Bermuda: Appleby's Lawyers Named In Prestigious 2016 Citywealth Leaders List
Last Updated: 5 October 2016

Seven of Appleby's lawyers were recognised across specific practice areas including Contentious Trusts and Landed Estates & Property - as well as within the Power Women category in the 2016 Citywealth Leaders List.

The Citywealth Leaders List is a directory of leading professionals in the private wealth management and private client industry. The list is the result of an ongoing year-long programme of peer recommendation and verification.

Carlos de Serpa Pimentel, Global Head of Appleby's Private Client & Trust department was described by clients as being "one of the very best practitioners in the offshore world", and that he is, "widely regarded as being at the top of his game".

The following Appleby lawyers were also recognised across its jurisdictions:


  • Keith Robinson, Partner, Dispute Resolution. One client told Citywealth: "Keith has a solid ethical character and a brilliant legal mind which is why we continue to engage him on all important contentious private client matters."
  • Vanessa Schrum, Partner and local Group Head of Appleby's Private Client & Trusts department was recognised in both the 'Lawyers' and 'Power Women' categories with one client stating, "In my dealings with Vanessa Schrum, I have valued her counsel and found her to be professional, prompt, understanding, courteous and a pleasure to work with. For the past eight years, she has, by choice, been our prime adviser."
  • Michael Mello QC, Counsel, Private Client & Trusts was described as being "the most renowned legal expert in Bermuda in the field of wills, estates and trusts and is a practitioner of the highest integrity whom clients have trusted implicitly with their most private of affairs for the past forty four years."
  • Ashley Fife, Senior Associate, Private Client & Trusts was recognised for being "a tremendously talented lawyer," and that he is "a very clever and creative thinker and excels at problem solving but in manner which is pragmatic and practical. He has a vast wealth of knowledge and also has great commercial awareness." Ashley was also described as being "very approachable and by virtue of that it is very easy to work with him."

Cayman Islands

  • Carlos de Serpa Pimentel, Partner, Group Head, Private Client & Trusts was recognised in both the 'Lawyers' and 'Contentious Trusts – Honours List' categories. Carlos is renowned for being at the top of his game with one client telling Citywealth that: "Carlos is one of the very best practitioners in the offshore world, widely regarded as being at the top of his game. He brings to his practice not only a profound knowledge of the legal underpinnings but a charm, courtesy and ease of manner which makes every dealing with him delightful even in highly contentious circumstances. If there is a solution he will find it."


  • Gavin Ferguson, Managing Partner Guernsey and local Group Head of the Private Client & Trusts department was named in the Leaders List of the 'Lawyers' and the 'Landed Estates & property Lawyers Prominent Figure' categories. A client told Citywealth that, "[Gavin] is a great team player in complex matters requiring several hands to work together in different jurisdictions."


  • Fraser Robertson, Partner, Group Head of Appleby's Dispute Resolution department in Jersey was recognised in both the 'Lawyers' and 'Contentious Trusts – Prominent Figure' categories. According to Citywealth 2016, a client said: "My consistent experience of Fraser is that he is an intelligent, careful and conscientious practitioner. He has both an eye for forensic detail and a clear focus on broader strategic concerns - a powerful combination that enables him to add considerable value to any team of litigators."

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