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Overview

James is an Of Counsel in our Guernsey Dispute Resolution team.

James advises on all aspects of commercial dispute resolution with a particular focus on insolvency matters. He regularly advises insolvency practitioners, creditors and directors alike on all aspect of insolvency matters from appointments to directions applications.

Additionally, James has experience regarding other matters in the core areas of the Dispute Resolution team including Corporate Disputes and Contentious Trusts.

James has been ranked in the Legal 500 as "a first class of counsel in the insolvency area".

"I am a proactive dispute resolution lawyer who enjoys helping my clients in increasingly trying circumstances. My aim is to help my client's achieve the best outcome that they can as efficiently as possible whilst maintaining a clear strategy for them to resolve their dispute. "

Experience

Benjamin Rhodes and Alan Roberts as the liquidators of Canargo Limited (in Liquidation) v MND Limited et al (Approved Judgment of the Royal Court October 2020) - Successfully acting for the Joint Liquidators of a company in respect of a directions application regarding the sale of mining rights in Georgia.

James Toynton and Benjamin Rhodes as the liquidators of Conqueror Holdings Limited ((in Liquidation) (Approved Judgment of the Royal Court June 2019) – Successfully acting for the Joint Liquidators in respect of a directions application regarding the standing of creditors in the adjudication process of the liquidation of a company. This was the first time that the Court had to consider the issue of security in a cross border insolvency context.

Clean Sweep Holdings Limited (in Administration) – Successfully applying to the Royal Court of Guernsey to have the Joint Administrators appointed by the High Court over a Guernsey company recognised in Guernsey.

James Chadwick and Susan Berry (as the joint trustees in Bankruptcy of Tom Doyle) – Successfully represented the Trustees in Bankruptcy in seeking recognition in Guernsey and ancillary orders under section 426.

Artemis Trustees Limited et al v Martin Sandle et al (Approved Judgments of the Court, various 2018) – Representing the current trustees in respect of a fee dispute with former Trustees.

Background

James first joined Collas Crill as a paralegal and went on to complete his Bar Vocational Court whilst working at Collas Crill. James was called to the Middle Temple in July 2009.

The following year James attended Caen University and in 2010 passed the Guernsey Bar Exams. He was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2010.

In 2017, James passed the Guernsey notarial exams and was admitted as a Notary Public in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Memberships

ARIES member

R3

Middle Temple

Guernsey Bar

Secretary of the Association Guernsey Notaries Public since 2017.

My services
Contentious Risk & Regulatory
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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 Risk and Regulatory experts, our Dispute Resolution team frequently act on contentious matters, able to leverage their experience to help clients achieve the highest regulatory standards and avoid common pitfalls.

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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. 

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.

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Approval of liquidators' fees

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Implications for directors' duties

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