Leading offshore law firm Appleby has secured top tier rankings and been praised for having “great coverage across the offshore markets with high quality lawyers” in the 2023 edition of The Legal 500 UK.

A leading directory for the legal industry, The Legal 500 ranks law firms and lawyers following a thorough and independent research process which includes feedback from 300,000 clients, private practice lawyers and in-house peers as well as the assessment of a law firm’s own deals and confidential matters.

As the only offshore law firm with a presence in all three Crown Dependencies, Appleby gained notable rankings across the Group’s Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man offices, including top tier positions in Banking, Finance and Capital Markets; Commercial Property; Corporate and Commercial; Dispute Resolution; Employment; Gambling; Insurance and Pensions; and Shipping and Aviation.

Four of the Group’s lawyers feature in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which is reserved for law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession and have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. In addition, a further 23 Appleby lawyers have been recognised as either ‘leading individuals’, ‘next generation partners’ or ‘rising stars’.

Further client feedback cited within the directory includes the Isle of Man corporate practice being described as “incredibly responsive and knowledgeable”, while Appleby Jersey is “known as one of the leading disputes practices in Jersey, especially in the field of trusts litigation”. In Guernsey, the dispute resolution team is considered to have “unparalleled experience of Guernsey financial services law and specifically its application to firms and senior managers”.

The Group’s individual rankings are as follows:

Hall of fame


Fraser Robertson (Group Partner) Dispute Resolution

Andrew Weaver (Partner) Investment Funds

Isle of Man

Mark Holligon (Partner) Dispute Resolution

Charles Davies (Partner) Dispute Resolution


Leading Individuals


Jeremy Berchem (Office Managing Group Partner) Banking and Finance

Richard Sheldon (Group Partner) Employment

Stuart Tyler (Partner) Corporate and M&A

Anthony Williams (Partner) Dispute Resolution


James Gaudin (Office Managing Partner) Capital Markets

Isle of Man

Simon Harding (Partner) Banking and Finance

Claire Milne WS (Partner) Gambling

Caren Pegg (Partner) Dispute Resolution, Employment

Kyle Sutherland (Partner) Banking, Finance and Capital Markets; Corporate and Commercial; Shipping and Aviation

Juan Thornley (Partner) Corporate and Commercial


Next Generation Partners


Richard Field (Partner) Dispute Resolution


Jared Dann (Group Partner) Dispute Resolution

Christophe Kalinauckas (Group Partner) Banking and Finance, Capital Markets

Isle of Man

Tom Brook (Partner) Banking, Finance and Capital Markets; Corporate and Commercial

Garry Manley (Partner) Corporate and Commercial

Claire Corkish (Counsel) Dispute Resolution


Rising Stars


Kevin McQuillan (Counsel) Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial

Isle of Man

Michelle Brook (Counsel) Insurance and Pensions

Keira Gore (Counsel) Employment

Eleanor Harding (Counsel) Banking, Finance and Capital Markets; Shipping and Aviation

Alexandra Dernie (Senior Associate) Commercial Property

Erin Trimble-Cregeen (Senior Associate) Dispute Resolution

Melissa Wong (Senior Associate) Private Client, Trusts and Tax

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