With an offshore presence including Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, Appleby gained notable rankings and continued to hold their top tier status in many sectors including Banking, Finance & Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Insurance/Reinsurance, Regulatory & Compliance, Trusts & Private Client and Real Estate.

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Some of the commentary in this year’s directory includes: “The Appleby team was able to deliver very high-quality work in a limited time. They have strength in depth across both the Cayman and BVI offices. The team was very responsive and always made themselves available. They went the extra mile to deliver client service in a complex and testing case.”  “Advice is always on point and way more responsive than other offshore lawyers I’ve come across.”

Interviewees said, “The Appleby team is extremely responsive and a strong player in Cayman, not only in structured finance but also in general bank finance and restructurings. The advice we received is very practical and well presented.”

A client said, “Appleby provides an expert level of knowledge about operating an insurance company in Bermuda” whilst another added: “Appleby is one of the longest established firms in Bermuda with an outstanding reputation for heavyweight litigation.”

Clients of the Appleby BVI office commented: “I find them to be highly responsive, helpful and practical in the advice they provide” and that “the Appleby team is consistently excellent. They provide international level advice and service which we have found can be a challenge in smaller legal markets.”

The list of named individuals includes:


Tim Faries – Office Managing Partner, Practice Group Head (Bermuda), Corporate
Brad Adderley – Partner, Corporate
Alan Bossin – Partner, Corporate
Tiffany Boys – Partner, Corporate
Matthew Carr – Partner, Corporate
David Clark – Partner, Corporate
Matthew Ebbs-Brewer – Partner, Corporate
Clive Langley – Partner, Corporate
Sally Penrose – Partner, Corporate
Tammy Richardson-Augustus – Partner, Corporate
Vanessa Schrum – Partner, Practice Group Head (Bermuda), Private Client & Trusts
John Wasty – Partner, Global Co-Head of Dispute Resolution
Steven White – Partner, Dispute Resolution
Jerome Wilson – Partner, Corporate
John Riihiluoma – Senior Counsel, Dispute Resolution
Hannah Tildesley – Counsel, Dispute Resolution
Josephine Noddings – Senior Associate, Corporate
Sam Riihiluoma – Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution
Caljonah Smith – Senior Associate, Private Client & Trusts
Lalita Vaswani – Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution
Michael Mello – Consultant, Private Client & Trusts

British Virgin Islands

Jeffrey Kirk – Office Managing Partner, Practice Group Head (BVI), Corporate
Olwyn Barry – Partner, Dispute Resolution
David Clark – Partner, Corporate
Andrew Jowett – Partner, Corporate
Shana Simmonds – Partner, Corporate
Andrew Willins – Partner, Practice Group Head (BVI), Dispute Resolution
Brittany Cummings – Associate, Corporate
Laure-Astrid Wigglesworth – Associate, Dispute Resolution

Cayman Islands

Norman Klein – Office Managing Partner, Group Head of Property
Sailaja Alla – Partner, Investment Funds
Caroline Barton – Partner, Corporate
David Bulley – Partner, Corporate
Peter Colegate – Partner, Global Head of Technology & Innovation
Tony Heaver-Wren – Partner, Dispute Resolution
Adam Johnson – Partner, Property
David Lee – Partner, Dispute Resolution
Peter McMaster QC – Partner, Practice Group Head (Cayman), Dispute Resolution
Jacob MacAdam – Partner, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Regulatory
Carlos de Serpa Pimentel – Partner, Global Head of Private Client & Trusts
Simon Raftopoulos – Partner, Practice Group Head (Cayman), Corporate
Liesl Richter – Partner, Corporate
Sebastian Said – Partner, Dispute Resolution
Benjamin Woolf – Partner, Corporate
Dean Bennett – Counsel, Corporate
Esmond Brown – Counsel, Private Client & Trusts
Andrew Jackson – Counsel, Dispute Resolution
Georgina Pullinger – Counsel, Corporate
Appolina Bent – Associate, Corporate
Tim Swallow – Associate, Property

The full detailed list of Legal 500 results can be viewed here.

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