Bermuda: Appleby Bermuda Tops Citywealth's 2016
Last Updated: 6 October 2016

Citywealth names four Appleby Bermuda lawyers to their 2016 'Leaders List' – more than any other law firm on the island. The Citywealth 'Leaders List' is compiled from recommendations from private wealth managers and advisors, as well as their clients. Partners Vanessa Schrum and Keith Robinson, Counsel QC Michael Mello and Senior Associate Ashley Fife were all honoured for their outstanding work. The lawyers were all recognised in the 'Lawyers' category, with Vanessa also recognised in the 'Power Women' category.

"We are very proud to continue to make the Citywealth Leaders List each year," said Tim Faries, Bermuda Managing Partner. "This recognition is a testament to our leadership position and exceptionally strong team who are committed to their craft and clients."

Vanessa Schrum is a Partner and Group Head of the Private Client and Trusts department in Bermuda and 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, 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.

"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."

Keith Robinson is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department in Bermuda and focuses on high value trust disputes and restructurings often with a multi-jurisdictional element. He has advised and represented trustees, beneficiaries and other fiduciaries. Keith has been involved in many of the major trust cases in Bermuda over the last number of years and in the last year has appeared in a number of legally significant reported decisions.

"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."

Michael Mello Q.C. is Counsel in the Private Client and Trusts department in Bermuda. Michael practises primarily in the areas of trusts, wills and estates. He has over 40 years' experience and is the author of The Law of Wills & Estates in Bermuda and numerous articles on trusts, wills, powers and estates.

"Michael is 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 is a Senior Associate in the Private Client and Trusts department in Bermuda. His work primarily consists of providing advice and drafting key documents regarding the creation, management, restructuring and termination of private and commercial trusts with particular emphasis on pension trusts, unit trusts and complex family structures utilising insurance and investment structures and solutions.

"Ashley is a tremendously talented lawyer. 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. He is very approachable and by virtue of that it is very easy to work with Ashley."

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