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 2018 High Net Worth guide as a Notable Practitioner and described as "very sound technically, she also thinks outside the box, she will give you very strong structuring advice and can deal with multi-generational families. She understands the complexities of families and listens to all views in the room and provides insight into the dynamics." She is praised for her "great turnaround times" and "very practical commercial advice." 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. Recently, she was 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. Vanessa was also recently invited to join the Editorial Board of The International Family Offices Journal.
"An excellent trusts and estates lawyer upon whom clients can rely completely."