• The service received from James has always been excellent. He is a pleasure to work with.
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James is Of Counsel in the dispute resolution department with a broad range of litigation experience, including a growing practice as a Court advocate.

His experience and expertise encompasses a wide range of areas including insolvency proceedings, contractual disputes, shareholder and investor actions, cross-border litigation and freezing orders.

"I enjoy taking a pragmatic approach to helping clients achieve their aims."

In addition, James has significant experience representing eGambling operators in both contentious and non-contentious regulatory and commercial matters. He has appeared on numerous gaming matters before the Courts and has advised companies in respect of licensing issues and investigations by regulators. Further, James has an interest in shareholder disputes specifically unfair prejudice claims. He has written and spoken on Court process and civil procedure in Guernsey.

James joined the firm in 2006 as a paralegal. Having passed the Bar Vocational Course in 2009, he was called to the Bar of England and Wales. He is a member of the Inner Temple. James was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2010. He is a Notary Public and Secretary of the Association of Guernsey Notaries Public.  James is also a member of R3, Asset Recovery Next Gen Association and ARIES. 

My services
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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Insolvency & Restructuring

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

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 Risk & 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, better and more efficient outcomes are obtained. As our Risk & Regulatory practice, our Dispute Resolution team frequently acts on contentious matters we are able to leverage that experience to help clients avoid common pitfalls and meet the highest regulatory standards.

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My news & deals
Insight 16 Jan 2020

Insolvency overhaul arrives

On 15 January 2020 the States of Guernsey approved the long-awaited final version of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (Insolvency) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (the...

News 22 Nov 2019

Draft insolvency legislation

The awaited changes to Guernsey's insolvency regime will hopefully be submitted to the Greffe soon, to be laid before the States early next year, say Law Officers. Drafts...

Insight 9 Aug 2019

Bankruptcy prevented by High Court

In the recent High Court case of Digby-Rogers v Speechly Bircham LLP [2019] EWHC 1568 (Ch), a City law firm which was owed £167k was prevented in its attempt to make the...

Deal 2 Aug 2019

Takeover of SafeCharge

Collas Crill acted as Guernsey Counsel to SafeCharge International Group Limited on its successful takeover by 11411802 Canada Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Nuvei...

Deal 30 Jul 2019

Royal Court consider equitable lien

Collas Crill LLP recently represented Joint Liquidators who applied to the Royal Court for directions in respect of a class of claims made in the liquidation of a company...

Insight 25 Jan 2019

Freezing Injunctions

Guernsey Freezing injunctions are often used in Guernsey to preserve the assets of a defendant whilst proceedings are, or are going to be, pursued in the Guernsey courts...