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Collas Crill

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Partner, specialising in complex financial services litigation (including company/fund disputes, anti-money laundering, asset tracing and freezing and disclosure orders), contentious and semi-contentious trust matters, insolvency, and professional negligence matters.

Recent cases include succesfully defending the non-executive directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation in a billion-dollar claim brought by the fund’s liquidators, the largest case ever heard in the Guernsey courts (currently being appealed to the Privy Council); acting for a minor beneficiary in successfully varying a Guernsey pension trust in order to secure payment of a Family Division order; acting for the settlor of a Guernsey trust in a successful application to set it aside on the grounds of mistake (and thus avoid a large UK tax liability); acting for a number of SPVs and their shareholders in claims against their former directors; and a variety of local and international insolvency matters (including applications under s426 of the Insolvency Act 1986).


Trained Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, London; qualified 2001; assistant in Reynolds Porter Chamberlain insurance/reinsurance litigation department 2001-05; Collas Crill LLP dispute resolution department 2005 to date; called to the Guernsey Bar 2008; partner since 2010.


Chancery Bar Association; Guernsey International Lawyers Association; ACTAPS; and INSOL.


Pates Grammar School, Cheltenham; University of Liverpool (LLB 2:1); College of Law, Chester (LPC Distinction); University of Caen (Certificat d’études Juridique Français et Normandes).


Family, running, triathlon and windsurfing.

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Dispute resolution

Collas Crill‘s dispute resolution practitioners have an impressive director and shareholder litigation practice, regularly involved in major corporate litigation. Contentious trusts and probate are a mainstay for the team, which also has an impressive contentious insolvency practice. Taking the lead is managing partner Christian Hay , secretary of the Guernsey Bar Council with experience in arbitrations. Gareth Bell  has a varied practice that involves contentious trusts, company and insolvency matters, in addition to profession negligence cases and financial services disputes; while Michael Adkins  focuses on insolvency and risk assessment, as well as regulatory issues. Ben Havard  has a specialism in disputes arising from distressed trust structures; and Nin Ritchie  has developed a reputation for handling cases involving financial crime, anti-bribery, corruption and sanctions issues.