Collas Crill has promoted three senior lawyers to partner, bringing its total number of partners and directors to 32.
In Guernsey, fiduciary specialist Angela Calnan and property expert Michael Morris have been promoted to partner. And the Channel Islands law firm now has its first partner in London, with Edward Stone being promoted after having moved to the capital to launch Collas Crill’s private wealth services on 2 December.
Dispute resolution specialist David O’Hanlon becomes Of Counsel, a title which is on a par with the role of partner and reserved for senior lawyers who have chosen to concentrate on the more technical aspects of their profession or are non-Advocate litigators.
Recently described as “a force to be reckoned with” by Legal 500 and a “Future Leader” by Citywealth, Angela Calnan has made a significant impact in Guernsey since joining Collas Crill in April 2012.
Having trained and qualified at top UK firm Penningtons Manches LLP and moved on to top international firm Lawrence Graham in Dubai, Angela’s technical credentials and international experience have enabled her to play a significant part in the rapid growth of Collas Crill’s fiduciary client base.
Her unstuffy, plain English and friendly approach has been described as a “breath of fresh air” in Guernsey. She was one of the first fiduciary lawyers in the Island to advise on and register foundations in Guernsey and is regarded as a leader in this field having registered a quarter of all those in existence.
Collas Crill’s head of fiduciary Kathryn Purkis said: “Angela is a very talented, able and dedicated lawyer with a practical and efficient approach that commends itself to her many clients, and her particular understanding of and connections in the Middle East are also much valued in the firm.”
Residential and commercial property expert Michael Morris joined Collas Crill in 2011 from top UK firm Wedlake Bell, to establish a novel real estate practice for offshore lenders, funds, trust companies and high net worth individuals investing in prime real estate.
Since joining Collas Crill, that practice has gone from strength to strength, and Michael now acts for some of the leading financiers of prime real estate. In 2013 Chambers Europe recognised him for his residential and commercial property expertise and his clients find that “his relaxed style really instils confidence”
Head of property at Collas Crill Jason Green said: “Since joining the firm Michael has developed his real estate practice beyond all recognition. Michael, who is very talented and well known in the Guernsey market place, very quickly demonstrated how hard work, sheer determination and a practical client centred approach can really reap rewards. In a challenging real estate market, we have seen a huge upturn in instructions, particularly in relation to the acquisition and funding of high value trophy properties for ultra high net worth individuals, which is credit to Michael’s excellent business skills.”
Edward Stone joined Collas Crill’s fiduciary team in February 2012, bringing considerable experience in advising on offshore trust law and the establishment of bespoke trust solutions.
He is named on Citywealth’s Honours List for his extensive international experience in complex fiduciary structuring for wealthy families. He works closely with those clients and their advisers to make both Guernsey and Jersey’s fiduciary structuring immediately accessible. Legal 500 2013 considers Edward as ‘extremely knowledgeable’.
His practice focuses on working with international clients and their advisers on a wide variety of wealth planning matters including establishing trusts, foundations and fiduciary structures for use in family succession planning, philanthropy, business transactions and asset protection. Edward has particular experience in setting up private trust companies for UHNW clients, as well as the restructuring and resettlement of existing trusts and advising trustees on their fiduciary obligations and trust interpretation, often in hostile circumstances.
Collas Crill’s head of Fiduciary Kathryn Purkis said: “In the short time Edward Stone has been with us, he has made a truly valuable contribution to Collas Crill’s profile in the international private client world. His clients appreciate his wealth of experience and depth of understanding in the law and practice of trusts. We look forward to his continued success as he moves to our London office, the better to serve both the Guernsey and Jersey needs of our intermediary clients.”
Clients describe David O’Hanlon as “good at achieving quick results and responses” and “displays very impressive attention to detail, is extremely thorough and accurate [and] and has a good understanding of the operational aspects of [our business]”.
His practice focus is primarily on contentious trust or internal company issues (such as shareholder or board disputes) and has a wide experience of professional negligence as well as general commercial matters. David has handled litigation for investment banks, trustees and PLCs, including dealing with complex cross-jurisdictional and agency issues and on matters involving injunctive proceedings, freezing orders and appeals.
Collas Crill’s Head of Dispute Resolution in Guernsey, Christian Hay, said: “David has an excellent pedigree having worked with one of the top tier UK financial services focused law firms for several years. The promotion to Of Counsel is recognition of his seniority, experience and ability and seen alongside other recent hires and promotions means that Collas Crill’s dispute resolution/litigation offering across both Guernsey and Jersey is now very hard to beat in terms of strength in depth.”
In addition, two Collas Crill associates have been promoted to senior associate. James Tee has a broad range of litigation experience including a growing practice as a court advocate. More specifically he has provided representation in respect of insolvency, commercial disputes and contentious trust matters and has significant experience representing e-gambling operators in both contentious and non-contentious regulatory and commercial matters. Gareth Morgan has experience in high value banking and finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions on a multi-jurisdictional level, investment funds, intellectual property and general corporate matters. He has advised on a broad spectrum of commercial transactions, from multi-billion dollar corporate finance restructurings to local business acquisitions. Gareth is also a key member of Collas Crill’s intellectual property team in Guernsey.