• Damian James and Nuno Santos-Costa are standout partners.
    Legal 500
  • Huge amount of experience and knowledge.
    Chambers and Partners
  • Damian James is always articulate and practical.
    Legal 500
  • His advice is always concise and he gets straight to the heart of local law issues.
    Chambers and Partners
  • 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

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.

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.

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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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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 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...

Deal 18 May 2020

O Dear, O Dear

The Royal Court of Jersey has issued a significant judgment in Re The O Trust and The J Trust [2019] JRC 220A where it considered the validity of the appointment of a...

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 6 Nov 2019

Two appointments to Jersey DR team

Collas Crill Jersey has made two new appointments to its Dispute Resolution (DR) team. Senior Associate, Daian Sumner is a qualified barrister who has spent the last three...

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...

Deal 31 Jul 2019

Unwinding tax consequences

In the matter of the J Settlement [2019] JRC111, the case dealt with an application for a number of trustee resolutions to be declared voidable on grounds of mistake. The...

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