Appleby’s Bermuda office earned a Tier 1 ranking in all six categories entered: Banking, Finance & Capital Markets; Corporate & Commercial; Insurance/Reinsurance; Dispute Resolution; Regulatory & Compliance; Trusts/Private Client. Appleby is the only firm in Bermuda ranked in Tier 1 in all of these categories.

Legal 500 has recognised 35 lawyers across the six practice groups, with 16 lawyers specifically ranked in the ‘Leading Individuals’, ‘Next Generation Partners’ or ‘Rising Stars’ categories.

Tim Faries, Bermuda Managing Partner said, “We are very pleased with our Tier 1 rankings across so many practices and specialisations, and appreciate the praise and recognition by Legal 500, our clients and referrers. Thank you to our exceptional team for their expertise, excellence and steadfast dedication.”

Testimonials from Legal 500, clients, referrers and peers:

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:

The Bermuda jurisdiction is a complex one in regards to corporate rules. The Appleby team has the expertise to support the company in understanding regulatory and corporate requirements for financings and filings under such jurisdiction.’

‘The department is very solution-oriented, focused on finding practical solutions, and great to work with.’

‘Tammy Richardson-Augustus has great expertise regarding capital markets and her responsiveness and timeliness is above what we expect from our outside counsel.’

‘Tammy is street-smart, commercial, easy to work with, good at dealing with people, and has a practical approach when solving issues.’

Corporate & Commercial:

‘They are knowledgeable, competent and have experience and are great people to deal with.’

‘Competent, experienced, responsive and very likeable.’

‘The team has notable strength in large-scale M&A work, corporate restructurings and joint ventures.’

‘A solid capable team.’

Dispute Resolution:

‘Appleby is one of the longest established firms in Bermuda with an outstanding reputation for heavyweight litigation.’

‘John Wasty brings first-rate leadership, a steady hand and great litigation instincts to big-ticket litigation.’

‘The team is very familiar with the cases and precedents in Bermuda, which makes its legal advice very accurate and to the point. The team formulated a clear litigation strategy based on a solid understanding of our case, and executed the strategy perfectly. I think it is one of the best teams I have ever met in the past ten years.’

‘John Wasty is an excellent lawyer and adviser. He manages client expectations well, and is very honest about the pluses and minuses of any client file/claim.’

‘Steven White is very responsive, detail-oriented and professional. I think his service contributed a lot to the satisfactory result of our case.’

‘Hannah Tildesley is a first-rate lawyer, combining technical know-how with great organisation and excellent client care.’


‘The Bermuda insurance and reinsurance practice derives its stellar reputation from its extensive experience in the establishment of complex structured ILS products as well as the business operations and regulatory compliance of major life insurance and life assurance companies.’

‘Expert level knowledge about operating an insurance company in Bermuda. The team is always incredibly supportive no matter what the topic.’

‘I primarily worked with Brad Adderley, who has always been very responsive and incredibly knowledgeable about the Bermuda insurance space.’

Regulatory and Compliance:

‘Sally Penrose, who is at the forefront of legislative and regulatory change in the jurisdiction, the regulatory practice at Appleby advises a whole host of financial institutions, multinational corporations, professional and public bodies on regulatory and licensing issues.’

‘From the contentious perspective, dispute resolution practice head John Wasty regularly advises insurers, reinsurers, captives, hedge funds, investment advisers and financial institutions on Bermuda Monetary Authority and Regulatory Authority of Bermuda investigations and enforcement actions.’

Trusts/Private Client:

‘Timely response and offering practical solutions.’

‘Vanessa Schrum is accessible and helpful, offering practical solutions. She explains legal developments and provides easy to understand case studies.’

‘We have dealt with Vanessa Schrum for the past 20 years, and valued her counsel on trust matters and attention to detail in the preparation of trust documentation.’

Recognised lawyers include:

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:

Leading Individual: Clive Langley, Partner; Tammy Richardson-Augustus, Partner

Next Generation Partner: Jerome Wilson, Partner

Rising Star: Tiffany Boys, Partner

Recommended: Tim Faries, Managing Partner; Tiffany Boys, Partner; David Clark, Partner; Clive Langley, Partner; Tammy Richardson-Augustus, Partner; Jerome Wilson, Partner

Corporate & Commercial:

Leading Individual: Tim Faries, Managing Partner

Next Generation Partner: Matthew Ebbs-Brewer, Partner

Rising Star: Josephine Noddings, Senior Associate

Recommended: Tim Faries, Managing Partner; Alan Bossin, Partner; David Clark, Partner; Matthew Ebbs-Brewer, Partner; Tammy Richardson-Augustus, Partner; Jerome Wilson, Partner; Josephine Noddings, Senior Associate

Other Key Lawyers: Clive Langley, Partner; Sally Penrose, Partner

Dispute Resolution:

Leading Individual: John Wasty, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution; Steven White, Partner

Next Generation Partner: Hannah Tildesley, Counsel

Recommended: John Wasty, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution; Steven White, Partner; John Riihiluoma, Senior Counsel; Hannah Tildesley, Counsel

Other Key Lawyers: Sam Riihiluoma, Senior Associate; Lalita Vaswani, Senior Associate


Leading Individual: Tim Faries, Managing Partner; Brad Adderley, Partner

Rising Star: Matthew Carr, Partner

Recommended: Tim Faries, Managing Partner; Brad Adderley, Partner; Alan Bossin, Partner; Matthew Carr, Partner; John Wasty, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution; Josephine Noddings, Senior Associate

Regulatory and Compliance:

Leading Individual: Sally Penrose, Partner

Recommended : Sally Penrose, Partner; John Wasty, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution

Trusts/Private Client:

Leading Individual: Vanessa Schrum, Partner

Rising Star: Caljonah Smith, Senior Associate

Recommended: Vanessa Schrum, Partner; Steven White, Partner; Hannah Tildesley, Counsel; Caljonah Smith, Senior Associate

Other Key Lawyers: John Riihiluoma, Senior Counsel; Michael Mello, Consultant

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