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Fay O'Halloran

Fay O'Halloran 

Associate | BVI

Dispute Resolution

 

Overview

Fay is an Associate within the firm's Commercial Dispute Resolution Department, based in the British Virgin Islands. She is admitted to practice as a solicitor in the British Virgin Islands and England & Wales.

Fay has a diverse range of legal experience. Prior to joining Collas Crill, she benefited from training with a leading regional firm in England, where she gained a high level of experience and client exposure. Fay has advised in relation to a broad range of commercial and personal litigation matters, including contentious trusts and probate, contentious property, shareholder disputes and cohabitation disputes.

Experience

After finishing university, Fay worked as a paralegal, before undertaking a training contract with a leading regional firm in England. Fay began her training contract in 2018 before qualifying into the firm's Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department in September 2020.

Upon qualification Fay was responsible for her own caseload, in addition to providing ongoing assistance and support to the Partners in the department, where she gained a wide experience of alternative dispute resolution.

"I thoroughly enjoy problem solving and achieving the best possible outcome, regardless of the size or nature of the matter. I aim to always understand the genuine requirements and concerns of clients, to tailor my approach and understanding of their problems. I always work towards creating a strong relationship with clients, by providing personable, concise and bespoke advice."

Background

Fay studied an undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield, where she achieved a first class Law LLB degree. Fay spent the third year of her undergraduate degree studying at Lund University in Sweden.

Fay then studied the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Nottingham Law School, where she achieved a distinction and was awarded the Dean's Master's Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Outside of work, Fay enjoys travelling and new experiences. Fay has an active lifestyle and enjoys hiking, yoga, cycling and the gym. Fay recently undertook a 100km hike to raise money for charity.

Memberships

Law Society

My services
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.

Contentious Wills, Estates & Probate
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We provide fast, cost-effective and sensitive advice on all manner of will related disputes during what is often an extremely upsetting and distressing time for those concerned. We regularly act on multi-party actions for both plaintiffs and defendants.

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.

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.

Fraud, Asset Tracing & Freezing Injunctions
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At Collas Crill, we're used to working as part of a multi-jurisdictional team, capable of reacting and responding quickly to urgent requests for assistance with locating and freezing assets. As sophisticated defendants become more adept at dissipating assets, we've been involved in cases that created new law in the Channel Islands in relation to a party's ability to trace assets and recover their losses. With their ability to deal with complex issues the team deliver clear, commercial advice on the availability and likely success of recovery methods.

Insolvency & Restructuring
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For financially distressed companies in need of restructuring and reorganisation, or for those where the opportunity to do so has passed or failed, Collas Crill’s insolvency and restructuring team work to achieve the most beneficial outcome in these difficult situations. 

Our team brings a wealth of experience from a range of diverse backgrounds to give quick, accurate, commercial advice, primarily across the financial services sector. 

Currently working on some of the largest and most complex cross-border insolvencies in the jurisdiction, we frequently advise top law firms from the People’s Republic of China, the United States, the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions. We are regularly briefed by Sovereign Wealth Funds and Fortune 500 Companies to advise on particular restructurings, as well as investment managers from Europe; the United States and Russia. 

At whatever stage we are engaged, our involvement will assist in identifying the on-going risks facing a client and to enable that client to continue to identify and to effectively manage deteriorating relationships with creditors, financiers, investors or other interested parties.

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