Nuno  Santos-Costa

Nuno Santos-Costa

Senior Partner, Jersey

Jersey

As senior partner in Jersey, Nuno is one of the most highly regarded Jersey advocates. He has over 30 years experience and his profile has resulted in Collas Crill attracting some of the island's best known and most complex, top-flight litigation work.

Nuno is named in Legal 500's Hall of Fame UK lawyers list which identifies exceptional legal talent at the pinnacle of their profession.

Ranked in Chambers & Partners, Nuno specialises in commercial litigation and regularly represents clients in highly complex and important trust, contract and fraud cases many of which are now leading cases in their areas of law. The favoured advisor for many of Jersey's wealthiest families on their private, property and trust disputes, he has appeared in many substantial Jersey cases including acting for the first defendant in the Alhamrani trusts litigation, Jersey's biggest ever litigation dispute.

He is a Crown Advocate and prosecutes particularly high profile criminal cases; regularly advises various departments of the Island's government (the States); and undertakes investigations arising out of complaints of discipline or misconduct against members of the Jersey Law Society. Few Advocates, whether in Jersey or in England, are able to work at the highest level of their profession in such a wide variety of areas.

Nuno was appointed Relief Magistrate in 2009 and continues to undertake that role and is one of the founding members of the International Fraud Group (IFG), a co-ordinated team of expert fraud lawyers (including Mishcon de Reya). The IFG enables multi-jurisdictional matters to be managed centrally, and his membership has led to his being instructed on several substantial matters over the years.

 

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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Contentious Banking & Finance
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Our dispute resolution specialists work seamlessly with our corporate, banking and finance teams and regularly field advice across jurisdictions to advise on litigation, restructuring and risk and regulatory matters. We provide a global perspective, working closely with our clients to ensure that they are best placed to respond to rapidly changing market conditions and regulatory changes. We regularly act both for and against banking entities.

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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. At whatever stage, our early involvement will assist in identifying on-going risks. looking for opportunities and managing deteriorating relationships with creditor, financiers, investors or other interested parties. The team brings a wealth of experience from a range of backgrounds to give quick, accurate, commercial advice, primarily across the financial services sector.

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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. Often involving complex issues the team deliver clear, commercial advice on the availability and likely success of recovery methods.

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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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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 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 all concerned. We regularly act on multi-party actions for both plaintiffs and defendants.

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Risk & Regulatory
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Collas Crill's multi-disciplinary approach to providing Risk & Regulatory services ensures that every aspect of our clients' businesses is covered. By drawing on the skills and experience of a highly experienced team of lawyers with expertise from across the firm, we are able to deal with all legal compliance issues that could affect your business, whether contentious or non-contentious. The assistance we are able to provide ranges from strategic matters to specific operational issues.

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My news & deals
News 29 Nov 2019

Ocean Culture Life

Collas Crill has become an official supporter of Ocean Culture Life (OCL), an initiative founded by Jersey-born Royal photographer, Matt Porteous. OCL is made up of a...

News 1 Nov 2019

IFC Awards

Collas Crill has been shortlisted for four 2020 Citywealth International Financial Centre (IFC) Awards. On a jurisdictional level, both the Guernsey and Jersey offices have...

News 24 Nov 2019

STEP Private Client Awards

Collas Crill has been shortlisted for Contentious Trusts & Estates Team of the Year (midsize firm) at the 2019/20 STEP Private Client Awards. The STEP Private Client...

News 11 Nov 2019

Jersey Partner Promotion

Collas Crill has strengthened its dispute resolution team in Jersey with the promotion of Simon Hurry to partner. Simon’s promotion brings the Jersey team to five partners...

News 14 Nov 2019

Collas Crill to become LLP

Collas Crill is a Jersey law firm providing Jersey legal advice and currently structured as a customary law partnership. Following recent statutory changes allowing Jersey...

News 14 Nov 2019

A Raft of Award Wins

Collas Crill is celebrating awards success after several of the firm’s lawyers won honours, at both an international and local level, in addition to receiving recognition in...