Collas Crill has appointed Gareth Bell as Managing Partner of its Guernsey office.

Gareth joined Collas Crill in 2005 and became a partner at the firm five years later. He is a litigation lawyer, specialising in trust, company, insolvency, professional negligence and other financial services disputes. A qualified Guernsey Advocate, Gareth heads up the firm's Insolvency and Corporate Disputes team on the island.

Christian Hay steps down from the role of Guernsey Managing Partner to become Global Practice Head of Collas Crill's Private Client and Trusts team, recently formed as part of the firm's move to global practice areas.

Gareth said: 'I am excited to be taking on the new role as Managing Partner of the Guernsey office, which has grown over my 19 years with the firm into a large practice with many leaders in their fields and great strength in depth. I am confident that we can continue to grow our reputation across our key practice areas and to remain a place where brilliant people are proud to work.'

'Thank you to my colleague, Partner Christian Hay, for all of his hard work and leadership during his time as Managing Partner, which covered some of the most challenging experiences any of us have been through. I hope the coming years will be much smoother and prosperous for our clients, Guernsey and the firm.'

Christian said: 'I have been proud to lead our Guernsey office through the challenges, successes and growth witnessed in the last four years; and am pleased now to be handing the baton into the very capable hands of Gareth Bell.

'I am looking forward to getting to grips with my new global role and working with our Channel Island and Caribbean teams to set new standards of service and distinction in the offshore private client and trusts arena.'