Gareth is a partner in the Guernsey dispute resolution department. He specialises in complex financial services litigation, in particular contentious company law (including claims against directors and insolvency law), contentious and semi-contentious trusts matters and professional indemnity disputes.

"I am a modern, client focused litigator who particularly enjoys being part of a multi-jurisdictional team. I'm an unflappable, measured character but will always pursue my clients' interests robustly when required."

Gareth is especially known for his detailed knowledge of directors' duties and bringing and defending claims against directors.

He regularly appears before the Royal Court of Guernsey and Guernsey Court of Appeal, and also recently appeared in the Privy Council in the matter of Emerald Bay Worldwide Limited -v- Barclays Wealth Directors (Guernsey) Ltd et al.

My services
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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Director & Shareholder Disputes
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Thanks to the depth of our experience and the resources of our team, we've acted on some of the largest pieces of litigation brought against directors offshore. We're well placed to deal with the 'bet the farm' proceedings that can occur in these type of disputes and have represented parties involved in intra-company disputes, including executive, non-executive and independent directors, majority and minority shareholders, companies and liquidators. We understand that shareholder disputes are often not simply 'black and white' and our team finds innovative and commercial alternatives to those which the Court may offer – taking a collaborative approach with our clients to ensure that the right result is achieved.

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Contentious Banking & Finance
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Our dispute resolution specialists work seamlessly with our corporate, banking and finance teams and regularly field advice across jurisdictions to advise on litigation, restructuring and risk and regulatory matters. We provide a global perspective, working closely with our clients to ensure that they are best placed to respond to rapidly changing market conditions and regulatory changes. We regularly act both for and against banking entities.

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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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My news & deals
Deal 15 Nov 2019

Carlyle Directors Win Appeal

In an eagerly awaited judgment in the Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in liquidation) ("CCC") litigation, the Guernsey Court of Appeal has upheld the first instance...

News 3 Nov 2019

Footballer's pension trust

The Royal Court has recently handed down judgment in one of the first local cases that addresses the interaction between family law and trusts law, an issue of considerable...

News 30 Nov 2019

Enforcing Foreign Judgments

Two members of our Guernsey dispute resolution team have recently contributed to The International Law Practicum, a publication of the International Section of the New York...

News 17 Nov 2019

Security for Costs

A recent English Court of Appeal decision has clarified the principles applicable to security for costs applications, where a party is not resident in the jurisdiction in...

News 9 Nov 2019

RTC and Guernsey Law on Mistake

Everybody makes mistakes. However, when those mistakes occur in a trust context the financial consequences can be significant. This is predominantly the case when the...

News 1 Nov 2019

Directors’ Duties Conference

The lifecycle of a company, the role of its director and the importance of corporate governance are just some of the topics that will be explored at Collas Crill’s...