Gerard St. C. Farara, QC

Gerard St. C. Farara, QC

Managing Partner, BVI; Head of Dispute Resolution



Gerard is managing partner and head of dispute resolution at Collas Cril in BVI. He has been practising law for more than 39 years and is the second native Virgin Islander to practice law in the BVI.

Appointed Queens Counsel in 1996, Gerard is the most senior lawyer and the leading Queens Counsel at the BVI Bar, specialising in civil, insolvency and commercial litigation.

With experience before all courts up to the Privy Council in London, Gerard has also provided expert evidence in matters before the courts in foreign jurisdictions, such as the USA and Hong Kong, on a range of BVI legal issues, including insolvency law and cross-border disputes. In a very recent opinion of the Privy Council in an appeal from BVI, Gerard was commended by their Lordships for presenting the appeal "with fine judgment, eloquence and charm".

Gerard has served as an acting judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and, most recently, as the judge of the Commercial Court in BVI. He was a member of the committee charged with interviewing candidates short-listed for appointment as the first judge of the Commercial Court. 

He has served in various capacities on many Governmental and statutory Boards, most notably as Chairman of the 2003 Constitutional Review Commission and as member of the Constitutional Negotiating Team for the BVI. He is one of the architects of the Virgin Islands Constitutional Order 2007.

My services
Dispute Resolution

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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News 24 Nov 2019

STEP Private Client Awards

Collas Crill has been shortlisted for Contentious Trusts & Estates Team of the Year (midsize firm) at the 2019/20 STEP Private Client Awards. The STEP Private Client...

News 6 Nov 2019

New BVI Corporate Appointment

Collas Crill has appointed partner Ian Montgomery as its new head of corporate, finance and funds in its British Virgin Islands office. The appointment comes as the firm...

News 5 Nov 2019

Beneficial ownership BVI challenge

Collas Crill senior partner and eminent constitutional lawyer, Gerard St. C. Farara, QC, has been appointed by the British Virgin Islands' Government as a part of its legal...

News 3 Nov 2019

Collas Crill-Farara Kerins

One year on from the merger of Collas Crill and Farara Kerins, the firm's BVI office has formally changed its name to Collas Crill. As part of the strategic merger plan...

News 22 Nov 2019

BVI cross-border insolvency

On the 18 May, the BVI implemented new guidelines and practice directions in relation to the communication and cooperation between courts in cross-border insolvency...

News 1 Nov 2019

Collas Crill finalises BVI merger

Offshore law firm Collas Crill has finalised its merger with BVI firm Farara Kerins, extending the client offering of both firms. Run by a dedicated and professional...