Collas Crill's Directors' Risk Conference

Collas Crill will be hosting a conference on directors' duties and risk.

Wayne Atkinson and Gareth Bell, partners at Collas Crill, will be joined by leading counsel Philip Marshall QC from Serle Court and insurance and professional negligence specialist Greig Anderson, a senior associate from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, to discuss how best directors can protect themselves from potential risk.

COST: £80

WHERE: Somerset Suite, The Duke of Richmond Hotel, St Peter Port

WHEN: Tuesday 25 April 2017

TIMINGS: Registration from 1:30pm onwards. Speakers commence at 2:00pm sharp, close at 5:00pm

If you would like to know whether there are any spaces left, please email

Recent case law involving claims against directors

Gareth, a partner in Collas Crill's dispute resolution practice who specialises in complex financial services litigation, will be looking at recent case law involving claims against directors. Gareth has been acting for the non-executive directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (the largest piece of litigation ever in Guernsey) for the past seven years, including a six month trial in 2016, and is known for his detailed knowledge of directors' duties and bringing and defending claims against directors.

When examining case law, it's easy to focus on the negatives. Gareth will be using examples to show what lessons can be learned.

Insights into issues in the placement of directors and officers insurance and following a claim

Greig is a senior associate in the contentious insurance group at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He will be made partner at the firm from the 1 May 2017. Greig advises on all types of insurance products but has a particular expertise in directors and officers liability insurance where he has advised many of his firm's clients including banks, funds, investment managers and FTSE 100 companies.

Greig will give us an insight into issues he has seen arise in both the placement of directors & officers insurance and when trying to access the cover following a claim. This will include a look at changes to the Insurance Act and what steps directors should be taking.

Greig is attending in the place of Paul Lewis who was originally listed as a speaker at this event.

What do directors need to do and what pitfalls do they need to avoid

Group partner and a member of Collas Crill's risk and regulatory practice, Wayne regularly advises a range of financial services businesses on risk and regulatory matters as well as transaction and investment structuring, commercial contracts and mergers and acquisitions. Wayne also advises company boards in relation to activist shareholders.

With financial and reputational damage always a threat, Wayne will be discussing what actions directors need to take to mitigate risks both to their companies and themselves.

Recent developments in litigation concerning non-executive directors

Philip Marshall QC of Serle Court, “One of the Bar’s most successful silks”, is a senior commercial and chancery silk who specialises in complex commercial disputes including those with a focus on company and insolvency law. He continues to be involved in a number of high profile matters and is frequently appointed as counsel for very sophisticated cases.

Philip will be examining key points from the different cases he's seen including Shlosberg v Avonwick Holdings, Carlyle Capital v Conway, Re Lehman Brothers Ltd and ISIS Investments v McHarrie.

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