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Christian Hay

Partner, Head Of Dispute Resolution - Guernsey  |  Collas Crill

England and Wales


Dispute resolution: Broad experience of financial services related litigation and particular expertise in contentious trust and probate related matters.


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

As a firm we have been involved in a number of high profile offshore cases to come before the courts in Guernsey Jersey BVI and Cayman including Carlyle; Tchenguiz; Crociani; Ocean Rig; Platinum Partners; Abraaj Holdings.

Two particular cases we have been working on include:
· Advising trustees of £80m Guernsey trust on dividing trusts between warring family branches, involving tax planning in UK Australia, Cayman, Canada and USA. Complicated negotiations, a successful Public Trustee –v- Cooper blessing in October 2018 then a massive restructuring to give effect to the deal including the preparation and review of numerous bespoke declarations of trust
· Acting for the illegitimate minor of an international sports personality in a highly contentious and private application to vary a Guernsey trust to enforce an undertaking given to UK family court, a first time application of Mubarak –v- Mubarak principles (extending Saunders –v- Vautier) in Guernsey to infer consent to a variation on behalf of minor beneficiary

Winning a STEP Worldwide Excellence Award was a highlight too!

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

You are never too young to start networking. Collas Crill has been pleased to support the CONTRA network for up and coming contentious trusts lawyers as it provides an ideal and safe learning environment for junior lawyers to meet their peers and we run a number of our own similar initiatives locally and in London to bring rising stars and new lawyers together. The Private Client World is all about relationships.

What is your favourite quote?

"Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess"
Felix Frankfurter