• Senior associate Sam Williams is a real star and a very promising advocate. He is also a very sound lawyer.
    Legal 500 2019
  • Distinguished career. Accomplished in large family cases. Formidable.
    Citywealth Leaders List

Sam Williams is Of Counsel 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.

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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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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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...

Deal 18 May 2020

O Dear, O Dear

The Royal Court of Jersey has issued a significant judgment in Re The O Trust and The J Trust [2019] JRC 220A where it considered the validity of the appointment of a...

News 31 Jan 2020

2020 promotions

Collas Crill has officially announced the results of its annual promotions round for 2020. The group has made a number of promotions across jurisdictions, including both...

News 5 Jun 2019

Sensitive trusts

The matter of the Banayou Trust [2019] JRC 078 The Royal Court has taken a pragmatic approach in blessing a trustee's decision to distribute the assets of a trust, in...

Insight 24 May 2019

Winding up the Z III Trust

RE Z III Trust [2019] JRC 069 The Royal Court of Jersey has determined that the preferred course to follow when winding up an insolvent trust is for the existing trustee to...

Deal 15 Nov 2018

The Latest twist in the Z

The Royal Court of Jersey refuses a former trustee's claim for the legal costs it incurred in making applications regarding an insolvent trust. The Z – Trust...

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