehouses, co-living and co-working accommodation, and leisure facilities to name a few) (b) Islamic finance transactions (c) acquisition and leveraged finance (d) structured finance, note issues (e) fund finance (f) debt restructuring.

They are able to advise on BVI and Cayman finance matters from the Channel Islands in a UK time zone.

Capital markets: Collas Crill’s global capital markets team act on a broad range of debt, equity and derivative capital markets transactions on all of the major exchanges in the UK, Europe and the US. We are typically instructed by an array of issuers, banks, brokers, underwriters, sponsors and other advisors in respect of initial applications, secondaries, M&A transactions (including by scheme of arrangement), warrant and option programmes, EBTs and general continuing obligations, and we have significant experience in acting for activist shareholders. Through our in house listing agents, we also provide a comprehensive legal and advisory service to international companies listing securities on The International Stock Exchange and the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange.

Commercial and residential property: Collas Crill’s full service property team in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey is recognised by clients for its responsive, friendly and commercially aware approach. The firm’s property specialists have the local knowledge and expertise to not only offer top quality advice on all residential and commercial property transactions, but to give meaningful opinions and anticipate challenges and opportunities at every stage of the process. The firm is consistently recognised as a leader across the Channels Islands and the Cayman Islands.

The firm acts for landlords and tenants, private individuals, banks, corporates and investments funds and works with the islands’ largest property developers of both residential and commercial property. Across the jurisdictions, the firm is known for advising on complex real estate transactions, boasting one of the largest and most experienced property teams.

In the Channel Islands, the firm also established a UK real estate and real estate finance team advising international clients investing in and financing UK real estate.

In the Cayman Islands, the firm has secured highly-coveted panel positions as preferred attorneys for most of the Class A Banks.

The team routinely is involved with negotiations with government authorities with respect to acquisitions, commercial activities, licencing and all regulatory matters.

Corporate and commercial: With offices in Guernsey, Jersey, BVI and Cayman, Collas Crill’s corporate team advises a broad range of banks, trust companies, private equity, listed and unlisted corporates, HNWs and families, their directors, and shareholders, with particular expertise in the energy, utilities, digital assets, medical, transport, licensed premises and real estate sectors. Work includes (a) complex international M&A, especially in relation to regulated parties (b) corporate structuring, joint ventures, PE investment and fund vehicles, SPVs, SPACs and associated listing of vehicles on TISE (c) IPOs, secondary offerings and structured products (d) a top regulatory practice advising clients on a host of risk and regulation issues including investigations and disciplinary hearings, aspects of corporate governance, directors duties, AML, data protection, competition law and economic substance, (e) restructuring, insolvency and migration of corporate vehicles (f) commercial agreements, distribution, outsourcing, technology and licensing contracts . The team also works closely with its top ranking litigation teams in each jurisdiction in relation to complex insolvencies and shareholder disputes.

Dispute resolution: One of the largest and most experienced teams in the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands and the BVI, we handle (1) commercial and financial services litigation including complex shareholder disputes and activism, Section 238 fair value proceedings, professional indemnity claims, contractual and investment fund disputes, fraud, asset tracing, enforcement actions and freezing injunctions (2) insolvency and restructuring, advising voluntary, provisional and official liquidators, liquidation committees, directors, creditors and investors, companies and shareholders in relation to liquidations, schemes of arrangement and compromise, restructuring strategies, and reduction of share capital petitions (3) contentious trusts and probate, acting for trustees, beneficiaries, settlors and protectors as well as parties to divorce proceedings impacting on offshore trusts and, (4) regulatory disputes, claims and investigations, including utilities regulation, TIEAs, enforcement action and breaches of sanctions, AML, data protection and money laundering laws and financial crime.

Investment funds: Collas Crill’s fund specialists offer advice on all aspects relating to the establishment, authorisation and structuring of funds and related investment vehicles. The firm has particular expertise acting for emerging managers who are building their business and acting for institutional investors, including acting for private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds on joint venture and fund investments, as well as planning their internal corporate structures.

International Private Client and Trusts:  We work with wealthy individuals, family controlled businesses and entrepreneurs to manage and protect wealth across generations, and to succession plan. We represent trustees, settlors, protectors and beneficiaries and have extensive experience of private wealth structuring including pensions, foundations and trusts, and we have particular experience of shariah compliant structuring. We work closely with our corporate and litigation teams in respect of corporate structures within family trusts, trust issues arising from divorce or family disputes, and contentious and semi-contentious trusts matters including mistake applications, and variations.

We also have a specialized team to assist in all aspects of wills, estate planning and administration, succession planning, probate, guardianship and powers of attorney.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner; Private client; Wills and estates Dionne Gilbert +44 (0) 1534 601733
Partner; Head of private client and trusts; Kellyann Ozouf +44 (0) 1534 601736
Group managing partner Jason Romer +44 (0) 1534 601696
Partner; Head of commercial and residential property Martin Le Boutillier +44 (0) 1534 601727
Group partner; Banking and finance; Corporate and commercial; Capital markets; Funds; UK real estate; Private client Matt Gilley +44 (0) 1534 601691
Group partner; Head of corporate and commercial; Capital markets; Banking and finance Mike Williams +44 (0) 1534 601706
Senior partner; Dispute resolution; Insolvency and restructuring; Contentious trusts; Risk and regulatory Nuno Santos-Costa +44 (0) 1534 601731
Partner; Corporate and residential property Pamela Doherty +44 (0) 1534 601655
Group Partner; Dispute resolution; Insolvency and restructuring; Contentious trusts Simon Hurry +44 (0) 1534 601740
Partner; Head of dispute resolution Damian James +44 (0) 1534 601733
Group partner; International private clients & trusts Laura Perkins +44 (0) 1534 601642
Group partner; Funds Sam Sturrock +44 (0) 1534 601742
Group partner; Dispute resolution Sam Williams +44 (0) 1534 601638
Of counsel; Dispute resolution Dan Boxall +44 (0) 1534 601746
Of counsel; Banking and finance Christine Fox +44 (0) 1534 601768
Of counsel; Corporate, finance and funds Fiona Wilson +44 (0) 1534 601738
Photo Name Position Profile
 Kirsten Bailey  photo Kirsten Bailey Associate
 Daisy Bovingdon  photo Daisy Bovingdon Associate: Dispute Resolution
 Dan Boxall  photo Dan Boxall Of Counsel. Deals with high-value, complex commercial and trust litigation. Focus on…
 Caitlin Bruce  photo Caitlin Bruce Associate and practices broadly in the fields of commercial litigation, insolvency and…
 Lynne Calder  photo Lynne Calder Senior Associate
 Courtney Clelland  photo Courtney Clelland Associate
 Craig Dinnett  photo Craig Dinnett Associate
 Pamela Doherty  photo Pamela Doherty Partner in the Property department at Collas Crill Jersey qualified Advocate and…
 Christine Fox  photo Christine Fox Of Counsel specialising in banking and finance
 Dionne Gilbert  photo Dionne Gilbert Dionne is a highly skilled litigator with 20 years’ experience offering an…
 Matt Gilley  photo Matt Gilley Group Partner
 Simon Hurry  photo Simon Hurry Group Partner and Advocate. Simon has developed a practice focused on high…
 Damian James  photo Damian James Partner, Jersey advocate, and Head of Dispute Resolution. He is one of…
 Martin Le Boutillier  photo Martin Le Boutillier Partner specialising in commercial property and real estate finance. He has a particular…
 Bonnie McPartland  photo Bonnie McPartland Associate in Collas Crill’s Trust and Fiduciary team.  Bonnie advises on non-contentious…
 Kellyann Ozouf  photo Kellyann Ozouf Partner and head of the award winning International Private Client & Trust…
 Laura Perkins  photo Laura Perkins Group Partner
Mr Alexander Price  photo Mr Alexander Price Associate – specialising in real estate finance and Islamic finance
 Gavin Renault  photo Gavin Renault Head of Conveyancing
 Nuno Santos-Costa  photo Nuno Santos-Costa Senior partner, head of dispute resoltion team in Jersey, Magistrate.  He specialises in…
 Sam Sturrock  photo Sam Sturrock Partner
 Daian Sumner  photo Daian Sumner Senior Associate
 Conor Walsh  photo Conor Walsh Associate in the Corporate Finance and Funds department of Collas Crill’s Jersey…
 David Walters  photo David Walters Associate in the Corporate Finance and Funds department of Collas Crill’s Jersey…
 Alex Wileman-Smith  photo Alex Wileman-Smith Alex is an Associate in Collas Crill’s Jersey Corporate, Finance and Funds…
 Mike Williams photo Mike Williams As Group Partner, Mike is an experienced corporate and banking and finance…
 Sam Williams  photo Sam Williams Advocate and Senior Associate. Sam is an experienced litigator who has worked…
 Fiona Wilson  photo Fiona Wilson Senior Associate specialising in investment funds, regulatory, data protection, employment, mergers and…
Number of partners and directors : 16
Number of other fee-earners : 20

After a busy year in offshore litigation, what
lies ahead in 2020? (
Christian Hay gives an overview of Collas Crill’s disputes work in 2019 and discusses the challenges and trends that can be expected over the next year