Leading offshore law firm Appleby has received top rankings in Bermuda in the 2023 Chambers Global Legal Guide. Appleby’s Bermuda office has been ranked in Band 1, the highest tier, in all three categories: Corporate & Finance, Dispute Resolution and Insurance.
Appleby also has 9 lawyers ranked across the categories:
Corporate & Finance: Partners Clive Langley, Tammy Richardson-Augustus and Jerome Wilson
Dispute Resolution: Partners John Wasty and Hannah Tildesley, and Senior Counsel John Riihiluoma
Insurance: Partners Brad Adderley, Alan Bossin and Tim Faries
Appleby’s “sophisticated” corporate group is noted for its representation of a diverse range of clients. Clients say: “They are responsive and collaborative” and “they are quick to respond and respect deadlines.”
Appleby’s dispute resolution practice has a “longstanding reputation as a top law firm” to go to for litigation matters in Bermuda. It maintains a deep bench of high-calibre lawyers and has a strong client following. The team is noted for its frequent handling of high-profile commercial disputes and insolvency proceedings, with further expertise in contentious employment and regulatory matters. Clients say: “Appleby have one of the strongest teams on the island” and “the team is very competent and they are able to draw upon each other’s strengths to deliver bespoke solutions.”
Appleby’s “globally renowned” insurance team regularly represents international companies and insurance clients in Bermuda in non-contentious mandates spanning multiple jurisdictions, including key work for insurers and reinsurers in licensing, restructuring and insurance company formation. Clients say: “Appleby is a very strong practice with excellent contacts throughout Bermuda” and “the team respond and act quickly and are solution-oriented.”
Brad Adderley, Bermuda Managing Partner said: “We are very pleased with our continued Band 1 rankings across our corporate, dispute resolution and insurance practices. We have an exceptional team of lawyers that are highly-skilled, highly-responsive and solution-focused. These market-leading rankings reflect our dedication to our profession and clients across the firm.”
Chambers and Partners, an independent research company operating across 200 jurisdictions, conducts tens of thousands of interviews a year with in-house counsel and third-party experts, delivering detailed insight into providers of legal services.
Comments from Chambers and clients include:
Clive Langley (Band 2): Clive is a well-established Bermuda lawyer who is adept at handling a variety of transactional matters. His experience extends to the representation of both borrowers and lenders in asset finance transactions.
Tammy Richardson-Augustus (Band 2): Tammy is increasingly recognised among her peers in the Bermuda market, while onshore counsel appreciate her high-level input on all aspects of non-contentious work. She has experience assisting with restructuring and refinancing. Clients say, “Tammy is excellent.”
Jerome Wilson (Band 3): Jerome who is head of the Technology sector in Bermuda has a wide-ranging practice which encompasses M&A and finance transactions. He has notable experience advising clients from the technology and financial services sectors. Clients say, “Jerome is responsive and hard-working.”
John Wasty (Band 1): John who is head of the Dispute Resolution practice in Bermuda is a well-established litigator who regularly advises clients on insolvency and commercial litigation, in addition to debt restructuring and contentious regulatory matters. Clients say, “John is a very experienced partner on big-ticket litigation and he deals very deftly with clients.”
Hannah Tildesley (Band 4): Hannah is noted for her extensive experience in commercial litigation, with her recent work spanning intellectual property, insurance and merger-related cases. Clients say, “Hannah is a powerhouse in terms of litigation” and “her ability to translate knowledge into advice, and in dealing with evidence, is really first-rate.”
John Riihiluoma (Senior Statesperson): John is an esteemed Bermuda lawyer who has immense experience advising on insolvency proceedings. He is additionally noted for his deep knowledge of trust and shareholder disputes.
Brad Adderley (Band 1): Brad demonstrates notable experience in the insurance regulatory space and often assists clients with insurance company formation and licensing work. He has additional experience acting for re/insurers on corporate and financing transactions, including advising on the launch of ILS funds. Clients say, “Brad is excellent. We find him very accessible and commercial.”
Alan Bossin (Band 2): Alan is particularly noted for his work on regulatory compliance and licensing, including leading on applications for Class IGB designation. Clients say, “Alan is great to work with” and “he is responsive and has a good insight into the Bermuda legal environment.”
Tim Faries (Eminent Practitioner): Tim has longstanding experience assisting clients with non-contentious insurance mandates, including advising on corporate transactions involving insurance companies.