“Appleby is a market leader for dispute resolution in Bermuda. It easily outclasses most other firms in terms of the quality of its attorneys and the resources it can muster to support big-ticket offshore litigation.” – Legal 500
“I enjoyed working with this team. They take on a collaborative approach to their work. Despite the time zone and jurisdiction, they were always accessible and beckoned to your call. I was also impressed with the attention to detail that was applied.” – Legal 500
“John Wasty is a superb litigator and tactician with a keen sense of what will and won’t work. His knack of combining strong leadership, assiduous client care and a supportive approach to colleagues, often under considerable pressure, is truly impressive.” – Legal 500
“Hannah Tildesley is a stand-out performer. Always across the detail, full of ideas and one step ahead of the opposition.” – Legal 500
Missing from photo: JOHN RIIHILUOMA, jeffrey Blair and Ligaya Sanchez-Wilson
Our Dispute Resolution department is one of the largest litigation practices in Bermuda. Our dedicated and passionate lawyers advise on a full range of legal issues for high-profile, high-value, sophisticated and complex disputes, including: insolvency and restructuring, regulatory, funds, trusts, employment and immigration, re/insurance and commercial. Head of Dispute Resolution John Wasty, Partner Hannah Tildesley and Senior Counsel John Riihiluoma practice in the resolution of various commercial disputes including litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Our team consistently deliver high-quality legal advice and creative solutions for our clients, and with a uniquely close working relationship between our Corporate and Dispute Resolution teams, we have the commercial understanding to get to the core of a dispute swiftly. We are continually top-ranked by the legal directories and described as “very responsive and commercially aware”, possessing an ability to “draw upon each other’s strengths to deliver bespoke solutions” (Chambers Global) with “a strength and depth few other Bermuda firms can match” (Legal 500).
Appleby is the only law firm in Bermuda that is ranked as Tier 1 across all six practice categories: Dispute Resolution; Banking, Finance & Capital Markets; Corporate & Commercial; Insurance/Reinsurance; Regulatory & Compliance; Trusts/Private Client, in the 2024 Legal 500 Caribbean edition.
Our Insolvency & Restructuring team, led by John Wasty, advises on the largest insolvency and restructuring matters in the jurisdiction working with leading insolvency and restructuring practices in London, New York, Chicago, Asia, Europe and Offshore. We have played pivotal roles advising on all aspects of a wide variety of corporate liquidations and our team is widely recognised for its experience in advising on complex multijurisdictional restructuring matters which have interests in various continents across the globe.
We have been involved in some of the highest-profile restructuring matters in Bermuda, many of which involved close collaboration with our onshore colleagues in parallel foreign insolvency proceedings. We are frequently instructed to advise on the development and execution of schemes of arrangement.
Other members of the team include Partner Hannah Tildesley, Senior Counsel John Riihiluoma, Counsels Sam Riihiluoma and Lalita Vaswani, and Senior Associate James Batten.
“The insolvency team is second to none. We’ve been working with them to try to recover on a defaulted loan. This collection effort required a global response (with assets in multiple jurisdictions), and Appleby was able to organise, assemble and lead a global team of lawyers working to achieve results on our behalf. In each instance, we’ve found the lawyers to be thoughtful, prepared and thorough. We could not have achieved as good as result as we did were it not for Appleby.” – Legal 500
“John Wasty is the weapon of choice for bet-the-farm issues.” – Legal 500
“Hannah’s ability to translate knowledge into advice, and in dealing with evidence, is really first-rate.” – Chambers Global
“We’ve found Lalita Vaswani to be highly dedicated, practical and intelligent. She has organised and led, on our behalf, a global team of talented lawyers whose aim is to achieve a successful result on our behalf. We have found the Appleby team’s wisdom to be invaluable.” – Legal 500
Our Regulatory Disputes team, led by John Wasty, provides advice to clients preparing for any interaction with regulators, and addresses any exposure to civil, criminal and administrative sanctions across a wide range of business activities. With the leading regulatory advisory practice in Bermuda, we can advise re/insurers, captives, hedge funds, investment advisers, and financial institutions in regards to Bermuda Monetary Authority and Regulatory Authority of Bermuda investigations and enforcement actions.
Other members of the team include Senior Associates James Batten and Jordan Knight and Associates Jeffrey Blair and Ligaya Sanchez-Wilson.
“The team is very competent and they are able to draw upon each other’s strengths to deliver bespoke solutions.” – Chambers Global
“John Wasty is a clever strategic thinker with an encyclopedic knowledge of Bermuda law.” – Legal 500
“John Wasty – rightly in very high demand; extremely experienced and exceptionally good on client management. I will recommend John to anyone litigating in Bermuda.” – Legal 500
“We’ve found James Batten to be incredibly creative in problem solving. After listening to multiple sides on a complex negotiation, James was able to listen to everyone’s needs and wants and suggest solutions that address each of the issues raised.” – Legal 500
Our Trust Disputes team, led by Partner Hannah Tildesley, offers a wide breadth and depth of expertise on contentious trust matters. Our solution driven team delivers the highest level of client service, advising and acting on behalf of trustees, settlors, protectors and beneficiaries in high-value trust litigation and court approved restructurings, often with a strong multi-jurisdictional element.
Other members of the team include Senior Counsel John Riihiluoma, Counsel Sam Riihiluoma, and Associates Luisa Olander and James Sellick. Through our Private Client & Trusts team we can also advise on non-contentious trust matters.
“Hannah Tildesley is brilliant and incisive; the intellectual powerhouse behind the litigation team.” – Legal 500
“John Riihiluoma is a very wise and experienced counsel, and always a comfort to have on your side.” – Legal 500
“Sam Riihiluoma is an up-and-coming talent. One to watch.” – Legal 500
Our Insurance Disputes team, led by John Wasty, is a recognised industry leader with involvement in numerous high-profile disputes. We have market leading experience representing a wide range of parties in high-value arbitration, litigation and mediation matters, including reinsurers and insurers, policyholders, captives and brokers, with the legal and commercial acumen necessary to obtain a desirable resolution in this dynamic field.
Other members of the team include Counsels Khiyara Krige and Sam Riihiluoma.
“Appleby have one of the strongest teams on the island.” – Chambers Global
“John Wasty is a very experienced partner on big-ticket litigation and he deals very deftly with clients.” – Chambers Global
“Khiyara Krige – on top of all the details and supremely reliable, notwithstanding clearly a very heavy workload.” – Legal 500
“Sam Riihiluoma is an up-and-coming talent. One to watch.” – Legal 500
Our Employment & Immigration team, led by Theodora Hand, offer a seamless service, advising international and local companies on all matters connected to employment and immigration law. We have the ability to provide a joined-up service for clients, advising on a variety of non-contentious matters and investigations, as well as providing experienced advice and representation in contentious matters and legal disputes before Bermuda’s courts and tribunals.
Other members of the team include Senior Associate Jordan Knight, Associate Kiara Wilkinson and Paralegal Rachel York.
“They’re very responsive and commercially aware.” – Chambers Global
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Our Dispute Resolution team has strong female representation with over half being women, reflecting our global commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging. We understand the importance of diverse perspectives to deliver the best service to our clients, and strive to create a culture of inclusion where colleagues feel empowered and valued, with equitable development opportunities.