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Collas Crill

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Emma is an Associate in the Guernsey Dispute Resolution Team. Emma assists in in all aspects of commercial dispute resolution, although her work is predominantly focused on contentious and semi-contentious trust disputes.

Her recent work includes:

  • Successfully acting for a settlor and principal beneficiary in opposing a Public Trustee v Cooper application to distribute almost the entirety of trust funds in settlement of litigation against the trustee and the principal trust asset; acting for a settlor and principal beneficiary in respect of an application to set aside dispositions into trust which have given rise to significant IHT charges on the grounds of mistake; and acting for a beneficiary of a trust where the trustee is challenging the validity of the trust on the grounds of having no beneficiaries.
  • Successfully opposing a blessing application on behalf of the settlor and principal beneficiary where the trustee was going to pay away 80% of the trust fund in settlement of litigation against the trust to the exclusion of the principal beneficiary.
  • Representing a regulated individual director and company in relation to an extended regulatory investigation conducted by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.
  • Acting for a shareholder of a multinational infrastructure building company in successfully obtaining permission to bring a derivative action against another shareholder in England & Wales for the recovery of a £23m debt. This is understood to be the only time that the Royal Court of Guernsey has granted permission for a derivative action.

Emma is also developing a practice in the Risk and Regulatory and Corporate Disputes Pillars at Collas Crill. In respect of the former, she regularly advises parties subject to enforcement action and is currently acting for two individuals in a judicial review application against the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. In respect of the latter, she has successfully acted for a shareholder in obtaining permission from the Royal Court of Guernsey to bring a derivative action in England and Wales.

Emma is also admitted as solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the territory of the Virgin Islands


Trained at Collas Crill Guernsey with a 1 month secondment to Collas Crill’s Cayman office in their Insolvency and Restructuring Team and a 3 month secondment to Berwin Leighton Paisner in their Commercial Dispute Resolution Group. Qualified as an English Solicitor in September 2017.




Guernsey International Legal Association; STEP (Affiliated Member)


LLB(Hons) (University of Bristol, 2014); LPC (City Law School, City University London, 2015)

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes (Distinction), January 2020

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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.