Collas Crill Jersey has made two new appointments to its Dispute Resolution (DR) team.

Senior Associate, Daian Sumner is a qualified barrister who has spent the last three years practising law in the BVI, before recently relocating to Jersey to join the firm.

Her role as a barrister in Liverpool saw her working in the St John’s Building Chambers and Atlantic Chambers, before moving to the Caribbean in 2016.

Daian specialises in complex corporate and commercial disputes, wills and trusts, and has experience as in house Legal Counsel for a large trust company.

With experience as a university lecturer at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, Daian is a highly-skilled public speaker who has delivered a number of presentations on her areas of expertise.

Kirsten Bailey joins as an Associate, having previously worked in the Johannesburg office of a Pan-African law firm, where she advised on disputes including class actions, contentious insolvencies and tax, contract and product liability disputes.

She also has experience in the Courts of South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania, with clients including local and international financial institutions, high net worth individuals and large corporations in the food and beverage sectors, as well as various Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed entities.

At Collas Crill, Kirsten specialises in advising clients on contentious matters across a number of aspects of law, including contractual disputes, torts, and general commercial disputes.

Partner and Head of Jersey’s DR department, Damian James said: ‘It’s a great time for us to be appointing two additional lawyers to the busy team.

‘Both Daian and Kirsten have extremely interesting backgrounds and their experience and knowledge will allow us to further develop our existing offering to clients here at Collas Crill.’

The Collas Crill Dispute Resolution department was recently ranked as Band 2 under the Chambers and Partners rankings for 2020, and Tier 2 under the Legal 500 rankings.

Department head Damian is described as having a ‘huge amount of experience and knowledge’ within the Chambers and Partners directory. He is also featured within the Legal 500 Hall of Fame.