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  • Michael Adkins is a fighter who knows his stuff on insolvency matters.
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  • is very experienced and extremely capable; my go-to advocate on the island.
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  • is technically very good and a useful lead into the Guernsey insolvency market.
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Michael is a Partner and advocate in Collas Crill's dispute resolution department. He specialises in regulatory, insolvency and trust disputes and advises clients on all aspects of their relationships with regulators, clients and competitors. This includes advice relating to initial compliance and licensing matters, through to investigations and litigation of disputes.

"I genuinely love what I do."

In addition to his financial services work, Michael has an interest in corporate insolvency and reconstructions as well as broader corporate and commercial litigation matters. He is a member of the IBA (Insolvency Section), ARIES and R3. 

Prior to joining Collas Crill Michael was a senior lawyer in the Enforcement Division of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC). During his seven years at ASIC, predominantly within its Enforcement Directorate, Michael was involved in some of the most significant and high profile enforcement matters handled by ASIC in the areas of financial services, regulatory compliance and corporate insolvency. 

Michael is admitted to practice in the BVI and is currently leading the firm's BVI dispute resolution department. 

My services
Contentious Trusts
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We represent trust corporations, HNWIs, individual trustees and beneficiaries, often dealing with novel points of law and creating new and innovative solutions to fit the needs of our clients. Given the international scope of settlors, investments and assets, we often co-ordinate advice from our multi-jurisdictional teams, meaning that our clients benefit from the knowledge and depth of experience of our people around the globe.

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Dispute Resolution
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When your business is involved in any kind of legal dispute it's crucial to work with lawyers who are hands-on, cost-effective and flexible enough to respond quickly and intuitively to your unique situation and needs. We know that there are many different ways a dispute can be resolved and work closely with our clients to understand every aspect of their business, priorities and goals. This allows us to find the best way forward for our clients and to advise on the commercial implications of a dispute, ensuring the process remains as stress-free as possible. Our approach is practical, responsive and tailored to the client's interests. Our expertise and reputation means we're first choice for a range of clients, including banks, trust companies, high net worth individuals and top law firms.

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Family Law
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Our legal 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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Insolvency & Restructuring
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For financially distressed companies in need of restructuring and reorganisation, or for those where the opportunity to do so has passed or failed, Collas Crill's insolvency and restructuring team work to achieve the most beneficial outcome in these difficult situations. At whatever stage, our early involvement will assist in identifying on-going risks. looking for opportunities and managing deteriorating relationships with creditor, financiers, investors or other interested parties. The team brings a wealth of experience from a range of backgrounds to give quick, accurate, commercial advice, primarily across the financial services sector.

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Risk & Regulatory
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Collas Crill's multi-disciplinary approach to providing Risk & Regulatory services ensures that every aspect of our clients' businesses is covered. By drawing on the skills and experience of a highly experienced team of lawyers with expertise from across the firm, we are able to deal with all legal compliance issues that could affect your business, whether contentious or non-contentious. The assistance we are able to provide ranges from strategic matters to specific operational issues.

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My news and insights
Insight 20 Jan 2021

Insolvency year in review 2020

Welcome to Collas Crill's insolvency year in review of 2020: a short reflection on some of Collas Crill's insolvency milestones across our jurisdictions. Although 2020 has...

News 11 Dec 2020

New head of DR in BVI

Collas Crill has appointed David Harby as partner and head of its dispute resolution team in the British Virgin Islands. David has significant experience of managing...

News 10 Dec 2020

Collas Crill's annual Moot

Two students from the Elizabeth College took home the trophy in the 13th annual Collas Crill Moot. Forty-six students from four of the island's sixth form schools and...

Deal 9 Nov 2020

Stuck in the middle with you

The Royal Court of Guernsey has recently handed down judgment upon an application by the liquidators of CanArgo Limited (Company), Ben Rhodes and Alan Roberts of Grant...

News 22 Oct 2020

Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Collas Crill has retained its rankings in Chambers and Partners UK 2021 across all departments and banded individuals in Guernsey and Jersey, with a number of partners being...

Deal 14 Jul 2020

Approval of liquidators' fees

The Royal Court's latest judgment on an application to approve liquidators' fees demonstrates a strong and thorough approach to protecting creditors. Lt Bailiff Hazel...

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