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Will is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team in Appleby’s Cayman Islands office. Will’s key area of practice is insolvency, and relatedly directors’ duties, shareholder and fund disputes. Will’s broad experience also encompasses trust disputes and high value contractual claims.

Will previously practiced as a junior barrister at one of New Zealand’s leading commercial barristers’ chambers. In that role, Will gained significant advocacy experience in both trial and appellate courts. Prior to joining Appleby, Will spent a year completing post-graduate study at Columbia University in New York.  Following his studies Will gained admission as an attorney in New York State.

Work Highlights

Recent cases include:*

Acted for the liquidators of a high-profile failed building company bringing claims against the former directors. This included litigation defending the associated litigation funding arrangements.

Acted for a creditor in litigation against the directors of failed technology firm.

Acted for a company director defending various claims by the creditor of failed property development.

Acting for a creditor in successfully seeking the liquidation of an international payments company and suspected Ponzi Scheme.

Acting for a high-net-worth individual successfully applying to stay litigation and compel arbitration regarding the control of a substantial group of companies.

Acted for a high-net-worth family in long-running litigation against the trustee of several trusts regarding the control of substantial farming assets.

*Prior to joining Appleby


In 2021 Will was awarded the Research Essay Prize of the Banking and Finance Law Association (Australia and New Zealand) with a paper on insolvent trading laws.  In 2023 Will’s academic writing was cited with approval by the New Zealand Supreme Court in the country’s leading case on insolvent trading (Yan v Mainzeal Property & Construction Ltd (in liq) [2023] NZSC 113).

Qualifications & Education

Will is admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands. He is also admitted as an attorney in New York State, a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

  • Columbia Law School (LLM (Honours))
  • Victoria University of Wellington (BA/LLB (First Class Honours))

Memberships & Associations

Will is an active member of various insolvency industry groups including RISA, INSOL International, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Banking and Financial Services Law Association (Australia and New Zealand).

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