Nuno  Santos-Costa

Nuno Santos-Costa

Senior Partner, Jersey

Jersey

  • His reputation as one of Jersey's most respected and accomplished lawyers is fully deserved
    Legal 500
  • Named in Legal 500's inaugral Hall of Fame UK lawyers list
    Legal 500
  • He's very good and very charismatic. He is certainly an advocate you would want representing you
    Chambers & Partners
  • He has an outstanding reputation for handling contentious trust work
    Chambers & Partners
  • Clients highlight his "incisive" handling of matters, and characterise him as "a big hitter" in litigation.
    Chambers & Partners
  • Excellent at putting complicated matters into plain English – he takes a concrete approach, focusing on the important aspects and not wasting time
    Legal 500
  • He is a force of nature. He is one of the most experienced trial lawyers on the island
    Chambers & Partners

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
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.

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

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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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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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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.

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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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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 and insights
News 26 May 2020

Top 100 Trust Litigators List

Three litigators from Collas Crill’s Guernsey and Jersey Dispute Resolution teams have been recognised in the inaugural Citywealth Top 100 Trust Litigators List. In...

Insight 24 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Jersey Construction Work

The COVID-19 (Construction Work) (Jersey) Order 2020 (Construction Order) was enacted on 22 April 2020 and applies from 23 April 2020 onwards. The Construction Order will...

Insight 17 Apr 2020

Taking company decisions virtually

We are increasingly receiving queries from clients in all of our offshore jurisdictions asking for practical guidance and advice on (i) how entities may take decisions and...

News 27 May 2020

COVID-19 – Government support

This guidance is current up to 27 May 2020 The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has rapidly changed the business landscape, with unprecedented restrictive measures on...

News 4 Mar 2020

White Collar Darts

Nuno Santos-Costa, Senior Partner and award winning lawyer at Collas Crill has raised over £3,000 for a local Jersey charity by taking part in Brighter Future's White Collar...

News 28 Nov 2019

Shortlisted for firm of the year

Collas Crill has been shortlisted in Legal 500's UK 2020 awards, Offshore: firm of the year category. The awards will be held in February at a London venue, and follow the...

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