Chambers And Partners Rank Appleby As #1

March 27, 2014

Appleby today [Mar 26] announced that Chambers and Partners, publisher of leading guides to the legal profession, top ranks its Bermuda Insurance and Dispute Resolution practice teams in Chambers Global Guide.

Appleby’s Insurance team, led globally and in Bermuda by Partner Timothy Faries, secured the Band 1 spot again in Chambers for 2014 and is the only Bermuda law firm ranked at this level.

Chambers cited the firm’s Insurance practice for “its deep bench of pre-eminent insurance lawyers, breadth of expertise and a global network of offices” and the team’s “strong focus on non-contentious insurance matters”, handling “some of the largest M&A transactions in the market and has a significant proportion of insurance and reinsurance regulatory and structuring work.”

The firm’s Bermuda Dispute Resolution team, led by Bermuda Managing Partner and Bermuda Group Head of Litigation & Insolvency Kiernan Bell, is also ranked again in Band 1 by Chambers for attracting a considerable number of cross-border matters including trusts disputes, insurance and reinsurance cases, and commercial and funds litigation.

Chambers lauded the Dispute Resolution team for strengths highlighted by clients, which included “very responsive…smart, practical…efficient…” and their market standing as “the go-to firm in the offshore world.”

“We are extremely pleased that Chambers continues to acknowledge our Insurance team as the only Band 1 practice in Bermuda” commented Mr. Faries. “This is clearly a testament to the team’s deep expertise and first rate service, and this recognition is especially rewarding given Bermuda’s stellar offshore reputation, particularly in the insurance and reinsurance market, as one of the world’s largest insurance centres and having emerged as a leading provider of insurance linked securities.”

Ms. Bell said of her Dispute Resolution team, “Chambers 2014 Band 1 ranking of our Bermuda Dispute Resolution practice once again re-affirms the strength and depth of the team’s expertise. Our commitment to our clients is first and foremost, and this is clearly reflected by those clients who have widely commented on the quality of our work and our lawyers’ dedication to them.”

Notable Appleby Insurance practitioners ranked by Chambers include:

  • Partner Timothy Faries, highlighted for his advisory work relating to areas such as mutual insurance, life insurance, reinsurance and structured risk financing;
  • Partner Brad Adderley, recognised for his strong client base and over 15 years’ experience in the insurance sector;
  • Partner Alan Bossin, widely regarded as one of the most respected insurance and reinsurance transactional experts both at the firm and in Bermuda; and
  • Partner John Wasty, who leads the firm’s insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution team, representing insurers and reinsurers in a wide range of cross-border disputes.

Notable Appleby Dispute Resolution practitioners ranked by Chambers include:

  • Bermuda Managing Partner Kiernan Bell, who leads the Litigation & Insolvency dispute resolution practice, and is noted for her ability to provide excellent, equitable resolutions;
  • Partner John Riihiluoma, who leads the commercial dispute resolution practice, and acknowledged as one of the most well-known names for litigation in Bermuda;
  • Partner John Wasty, whose focus is on international insurance and reinsurance disputes, and is commended for being practical and devoted to client interests;
  • Counsel Keith Robinson, who received tremendous praise for his trust litigation practice; and
  • Counsel Martin Ouwehand, for fast establishing a strong reputation on the island in insolvency litigation and restructuring matters.

Chambers have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world

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