Christian  Hay

Christian Hay

Managing Partner


  • When the going gets tough his resolute expertise is there for all to see
  • Exceptionally able, gives clear advice and is an effective advocate
    Legal 500
  • Hard working, tactically shrewd and good on his feet in Court

Christian heads up the Guernsey dispute resolution practice, leading a team of talented litigators with strong expertise in financial services related disputes.

"A client once told a researcher from a legal directory that I was fun to work with. Fun isn't an essential ingredient within a client/lawyer relationship, but I certainly enjoy building strong relationships with clients – it normally leads to a better team dynamic and a good result for the client."

If there is a high value dispute between trustees and beneficiaries; between bank and customer/investor; between commercial entities; between majority/minority shareholders; against directors; or within a contentious liquidation Christian and his team are likely to be acting for one of the parties.

He is among the leading commercial litigation practitioners at the Guernsey Bar with a particular expertise in contentious trust and estate related matters. He is ranked in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame; a member of the Private Client Global Elite; the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS); STEP, and is also a CEDR accredited mediator.



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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Insolvency & Restructuring

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

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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Trusts & Fiduciary

We work closely with trust and fiduciary businesses and their clients to build strong relationships based on trust, confidence and a deep understanding of their priorities and needs. We have an extensive range of experience in terms of particular products or service lines, including pensions and Shariah, and many of the team have worked in the other international off and onshore jurisdictions prominent in the world of wealth management. We have associated skills in dispute resolution, risk and regulatory, and image protection. We ensure that thought has been given to the composition of the team on every piece of work we do, and use our mix of skill and experience effectively.

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My news & deals
News 14 Jan 2020

Success of Trainee Solicitor

Award-winning offshore law firm Collas Crill is celebrating the recent success of one of its Guernsey based Trainee Solicitors, Harry Round, on the passing of his LLM in...

News 28 Nov 2019

Shortlisted for firm of the year

Collas Crill has been shortlisted in Legal 500's UK 2020 awards, Offshore: firm of the year category. The awards will be held in February at a London venue, and follow the...

News 1 Oct 2019

Recommended as top tier firm

Collas Crill has been recommended as a top tier firm in three practice areas across its Guernsey and Jersey offices in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 rankings. The...

News 13 Sep 2019

Private Client Global Elite

Five private client specialists from Collas Crill have been included in the Private Client Global Elite Directory 2019. Compiled by Legal Week and The American Lawyer, the...

News 24 Jun 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...