David is a partner in the Guernsey dispute resolution team at Collas Crill. He has a broad experience of commercial litigation and professional negligence matters, often with cross-border or jurisdictional issues.  His primary areas of focus are:

Trust Matters

David has acted for trustees, investment banks and beneficiaries in contentious or semi-contentious matters, such as defending trustees against claims for breach of trust, acting in relation to variations of trust and advising trustees and beneficiaries on their obligations and rights in respect of the trusts.  Recent public matters include: Walker et al –v- Egerton-Vernon et al in which David acted for one of the former trustees of a settlement established by the late entrepreneur Jack Walker in defending a claim in excess of £100 million (and settled on confidential terms).

Corporate Disputes

David advises directors, shareholders and corporate service providers on contentious corporate matters such as shareholder or board disputes, claims against directors and advice on issues such as potential conflicts of interest.  Recent work includes acting for the Independent Directors in Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in liquidation) and ors –v- Conway Jr and ors in their successful defence of a claim for in excess of $1 billion brought by the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in liquidation).

My services
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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Director & Shareholder Disputes
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Thanks to the depth of our experience and the resources of our team, we've acted on some of the largest pieces of litigation brought against directors offshore. We're well placed to deal with the 'bet the farm' proceedings that can occur in these type of disputes and have represented parties involved in intra-company disputes, including executive, non-executive and independent directors, majority and minority shareholders, companies and liquidators. We understand that shareholder disputes are often not simply 'black and white' and our team finds innovative and commercial alternatives to those which the Court may offer – taking a collaborative approach with our clients to ensure that the right result is achieved.

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Contentious Trusts
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We represent trust corporations, 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 across the globe.

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My news & deals
Deal 15 Nov 2019

Carlyle Directors Win Appeal

In an eagerly awaited judgment in the Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in liquidation) ("CCC") litigation, the Guernsey Court of Appeal has upheld the first instance...

News 1 Nov 2019

Directors’ Duties Conference

The lifecycle of a company, the role of its director and the importance of corporate governance are just some of the topics that will be explored at Collas Crill’s...

News 26 Nov 2019

Taxation can prove Taxing

"I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labours it has cost me." Henri...

News 30 Nov 2019

LRJ Services Ltd (in liquidation)

The High Court of England has produced a reminder to directors that it is not prepared to restrict itself to a directors' tenure when considering if a director has acted in...

News 22 Nov 2019

Burnden Holdings (UK) Limited

In a case that has interesting parallels for Guernsey, the Supreme Court of England and Wales recently released a judgment in the matter of Burnden Holdings (UK) Limited v...

News 5 Nov 2019

Collas Crill lawyer sworn in

Collas Crill partner David O'Hanlon was sworn in as a Guernsey Advocate today. David is a senior member of Collas Crill's commercial Dispute Resolution team focusing on...