John has had a distinguished career spanning over 30 years, including appearances in the superior courts, and took silk in Ireland in 2013. He is renowned for his expertise in handling complex commercial disputes, focusing on company law, trusts, regulatory, insolvency, receivership, and financial services.

Prior to joining Appleby, John practised at another offshore law firm in BVI and prior to that at the Chancery Bar in England and Wales, as well as the Bar of Ireland. John is not only a member of the BVI Arbitration Group and the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland but also an honorary overseas member of COMBAR.

John stands out as one of the few Asia-based offshore lawyers, specialising in litigation and insolvency with a deep-rooted background in BVI. His appointment marks a strategic move for Appleby, further strengthening its Dispute Resolution practice in Asia.

“We are delighted that John will be joining our Hong Kong team,” said David Bulley, Managing Partner of Appleby’s Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. “ John’s extensive BVI experience and his position as a leading silk complements our existing offering and matches the demands of our ever-increasing client base, who turn to Appleby for their high value complex offshore disputes. This appointment underscores our commitment to providing exceptional legal services to our clients in the Asian market. Together with other recent appointments, and further appointments and announcements that will be made in the coming months, this further highlights the success of Appleby in Asia and our ability to attract the leading offshore lawyers who want to work in our meritocratic and performance focussed offices, which are going from strength to strength with successive record financial results in each of the last three years in Hong Kong notwithstanding the difficult market.”

Appleby’s Dispute Resolution team in Asia is widely recognized for its proficiency in resolving complex legal matters. With a strong track record of handling diverse cases that span multiple jurisdictions, the team has established itself as a leader in the region. Clients trust their expertise and rely on their ability to provide strategic solutions to challenging disputes.

*Subject to work permit and registration as a registered foreign lawyer with the Hong Kong Law Society

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