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Sam Williams

Sam Williams 

Group Partner* | Jersey

  • Distinguished career. Accomplished in large family cases. Formidable.
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  • Sam Williams [...] is one to watch for the future. He was heavily involved in the long-running Crociani litigation and is extremely able.
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  • Rising Star
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  • Sam Williams is an excellent lawyer who is very good on his feet. He has grown into a highly skilled advocate.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Senior associate Sam Williams is a real star and a very promising advocate. He is also a very sound lawyer
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Sam Williams is a Group Partner at Collas Crill Jersey. He is a seasoned litigator who has worked in Jersey since 2012 and was called to the Jersey Bar in November 2015.

His practice includes complex and cross-border commercial litigation and court applications, with particular emphasis on contentious trusts and corporate disputes and urgent injunctive relief. 

His advocacy experience includes appearing at trial for one of the trustees in the long-running Crociani v Crociani litigation. 

Sam joined Collas Crill in August 2016, prior to which he worked at another offshore law firm in Jersey and at a well-known international firm in London where he trained and qualified as an English solicitor (currently non-practising). 

Sam is a contributor to the STEP Contentious Trusts Forum.


*not a member of Collas Crill LLP in Jersey

My services
Contentious Trusts

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.

Director & 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 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.

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.

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. With their ability to deal with complex issues the team deliver clear, commercial advice on the availability and likely success of recovery methods.

Private Client

As global legislation, regulation and taxation constantly change and become more complex, it has never been more important to make long-term plans to secure your future, the future of your family or your business. We cut through the legal jargon to provide clear, practical advice when you most need it and anticipate the challenges you are likely to face so that you can rest assured you and your family are in safe hands at every step of the way.

Insight 23 Mar 2022

Jersey trust law

An article by Group Partner Sam Williams has been published in Trust & Trustees magazine on the topic of the nature of a beneficiary’s interest under a Jersey law trust...

Insight 15 Jul 2021

Matter of M Settlement

Case analysis by Group Partner Sam Williams, Of Counsel Fritha Ford and Associate Kirsten Bailey, published on LexisPSL on 8 July 2021 Private Client analysis: The trustee...

Insight 12 Apr 2021

Arbitration of trust disputes

This article – written by Collas Crill Head of Dispute Resolution Christian Hay, Collas Crill Group Partner Sam Williams and Partner of Grosvenor Law, Mayfair, Richard...

Deal 10 Mar 2021

Court appointed receiverships

Collas Crill recently brought a successful, novel application to appoint receivers over a promissory note and reconstitute a breach of a Jersey trust in the context of a...

Deal 3 Feb 2021

Elementary, my dear Watson

The Royal Court of Jersey has issued a landmark judgment in Kea Investments Limited v Watson [2021] JRC 009, determining that it is not possible to obtain execution measures...

News 29 Jan 2021

Private Client Global Elite

Five private client specialists from Collas Crill have been included in the Private Client Global Elite Directory 2020/21. Compiled in conjunction with Legal Week, the...

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Event 30 Mar 2022
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Trusts in Litigation

Guernsey Partner Ben Havard will be speaking at the Informa Connect and ConTrA Trusts in Litigation conference in Seville on 1 April.Ben will be on the panel of a workshop...

Event 14 Mar 2022
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Trust & Litigation Forum

Managing Partner Christian Hay will be speaking on 'trust and estate litigation in a changing world' at the Private Client Global Elite's Trust and Estates Litigation Forum...

Event 26 Feb 2020
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Trusts & Estates Litigation Forum

Private Client Global Elite's Trust & Estates Litigation Forum 2020 will take place on 26 - 28 February in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, written and directed by...

Event 6 Feb 2020
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Trusts in Litigation Conference

Collas Crill Guernsey Managing Partner, Christian Hay, will be speaking at the KNect365 and Contra Trusts in Litigation Conference which will be held in Helsinki on Thursday...

Event 12 Nov 2019
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STEP New York

STEP New York will be hosting a luncheon meeting with Alliancebernstein, LP on Tuesday 12 November. A multi-jurisdictional Collas Crill team will each present on the...

Event 11 Nov 2019
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Commercial Litigation Conference

Collas Crill will have a multi-jurisdictional team attending this year's Serle Court International Trusts & Commercial Litigation Conference. In celebration of the 20th...

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