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.

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

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Private wealth structures
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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
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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
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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
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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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22 Feb 2024

60 seconds with Cerisse Fisher

This article was first published in issue 16 of TL4 HNW Divorce Magazine.  Get to know Private Client and Trusts Group Partner Cerisse Fisher in 60 seconds... Q: Why did you choose a career path in the legal industry? CF: Whilst I'd have loved to ha...

2 Jan 2024

Collas Crill announces promotions across its global practice groups

Collas Crill has made a number of promotions across its Channel Island and Caribbean offices. In the Channel Islands, Jersey-based Fritha Ford and Lynne Calder have been promoted to Group Partner and in Guernsey Amy Davies has been promoted to Senior Ass...

18 Dec 2023

Collas Crill and Ward Yates to join forces in Jersey

Collas Crill will be joining forces with Jersey-based boutique Ward Yates in January to further strengthen its corporate, finance and trust expertise in Jersey. Ward Yates Partners Victoria Yates and Nick Ward, Senior Associate Laura Le Meur and Practice...

8 Dec 2023

In conversation: Angela Calnan on Collas Crill's trip to the Middle East

In November a team from Collas Crill travelled to the Middle East to meet with clients and intermediaries, taking in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and culminating in Riyadh. Collas Crill has a long history of serving clients in the MENA region with a region-specif...

28 Nov 2023

common law marriage

This article first appeared in issue 15 of the ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce Magazine - Divorce Litigation Conference Edition. It is no secret that the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (the Law) is in need of review and reform.  Various attempts have been made ...

14 Nov 2023

Legal 500 Caribbean 2024 guide

Collas Crill's teams in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands have received a solid set of results in the latest Legal 500 directory. In the BVI the dispute resolution team has moved up to tier 3, with the Cayman corporate team being listed by Le...

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TL4 Practitioners' Forum

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TL4 HNW Divorce forum

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STEP Cayman Conference 2023

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