Private Client and Trusts

As the global legal and regulatory landscape becomes ever more complex, it has never been more important to make long-term plans for the future of your family, trust or business.

Led by Christian Hay, our full-service team offers wealth structuring, advisory and disputes expertise to trustees and high-net-worth individuals, and a range of services to clients within our local jurisdictions. The team is made up of 29 private client and trusts lawyers – 13 of whom are partners – working seamlessly across time zones. This strong global presence and our partner-led approach means that clients can benefit from our leading expertise and experience around the world.

For wealthy individuals, family businesses and entrepreneurs managing wealth across generations, succession planning and transferring control of assets has never been more challenging. That's why it's important to work with lawyers who can offer solutions that are tailored to your unique circumstances.

Collas Crill's approach is not ‘one size fits all’. We strive to build-long term relationships and stay close to changing needs and priorities, ensuring the best interests of our clients are protected in every decision.

We have many years of collective experience in providing trusts, foundations and other fiduciary services using Cayman, Guernsey and Jersey law - jurisdictions which are collectively recognised as leaders in the provision of offshore fiduciary services. We also have significant experience in specialist products and services, including pensions and Shariah, with many of the team having worked in the world of wealth management in other prominent offshore and onshore jurisdictions.

Our experts in family law, wills, probate and estate planning offer discreet, practical advice to reach the best possible outcomes for our clients, many of whom we have worked with for a number of years.

We represent trust corporations, individual trustees and beneficiaries and have conduct of many of the leading cases in this area, dealing with novel points of law and creating new and innovative solutions.

We provide clear, practical advice when you need it most and anticipate the challenges you are likely to face so that you can rest assured that you are in safe hands every step of the way.

Family law

Our team has extensive expertise in all areas of family law and is known for providing a personalised, responsive service to clients.

Private wealth structures

For wealthy individuals, family-controlled businesses and entrepreneurs managing wealth across generations, succession planning and transferring control of assets has never been more challenging. That's why it's important to work with lawyers who not only have the highest standards of legal knowledge and expertise, but also the ability to find unique solutions tailored to your unique circumstances.

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Trust advisory

The role of a modern trustee has never been more complex. Trustees must satisfy the needs and desires of their beneficiaries, manage complex assets and navigate an ever-changing legal and regulatory landscape.

We know that trustees can need assistance and advice on how best to satisfy their duties and to meet their legal and regulatory obligations. We understand and have a great deal of experience in working with trustees to get ahead of any potentially difficult situation and resolve it in a way that minimises risk and conflict.

Trust disputes

We represent beneficiaries, high-net-worth individuals, trustees, protectors and other power holders in a range of contentious and semi-contentious situations. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of the most complex, high-value private wealth litigation offshore. 

We often deal with novel points of law, creating new and innovative solutions to meet the needs of our clients.

Given the international nature of private wealth, with clients and their assets spread across the world, we work as a joined-up global team so that our clients can benefit from the knowledge and experience wherever they may need it.

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Wills and estates

Managing wealth, asset preservation, planning for succession and inheritance, and writing wills can be a complex and difficult experience. It's important to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and that your family and/or successors are taken care of.

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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...

26 Jun 2024

Private Client and Trusts team shortlisted for two STEP awards

Collas Crill has been shortlisted in the categories of Private Client Legal Team of the Year (midsize firm) and Contentious Trusts and Estates Team of the Year (midsize firm) in the STEP Private Client Awards 2024. The STEP Private Client Awards are...

14 May 2024

Jersey court rescues a charitable trust mixed with private purpose (In Re Estate of Constantin Mattas)

LexisNexis has published an article by Fritha Ford and Bradley Gibb on the judgment by the Royal Court in Jersey in Representation of Equiom Trust (CI) Ltd re Estate of Constantin Mattas. Private Client analysis - article summary In an important judgment...

10 May 2024

Further promotions across the Cayman and BVI offices

Collas Crill has made a number of further promotions across its offices in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands (BVI). In the Cayman Islands, Sally Peedom has been promoted to Counsel, while Kirsten Bailey has been promoted to Senior Associa...

8 May 2024

Planning for the 'silver tsunami'

This article was written by Andrew Peedom for IMG Trust's 'tensions in trusts' series on 8 May - featured here. Although much has been said about the 'great wealth transfer' in recent times, there has been less focus upon the genesis of that phenomenon. ...

19 Apr 2024

Collas Crill's private client team strengthened by appointment

Collas Crill's Private Client and Trusts team has been strengthened by the return of Bonnie McPartland as Of Counsel.Bonnie joined Collas Crill in 2016 and during her seven-year tenure with the firm developed a strong reputation in both non-contentious a...

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