James  Tee

James Tee  

Partner † | Guernsey

Insolvency and Corporate Disputes

  • James is thorough and prompt to ensure that matters keep pace and the initiative is maintained.
    Legal 500 2022
  • The service received from James has always been excellent. He is a pleasure to work with.
    Client feedback
  • An excellent advocate; very talented.
  • James is knowledgeable, capable, commercial, and a great individual to work with.
    Legal 500


James is a Partner in our Insolvency and Corporate Disputes team and is based in Guernsey.

James advises on all aspects of commercial dispute resolution with a particular focus on insolvency matters. He regularly advises insolvency practitioners, creditors and directors alike on all aspect of insolvency matters from appointments to directions applications.

Additionally, James has experience in contentious trusts matters.

"I am a proactive dispute resolution lawyer who enjoys helping my clients in increasingly trying circumstances. My aim is to help my client's achieve the best outcome that they can as efficiently as possible whilst maintaining a clear strategy for them to resolve their dispute. "


Recent highlights include:

  • Benjamin Rhodes and Alan Roberts as the liquidators of Canargo Limited (in Liquidation) v MND Limited et al (Approved Judgment of the Royal Court October 2020) - Successfully acting for the Joint Liquidators of a company in respect of a directions application regarding the sale of mining rights in Georgia.
  • James Toynton and Benjamin Rhodes as the liquidators of Conqueror Holdings Limited ((in Liquidation) (Approved Judgment of the Royal Court June 2019) – Successfully acting for the Joint Liquidators in respect of a directions application regarding the standing of creditors in the adjudication process of the liquidation of a company. This was the first time that the Court had to consider the issue of security in a cross border insolvency context.
  • Clean Sweep Holdings Limited (in Administration) – Successfully applying to the Royal Court of Guernsey to have the Joint Administrators appointed by the High Court over a Guernsey company recognised in Guernsey.
  • James Chadwick and Susan Berry (as the joint trustees in Bankruptcy of Tom Doyle) – Successfully represented the Trustees in Bankruptcy in seeking recognition in Guernsey and ancillary orders under section 426.
  • Artemis Trustees Limited et al v Martin Sandle et al (Approved Judgments of the Court, various 2018) – Representing the current trustees in respect of a fee dispute with former Trustees.


James first joined Collas Crill as a paralegal and went on to complete his Bar Vocational Court whilst working at Collas Crill. James was called to the Inner Temple in July 2009. The following year James attended Caen University and in 2010 passed the Guernsey Bar Exams. He was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2010.

In 2017, James passed the Guernsey notarial exams and was admitted as a Notary Public in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. He was promoted to Partner in January 2023.

James has been ranked in the Legal 500 as "a first class of counsel in the insolvency area" and is also listed as a 'Next Generation Partner'.

  • ARIES member
  • R3
  • Middle Temple
  • Guernsey Bar
  • Secretary of the Association Guernsey Notaries Public since 2017

† not a member of Collas Crill LLP in Guernsey

*Executive Assistant
Natalie McLagan

Natalie McLagan

My services

For financially distressed companies in need of restructuring and reorganisation, or for those where the opportunity to do so has passed or failed, we work to achieve the most beneficial outcome in these difficult situations. 

Our team brings a wealth of experience from a range of diverse backgrounds to give quick, accurate, commercial advice, primarily across the financial services sector. 

Currently working on some of the largest and most complex cross-border insolvencies in the jurisdiction, we frequently advise top law firms from the People’s Republic of China, the US, the UK and other jurisdictions. We are regularly briefed by Sovereign Wealth Funds and Fortune 500 Companies to advise on particular restructurings, as well as investment managers from Europe and the US.

At whatever stage we are engaged, our involvement will assist in identifying the on-going risks facing a client and to enable that client to continue to identify and effectively manage deteriorating relationships with creditors, financiers, investors or other interested parties.

Fraud, asset tracing, freezing, recovery and enforcement

We're used to working as part of a multi-jurisdictional team, capable of reacting and responding quickly to urgent requests for assistance with locating and freezing assets. As sophisticated defendants become more adept at dissipating assets, we've been involved in cases that created new law in relation to a party's ability to trace assets and recover their losses. With their ability to deal with complex issues the team deliver clear, commercial advice on the availability and likely success of recovery methods.

Real estate disputes

Our experienced team represent clients in a range of private, contractual and commercial real estate disputes. 

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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.

25 Mar 2024

Collas Crill contributes to IBA's Cross-Border Enforcement of Judgments Against States

Collas Crill lawyers have contributed to the Guernsey and the Jersey chapters of the ground-breaking global guide on Cross-Border Enforcement of Judgments Against States published by the International Bar Association Litigation Committee. Christian ...

5 Jan 2023

Promotions at Collas Crill

Collas Crill has made a number of promotions across its Channel Island and Caribbean offices. In the Channel Islands, Guernsey-based Cerisse Fisher and Nin Ritchie have been promoted to Group Partner and James Tee to Partner. Cerisse joined the firm's ...

29 Sep 2022

Collas Crill UK Legal 500 2023

Collas Crill has maintained its strong position in the Legal 500 United Kingdom directory this year, upholding its rankings across all practice areas. Described as one of the 'offshore Magic Circle', the firm is Tier 1 or 2 in all but two practice areas...

21 Sep 2022

New Law Journal: Restructuring

In the last of a three-part series on Jersey and Guernsey law in the New Law Journal, Senior Associate Karen Stachura provides an overview of restructuring procedures available in the Channel Islands, with input from Partner Michael Adkins, Group Partner...

28 Jul 2022

New Law Journal article on fraud

In the second of a three-part series on Jersey and Guernsey law in the New Law Journal, Partner Michael Adkins, and Of Counsel James Tee along with Group Partner Simon Hurry, and Senior Associate Karen Stachura provide an overview of fraud in the Channel...

23 May 2022

Insolvency in the Channel Islands

In the first of a three-part series on Jersey and Guernsey law in the New Law Journal, Partner Michael Adkins, Group Partner Simon Hurry, along with Of Counsel James Tee and Senior Associate Karen Stachura provide a quick overview of insolvency in the Ch...

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