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Sarah Millar

Sarah Millar 

Senior Associate | Guernsey

International Private Client and Trusts

 

Overview

Sarah is an Advocate and Senior Associate within the family law practice in the International Private Client and Trusts team. She joined Collas Crill in October 2021.

"I relate to clients on a personal level and build meaningful relationships during what can be a difficult time. I enjoy working with clients to find a practical way through the issues, however wide-ranging they might be."

Experience

Sarah is an experienced family law practitioner whose work encompasses all aspects of family separation. She has a particular interest in matters involving children, having worked for a number of years in child protection matters in the public sector.

Sarah also conducts general civil litigation matters, ranging from employment to property disputes, and is experienced in running litigation from its inception to final hearing.

Background

With her previous experience in the public sector, and at another well-regarded local law firm, Sarah's clients benefit from her broad court-based experience.

Sarah was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2014 and as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2018. She is regularly instructed to appear in the Magistrate's Court and Royal Court of Guernsey, and has appeared before the Court of Alderney.

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Change of name
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Changing your name in Guernsey is relatively straightforward but usually requires a brief Court attendance. We can guide you smoothly through the process.

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Children
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Cohabitation
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There is no such thing as 'common law marriage', nor are there any specific rules relating to cohabitation. On separation, the issues can become complex requiring expert guidance.

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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.

Divorce
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We provide practical advice in plain English on all aspects of divorce and separation. We will guide you through the legal process as quickly, painlessly and cost effectively as possible.

Divorce - the basics
Grounds for divorce
Same sex marriage and divorce 
Defended divorce
Flow chart of an undefended divorce
Alternatives to divorce
Ten practical tips for getting divorced
Common questions

Family Law
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Our team has extensive expertise in all areas of family law and is known for providing a personalised, responsive service to clients.

Finances
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Financial issues can be one of the more challenging aspects of divorce and separation. We provide robust, cost-effective advice on the various options available to separating parties.

Options at a glance
Finances - the basics
Flow chart of a financial application
Different types of Court order
How the Court decides who gets what
Financial dispute resolution hearings
Alternatives to Court
Common questions

Injunctions
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On the breakdown of a marriage or relationship, either party or children may need protection. The law aims to provide immediate protection for those who need it, and if you find yourself in this position then it is essential that you act quickly. We offer expert advice and guidance in this area.

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International
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In an ever-shrinking world, disputes involving international family law are becoming more and more common. We offer specialist legal advice in this area. 

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Judicial separation
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Judicial separations are unique to Guernsey and present a quick and cost effective way of securing an agreement in relation to children and finances. We will advise and guide you smoothly through the process.

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Prenuptial agreements
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While prenuptial agreements are not legally binding, they are becoming an increasingly common feature of modern-day marriage. We offer expert advice and guidance in this area.

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Trusts and Fiduciary
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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 world of wealth management in other prominent offshore and onshore jurisdictions. We have associated skills in dispute resolution, risk and regulatory, and image protection. We give thought to the composition of the team on every piece of work we do to ensure clients get the most out of our skill and experience.

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