Emma  Taylor

Emma Taylor  

Senior Associate | Guernsey

Private Client and Trusts

  • Emma is developing a strong dispute resolution practice with a particular focus on trusts.
    Chambers UK 2023
  • She is very approachable, knowledgeable and responsive.
    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Emma Taylor will go right to the top: Efficient, professional and extremely personable.
    Legal 500 2022
  • An up-and-coming advocate, a hard worker, good team player and budding strategist.


Emma is an Advocate and Senior Associate in our Private Client and Trusts team in Guernsey.

Emma advises on all aspects of commercial dispute resolution with a particular focus on contentious and semi-contentious trust matters. She regularly advises corporate trustees and beneficiaries alike on the full spectrum of trust disputes from breach of trust claims to information requests.

In addition to trust matters, Emma regularly assists clients in respect of commercial disputes and contentious risk and regulatory matters, including enforcement action. Emma also has considerable experience acting for Insured parties.

"I am a commercially minded dispute resolution lawyer. My aim is to find a solution to a client's issue in as quick and cost-effective way as possible whilst not compromising on what it is the client wants to achieve. "


  • Mr C v The Trustee of the VT Trust (Approved Judgment 2 October 2020) - successfully acting for a settlor in applying to set aside a Guernsey discretionary trust on the grounds of mistake and thereby avoiding £1.2m in the UK inheritance taxes. The settlor had received incorrect advice as to the IHT consequences at the time of settlement.
  • 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 first joined Collas Crill as a bursary student while studying at university and went on to train with Collas Crill, qualifying as a Solicitor of England and Wales in September 2017.

During her training contract Emma undertook a one month secondment in our Cayman Dispute Resolution Team working on the liquidation of Platinum Partners and a three month secondment to Berwin Leighton Paisner in London in their corporate dispute resolution team.

Emma read Law at the University of Bristol and went on to complete her Legal Practice Course at City Law School, City University London.

In 2020, Emma completed the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trusts Dispute achieving a Distinction.

Emma was called as Guernsey Advocate in 2022.

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


  • Shortlisted for the STEP Private Client Awards, Young Practitioner of the Year 2020/21
  • Recognised as an Associate to Watch in Chambers and Partners UK 2022
  • Listed by eprivateclient in the 2024 Crown Dependencies NextGen Leaders list


  • Affiliate member of STEP
  • Contentious Trust Association (ConTrA)

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Katie Martin

Katie Martin

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Corporate disputes

Our dispute resolution specialists collaborate seamlessly with our corporate advisory and banking teams across jurisdictions to advise multinational corporations, trust companies, banks, funds, insurers, governments and directors. We provide a global perspective, working closely with our clients to ensure that they are best placed to respond to customer issues, fraud risks, rapidly changing market conditions and regulatory demands.

Contentious risk and regulatory

In regulatory disputes there are often fine lines between the usual wrangling with the regulator and something more serious – by matching our mix of experienced contentious and non-contentious lawyers to the particular problem at hand, we achieve better and more efficient outcomes. As regulatory experts, we frequently act on contentious matters and can leverage our experience to help clients achieve the highest regulatory standards and avoid common pitfalls.

29 Jun 2024

Eprivateclient recognises top talent

Eprivateclient has recognised some of Collas Crill's top talent in its Crown Dependencies NextGen Leaders 2024 list. Ben Havard, James Sheedy and Emma Taylor from the firm's Private Client and Trusts team have all been included in the list which includes...

11 Dec 2023

Vacation Scheme: A student's perspective

In August 2023 we ran our annual Vacation Scheme in Guernsey - aimed at A-Level students, the scheme is a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience and shadow industry professionals. The students had an action-packed week with us: an introductio...

16 Aug 2023

Inaugural Vacation Scheme a success

In August 2023 we ran our inaugural Collas Crill Vacation Scheme in Guernsey. Aimed at A-Level and university students the week-long programme is a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience and shadow industry professionals. Five students took part ...

20 Oct 2022

Collas Crill: Chambers 2022 UK

Collas Crill has maintained its strong position in the Chambers & Partners United Kingdom 2022 directory, upholding its rankings across all practice areas, with the addition of a number of individual awards. The directory demonstrates the firm's mar...

18 Oct 2022

Collas Crill explains… Prescription

This is part of a series of guides in which we examine areas of Guernsey law that frequently arise in practice. Click here to subscribe to receive Collas Crill news and insights by email. When we talk about prescription in Guernsey in the litigation cont...

25 Jul 2022

Promotion for Emma Taylor

Collas Crill has promoted Emma Taylor to Senior Associate in its dispute resolution team in Guernsey. Emma joined Collas Crill as a bursary student and went on to train with the firm, qualifying as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 2017. She was cal...

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