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Collas Crill

Commercial property Tier 1

Collas Crill recently handled a number of Guernsey’s most significant property acquisitions, developments and relocation exercises involving landmark hospitality, retail and commercial premises. Although the firm saw the recent retirement of Chris Bound, the practice remains strong with the likes of Jason GreenPaul Nettleship and senior associate Donald Millar acting for a broad client portfolio of property developers, investors, financial lenders, local businesses and private clients.


‘Collas Crill has a really impressive real estate finance team and advised us as lender on all aspects of the property finance including title, construction and security, including enforcement where required.’

‘The team has a great depth of knowledge and has worked with us on complicated issues offering a pragmatic approach to solving problems.’

‘The Collas Crill team is about ‘the people’ both externally and internally. This breaks down many of the barriers between the legal profession and others, which is refreshing!’

‘Knowledge and expertise is second to none! Great trust and rapport which makes referring business and clients very easy.’

‘Collectively aligned and knowledgeable of all cases; Straight talking, pragmatic, very real, extremely approachable.’

‘Donald Millar and Michael Morris are easy to do business with, pragmatic and commercial and I enjoy working with them.’

‘Jason Green offers both property knowledge and also provides common sense options and alternatives to problems that always arise in complicated transactions – he is also quick to notice where there maybe issues so that parties can discuss and resolve.’

Key clients


Investec Bank

SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank

Castle Trust Capital plc

Arbuthnot Latham

Bank Julius Baer



Channel Islands Property Fund

Guernsey Housing Association

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Collas Crill’s sizeable team of advocates covers the full spectrum of Guernsey’s key areas of litigation, with dedicated teams focussing on contentious trusts, regulatory disputes, insolvency and corporate disputes. Practice head Christian Hay and Gareth Bell regularly receive instructions from international banks, financial institutions and other law firms, while Michael Adkins acts on some of Guernsey’s key domestic regulatory matters, representing significant Guernsey businesses, investment vehicles,  financial services licensees and utilities companies.


‘Hard working and proactive. Their market knowledge combines well with a pragmatism in their advice.’

‘Broad knowledge base and an ability to advise competently on a wide variety of matters.’

‘Approachable and very easy to work with.’

‘We have worked closely with the disputes team on a very fragile family case and the team have been excellent and incredibly helpful throughout proceedings.’

‘Well connected in the local market. Responsive and focused on client needs and very comfortable operating as part of a wider team.’

‘Christian Hay is good with clients and ensures consistency of service quality.’ 

‘David O’Hanlon is responsive and helpful – a good strategic thinker.’

‘Michael Adkins is a fighter who knows his stuff on insolvency matters.’

‘Michael Adkins is very experienced and extremely capable; my go-to advocate on the island.’

‘Senior associate James Tee is knowledgeable, capable, commercial, and a great individual to work with.’

‘Quentin Bregg is a standout individual, very capable indeed.’

‘David O’Hanlon is smart and always engaged, not just from a legal perspective but also strategically.’

‘Mike Adkins is technically very good and a useful lead into the Guernsey insolvency market.’

Key clients

Rothschild Trust Guernsey

Rawlinson & Hunter SA

Artemis Trustees

Butterfield Bank (Guernsey)

Alderney Renewable Energy

Sark Electricity

Guernsey Housing Association

Liberation Group

Investec Bank (CI)

Louvre Trust (Guernsey)

Trident Trust Guernsey

Stewarts Law

Burges Salmon

CMS Cameron Mckenna

Robins Russell

Clifford Chance

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

K&L Gates

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

DLA Piper UK

Banking and finance Tier 2

At Collas Crill, alongside fund finance work and real estate matters, group partner Paul Wilkes also has a strong track record in local finance deals. Sean Cheong, who heads the team, handles a broad range of work, including advising lenders on fund financing work, while senior associate Tristan Ozanne advises bank and non-bank lenders.


‘Sean Cheong is very good technically, hard-working and crucially highly responsive. This attitude and approach is also then set as the standard for the junior lawyers in the team to follow and they do so to a high level.’

‘Sean Cheong – I trust her experience and judgement. My top choice in Guernsey, particularly on complex matters.’

‘Ben Le Page is a magician and a gentleman. Works hard and effectively.  Great to have on the team.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Northern Trust

Butterfield Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

Kleinwort Habros

Rothschild Bank


Capital markets Tier 2

Collas Crill handles debt capital markets work involving TISE listed securities. Paul Wilkes leads these mandates, often working with senior associate Simon Heggs, who is admitted in the Isle of Man.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Collas Crill covers the offshore corporate piece, with real estate deals and restructuring forming sources of interesting recent work. Paul Wilkes has a track record of handling international real estate deals, and Wayne Atkinson has a practice covering matters ranging from corporate restructuring to matters in highly regulated sectors. Sean Cheong also has corporate structuring expertise.

Key clients

Channel Islands Property Fund

Prudential Insurance Corporation of America

Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund

The Liberation Group


India Capital Growth Fund



Rothschild Private Wealth

Investment funds Tier 3

Collas Crill covers both listed funds as well as mid-size private funds, some of which invest in unusual assets such as litigation finance, while the firm also advises institutional investors on limited partner commitments. Paul Wilkes, Sean Cheong and Wayne Atkinson are all active in funds work as part of the firm's broader corporate and finance practice.

Key clients


EquityBridge Asset Management

Channel Islands Property Fund

Riverside Capital Group

Freedom Asset Management

SA Alpha

Cannon Asset Management

Da Vinci Group

Calunius Capital

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 3

Collas Crill’s recent highlights evidence a particular strength in the growing semi-contentious space, with the team handling the division of trust settlements arising from family disputes, set-aside applications, trustee replacements and breach of trust claims. Angela Calnan assists the team’s growing client base of local and international private clients, banks and trust companies with the full range of non-contentious matters including the establishment and administration of wealth structures, and is noted for her experience with clients from the Arab world. Joanne Seal leads a commendable wills and probate practice which encompasses succession and estate planning matters. Kerrie Le Tissier is now a professional support lawyer.


‘Excellent team with good knowledge and responsive to client needs.’

‘The team are all very approachable, efficient and responsive. They are more user-friendly than some of their competitors.’

‘The team are incredibly personable, it is so easy to pick up the phone and speak to any one of them and get a direct response and an initial opinion. They have an answer for most things and if they need to ‘have a look at it’ you always get a response the same day which is imperative as most modern clients work within short time parameters.’

‘Greg Haddow – exceptional knowledge and service from this associate. He is one to watch for the future as he is a shinning star.’

‘Angela Calnan has a great way of putting people at their ease while also filling you with confidence that she knows exactly what she is doing.’

‘Angela Calnan leads from the front with her team. She has a great sense of humour and can lighten even the toughest of situations. She also is incredibly hard working and knowledgeable and someone you can always rely on.’

Greg Haddow is cut from the same cloth as Angela Calnan and will be leading a team in no time. He is great at engaging clients and getting us to think of the situations ourselves (and not just giving us his opinion) and is always there at the end of the phone to discuss any matter.’

Collas Crill is an offshore firm with offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Singapore. With 34 partners and directors, and 85 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 takes pride in its roots and the local communities in which they operate, and continue to build a CSR programme to reflect this.

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance
Collas Crill’s well-established banking and finance team have worked with some of the best known transactions both internationally and locally. The firm was the first to manage public/private financing and has one of the largest portfolio of lending transactions within the commercial property market in the Channel Islands. The team also has expertise in Islamic finance structures and funds finance transactions.

Capital Markets
The firm’s capital markets team has substantial onshore as well as offshore capital markets experience, providing a depth understanding of all aspects of capital markets structures and the commercial drivers that underpin transactions. The team advise on the full range of equity and debt capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, structured finance and securitisations, bond issuance, and TISE and CSX listings.

Commercial and Residential Property
This full service property team in Guernsey, Jersey and the Cayman Islands 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 commercial and residential 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, working on many of the major transactions with the largest property developers in Guernsey and Jersey.

Corporate and Commercial
With a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience across its offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey, London and Singapore, Collas Crill ensure that advice is provided in the context of other key global offshore centres and with a knowledge of the bigger, global picture. Corporate expertise includes listings duties and liabilities of directors, migrations and restructurings.

Dispute Resolution
One of the largest dispute resolution teams in the Channel Islands with a growing team in the Cayman Islands, the firm has unrivalled experience in heavyweight commercial and trusts disputes. The firm co-ordinates advice from its multi-jurisdictional teams, so clients benefit from a wealth of international knowledge and experience.

Offering advice on strategic employment, and to directors and key executives, the firm has significant experience in all forms of contentious and non-contentious/advisory employment advice. The team is supported by a strong litigation practice working alongside its trusts, funds and corporate practices to support employment issues arising from regulatory investigations, trust company mergers and corporate activity.

Insolvency and Restructuring
The firm provides advice to businesses on legislation and procedures in Jersey and Guernsey, regularly acting on matters of a complex and cross-jurisdictional nature.

Intellectual Property
Collas Crill is the only Channel Islands firm to offer an innovative, fully integrated IP service. The firm registers, manages and provides IP portfolio services to clients throughout the world, and from their base in Guernsey, can provide structured IP ownership schemes to help maximise the potential and commercialisation of IP assets.

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.

Private Client
Its award-winning team works closely with HNW clients cross the globe to ensure their wealth is protected, both now and for future generations.

Risk and Regulatory
A leader in the provision of risk and regulatory advice across the Channel Islands, the firm advises on a wide range of matters including general regulatory and compliance corporate governance; anti-money laundering (AML) advice and non-financial services regulatory matters.

Collas Crill’s technology team assists clients to take advantage of opportunities in the exciting and fast moving world of technology; including blockchain, digital assets, artificial intelligence, fintech/insure-tech/regtech, social media and online business. The firm has broad experience of advising clients from across the technology sector from start-ups to industry leading businesses and institutional investors.

Trust & Fiduciary
The firm has an extensive range of experience in terms of particular products or service lines, including pensions and Shariah, and many of the team have worked in other international off and onshore jurisdictions prominent in the world of wealth management. This award winning team has associated skills in dispute resolution, risk and regulatory, and image protection.

UK Real Estate
In 2010, Collas Crill became the first offshore law firm in the Channel Islands to establish a dedicated UK Real Estate Practice. The team is highly experienced in dealing with the broad range of commercial and residential real estate available to investors, bringing city standards of service delivered from offshore in relation to individual investment properties as well as all sizes of real estate portfolios.

Wills and Estate Planning
The team can assist in all aspects of wills, estate planning and administration, succession planning, probate, guardianship and powers of attorney, they also regularly act on multi-party actions for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Other offices: BVI, Cayman Islands, Jersey, Hong Kong (representative office), London, Singapore

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner; Banking and finance; Funds; Capital markets; Coporate and commercial; Insolvency and restructing Sean Cheong +44 (0) 1481 734202
Partner; Head of Commercial property; Residential property Jason Green +44 (0) 1481 734216
Partner; Commercial property; Residential property Paul Nettleship +44 (0) 1481 734200
Group partner; Corporate and commercial; Funds; Risk and regulatory Wayne Atkinson +44 (0) 1481 734225
Group partner; Head of corporate and commercial; Banking and finance; Funds; Risk and regulatory; Paul Wilkes +44 (0) 1481 734268
Managing partner; Head of dispute resolution; Insolvency and restructuring; Contentious trusts; Trust and fiduciary Christian Hay +44 (0) 1481 734290
Partner; Dispute resolution; Insolvency and restructuring Gareth Bell +44 (0) 1481 734214
Group partner; Private client; Wills and estates Joanne Seal +44 (0) 1481 734261
Partner; Dispute resolution; Risk and regulatory; Insolvency and restructuring; Contentious trusts Michael Adkins +44 (0) 1481 734231
Partner; Dispute resolution; Contentious trusts; Employment Ben Havard +44 (0) 1481 734248
Partner; Dispute resolution; Contentious trusts David O'Hanlon +44 (0) 1481 734259
Group partner; Head of UK real estate Michael Morris +44 (0) 1481 734263
Group partner; Head of private client and trusts; Wills and estates Angela Calnan +44 (0) 1481 734233
Photo Name Position Profile
 Michael Adkins  photo Michael Adkins
 Wayne Atkinson  photo Wayne Atkinson
Advocate Alexandra Bassford  photo Advocate Alexandra Bassford
 Gareth Bell  photo Gareth Bell
 Annabel Bishop  photo Annabel Bishop
 Quentin Bregg  photo Quentin Bregg
 Angela Calnan  photo Angela Calnan
Mr Sean Cheong photo Mr Sean Cheong
 Jack Crisp  photo Jack Crisp
 Thomas Cutts-Watson  photo Thomas Cutts-Watson
Mrs Anna Agnieszka Douglass  photo Mrs Anna Agnieszka Douglass
 Cerisse Fisher  photo Cerisse Fisher
 Jason Green  photo Jason Green
 Gregory Haddow  photo Gregory Haddow
 Ben Havard  photo Ben Havard
 Christian Hay  photo Christian Hay
 Simon Heggs  photo Simon Heggs
 David Jeffery  photo David Jeffery
 Ian Kirk  photo Ian Kirk
 Ben Le Page  photo Ben Le Page
 Shelagh Mason  photo Shelagh Mason
 Donald Millar  photo Donald Millar
 David Moore  photo David Moore
 Gareth Morgan  photo Gareth Morgan
 Michael Morris  photo Michael Morris
 Paul Nettleship  photo Paul Nettleship
 David O’Hanlon  photo David O’Hanlon
 Tristan Ozanne  photo Tristan Ozanne
 Nin Ritchie  photo Nin Ritchie
 Jason Romer  photo Jason Romer
 Joanne Seal  photo Joanne Seal
 Emma Taylor  photo Emma Taylor
 James Tee  photo James Tee
 Alex Wickens  photo Alex Wickens
 Paul Wilkes  photo Paul Wilkes
Number of partners and directors : 13
Number of other fee-earners : 31

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