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Karen Stachura

Karen Stachura 

Senior Associate | Jersey

Dispute Resolution

 

Overview

Karen joined Collas Crill in March 2022 and is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team in Jersey. She has a broad practice in the fields of commercial litigation, insolvency and contentious trust litigation.

"I have a sharp analytical legal mind and an ability to see the wider picture to be in a position to offer clients the best possible advice in a prepared and helpful manner. I have a commercial approach to matters, offering creative solutions to meet clients' needs. I enjoy and pride myself on building strong relationships with clients"

Experience

Karen has significant experience in advising and representing clients in litigation proceedings in the Scottish courts, including Scotland's highest civil court. She has advised on commercial litigation matters involving professional negligence, product liability and construction disputes including:

  • Assisting the lead partner in Scotland's highest value claim (Kidd v Paull & Williamson LLP) which involved complex issues of fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.
  • Advising a firm of accountants in relation to a claim by a former director, shareholder and creditor alleging negligence against them as liquidators.
  • Acting on behalf of a firm of engineers in a complex claim arising from the construction of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
  • Acting on behalf of a German bike manufacturer in successfully defending them following trial in respect of a claim for product liability.

Background

Karen was admitted as a Scottish solicitor in 2000, and as solicitor advocate in 2014. She has worked in litigation throughout her legal career. Prior to moving to Jersey, Karen was a solicitor advocate with a Tier 1 Scottish firm based in Edinburgh. 

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.

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.

News 29 Mar 2022

Dispute resolution team growth

Collas Crill has appointed Senior Associate Karen Stachura to join its dispute resolution team in Jersey. Karen has a broad practice in commercial litigation, insolvency...

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