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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 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.