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Collas Crill
GLATEGNY COURT, PO BOX 140
GLATEGNY ESPLANADE
ST PETER PORT
GY1 4EW
Guernsey

Work Department

Dispute Resolution

Position

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).

Career

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.

Memberships

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

Education

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).

Leisure

Family, running, triathlon and windsurfing.

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Dispute resolution

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 advocate‘ Christian 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.