Gerard is a partner in the dispute resolution department of Collas Crill BVI. He advises and represents clients on substantial commercial and company disputes. Gerard has wide experience and expertise in litigation, mediation and negotiation, as well as strategic and tactical legal advice covering a variety of business, regulatory, and governmental sectors. He has acted for international corporates and high net worth individuals, advised national Governments at Ministerial level, and challenged and defended regulators. Gerard has argued cases before every level of Court and Tribunal in the UK, and in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, and also in the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.

Gerard was for over thirty years a member of Blackstone Chambers in London, and is an International Member of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Before joining Collas Crill in November 2018, Gerard worked for another leading offshore law firm in the BVI. 

Gerard studied at the Universities of Oxford and Westminster, and at the Inns of Court School of Law. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1986 and the Bar of the BVI in 2018. He is also a member of the Chancery Bar Association.

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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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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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Contentious Trusts
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We represent trust corporations, 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 across the globe.

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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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News 24 Dec 2018

BVI office continues to grow

Collas Crill has expanded its British Virgin Islands team with three new appointments; partner Gerard Clarke joins the dispute resolution department, and senior associate...