Vanessa is a partner and Group Head of the Private Client and Trusts department in Bermuda. Vanessa has extensive experience on a wide range of trust and estate planning matters. She regularly advises on the use of Bermuda private and commercial trust structures (including purpose trusts and unit trusts), pension trusts, trust restructuring often with a multi-jurisdictional element, the administration of complex and large estates and all areas of probate and equity matters in Bermuda, including applications to the Supreme Court of Bermuda. She drafts and reviews all forms of trusts and ancillary documentation, wills, enduring powers of attorney, health care directives and other estate planning documents and is responsible for general practice within the Private Client & Trusts team.

Her published works are numerous and include contributions to the Bermuda sections in:

Vanessa frequently contributes to the Legally Speaking column in The Royal Gazette, and often writes and lectures on trust and estate planning topics, both in Bermuda and internationally.

Vanessa has been awarded professional accolades throughout her career. She is recognised in the Chambers Global 2019 High Net Worth guide as a Notable Practitioner and is in “the top rank of Bermuda trust lawyers.” She is “experienced and a safe pair of hands,” who is “very helpful, responsive” and is held in “high regard for her technical skills. Clients really enjoy having her on the team. She is very knowledgeable. She’s got very broad legal knowledge and is able to pick up on issues outside her sphere of expertise, which for offshore lawyers is very important.” She is also listed as a Citywealth Leader since 2016 in the ‘lawyer’ and ‘powerwomen’ category, being described as “professional, prompt, understanding, courteous and a pleasure to work with.” She was named ‘Woman of the Year’ for the Leadership, Professional Services category at the 2017 Citywealth Power Women Awards. She was also featured in the ‘Women in Business Law’ 2017 guide as one of the leading Trusts and Estates practitioners in the world.

She is consistently recommended by Legal 500 Caribbean as a Leading Individual in the Trusts and Private Client category where she is described as “extremely responsive, knowledgable, practical and pleasant to deal with.”  Vanessa is also named on the Citywealth IFC Power Women Top 200 list, and in The International Who’s Who of Private Client Lawyers 2018. In 2019, Vanessa was recognised in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite Directory as ‘Global Elite’.  Vanessa was also recently invited to join the Editorial Board of The International Family Offices Journal. She was



Queen’s University, Kingston (Ontario)

University of Wolverhampton (England)

“An excellent trusts and estates lawyer upon whom clients can rely completely.”

Legal 500 Caribbean


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