A leading British Virgin Islands law firm, Appleby offers an extensive range of BVI legal services across a broad spectrum of practice areas, including Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Private Client & Trusts and Regulatory.

Our standing as one of the top BVI law firms is evidenced by our rankings in highly respected legal directories including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000, with recent praise of our BVI legal advice including the fact that we are “solid and great to work with” and “provide fantastic client service” (Chambers), and have “one of the best dispute resolution practices on the island” (Legal 500).

To ensure we retain our position as a leading BVI law firm, Appleby is committed to providing its clients with the highest level of service and expertise. Our deep understanding of BVI law is therefore key in allowing us to offer tailored solutions that are both practical and cost-effective.

Clients include multinational corporations, financial institutions, investment funds, family offices, private clients and high-net-worth individuals.


Appleby has a team of skilled and experienced British Virgin Islands lawyers who are well-versed in the laws and regulations of the jurisdiction. This in-depth knowledge and understanding means our BVI solicitors and lawyers have the ability to navigate complex legal issues with ease.

They have excellent communication and negotiation skills which are essential in resolving disputes and securing successful outcomes for clients. Additionally, BVI lawyers at Appleby are adept at providing legal advice and support on corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and regulatory compliance.

A global offshore law firm, Appleby’s team of BVI lawyers stretches far beyond just the jurisdiction itself with BVI-qualified lawyers also practising in the Group’s Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Isle of Man and Jersey offices – ensuring we have the ability to offer BVI legal advice across all time zones.

In summary, Appleby’s BVI lawyers have a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills that make them a trusted choice for clients seeking top-tier legal representation in the jurisdiction.

Where we offer BVI LEGAL ADVICE

At Appleby, our global presence allows us to provide timely and comprehensive legal advice at the time most critical to our clients. From our offices in the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Isle of Man and Jersey we offer round-the-clock access to BVI legal advice.

A number of our BVI qualified lawyers have experience working in onshore financial centres or on the ground in the BVI, ensuring that they have both commercial expertise and an awareness of the nuances affecting the practice of BVI law. Our global team approach ensures that all team members benefit from this collective shared experience, when dealing with the spectrum of cross-border transactions and high-profile matters that we advise upon.

We work regularly alongside onshore law firms based in all the major financial centres including London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Dublin, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Moscow, Switzerland and Singapore. Given the popularity of the BVI as an offshore jurisdiction our relationships with onshore counsel extend beyond these financial centres and include the regional centres where commercial expertise has developed.

We advise a wide variety of local and international organisations including a large number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies on every aspect of BVI corporate and commercial law, with particular expertise and focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and capital markets.

We offer BVI LEGAL advice on:

  • Banking & asset finance
  • Capital markets
  • Corporate real estate and asset finance
  • Derivatives
  • Funds & investment services
  • Joint ventures
  • Islamic finance
  • Listing services



  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Private client & trusts
  • Regulation
  • (Re)Insurance
  • Restructuring
  • Redomiciling companies to and from the BVI
  • Structured finance
  • Technology & innovation

representative work

Citibank Europe

Advised Citibank Europe PLC, UK Branch in relation to a USD 1.85 billion reorganization/ refinancing involving subsidiaries incorporated in the Abu Dhabi Global Market, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dubai International Finance Centre, France, India, Jersey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Xinyi Energy Holdings Limited

Acted as BVI counsel to Xinyi Energy Holdings Limited in relation to its global offering and listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by way of spin-off. The value of this transaction was approximately HKD 3,895 million.

Playtech Plc

Acted for Playtech Plc on its redomicile from the BVI to the Isle of Man and its subsequent listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.


Acted as BVI counsel in respect of AngelHub's equity crowdfunding platform. They are now currently the only SFC licensed platform vetted start-up investment platform for professional investors, which allows them to offer securities trading and advisory services.

DBS Bank Limited

Acted for DBS Bank on the BVI aspects of a GBP280,000,000 loan facility to a joint venture vehicle acquiring 30 Gresham Street, London.

Clearbell Property Partners III LP

Acted for Clearbell Property Partners III LP on the BVI aspects of its GBP59,000,000 acquisition of 65 Kingsway, London, including undertaking due diligence on the target entity and acting on the financing aspects of the transaction.

Global Switch Holdings Limited

Acted for Global Switch Holdings Limited on matters of BVI law in connection with its EUR3,000,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme.

Garsdale Services Investment Limited

Acted for Garsdale Services Investment Limited and USM Advisors on matters of BVI law in connection with the acquisition by MegaFon (Russia’s second largest mobile phone operator) of an indirect 50% stake in Euroset, Russia’s largest mobile phone retailer.


Acted as BVI and Bermuda counsel to InfraRed NF, a Hong Kong-based joint venture between InfraRed Capital Partners and Vervain and a leading Greater China real estate investment manager, in a USD 92.2 million financing investment


Jeffrey Kirk

Managing Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5318
E Email Jeffrey

Shana Simmonds-Lewis

Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5325
E Email Shana

Andrew Willins

Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5323
E Email Andrew

David Clark

Partner: Bermuda, BVI

T +1 441 298 3583
E Email David

Tamara Cameron

Counsel: BVI

T +1 284 393 5344
E Email Tamara

Brittany Cummings

Senior Associate: BVI

T +1 284 393 5301
E Email Brittany

Stuart Fee

Counsel: BVI

T +1 284 393 5304
E Email Stuart

Johanna Murphy

Senior Associate: Jersey, BVI

T +44 (0) 7829 931 811
E Email Johanna

Kasia Smith

Senior Associate: BVI

T +1 284 393 5332
E Email Kasia

Laure-Astrid Wigglesworth

Senior Associate: BVI

T +1 284 393 5336
E Email Laure-Astrid

Gráinne Hussey

Associate: BVI

T +1 284 393 5322
E Email Gráinne

Maddalena Biasiol

Associate: BVI

T +1 284 393 5317
E Email Maddalena


David Bulley

Managing Partner, Head of Restructuring and Corporate: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 6201 3662
E Email David

Fiona Chan

Partner: Hong Kong

T +852 2905 5760
E Email Fiona

Chris Cheng

Partner: Hong Kong

T +852 2905 5719
E Email Chris

Richard Grasby

Partner: Hong Kong

T +852 2905 5780
E Email Richard

Judy Lee

Partner: Hong Kong

T +852 2905 5737
E Email Judy

Lorinda Peasland

Partner: Hong Kong

T +852 2905 5761
E Email Lorinda

Eliot Simpson

Partner: Hong Kong

T +852 2905 5765
E Email Eliot


Olwyn Barry

Group Partner: BVI

T +44 (0)1534 818 357 or + 1 (284) 393 5345
E Email Olwyn

Andrew Jowett

Group Partner: BVI

T +44 (0) 1534 818057 and +1 284 393 5316
E Email Andrew

Tom Brook

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 624
E Email Tom

Simon Jerrum

Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5303
E Email Simon

Garry Manley

Partner, Head of Corporate: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 638
E Email Garry

Juan Thornley

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 623
E Email Juan


Olwyn Barry

Group Partner: BVI

T +44 (0)1534 818 357 or + 1 (284) 393 5345
E Email Olwyn

Simon Jerrum

Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5303
E Email Simon

Daniel Mitchell

Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5306
E Email Daniel

Andrew Willins

Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5323
E Email Andrew

Mark Holligon

Managing Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 691
E Email Mark

Eliot Simpson

Partner: Hong Kong

T +852 2905 5765
E Email Eliot


Appleby Projects in the BVI

In the British Virgin Islands Appleby supports local charities through donations and sponsorship. We encourage our employees to share their time and expertise as volunteers to support the local community.

Our community investment programme benefits charities and our business by helping us to build good relationships in the local community and by contributing to employee development and job satisfaction. Our focus is to help in the areas of: youth development, environment, sport and the arts.

Some of the organisations that we support through funding and in-kind donations include:

BVI Cancer Society

Works to prevent the development of cancer, and to counsel and support cancer patients and their families.

The Humane Society of Tortola

Caring for, and sheltering unwanted companion animals until loving homes can be found.

Non-profit making organisations seeking more information about financial and in-kind support should contact [email protected].

Find us

Jayla Place, Wickham's Cay I, PO Box 3190, Road Town, Tortola, VG1110

T +1 284 393 4742
E [email protected]

BVI Contacts