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Emma Taylor  

Senior Associate | Guernsey

Dispute Resolution

  • Emma Taylor is developing a strong dispute resolution practice with a particular focus on trusts.
    Chambers UK 2023
  • She is very approachable, knowledgeable and responsive.
    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Emma Taylor will go right to the top: Efficient, professional and extremely personable.
    Legal 500 2022
  • An up-and-coming advocate, a hard worker, good team player and budding strategist.


Emma is an Advocate and Senior Associate in our Guernsey Dispute Resolution team. 

Emma advises on all aspects of commercial dispute resolution with a particular focus on contentious and semi-contentious trust matters. She regularly advises corporate trustees and beneficiaries alike on the full spectrum of trust disputes from breach of trust claims to information requests. 

In addition to trust matters, Emma regularly assists clients in respect of commercial disputes and contentious risk and regulatory matters, including enforcement action. Emma also has considerable experience acting for Insured parties.

"I am a commercially minded dispute resolution lawyer. My aim is to find a solution to a client's issue in as quick and cost-effective way as possible whilst not compromising on what it is the client wants to achieve. "


  • Mr C v The Trustee of the VT Trust (Approved Judgment 2 October 2020) - Successfully acting for a settlor in applying to set aside a Guernsey discretionary trust on the grounds of mistake and thereby avoiding £1.2m in the UK Inheritance taxes. The settlor had received incorrect advice as to the IHT consequences at the time of settlement.
  • Successfully opposing a blessing application on behalf of the settlor and principal beneficiary where the trustee was going to pay away 80% of the trust fund in settlement of litigation against the trust to the exclusion of the principal beneficiary.
  • Representing a regulated individual director and company in relation to an extended regulatory investigation conducted by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.
  • Acting for a shareholder of a multinational infrastructure building company in successfully obtaining permission to bring a derivative action against another shareholder in England & Wales for the recovery of a £23m debt. This is understood to be the only time that the Royal Court of Guernsey has granted permission for a derivative action.


Emma first joined Collas Crill as a bursary student while studying at University and went on to train with Collas Crill, qualifying as a Solicitor of England & Wales in September 2017. 

During her training contract Emma undertook a one month secondment in our Cayman Dispute Resolution Team working on the liquidation of Platinum Partners and a three month secondment to Berwin Leighton Paisner in London in their Corporate Dispute Resolution Team. 

Emma read law at the University of Bristol and went on to complete her Legal Practice Course at City Law School, City University London. 

In 2020, Emma completed the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trusts Dispute achieving a Distinction. 

Emma was called as Guernsey Advocate in 2022. 

Emma is also admitted as solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the territory of the Virgin Islands.


Shortlisted for the STEP Private Client Awards, Young Practitioner of the Year 2020/21. Recognised as an Associate to Watch in Chambers and Partners UK 2022.


Affiliate member of STEP

Contentious Trust Association (ConTrA)


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Contentious Risk and Regulatory

In regulatory disputes there are often fine lines between the usual wrangling with the regulator and something more serious – by matching our mix of experienced contentious and non-contentious lawyers to the particular problem at hand, we achieve better and more efficient outcomes. As regulatory experts, we frequently act on contentious matters and can leverage our experience to help clients achieve the highest regulatory standards and avoid common pitfalls. To find out more click here

Contentious Trusts

We represent trust corporations, high net worth individuals, individual trustees and beneficiaries, often dealing with novel points of law and creating new and innovative solutions to fit the needs of our clients. We work as a global team and, given the international scope of settlors, investments and assets, clients benefit from the knowledge and depth of experience of our people around the world.

Director and Shareholder Disputes

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 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

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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