Private Client & Trusts




Appleby's highly regarded Private Client & Trusts group provides trust services to high net worth individuals, families, international private banks and trust companies. We advise on all aspects of trust law, including the establishment, restructuring and winding up of private, charitable, purpose and commercial trusts. The team acts as trustee for a number of discretionary trusts and is frequently instructed by blue-chip trust institutions..

For individuals, families and their advisers, we:

  • Offer counsel on international estate planning needs
  • Help with difficult decisions when administering trusts for beneficiaries
  • Assist in creating a family’s own trust company that, as a result, can build family unity, empower future generations, and bring efficiency to the administration of family trusts

For businesses, we:

  • Offer advice on the formation of commercial trusts (special purpose trusts) in connection with leasing and structured finance transactions

Appleby has thriving and growing Private Client & Trust practices in some of the most well regulated and highly regarded offshore jurisdictions for the creation of trust structures, including in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey.

Recent accolades include:

  • Being awarded 'Caribbean Offshore Law Firm of the Year' at the Citywealth Offshore Awards 2012
  • Being named one of the top 25 most admired companies 2012 by Private Client Practitioner magazine
  • Being awarded 'International Legal Team of the Year 2011' at the STEP Private Client Awards

As wealth planning becomes increasingly global, Appleby’s Private Client & Trusts group has developed its services to offer clients choice, flexibility and practical solutions. Our lawyers regularly advise clients on achieving the most effective solution to fit their objectives, including guiding them to the most suitable jurisdiction. The Private Client & Trusts group also works closely with lawyers from our other practice areas as required, including dispute resolution for all contentious aspects of trust work.

Appleby Fiduciary Business

Independent of the Appleby law firm, AFB provides a broad range of offshore fiduciary services through our affiliated companies, including Private Client & Trust management and administration services, and Employee Benefit Trusts.