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Nicola is a Partner in the Private Client & Trusts department of Appleby’s Bermuda office.

Nicola joined Appleby in January 2024 and has a wealth of experience in offshore private client work, having worked in Bermuda for many years advising on both trust law and trust litigation. Nicola has acted for some of the world’s highest net-worth international families on complex matters including the establishment, amendment and restructuring of trusts, and transactions involving substantial business assets held in trust. Nicola who is Oxbridge-educated, was trained at Clifford Chance in London.

Nicola has acted as a director of high-value trust and holding companies, providing her with a deep personal insight into the complexities of acting as a trustee.

Nicola has extensive experience of trust litigation, including, in particular, court applications to restructure trusts and extend their perpetuity periods. She is experienced in giving legal opinions on Bermuda trusts and the ability of their trustees to enter into transactions.

Nicola’s experience covers not only private family trusts, but also substantial charitable and philanthropic trusts, a key area of interest. Additionally, she has experience establishing and advising in relation to commercial purpose trusts, particularly in the insurance sector.

Nicola has extensive experience in pensions work, both onshore and offshore, having advised a pensions regulatory body and some of the largest pension schemes in the world. She has established and amended pension schemes, and sat on a working committee which advised the Bermuda Pension Commissioner on pension law reform.

Nicola has been involved with trust law reform initiatives and has advised the Bermuda government on new trust laws.

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Qualifications & Education

Bar Admissions:

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales (not currently practicing)
Barrister and Attorney, Bermuda

Educational Background:

University of Cambridge (BA; Law)
Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (LPC)

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