Appleby’s Bermuda office continues to be ranked Band 1 in Insurance and is the only firm on the island with two partners in Band 1 for Insurance. Partners Brad Adderley and Alan Bossin have held this distinction for numerous, consecutive years. Tim Faries, Bermuda Managing Partner and Global Head of Insurance, is ranked as an Eminent Practitioner and regarded as a “highly influential lawyer”. The “pre-eminent practice” has considerable experience and is described by clients as “very responsive and knowledgeable” with one client highlighting the team’s “practical advice,” stating that as a result, “we knew what to expect and could anticipate and meet our deadlines.”
Appleby’s “impressive” Dispute Resolution practice is recognised by Chambers with John Wasty, Head of the Dispute Resolution practice in Bermuda continuing to be ranked Band 1, and John Riihiluoma ranked as a Senior Statesman for his wealth of knowledge. Counsel Steven White who joined the firm last year is also ranked as Band 3. Clients praise the team with one client saying: “I was impressed with the speed of response, the sound advice and willingness to discuss options, as well as the reasoning of that advice in a clear, concise way.”
Appleby’s “esteemed” corporate practice is recognised by Chambers for its capabilities in a range of transactional work, with partner Clive Langley ranked Band 2 and partner Steven Rees Davies ranked Band 3. The firm is noted by one client for its “quick turnaround,” while another source said: “They were great – helpful and responsive. They were very knowledgeable about the relevant Bermuda law.”
Chambers and Partners has been ranking the best lawyers since 1990, and now covers 190 countries across the world.
Timothy Faries has extensive experience of corporate matters in the insurance sector, including M&A and the issuance of insurance-linked securities.
Brad Adderley is active on an array of international insurance transactions. He combines his expertise in insurance and securities with a key role in the firm’s technology team, where he assists with cryptocurrency issues. A source observed that he “does a good job for his clients – he drives a commercial deal effectively.” One client praised him as being “very knowledgeable and helpful.”
Alan Bossin is well known for his experience in insurance M&A and regulatory matters. He is respected by clients, one of whom commented: “Alan regularly provides us with expert advice and guidance.” Another praised his “knowledgeable, practical advice,” adding that “he’s able to give you a sense of how the regulator and court approach matters.”
John Wasty has a broad skill set across multiple areas of commercial litigation. He represents a variety of clients in insurance, insolvency and investment fund cases. Sources commend him as both “cool, calm and focused” and “thorough and authoritative in the advice he gives.”
John Riihiluoma acts as a senior counsel to the firm’s dispute resolution group, providing his fellow team members with the benefit of his extensive experience in contentious commercial issues. He continues to be viewed by peers as an “excellent technical lawyer” and a “fantastic legal brain.”
Steven White leads the trust litigation and employment and immigration teams. Sources comment that “he has excellent judgement and is very easy to deal with,” and “is smart, responsive and creative. I would look for opportunities to work with him again.”
Clive Langley enjoys a strong reputation in the market, being praised as a “first-rate” and “prominent” lawyer. His practice has a strong focus on asset financing, with sources viewing him as a “go-to guy for financing, particularly in aviation and shipping.”
Steven Rees Davies is joint global head of Appleby’s technology and innovation group, as well as a core member of the Bermuda corporate department. His advice to clients spans fintech, capital markets and intellectual property, and he is said to be “extremely knowledgeable, responsive and helpful.”