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Christian  Hay (TEP)

Christian Hay (TEP)

Managing Partner


  • Christian Hay is good with clients and ensures consistency of service quality.
    Legal 500
  • When the going gets tough his resolute expertise is there for all to see
    Chambers & Partners
  • Hard working, tactically shrewd and good on his feet in Court
    Chambers & Partners
  • Christian Hay is an extremely accomplished advocate who puts forward in the very strongest terms the best position for his clients.
    Legal 500

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
Contentious Trusts

We represent trust corporations, HNWIs, 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 around the globe.

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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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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 and insights
News 21 Oct 2020

Further promotion

Quentin Bregg, lawyer in Collas Crill's dispute resolution team in Guernsey, has been promoted to Senior Associate in the latest in a string of promotions across the...

News 1 Oct 2020

Legal 500 UK rankings

Collas Crill has been recommended as a top tier firm in four practice areas in Guernsey and Jersey in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2021 rankings, reflecting the quality of...

News 27 Mar 2020

Disputes Yearbook 2020

Guernsey Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution Christian Hay has featured in Legal Business's Disputes Yearbook 2020, the publication which 'charts the mega cases...

News 26 May 2020

Top 100 Trust Litigators List

Three litigators from Collas Crill’s Guernsey and Jersey Dispute Resolution teams have been recognised in the inaugural Citywealth Top 100 Trust Litigators List. In...

Insight 17 Apr 2020

Taking company decisions virtually

We are increasingly receiving queries from clients in all of our offshore jurisdictions asking for practical guidance and advice on (i) how entities may take decisions and...

Insight 9 Apr 2020

Government support

This guidance is current up to 08 April 2020 The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has rapidly changed the business landscape, with increasing restrictive measures on...

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