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Dispute Resolution — Bermuda


Appleby - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: John Wasty
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading department adept at all aspects of commercial dispute resolution. Particularly noted for its expertise in trust, insurance, investment fund and insolvency litigation. Also assists high-profile corporate clients with a variety of contentious employment and immigration matters. Possesses an experienced bench of highly respected practitioners.

Strengths Sources regard this team as "one of the top firms in the region," highlighting its "clear and concise advice" as well as its "willingness to think creatively."

One client went on to say: "In addition to their expertise, I rely on their pragmatism and service orientation. They are always mindful of my needs in each unique situation."

Work highlights Represented the petitioning creditor, Credit Suisse, in winding-up proceedings against Up Energy Development Group, securing the appointment of provisional liquidators despite considerable resistance from other creditors.

Successfully obtained an abbreviated winding-up order on behalf of C&J Energy Services following the company's entry into US Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Significant clients Church Bay Trust Company, Café de Coral Holdings, Accor Hotels.

Notable practitioners

Regarding John Wasty, one source enthused: "He's our go-to person for litigation of any kind." The source went on to explain: "We can always trust that he will be pragmatic and frank about the strength of our arguments, while still putting our best foot forward in any action."

Seasoned practitioner John Riihiluoma has "a wealth of knowledge" in commercial dispute resolution. Having recently retired from the partnership, he is now senior counsel within the firm and is regularly called upon to provide other members of the team with the benefit of his many years' experience.

About the Team (content provided by Appleby)

The Appleby Dispute Resolution team acts on a full range of legal issues and high-level cases including but not limited to commercial litigation, fund disputes, trust litigation, insolvencies and restructurings, regulatory matters, professional negligence and insurance disputes. Many of these cases have a multi-jurisdictional component to them, involving lawyers in our various offices working together on issues that arise in an offshore environment.

Members of the team are skilled in the resolution of all types of commercial and civil disputes, whether through litigation or arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Our lawyers include experienced advocates, who have rights of audience, conducting litigation at all levels of the court system, including the Privy Council, the final court of appeal for all seven of the jurisdictions where we practise. We also have substantial experience in providing legal expertise to support disputes in other jurisdictions.

We respond to clients’ demands, which are frequently urgent and invariably require maximum attention, with speedy and efficient service. We assert and defend our clients’ positions with both strength and efficiency, mindful that no client wishes to be involved in litigation. However, when the situation demands it, we can utilise the full strength of our global resources.



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Conyers Dill & Pearman - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading department with an impressive bench of practitioners. Frequently instructed in some of the largest cases on the island, representing leading banks, insurance companies and corporate entities. Expertise covers insurance disputes, insolvency mandates and investment fund litigation, alongside other matters.

Strengths According to sources, the department comprises "very strong individuals" who have "authority and the respect of the court." Sources also regard the team as "clear leaders" in the market.

Work highlights Appointed as legal counsel to a Commission of Inquiry set up to examine the Bermudian government's public procurement contracts. The team also defended the Commission of Inquiry in multiple court challenges to its authority.

Acted for Songa Offshore in a contested winding-up petition against Opus Offshore.

Significant clients KPMG, Bacardi International, Bermuda Gaming Commission, Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son.

Notable practitioners

Robin Mayor is considered by sources to be a "go-to attorney for insolvency work" in Bermuda. One interviewee added: "She gives sound advice and is practically minded." She is highly experienced in this field, having advised insolvent companies, creditors and individual company directors on a wide range of restructuring and insolvency issues.

Ben Adamson was described by one peer as "thorough and very smart. He understands the issues that arise in litigation and is a serious person to have against you." Adamson has built a notable reputation in the market as "a force to be reckoned with" and is also appreciated for his "very easy-going style."

Christian Luthi is praised as "an excellent lawyer with very strong litigation skills." He has extensive experience in both general commercial and trust litigation and is described as "very efficient, analytical and responsive, with an excellent commercial approach."

Jeffrey Elkinson is regarded as "very knowledgeable" and a "good, solid lawyer." His practice spans litigation and arbitration matters relating to trusts, insurance and construction disputes, in addition to other disciplines.

About the Team (content provided by Conyers Dill & Pearman)

Our Litigation & Restructuring practice in Bermuda is internationally recognised for its strength in commercial litigation, commercial trust disputes, and restructuring and insolvency. We offer the most experienced litigation practice on the Island.  We are frequently involved in commercial litigation work and have acted on many of the reported cases before the Civil and Commercial Courts, the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.

We have acted for parties in some of the most significant international commercial disputes coming before the Bermuda Courts, in arbitral tribunals and some of the most complex of international and local restructurings, liquidations and receiverships in our jurisdiction.

Our client base spans the globe and includes foreign states, financial institutions, FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 companies, multinationals, private equity and hedge funds, trust companies, insolvency practitioners, accountancy firms and high-net-worth individuals. Our clients continue to turn to us for our timely strategic advice in their complex cross-border matters involving commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, trust disputes and restructuring and insolvency.

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MJM Barristers & Attorneys - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alan Dunch and Andrew Martin
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished, independent Bermudian firm that is widely respected in the jurisdiction. Maintains a very strong reputation for domestic Bermudian cases and is regularly instructed by the government of Bermuda on a variety of constitutional and public law matters. Also possesses expertise in a broad range of other areas, including trust and employment disputes.

Strengths Sources praise the team for its "strategic advice." The litigation department is also said to be "very knowledgeable" and to provide "superb turnaround."

Work highlights Acted for Bermuda's Ministry of Home Affairs in a long-running land compensation claim against the Corporation of Hamilton concerning Hamilton Waterfront.

Successfully represented the Electricity Supply Trade Union in a breach of contract dispute against the Bermuda Electric Light Company. This case related to the provision of free healthcare to union retirees and was reported as the first class action to be heard by Bermuda's Supreme Court.

Significant clients Archer, Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority, EY, HSBC Bermuda, Renaissance Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Alan Dunch impresses sources with his "superlative litigation skills." One client related: "He was very quick to grasp the facts and prepare a comprehensive, successful case." Another source said: "He is one of Bermuda's best advocates. You get bang for your buck when you go with Alan."

Andrew Martin is a highly experienced litigator who is described as a "gentlemanly, calm and measured advocate" with "a keen understanding of Bermuda's legislative, regulatory and political environment." Also praised for his commercial approach, Martin's practice spans insolvency, trust and employment disputes in addition to general commercial litigation.

Fozeia Rana-Fahy "instils great confidence in her clients," stated one interviewee. She has a broad practice which encompasses employment and trust disputes as well as major banking and insurance matters. Sources regard her as "knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic. She is attuned to the external factors that may impact a case and is also very approachable."

About the Team (content provided by MJM Barristers & Attorneys)

MJM provides advice and representation across a broad range of international and Bermuda based disputes. We regularly act in large scale commercial, insolvency and trust litigation cases in the Supreme Court and at appellate levels. Our local roots demand that we provide a prompt and effective service to businesses and private clients within Bermuda. Whether we are involved in litigation or arbitration, our attorneys give priority to the provision of professional, practical and timely advice and utilize alternative dispute resolution techniques where possible. Following instruction, the appropriate practitioner or team will undertake the work required and will add members to the team to the extent necessary to provide an appropriate range of skills for the case. 

The firm is known for its extensive work in banking, fraud, constructive trust, asset tracing – HSBC is a major client of ours.

MJM has done extensive work with the Bermuda Government -Including innovative and interesting case work with a number of matters of national public importance which have been highly publicized in the Bermuda media. 

The firm is also known for corporate and commercial litigation, in particular, we handle several multi-million and billion dollar complex international insolvencies, and our involvement in complex, high-value trust litigation and representation of the private client industry.

The firm also actively works with other stakeholders in the private client and shipping/aviation fields.


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Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: David Kessaram
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected firm frequently retained by major domestic and international companies. Represents clients in a variety of litigation and arbitration cases. The team possesses extensive experience in insurance and trust disputes as well as general commercial matters.

Strengths One client highlighted the team's "flawless knowledge of Bermudian law," adding: "I have no hesitation in recommending them."

Work highlights Represented KPMG - as joint provisional liquidators - in the winding-up proceedings of Par-la-Ville Hotel & Residences.

Significant clients Sturgeon Central Asia Balanced Fund, Bermudian Ministry of Finance, Medical Protection Society, Corporation of Hamilton.

Notable practitioners

Highly regarded in the jurisdiction, David Kessaram is "an impressive attorney" who "has strong analytical skills and the respect of the court." Sources go on to note: "He has a good reputation in the market and is very good at taking on board what the client wants."

Craig Rothwell has a wealth of experience in employment and personal injury litigation. One source said: "He is completely unflappable, has good judgement and gives clients sensible advice."

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Kennedys Chudleigh Limited - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mark Chudleigh and Alex Potts QC
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Focused disputes practice with a notable reputation for employment, trust and insurance matters. Frequently assists with cross-border cases, leveraging its association with the global insurance and litigation teams at Kennedys. Regularly appointed as counsel in insurance arbitrations and also noted for its expertise in public law disputes.

Strengths Sources describe the firm as "very capable litigators" who provide "clarity of process, uncluttered paperwork, cogent arguments and sterling delivery."

Work highlights Successfully represented the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce in an appeal against an earlier judgment relating to a land reclamation project valued at USD40 million.

Continued to act for the joint liquidators of Madoff feeder funds Kingate Global and Kingate Euro regarding their ongoing claims against Kingate Management.

Significant clients Allied World Assurance Company, Reignwood International Investment Group, R&Q Insurance Services.

Notable practitioners

Mark Chudleigh has a broad litigation practice which encompasses insolvency, insurance and financial services disputes. He often acts as counsel in arbitration proceedings and is described by sources as a "very strong reinsurance expert."

Alex Potts QC is an experienced practitioner who is noted by interviewees for his insolvency expertise. He also handles a wide range of other commercial disputes, including insurance, trusts and investment funds cases. Sources say: "He is very good lawyer in terms of analysing the law. His written work is first-class and he is an effective advocate."

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ASW Law - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jan Woloniecki, Rod Attride-Stirling and Kehinde George
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm with wide-ranging expertise in insurance, hedge fund and shipping disputes. Adept at advising clients in the financial services and insurance industries.

Strengths Sources describe ASW as an "established firm with a good reputation," noting the team's "good litigators, who are always a strong choice."

Work highlights Successfully defended the joint official liquidators of SAAD Investments Company and Singularis Holdings in proceedings relating to the costs incurred by another party as a result of earlier Bermuda judgments.

Notable practitioners

The "well respected" Jan Woloniecki has a wealth of experience and is particularly noted for his handling of insurance arbitrations. Peers describe him as a "seasoned advocate" who is "very good on the law."

Rod Attride-Stirling is praised by peers for his advocacy skills. One source added: "He is able to dissect and understand what the real issues are, and he manages a case really well."

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Senior Statesperson

Appleby

From the Chambers Global guide

Seasoned practitioner John Riihiluoma has "a wealth of knowledge" in commercial dispute resolution. Having recently retired from the partnership, he is now senior counsel within the firm and is regularly called upon to provide other members of the team with the benefit of his many years' experience.

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Band 1

MJM Barristers & Attorneys

From the Chambers Global guide

Alan Dunch impresses sources with his "superlative litigation skills." One client related: "He was very quick to grasp the facts and prepare a comprehensive, successful case." Another source said: "He is one of Bermuda's best advocates. You get bang for your buck when you go with Alan."

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Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited

From the Chambers Global guide

Highly regarded in the jurisdiction, David Kessaram is "an impressive attorney" who "has strong analytical skills and the respect of the court." Sources go on to note: "He has a good reputation in the market and is very good at taking on board what the client wants."

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MJM Barristers & Attorneys

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrew Martin is a highly experienced litigator who is described as a "gentlemanly, calm and measured advocate" with "a keen understanding of Bermuda's legislative, regulatory and political environment." Also praised for his commercial approach, Martin's practice spans insolvency, trust and employment disputes in addition to general commercial litigation.   

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Appleby

From the Chambers Global guide

Regarding John Wasty, one source enthused: "He's our go-to person for litigation of any kind." The source went on to explain: "We can always trust that he will be pragmatic and frank about the strength of our arguments, while still putting our best foot forward in any action."

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Band 2

Conyers Dill & Pearman

From the Chambers Global guide

Ben Adamson was described by one peer as "thorough and very smart. He understands the issues that arise in litigation and is a serious person to have against you." Adamson has built a notable reputation in the market as "a force to be reckoned with" and is also appreciated for his "very easy-going style."

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Band 2

Kennedys Chudleigh Limited

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Chudleigh has a broad litigation practice which encompasses insolvency, insurance and financial services disputes. He often acts as counsel in arbitration proceedings and is described by sources as a "very strong reinsurance expert."

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Band 2

Conyers Dill & Pearman

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Luthi is praised as "an excellent lawyer with very strong litigation skills." He has extensive experience in both general commercial and trust litigation and is described as "very efficient, analytical and responsive, with an excellent commercial approach."

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Band 2

Conyers Dill & Pearman

From the Chambers Global guide

Robin Mayor is considered by sources to be a "go-to attorney for insolvency work" in Bermuda. One interviewee added: "She gives sound advice and is practically minded." She is highly experienced in this field, having advised insolvent companies, creditors and individual company directors on a wide range of restructuring and insolvency issues.

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Band 2

Kennedys Chudleigh Limited

From the Chambers Global guide

Alex Potts QC is an experienced practitioner who is noted by interviewees for his insolvency expertise. He also handles a wide range of other commercial disputes, including insurance, trusts and investment funds cases. Sources say: "He is very good lawyer in terms of analysing the law. His written work is first-class and he is an effective advocate."

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Band 2

Carey Olsen Bermuda

From the Chambers Global guide

Keith Robinson left Appleby in 2017 to join Carey Olsen Bermuda. His practice has a particular emphasis on Bermudian trust disputes. He is held in high regard by peers and clients alike, being hailed as "a fine trusts lawyer" by interviewees. He also regularly advises on contentious restructuring. One peer noted: "He is a very solid fellow and I have a lot of respect for him. He is very measured and straightforward."

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Band 3

Rod S Attride-Stirling

ASW Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Rod Attride-Stirling is praised by peers for his advocacy skills. One source added: "He is able to dissect and understand what the real issues are, and he manages a case really well."

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Band 3

Trott & Duncan

From the Chambers Global guide

Delroy Duncan of Trott & Duncan has significant experience handling commercial disputes, and his practice also encompasses human rights cases. One source commented: "He's pragmatic in his approach," while another described him as "a polished advocate and a pleasure to work with."  

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Band 3

Jeffrey P Elkinson

Conyers Dill & Pearman

From the Chambers Global guide

Jeffrey Elkinson is regarded as "very knowledgeable" and a "good, solid lawyer." His practice spans litigation and arbitration matters relating to trusts, insurance and construction disputes, in addition to other disciplines.

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Band 3

Sarah-Jane Hurrion

Hurrion & Associates Ltd.

From the Chambers Global guide

Sarah-Jane Hurrion is the founder and managing director of Hurrion & Associates Ltd. She is regarded among her peers as a "very good and effective advocate." Her work includes representing the Hermes International and Thema hedge funds in a major damages claim against HSBC International Trust Services.

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MJM Barristers & Attorneys

From the Chambers Global guide

Fozeia Rana-Fahy "instils great confidence in her clients," stated one interviewee. She has a broad practice which encompasses employment and trust disputes as well as major banking and insurance matters. Sources regard her as "knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic. She is attuned to the external factors that may impact a case and is also very approachable."

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Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited

From the Chambers Global guide

Craig Rothwell has a wealth of experience in employment and personal injury litigation. One source said: "He is completely unflappable, has good judgement and gives clients sensible advice."

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Band 3

Taylors in association with Walkers

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicole Tovey of Taylors in association with Walkers focuses particularly on insolvency matters. She is viewed by sources as a "good, solid insolvency lawyer who is very capable." One peer added: "She is affable and easy to work with, and zealously protects her clients' interests.'

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Band 3

ASW Law

From the Chambers Global guide

The "well respected" Jan Woloniecki has a wealth of experience and is particularly noted for his handling of insurance arbitrations. Peers describe him as a "seasoned advocate" who is "very good on the law." 

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Band 3

Zuill & Co in association with Harneys

From the Chambers Global guide

Jayson Wood is head of litigation and insolvency at Zuill & Co in association with Harneys. He was part of the team representing the Bermuda provisional liquidators of Z-Obee Holdings with regard to the USD90 million restructuring of the company's debt.

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Up and Coming

Carey Olsen Bermuda

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Hanson recently joined Carey Olsen Bermuda from Appleby. He advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters in the employment arena. He is considered to be "very knowledgeable" and "a straight-shooter" who "provides solid guidance." One client added: "His responsiveness is unbelievable!"

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Up and Coming

Benedek Lewin Limited

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Sanderson is head of litigation at Benedek Lewin Limited. He is particularly recognised by peers for his expertise in public law cases. One market source noted: "He is very creative in the way he presents his arguments."

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