Kirsten is an associate in the dispute resolution department. She advises clients on contentious matters in various areas of law, including contractual disputes, torts and general commercial disputes.

Kirsten also advises on dispute prevention and risk mitigation measures, such as effective contract drafting and negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. She has a particular focus on securing the best solution in the circumstances, whether through litigation or otherwise.

Prior to joining Collas Crill Jersey in October 2019, Kirsten worked at the Johannesburg office of a Pan-African law firm. There, she advised on disputes including class actions, contentious insolvencies, and tax, contract and product liability disputes. She has experience in the Courts of South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania, and her clients included local and international financial institutions, high net worth individuals, major players in the food and beverage sectors and various Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed entities.

Kirsten has a keen interest in the development of the law in relation to financial technology, especially blockchain and other distributed ledger technology. She advises clients on how fintech can be integrated into dispute resolution mechanisms, and on the resolution of disputes within the sphere.

Kirsten obtained her LLB degree with distinction from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is an attorney of the Superior Courts of South Africa.

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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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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 Risk & Regulatory
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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, better and more efficient outcomes are obtained. As our Risk & Regulatory practice, our Dispute Resolution team frequently acts on contentious matters we are able to leverage that experience to help clients avoid common pitfalls and meet the highest regulatory standards.

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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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News 6 Nov 2019

Two appointments to Jersey DR team

Collas Crill Jersey has made two new appointments to its Dispute Resolution (DR) team. Senior Associate, Daian Sumner is a qualified barrister who has spent the last three...