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  • His advice is always concise and he gets straight to the heart of local law issues
    Chambers and Partners
  • Knows when to be tough and when to be easy on the other side
    Chambers and Partners
  • astute, calm and authoritative tactician
    Legal 500
  • A talented advocate with a measured approach
    Chambers and Partners
  • An absolute delight to work with: he is receptive, clear, and relaxed and confident in court
    Legal 500
  • 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
  • Consistently provides sage, no-nonsense advice and is unflappable under pressure. He is a highly experienced, persuasive and measured advocate and his manner with clients, colleagues and court alike is considerate and charming.
    Legal 500
  • Huge amount of experience and knowledge
    Chambers and Partners
  • Bright, patient and strategically superb
    Legal 500
  • Without a doubt my best asset
    Legal 500
  • Very calm
    Chambers & Partners
  • Very bright and a pleasure to work with
    Legal 500
  • Damian James is always articulate and practical
    Legal 500
  • 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
  • Particularly good at strategising, considering options and advising accordingly
    Legal 500
  • Damian James and Nuno Santos-Costa are standout partners
    Legal 500
  • Very impressive
    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
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of the most complex cases. He is extremely hard-working and knowledgeable, and delivers prompt, concise advice
    Legal 500

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 worlds 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.

 

     

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Contentious Trusts
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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
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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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Private Client
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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.

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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...

Deal 4 Dec 2020

Untangling the Webb

In a recent decision the Privy Council has had the opportunity to consider the circumstances under which a trust may be declared invalid due to the reservation of powers by...

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 13 Jul 2020

Chambers High Net Worth guide

Collas Crill's award-winning Private Client teams in the Channel Islands have featured in this year's Chambers High Net Worth guide, the guide for go-to individuals and...

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...

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