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Damian  James

Damian James  

Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution | Jersey

  • Damian James is a leader in his field, as effective in court as he is on paper, which is superb. Calm and measured approach identifying the key issues and focusing on the points that count for the client’s best outcome.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Huge amount of experience and knowledge
    Chambers and Partners
  • He is so very good at trust litigation. He's very strategic and pragmatic, and he always provides commercial arguments.
    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • He's one of the smartest people I have ever come across. He gets it first time and he's smart enough to tackle it
    Chambers and Partners
  • Bright, patient and strategically superb
    Legal 500
  • Particularly good at strategising, considering options and advising accordingly
    Legal 500
  • A talented advocate with a measured approach
    Chambers and Partners
  • He's a good lawyer, well-liked by clients. He's done some big-ticket trust litigation
    Chambers High Net Worth Guide
  • People will go to him because they know he will cover all the sensible points and show that he's thought through all the issues
    Chambers High Net Worth Guide
  • Without a doubt my best asset
    Legal 500
  • An absolute delight to work with: he is receptive, clear, and relaxed and confident in court
    Legal 500
  • astute, calm and authoritative tactician
    Legal 500
  • Damian James is always articulate and practical
    Legal 500
  • Very bright and a pleasure to work with
    Legal 500
  • Knows when to be tough and when to be easy on the other side
    Chambers and Partners
  • Damian is excellent in court and when dealing with difficult situations. He is an excellent communicator, always keeping me updated, and is a cool and calming influence.
    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • His advice is always concise and he gets straight to the heart of local law issues
    Chambers and Partners
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of the most complex cases. He is extremely hard-working and knowledgeable, and delivers prompt, concise advice
    Legal 500
  • A very good contentious lawyer. He is sensible and has a good common-sense approach to cases, as well as getting to grips with the law.
    Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2021

Damian heads up the Dispute Resolution team in Jersey and has been a Partner since 2003. He is an experienced litigator who specialises in contentious and semi-contentious trust work and heavyweight commercial litigation.

Damian is a member of the Fraud Network and is highly ranked in both the main legal directories. He is listed as a prominent figure in the contentious trust section of the Citywealth leading lawyers list and he sits on the board of one of the world's largest litigation funds. The company specialises in funding high profile, multi billion-pound, international group action claims.

Damian is named in Legal 500's Hall of Fame UK lawyers list which identifies exceptional legal talent at the pinnacle of their profession.



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.

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.

Private Client

As global legislation, regulation and taxation constantly change and become more complex, it has never been more important to make long-term plans to secure your future, the future of your family or your business. We cut through the legal jargon to provide clear, practical advice when you most need it and anticipate the challenges you are likely to face so that you can rest assured you and your family are in safe hands at every step of the way.

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.

News 27 Jun 2022

STEP PCA 2022 shortlist

Collas Crill has been shortlisted for Contentious Trusts and Estates Team of the Year (mid size) at the STEP Private Client 2022 awards. The STEP Private Client Awards are...

News 22 Nov 2021

Collas Crill ranked in GRR top 100

Collas Crill has been ranked in this year's Global Restructuring Review (GRR) 100, an annual guide to the world's leading law firms for cross-border restructuring and...

News 30 Jul 2021

Fritha Ford appointment

Collas Crill has appointed Fritha Ford as Of Counsel in Jersey. Fritha is an experienced litigator, specialising in contentious and semi-contentious trust work, often with...

News 26 Jul 2021

Chambers recognition

Collas Crill's Private Client teams in the Channel Islands have featured in Chambers 2021 High Net Worth guide, which ranks the leading professional advisers in the private...

Deal 3 Feb 2021

Elementary, my dear Watson

The Royal Court of Jersey has issued a landmark judgment in Kea Investments Limited v Watson [2021] JRC 009, determining that it is not possible to obtain execution measures...

News 29 Jan 2021

Private Client Global Elite

Five private client specialists from Collas Crill have been included in the Private Client Global Elite Directory 2020/21. Compiled in conjunction with Legal Week, the...

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Guide 20 Feb 2017

Galasys - the case so far

The Company: At the heart of this dispute is Galasys PLC, a Jersey incorporated company which was, prior to the dispute, listed on AIM, describing itself as a global...

Guide 19 Oct 2015

Asset Tracing and Recovery in the Channel Islands

It is always critical to ensure that there is value in pursuing or continuing to pursue proceedings. However, taking investigative and protective measures in offshore...

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Event 30 Mar 2022
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Trusts in Litigation

Guernsey Partner Ben Havard will be speaking at the Informa Connect and ConTrA Trusts in Litigation conference in Seville on 1 April.Ben will be on the panel of a workshop...

Event 12 Nov 2015
Past Event

Legal Week Forum

Damian James, partner at Collas Crill will speak as part of a panel on the Responsibility of Trustees, Protectors and Enforcers at the Legal Week International Private...

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