Firm Profile > Collas Crill > St Helier, Jersey

Collas Crill

Jersey > Commercial property Tier 1

Collas Crill’s commercial property department is retained by an exceptionally diverse client roster comprising developers, lenders, tenants and commercial purchasers and sellers. Headline clients Dandara and Le Masurier have instructed Pamela Doherty and practice head Martin Le Boutillier on major commercial and residential developments involving central St. Helier property. With the assistance of head of conveyancing Gavin Renault, the team also handles multimillion-pound disposals in the hospitality and tourism sectors. Commercial property investment is another strength, evidenced by the team’s handling of prominent building site acquisitions on behalf of property funds clients.

Practice head(s):

Martin Le Boutillier

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Doherty


‘Martin Le Boutillier and Pamela Doherty are extremely knowledgeable in the local market and extremely easy to deal with.’

‘The team are very approachable and their experience in all commercial property areas is second to none.’

‘Pamela Doherty is always pleasant and easy to approach.’

‘Martin Le Boutillier is always dependable, dedicated to his work and has extensive knowledge.’

‘Gavin Renault is responsive and dedicated and has more than 40 years of local experience.’

‘Pamela Doherty demonstrated fantastic knowledge and flexibility to complete what was a rather complicated property transaction that needed to be completed within a short time frame whilst all parties to the transaction were in lockdown. She and her team made use of technology to ensure documents, meetings and KYC were handled in a timely manner, with ease and professionalism while exercising flexibility and initiative to overcome the hurdles thrown up by Covid-19.’

Key clients

Castle Properties

Channel Islands Property Fund



Le Masurier

Liberation Group

Modern Hotels

SG Kleinwort Hambros

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Led by Damian James (who is considered 'a leader in his field'), Collas Crill’s dispute resolution practice represents trustees and beneficiaries in high-stakes trust litigation; notable ongoing work concerns disputes arising from generational changes and the division of assets. Sam Williams is also a go-to partner in this space, while Nuno Santos-Costa is highly sought after in the private client sphere, often working in tandem with associate Lynne Calder on large-scale property and construction disputes and broader commercial litigation. In terms of insolvency and restructuring claims, the 'considered, detail-oriented, responsive and collaborativeSimon Hurry is a key market figure for asset recovery actions, commonly with a multijurisdictional element. The team also recently advised on medical negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Damian James

Other key lawyers:

Sam Williams; Nuno Santos-Costa; Lynne Calder; Simon Hurry; Dan Boxall; Kirsten Bailey


‘Damian James is a leader in his field, as effective in court as he is on paper, which is superb. Calm and measured approach identifying the key issues and focusing on the points that count for the client’s best outcome.’

‘One of the big players in Jersey, Collas Crill has highly experienced lawyers with real talent. The team has the ability to deal with the most high profile litigation and is in all the big Channel Island cases.’

‘Nuno Santos-Costa is extremely experienced. he has excellent client-handling skills and is very practical in seeking a solution for his client. Sam Williams is an excellent lawyer who is very good on his feet. He has grown into a highly skilled advocate. Kirsten Bailey is also an extremely good associate.’

‘The team consists of very experienced and knowledgeable lawyers, who are detail oriented and produce excellent advice. They effortlessly absorb the intricacies of a matter and are consistently appointed in construction, property, commercial and and trust disputes.’

‘Nuno Santos-Costa is a very smart lawyer. He understands issues quickly and is a great strategist. He is excellent with clients, has a pragmatic approach and is much sought after. Nuno has a pleasant, knowledgeable demeanour which commands respect.’

‘Lynne Calder is astute and easily gets to the nub of a matter. She is very good with clients, gives sound advice and has a tremendous ability to produce high-quality work.’

‘Simon Hurry was great to work with. The matter we worked on together was extremely time sensitive as well as raising novel, cross-jurisdictional points of law. Simon was considered, detail-oriented, responsive and collaborative. He provided excellent legal and strategic advice and felt like an extension of the team.’

‘Dan Boxall is incredibly astute and diligent and with a keen tactical brain.’

Key clients

Corporate Trustee W Limited

Navigator Equities Limited

Grant Thornton Limited

Equiom Group

Salzgitter Mannesmann International


Kea Investments Limited

Bonhay Investments Limited

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Taylor Wessing

Farrer & Co

Jersey > Banking and finance Tier 2

Collas Crill is strong in fund finance and real estate finance. Regarding the latter, Matthew Gilley recently handled loan restructurings in the hospitality sector while counsel Christine Fox represented lenders in real estate financing with international components. The team deals with borrower-side mandates, including loan facilities and debt-to-equity swaps for airlines and ferry companies with high island significance. The team under practice head Mike Williams is a leading island name for Islamic financing for both lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Mike Williams

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Gilley; Christine Fox; Alexander Price


‘Collas Crill’s Jersey banking team is still quite new to the market, but has proved itself to be a good alternative to the established names. We have used them twice in the last year and have been impressed by their service and delivery.’

‘Keen to develop relationships. Friendly and personable team. Commercially sound and pragmatic advice.’

‘Collas Crill has a great team across the board in all jurisdictions that I have dealt with and I really rate them for their Jersey banking and finance work. They are always responsive and on top of things, even when I know that they are busy working on a number of large transactions at the same time.’

‘Mike Williams does a great job of helping the Collas Crill team to look after us on the Jersey side and seamlessly fitting in with the work that we do for our clients. Mike is a great lawyer and very pragmatic. He always has the big picture in mind, even when it appears that the other side’s Jersey lawyers can’t see the wood for the trees. Alexander Price is one of his key associates and is a pleasure to work with, he knows our team well and so working with him feels like having him on our team too.’

‘Quality team with good understanding of banking and finance.’

‘Collas Crill are easy to do business with. They get the job done with minimal fuss and no last-minute fee creep discussions. They seem hungry for work and deliver a good service.’

‘Responsive, competitive on cost, and practical. The team also offers a very personable and collegial service.’

Key clients

ABC International Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Ahli United Bank (UK) PLC

Allianz Debt Fund

Al Rayan Bank plc

Allied Irish Bank

ASK Partners

Bangkok Bank

Bank of East Asia

Bank of London & The Middle East

Bank Julius Baer

Bank of Nova Scotia

Blue Islands

Butterfield Mortgages

Citibank, N.A.

Gatehouse Bank plc

Habib Bank Zurich plc

Hermes Alternative Investment Management

Hermes Real Estate Senior Debt Fund


ICG Longbow Senior Debt S.A.


Industrial and Commercial Bank of China


Investec Asset Finance Channel Islands

Investec Bank PLC

KB Kookmin Bank London Branch

Kleinwort Hambros

Lloyds Bank

National Westminster Bank PLC

Nedbank Private Wealth

OakNorth Bank PLC

QIB (UK) plc


Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Scotland International


Schroder Unit Trusts

Shanghai Commercial Bank

State Bank of India

Sunlife Assurance Company of Canada

VTB Bank

Yes Bank

Jersey > Investment funds Tier 2

Collas Crill advises on fund formations and management across the breadth of asset classes, with mid-cap and top-shelf investors, as well as licensed fund service providers, appearing in the client portfolio. Recently the team handled real estate fund launches and associated fund financing issues. Taking over from the recently departed Dilmun Leach (who joined WALKERS), practice head Sam Sturrock brings client-facing fund administration and regulatory skills from his role at Jersey Finance.

Practice head(s):

Sam Sturrock


‘I have known Sam Sturrock for many years – he is a stand-out lawyer – clearly knowing his area inside out but importantly personable, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The Collas Crill team are consistently knowledgeable and helpful. Over the years I have dealt with the firm, the personnel may have changed but the level of service has remained the same.’

‘The Collas Crill team are not only experts but personable. They are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Although a smaller player in the funds market, they provide a more personal touch.’

‘I work with Sam Sturrock, who is a highly capable and technical lawyer.’

‘Great and knowledgeable lawyers, very responsive.’

‘I worked with Sam Sturrock who has been very responsive, helpful and knowledgeable. Great person to work with.’

Key clients

Gemini Capital Management (Ireland) Limited

Persepolis Investments

Jersey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 2

The international private client and trusts team at Collas Crill works closely with the firm’s litigation partners on highly complex, cross-jurisdictional matters. 'Top-notch' practice head Kellyann Ozouf acts for clients in trustee tax liability disputes and mistake applications in relation to Jersey foundations. Elsewhere, the team is increasingly sought after to advise on wills and probate matters for high-net-worth individuals; Laura Perkins is a go-to name. Advice is provided on high-value trust restructuring projects.

Practice head(s):

Kellyann Ozouf

Other key lawyers:

Laura Perkins


‘Highly responsive, covers all bases and clear on pricing and timelines.’

‘Very dynamic team, always responsive and on top of the cases. The team has a strong ratio of female representatives, which can be acknowledged in a time where this still remains a challenge in many firms.’

‘Kellyann Ozouf is a top-notch practitioner. Fully dedicated and committed to her clients with great strategic views. She never fails to think out of the box and come up with creative and innovative approach.’

‘The team throughout the Channel Islands worked seamlessly to ensure we connected with the right person. They were all very approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘Kellyann Ozouf was very professional and yet friendly, she provided us with the guidance and assistance we required. Her patience in helping and guiding us through the client communications in order to achieve the desired outcome was greatly appreciated.’

‘Kellyann Ozouf is fantastic. She has both a commercial and technical ability that allows her to navigate workable solutions for clients.’

‘Collas Crill are my go-to firm – not only do they make doing business together easier but they have the diversity of legal practice in house to provide the holistic services our private client structures need. It really is such a pleasure to work with Collas Crill.’

Jersey > Corporate and commercial Tier 3

Collas Crill's corporate, finance and funds vertical maintains a strong reputation in the transport sector, displayed by Matthew Gilley’s handling of critical corporate restructuring exercises and share acquisitions for airline client Blue Islands. Gilley also leads on high-value trust company acquisitions while practice head Mike Williams’ practice cuts across the corporate, capital markets and financial lending disciplines.

Practice head(s):

Mike Williams

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Gilley


‘Mike Williams is incredibly hands-on and responsive during a transaction. He gets the job done on time and within budget.’

‘Mike Williams is highly experienced, very concise and clear yet very approachable and easy to deal with. His advice is always definitive and identifies issues and finds pragmatic solutions.’

‘Accessible, knowledgeable, quick, pragmatic, experience.’

‘What attracts me to Mike Williams is that he is not only advising on both the BVI and Jersey but he actually lived and practised in both countries.’

‘Practical advice displaying understanding of a company management’s concerns and issues. Understanding of the London Stock Exchange listing requirements’

‘Accessible, knowledgeable, practical, realistic and timely.’

Key clients

Blue Islands

BodySmart Finance

Condor Ferries


Highvern (formerly Coutts trust company)

ISP Securities AG



Liberation Group Group

Nedgroup Trust

RBC Trustees


Stonehage Fleming

TEAM plc

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
 Scott Bell  photo Scott Bell Associate.  Having worked exclusively in the private client sector both as a…
 Daisy Bovingdon  photo Daisy Bovingdon Associate: Dispute Resolution
 Dan Boxall  photo Dan Boxall Of Counsel. Highly experienced in large case management, dealing with high-value, complex…
 Caitlin Bruce  photo Caitlin Bruce Associate and practices broadly in the fields of commercial litigation, insolvency and…
 Lynne Calder  photo Lynne Calder Senior Associate
 Craig Dinnett  photo Craig Dinnett Associate, undertaking a range of both contentious and non-contentious private client instructions.
 Pamela Doherty  photo Pamela Doherty Partner in the Property department at Collas Crill Jersey qualified Advocate and…
 Fritha Ford  photo Fritha Ford Of Counsel. Fritha is a Jersey Advocate specialising in trusts-related disputes. With more than…
 Christine Fox  photo Christine Fox Of Counsel practices Jersey and BVI law and specialises in real estate…
 Bradley Gibb  photo Bradley Gibb Associate. Bradley has advised on and been involved with matters relating to construction,…
 Dionne Gilbert  photo Dionne Gilbert Dionne is a highly skilled litigator with 20 years’ experience offering an…
 Matt Gilley  photo Matt Gilley Group Partner of the Corporate, Finance and Funds team in the firm’s…
 Jamie Guyan  photo Jamie Guyan Associate. Jamie trained exclusively in litigation at a leading Scottish firm where he…
 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 Senioe Associate in Collas Crill’s International Private Client and Trust team.  Bonnie…
 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 Ben advises on matters of both Jersey and British Virgin Islands law…
 Gavin Renault  photo Gavin Renault Head of Conveyancing
 Nuno Santos-Costa  photo Nuno Santos-Costa Senior partner in the dispute resoltion team in Jersey, Magistrate.  He specialises in…
 Sam Sturrock  photo Sam Sturrock Group Partner, Corporate, Finance and Funds
 Conor Walsh  photo Conor Walsh Associate in the Corporate Finance and Funds department of Collas Crill’s Jersey…
 Mike Williams photo Mike Williams As Group Partner, Mike is an experienced corporate and banking and finance…
 Sam Williams  photo Sam Williams Group Partner. Sam is an experienced litigator who has worked in Jersey…
 Fiona Wilson  photo Fiona Wilson Of Counsel. Fiona’s practice spans contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters and mergers…
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