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Collas Crill

Guernsey > Commercial property Tier 1

Collas Crill recently acted for both purchasers and sellers on a number of the top-tier commercial property deals in Guernsey. Co-head Paul Nettleship and Jason Green ('responsive, diligent, commercially minded') apply their transactional expertise to a range of mandates, while also advising tenants on leasing negotiations, most notably in the hotel sector. Elsewhere in the hospitality sector, the firm advised a premier pub and brewery chain on ownership changes. Co-head Michael Morris and senior associate Donald Millar — cited as 'a leader in residential property knowledge' by one client — advise financial institutions on property development financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Nettleship; Michael Morris

Other key lawyers:


‘I primarily work with Donald Millar and Michael Morris. Put simply, they are experienced and knowledgeable in all matters property. They have a strong wider team and are able to tackle any questions with have with speed and efficiency. They are quick to make contact when any issues arise and always have a plethora of options available when coming to problem solving.’

‘Pragmatic, supportive and willing to go the extra mile to assist their clients. Their plain-English approach is reassuring and empowering.’

‘Collas Crill have a strong presence in the commercial property market and are able to deal with complex issues relating to commercial leasing, commercial development and commercial sales. This depth and breadth of experience, together with their client care makes them a pleasure to work with, in the knowledge they have the ability to represent your interests fairly and to protect your position.’

‘Donald Millar is a leader in residential property knowledge. If it’s just a five-minute catch up or a full debrief on a client, he always captures the salient points and explains them in layman terms. He is happy to work with banks and clients to solve differences and is a ‘go-to’ lawyer when we have any complicated issues.’

‘Donald Millar’s grounded, down-to-earth, logical and proactive approach continues to be a breath of fresh air. Trying to source pragmatic solutions to any situation that arises and not afraid to take a constructive lead amongst peers to get the deal done, not just for the benefit of his own client.’

‘We particularly enjoy working with Jason Green. We find him responsive, diligent, commercially minded and a good team player.’

‘Paul Nettleship is directly contactable and if not available he has the necessary secretarial and technical support to ensure matters requiring attention can be progressed. A huge advantage in commercial property transactions. He is a respected member of the Guernsey Bar.’

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited

SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank Limited

CapitalRise Finance Limited

Castle Trust Capital plc

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Ltd

Bank Julius Baer

Martin Grant Homes

Garenne Group

Liberation Group

SandpiperCI Limited


Channel Islands Property Fund

Guernsey Housing Association LBG

Claire’s Accessories

Work highlights

  • Acted on the sale by Channel Islands Media Group of its Guernsey Press premises to the Red Fund in the summer of 2020 subject to a leaseback arrangement for the Guernsey Press to enable it to continue to trade from its premises.
  • Acted for Comprop in an agreement for lease between it and Bank Julius Baer in respect of the leasing of a three floors of a new office building at Admiral Park which is in the course of construction.
  • Acted for Arbuthnot Latham & Co on the £23m financing of a portfolio of properties across the Midlands and the North West.

Guernsey > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Collas Crill’s dispute resolution bench thrives on a steady stream of litigation involving contentious trusts, probates and shareholder agreements under the expertise of  'tireless advocateChristian Hay, who heads the practice alongside Gareth Bell and David O’HanlonBen Havard’s contentious trust knowledge is applied to sensitive and high-value family disputes. Michael Adkins, senior associate Nin Ritchie and associate Emma Taylor bring regulatory expertise, with comprehensive wins against the GFSC recently being secured for high-profile individuals and commercial clients. Adkins and of counsel James Tee lead on substantial insolvency proceedings, recently on behalf of joint liquidators in the mining sector.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hay

Other key lawyers:


‘Emma Taylor will go right to the top: Efficient, professional and extremely personable.’

‘Gareth Bell is a very experienced and steady hand on the tiller. Knowledgeable and able to provide comfort when the going gets tough.’ 

‘David O’Hanlon is calm and understated but firm in his advice. Willing to take on board client strategic views and to advise having regard to the ultimate aims.

‘Christian Hay is a tireless advocate for the interests of Collas Crill and Guernsey dispute resolution in general.’

‘Michael Adkins: exceptional lawyer; commercially focused and technically excellent.’

‘James Tee is thorough and prompt to ensure that matters keep pace and the initiative is maintained.’

‘Ben Havard is a pleasure to work with and a charming practitioner who provides quality advice and always offers a clear litigation strategy. He is highly collaborative and knows what his clients want.’

‘Nin Ritchie is at the top of her game. She is a calm, steady pair of hands and can efficiently get to grips with idiosyncratic matters. I continue to be very impressed with her legal knowledge and commercial acumen.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton Channel Islands

FRP Advisory

FSN Capital

Circumference Holdings Ltd

Guernsey Housing Association

White & Case

Payne Hicks Beach


Kingsley Napley

Keystone Law

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Wedlake Bell


Zhong Lun

Geneva Trust Company (formerly Rawlinson & Hunter S.A.)

Sequent (formerly Rothschild Trust Guernsey Limited)

Artemis Trustees Limited

Bank Julius Baer & Co

Investec Bank Channel Islands

Work highlights

  • Represented Grant Thornton as Joint Liquidators of CanArgo Limited in a contested court application to sanction a decision to sell the company’s mining rights in Georgia.
  • Represented a private client in judicial review proceedings against the Guernsey Financial Services Commission seeking, amongst other things, corrective disclosure following a bungled investigation.
  • Represented the Settlor of the V trust in an application to set aside the trust which had let to an unintended £1m liability to UK inheritance tax.

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:


‘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

Work highlights

  • Advised Le Masurier on its major development projects including a £70m investment in the development “Merchants Square” Bath Street, St Helier to develop a Premier Inn Hotel, circa 145 residential units, food and beverage and commercial units and car parking.
  • Advised Channel Islands Property Fund on the acquisition of 18-22 Grenville Street, St Helier, Jersey via the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the property holding company.
  • Instructed by Dandara on its 16 Hilary Street town centre residential development including structuring and first-off plan sales.

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:


‘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

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former CEO of a FTSE 100 company in connection with a long-running divorce, successfully defending a raft of applications by his spouse who sought to secure her share of the matrimonial wealth by invoking the trust jurisdiction of the Royal Court, rather than through the traditional family division.
  • Obtained interim relief for an individual from the Royal Court in the form of a vesting order in respect of legal title to shares in a Jersey company in aid of the enforcement of arbitral awards in excess of $115m as part of ongoing dispute.
  • Obtained urgent interim injunctions, asset disclosure and attachments of Jersey assets for Kea Investments in a £29m English judgment against a fraudster.

Guernsey > Banking and finance Tier 2

Real estate finance is a primary field of focus for Collas Crill’s banking and finance team, within which co-head Wayne Atkinson handles traditional and shari’ah-compliant lending mandates for global banks. A key trend for the practice has been its ability to secure new panel appointments from Middle East-based lenders. Co-head Paul Wilkes and the ‘responsive, personable and very high-qualitySimon Heggs (who recently made partner) lead on fund and leveraged finance instructions; although they predominantly act for lenders, work from domestic and multijurisdictional borrowers is another driver of activity.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Atkinson; Paul Wilkes

Other key lawyers:

Simon Heggs; Ben Le Page


‘Personable and helpful – knowledgeable in their field.’

‘Collas Crill have very much become a trusted adviser to us. Key to us is them taking the time to understand our business and support advising on a case-by-case basis. They’re very transparent with fees and particularly keen to ensure proposals work for the business.’

‘The firm provided a high-quality professional service which included timely feedback, clear concise responses and legal counsel. Extremely proactive and commercial law firm who are top of their game for offshore legal advice.’

‘I will always seek out Simon Heggs for Guernsey expertise. Simon is both very personable and a very high-quality lawyer, who can always be relied upon to be responsive, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Ben Le Page has been fundamental in organising and delivering on legal matters. His knowledge and proactive approach has meant that all matters are handled within the expected timeframe and within the scope of anticipated costs. Ben is a pleasure to work with and maintains a strong client relationship with us.’

‘The thing that Collas Crill do very well is that their associates are really connected and coverage is excellent if the primary deal associate is away, unavailable etc. – particular credit here to Ben Le Page. Their responsiveness is also excellent.’

Key clients




Bank Julius Baer

Arbuthnot Latham

ABC International Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Ahli United Bank (UK) PLC

ABC International Bank

Bank of East Asia

Bank of London & The Middle East

Blue Islands


Oak North Bank

Gatehouse Bank plc


Royal Bank of Canada


Al Rayan Bank

Silicon Valley Bank



Northern Trust


Work highlights

  • Acting for Silicon Valley Bank on a €25m subscription line facility to Ashgrove Speciality Lending Fund 1 LP, a Guernsey fund.
  • Advising Bank of London & Middle East on an £18m master Murabaha agreement (shari’ah law-compliant facility agreement) in Guernsey, Jersey and BVI in respect of the acquisition of a statement residential block in London.
  • Advising Canbury Holdings Plc on a group restructure and £66m refinance of an existing facility with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) in respect of the acquisition and development of student accommodation.

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Collas Crill takes a cross-departmental approach to corporate services under the corporate finance and funds banner. Recent headline deals have included sale and purchase agreements and associated funding arrangements for essential Guernsey companies in the transport and medical care sectors, led by practice head Paul Wilkes and Wayne Atkinson. The 'extremely capable and practicalSimon Heggs was recently promoted to partner; he handles a mix of capital markets transactions and downstream acquisitions for clients including funds and banks. The practice is a leading name for international financing deals and listings in the medicinal cannabis sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wilkes

Other key lawyers:

Wayne Atkinson; Simon Heggs; Gareth Morgan


‘Simon Heggs is an integral part of the client delivery team and clients rely on him and instruct him directly, which is unusual for offshore counsel.’

‘Collas Crill have shown themselves to be market-leaders in the new and complex medicinal cannabis sector.’

‘We have found the team to be very strong. Simon Heggs, Wayne Atkinson, Gareth Morgan and Paul Wilkes are all available and help lead transactions rather than “cheer from the sidelines” which is something other offshore law firms can sometimes do.’

‘Their team are knowledgeable to, and aware of, ongoing matters that they are conducting and all work is carried out to a very high standard. Billing and delivery matters are always as expected and they are always open to negotiating fee discussions and maneuvering to meet client expectations.’

‘For me what makes this team so special is their ability to break down complex matters into understandable and clear guidance, whilst remaining calm and completely focused to the end result. All this whilst being transparent and fair on fees.’

‘Simon Heggs demonstrates exceptional technical expertise, whilst also having the client’s best interests at heart. Simon is approachable, friendly and a pleasure to do business with.’

‘Very responsive no matter what time of day.’

‘Simon Heggs is a highly responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic transactional lawyer: he is a pleasure to work with, and given the choice, his team are definitely my preferred Guernsey counsel to work with. I trust him, which is in my opinion the highest accolade that can be given to a professional advisor.’

Key clients

Northern Trust

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

HWS 3 Limited & HWS 4 Limited

India Capital Growth Fund Limited

Fairtree Capital

Grant Thornton

Investec Bank

Queens Road Medical Practice

Channel Island Property Fund

Condor Ferries

IP Investment Management (HK)


PineBridge Investments

JTC Group Limited


Hill Dickinson

Midshore Consulting Limited

Boodle Hatfield

Blue Islands Limited

Fastforward Innovations Limited

Nuvei Group

Emmac Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Queens Road Medical Practice in negotiations with States of Guernsey to provide COVID relief care and to develop a new, sustainable model for primary care in Guernsey.
  • Advised airline Blue Islands on its £10m loan facility with the States of Jersey, safeguarding essential lifeline travel connections for the Channel Islands.
  • Advising on the acquisition by JTC Group Limited of RBC cees, which administers benefit plans with circa £11bn of assets under management.

Guernsey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 2

Collas Crill’s international private client offering benefits from practice head Angela Calnan’s Middle East expertise when assisting with Guernsey-based foundation structurings for high-wealth individuals from that region. Having recently joined the practice, Adrian Brown and the 'very tactically astuteElizabeth Couch expanded the firm’s family law capabilities regarding matrimonial and divorce matters relating to Guernsey trust structures. David Cooney, who is 'an exceptional talent in the industry', provides international clients with niche knowledge of complex fiduciary structures holding cryptocurrency and digital assets. Associate Gregory Haddow is highly rated; recent instructions pertained to trust transfers from Guernsey to The Cayman Islands.

Practice head(s):

Angela Calnan

Other key lawyers:


‘Elizabeth Couch cares deeply for her clients, has a huge work ethic and thinks creatively about solutions for her cases. She is very tactically astute and a fine technical lawyer.’

‘David Cooney is one of very few lawyers in the private client sector who combines a considerate yet pragmatic approach with outstanding technical knowledge in the full range of structures used by international families for estate planning and investment. He is an exceptional talent in the industry.’

‘The approach received was a team approach, with all relevant members of the team involved to deliver a solution. The business was potentially contentious and the extra attention to detail was very much appreciated. Greg Haddow in particular took the effort to ensure that a solution was delivered that was acceptable to the client, after office hours. This resulted in the capturing of a significant relationship for us.’

‘The team are very responsive and not only technically good, they also understand the commercial and family aspects that underlie many family wealth structures.’

‘I work mostly with David Cooney who has turned out to be capable of adapting documentation to clients’ needs and trying to understand what truly moves the client.’

‘Angela Calnan has proven to be excellent in matching the work requested with the outcome provided.’

‘Joanne Seal is hardworking and diligent. She is an excellent listener and the type of solicitor whom you don’t have to tell something to twice.’

‘My main contact at Collas Crill Guernsey is David Cooney. I must say that he always provided a great service and support. His advice is always very comprehensive, clear and solution oriented.’

Key clients

Cannon Asset Management Limited

Intertrust Trustees Limited

RBC cees Trustee Guernsey Limited

Sequent (C.I.) Limited

Fides Trust Limited

WinTrust Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Quayport Trustees Limited

Beauvoir Trustees Limited

Zedra Trust Company (Guernsey) Limited

Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited

NWH (Guernsey) Limited

New Street Management Limited

Lancaster Trustees Limited

IQEQ (Jersey) Limited

Blevins Franks Trustees Limited

HSBC Trustee (C.I.) Limited

Sovereign Trust (Channel Islands) Limited

Louvre Trust (Guernsey) Limited

Forsters LLP


Collas Crill Trust Limited

Wedlake Bell LLP

Artemis Trustees Limited

Farrer & Co LLP

Saffery Champness LLP

Albany Trust Co Ltd

Aquitaine Group Limited

Trident Trust Company (Guernsey) Limited

Work highlights

  • Drafted a significant Guernsey philanthropic foundation for an Emirati national to further the causes of women in the Middle East.
  • Launched an Alternative Qualifying Scheme to the DIFC’s DEWS regime for a global management consultancy firm.

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Blue Islands Limited on (i) moving its base of operations into Jersey; (ii) corporate restructuring of the airline’s ownership; and (iii) a £10m loan facility from the States of Jersey in order to provide the airline with working capital in light of pressures placed upon the airline (and aviation industry in general) as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acted for OakNorth in connection with a £50m liquidity facility to Trikomo Limited (a Jersey subsidiary in the Arora group of companies) to refinance the acquisition, and fund the development, of residential units at the property known as Arora Tower, Waterview Drive, London.
  • Advised a Russian e-commerce business on a $200m equity fundraising and $400m debt offering of senior unsecured convertible bonds.

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

Work highlights

  • Advised on the Jersey legal aspects of a launch of a sub-fund of GemCap Investment Funds (Ireland) which is an open-ended UCITS fund with an AUM of approximately €1.24bn.
  • Advised on the private placement of interests to Jersey investors of a Cayman-exempted limited partnership established by a leading bank investing the substantial majority of its capital in distressed, stressed and deep-value opportunities, targeting the debt of middle-market companies and assets.
  • Acted on the private placement of interests to Jersey investors of a Cayman-exempted limited partnership established by a leading bank investing in real estate investments in Europe and the US. The fund structure has AUM of approximately $7.5bn.

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:


‘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.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Nedbank on the first mistake application in relation to a Jersey foundation, in which the Jersey court agreed to set aside the endowments made by the founders into the foundation and for the foundation to be subsequently wound up.
  • Advising a trustee of a Jersey trust in relation to a significant German tax liability which could see a German resident beneficiary potentially imprisoned if the matter is not handled strictly in accordance with advice received from leading German lawyers.
  • Advising an ultra-high-net-worth client and her son as beneficiaries of a Jersey trust on the restructuring of a trust prior to the sale by the trustees of the family-built business for approximately £100m.

Guernsey > Investment funds Tier 3

The 'commercially and technically excellent' corporate finance and funds team at Collas Crill has a strong open-ended funds practice, and practice head Wayne Atkinson recently advised on closed-ended formations for South African managers. Including senior associate Gareth Morgan, the team is actively advising on green, renewable and social impact funds. Co-head Paul Wilkes stepped down from the partnership to establish his own venture capital fund, though is still retained as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wilkes; Wayne Atkinson

Other key lawyers:


‘Very personable team that are supportive and provide solid guidance.’

‘Paul Wilkes tries to understand the client and match their needs to the law. He is proactive and grasps matters quickly.’

‘The responsiveness of the team, the willingness to go an extra mile, and a very commercial approach.’

‘I have worked with Paul Wilkes and Wayne Atkinson. Both were very commercial and technically excellent. I appreciated their responsiveness and keenness to make things work for my client. Top service and commercially priced as well.’

Key clients

Alpha Investment Funds PCC Limited

Freedom Asset Management Limited

SA Alpha PCC Limited

RAW Capital Partners

Marlborough International Management Limited

Darwin Property Investment Management Limited

Riverside Capital Limited

Trend Ventures PCC Limited

The Channel Islands Property Fund Limited

Ravenscroft Investment Management Limited

Rozendal Partners PTY Limited

White Star Capital Group

Cazenove Capital Management Limited

Rangemore Advisory Limited

Peregrine Guernsey Limited

Slater Investments Limited

Seek Ventures GP Limited

Sanlam Investments UK Limited

Sygnia Group

MJ Hudson

Resolute Capital Partners Ltd

Next Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Freedom Asset Management Limited in connection with the listing of the first Abu Dhabi Global Market established fund on TISE.
  • Advised Alpha Investment Funds PCC Limited on the establishment and regulatory registration of a Guernsey investment fund aimed at venture capital initiatives in the life sciences, engineering, environmental and technology sectors.
  • Acted for Resolute Capital Partners (a US-based investment management firm) on the structuring, regulation and launch of RCP Investment Funds PCC Limited, a protected cell company and the launch of its first two cells, each of which operate as feeder funds into US-based referral funds of a US-based master fund with interests in US infrastructure projects.

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:


‘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

Work highlights

  • Advising on the acquisition by JTC Group of RBC cees which administers benefit plans with circa £11 billion of assets under management.
  • Advised the Channel Islands Property Fund on the financing, property and corporate aspects of the share acquisition of a company owning commercial offices.
  • Advised Blue Islands Limited on (i) moving its base of operations into Jersey; (ii) corporate restructuring of the airline’s ownership; and (iii) a £10m loan facility from the States of Jersey in order to provide the airline with working capital in light of pressures placed upon the airline (and aviation industry in general) as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Guernsey > Capital markets

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

Work highlights

  • Advised on the Jersey legal aspects of a launch of a sub-fund of GemCap Investment Funds (Ireland) which is an open-ended UCITS fund with an AUM of approximately €1.24bn.
  • Advised on the private placement of interests to Jersey investors of a Cayman-exempted limited partnership established by a leading bank investing the substantial majority of its capital in distressed, stressed and deep-value opportunities, targeting the debt of middle-market companies and assets.
  • Acted on the private placement of interests to Jersey investors of a Cayman-exempted limited partnership established by a leading bank investing in real estate investments in Europe and the US. The fund structure has AUM of approximately $7.5bn.

Cayman Islands > Trusts/private client

Headed up by the Guernsey-based David Cooney  since the November 2020 departure of Tom Mylott, Collas Crill’s international trust and private client department has a proven track record in handling the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters. Instructed by a wide range of institutional trustees, family offices, high-net-worth individuals, trustees, settlors, beneficiaries and protectors, the department excels in the foundation of STAR Trust and foundation companies, cross-border wealth structuring matters, and complex trust litigation. Locally in Cayman, counsel Andrew Peedom and senior associate Sally Peedom play key supporting roles.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘My contact at Collas Crill is David Cooney, a Cayman qualified lawyer located in their Guernsey office. David is a first-rate practitioner: he is highly technical, responsive, and client friendly. He is definitely my “go-to” Cayman lawyer for private client trust matters.’

‘The team is one of very few that can deliver Cayman Islands law advice in the European time zone. It provides very practical and commercially orientated advice that is notable by being decisive and conclusive, not fence sitting. The quality and service delivery are outstanding and they work well with counsel in other firms.’

‘David Cooney is an exceptional Cayman Islands-qualified lawyer in trusts and wealth structuring. He stands out against the competition based in the Cayman Islands because of his superior commercial understanding and delivery of practical, succinct advice and solutions. He represents great value for clients and is a pleasure to instruct on Cayman matters, he delivers swiftly and communicates well.’

Their team showed tremendous experience in dealing with the Trust’s representatives and reach a suitable agreement for the client, by dealing with the Trust.

Andrew and Sally Peedom are highly responsive and willing to jump in at a moment’s notice. Their follow up is remarkable! They have a lot of experience dealing with trust-related matters, we liked that both Sally and Andrew are quite approachable and easy to get on with.’

This is a team dedicated to client services.’

Sally Peedom always gives timely advice tailored to client needs.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a variety of ultra high net-worth clients on their use of Cayman Islands Foundation Companies for philanthropic purposes.
  • Representing a Cayman trustee seeking to restructure a large dynastic family trust in the creation two new Cayman trusts for different branches of the family.
  • Acting on an ongoing basis for a technology company on its development and ensuing restructuring of a global employee stock option regime, which is carried out through various trust structures.

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 delivers 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 it operates and to the wellbeing of their people, and seeks 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).

The firm has 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

It is 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 acts 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.

Partner; Head of Commercial property; Residential property Jason (0) 1481 734216
Partner; Commercial property; Residential property Paul (0) 1481 734200
Partner; Head of Corporate and commercial; Funds; Risk and regulatory Wayne (0) 1481 734225
Group partner; Corporate and commercial; Banking and finance; Funds; Risk and regulatory; Paul (0) 1481 734268
Managing partner; Head of dispute resolution; Insolvency and restructuring; Contentious trusts; Trust and fiduciary Christian (0) 1481 734290
Partner; Dispute resolution; Insolvency and restructuring Gareth (0) 1481 734214
Group partner; Private client; Wills and estates Joanne (0) 1481 734261
Partner; Dispute resolution; Risk and regulatory; Insolvency and restructuring; Contentious trusts Michael (0) 1481 734231
Partner; Dispute resolution; Contentious trusts; Employment Ben (0) 1481 734248
Partner; Dispute resolution; Contentious trusts David O' (0) 1481 734259
Group partner; Head of UK real estate Michael (0) 1481 734263
Partner; Head of private client and trusts; Wills and estates Angela (0) 1481 734233
Group partner; Corporate advisory, securities and capital markets Simon (0) 1481 734825
Group partner; Private client and trusts David (1) 1481 734299
Partner; Family Law Adrian (0) 1481 734215
Partner; Family Law Elizabeth (0) 1481 734221
Of counsel; ispute resolution; Insolvency and restructuring James (0) 1481 734284
Michael Adkins  photo Michael Adkins Michael is a Partner and Advocate, specialising in regulatory and public law…
Wayne Atkinson  photo Wayne Atkinson Partner and Head of Collas Crill’s Corporate, Finance & Funds team. Wayne…
Gareth Bell  photo Gareth Bell Partner, specialising in complex financial services litigation (including company/fund disputes, anti-money laundering,…
Annabel Bishop  photo Annabel Bishop Annabel is an associate in the corporate, finance and funds team. She…
Quentin Bregg  photo Quentin Bregg Quentin is a Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution Department.  Quentin specialises…
Adrian Brown  photo Adrian Brown Adrian has more than 30 years experience as a family law practitioner.…
Angela Calnan  photo Angela Calnan Angela is a group partner and heads the firm’s International Private Client…
David Cooney  photo David Cooney Group Partner, International Private Client and Trust 
Elizabeth Couch  photo Elizabeth Couch Partner. Elizabeth is a highly regarded family law practitioner in Guernsey. She…
Jack Crisp  photo Jack Crisp Associate specialising in corporate and commercial disputes, construction litigation, contentious trust matters…
Thomas Cutts-Watson  photo Thomas Cutts-Watson Tom is an Senior associate in the Guernsey office’s dispute resolution team.…
Cerisse Fisher  photo Cerisse Fisher Senior Associate. Cerisse is a Senior Associate in the International Trusts and…
Jason Green  photo Jason Green Partner and head of the property team in Guernsey. Expertise in all…
Ben Havard  photo Ben Havard Advocate and Partner in our dispute resolution team with a focus on…
Christian Hay  photo Christian Hay Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution. Christian has extensive experience of…
Simon Heggs  photo Simon Heggs Group Partner in the Corporate Finance & Funds Department. Simon advises on all aspects of…
David Jeffery  photo David Jeffery Senior associate within the dispute resolution department. Background specialising in personal injury…
Ben Le Page  photo Ben Le Page Associate. Ben advises on all aspects of commercial law with a particular focus…
Donald Millar  photo Donald Millar Senior Associate. Donald is dual qualified to act in both Scotland and…
David Moore  photo David Moore Consultant. David has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate law, having…
Gareth Morgan  photo Gareth Morgan Senior Associate specialising in investment fund structuring and advice.  Advises on the…
Michael Morris  photo Michael Morris Group Partner specialising in looking after funds, major financial institutions, and high net…
Paul Nettleship  photo Paul Nettleship Partner. Paul heads up the Guernsey Property department. He has a broad…
Ben Newton  photo Ben Newton Associate. Having joined Collas Crill in August 2018, Ben previously worked as a…
David O David O"Hanlon David is a partner in the Guernsey dispute resolution team at Collas…
Nin Ritchie  photo Nin Ritchie Of Counsel. Nin’s practice area covers a range of commercial regulatory and…
Harry Round  photo Harry Round Associate. Harry assists a wide variety of corporate and private clients, including…
Joanne Seal  photo Joanne Seal Group Partner and head of Wills and Estates in Guernsey. Advises on…
Emma Taylor  photo Emma Taylor Emma is an Associate in the Guernsey Dispute Resolution Team. Emma assists…
James Tee  photo James Tee James is Of Counsel in the dispute resolution department team.  James advises…
Alex Wickens  photo Alex Wickens Senior Associate Alex is a senior associate in the Corporate, Finance and…
Paul Wilkes  photo Paul Wilkes Consultant. Paul advises on all elements of investment fund establishment, regulation and downstream…
Number of partners and directors : 16
Number of other fee-earners : 24

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