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Collas Crill

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Advocate and Partner in our dispute resolution team with a focus on contentious and semi-contentious trust disputes with an international element, as well as non-contentious trust applications requiring court blessing or approval. Ben also provides advice and guidance to beneficiaries and trustees through complex restructuring projects, or to bring in modernising changes to older family structures.

Recent work:

  • Acting for the beneficiary of a trust in a proposed restructuring of an UHNW family’s wealth following a dispute with their trustee. Planning for the splintering-off of our client’s interests, and negotiating the necessary protections.
  • Acting for the corporate trustee of a discretionary trust settled for the benefit of the Settlor’s children. The Settlor was domiciled in a jurisdiction in which Sharia law would have applied on succession. The trust imported aspects of Sharia law, while also providing for the settlor’s daughters. A family dispute resulted in various challenges relating to the trust.
  • Acting for the corporate trustee of a trust during the course of a significant family dispute. The aim was to divide the assets of the trust against a lack of any agreement between the beneficiaries as to how that should be done.
  • Acting for two beneficiaries of a Guernsey trust in an application seeking disclosure of information from the trustees (who were family members) – Patel v Patel (Judgment 36/2016)


Joined Collas Crill in 2009, and spent time on secondment to Olswang LLP in 2010. He was admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales with higher rights of audience in 2011, and called to the Guernsey Bar as an Advocate in 2015.




The Guernsey Bar, STEP, Guernsey International Legal Association, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, ACTAPS, Chancery Bar Association, ConTra


University of Sheffield (2000 BSc in Psychology); Sheffield Hallam University (2007 MSc in Human Resource Management); Manchester Metropolitan University (2009 GDL, LPC); University of Caen (2014 Certificate d’études Juridique Français et Normandes).


Running, swimming, surfing

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Dispute resolution

(Next Generation Partners)

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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.