Ashley Fife

+1 441 542 4514

Ashley Fife

Counsel  |  Carey Olsen
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Bermuda
NSW, Australia
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Private and commercial trusts
Family office
Regulatory

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Becoming STEP Bermuda Branch Chairman

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

You can learn from those that disagree with you too

What is your favourite quote?

“Inside every cynical person is a disappointed idealist” George Carlin


Vanessa Schrum

+1 441 298 3299

Vanessa Schrum

Partner  |  Appleby
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Administration of estates and trusts
Succession planning

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Client referrals - it shows that the client has been impressed. Other attorneys/competitors referring clients or family members to me and/or hiring me for their own work.
Winning at the 2017 Powerwomen Awards for Woman of the Year Leadership (Professional Services) Gold. Our Private Client and Trusts Team winning awards through STEP, Citywealth, Legal 500 and others.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Stay current - the world is constantly changing as are the needs of private clients. Do not stagnate. Keep ahead of the game. Try to adapt to new innovations and technologies. Constantly learn, take new seminars and courses. Retain connections and network.

What is your favourite quote?

“You can never be overeducated or overdressed,” Oscar Wilde.


Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson

Partner  |  Carey Olsen
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Ireland
Northern Ireland
England and Wales
Bermuda

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Asset protection

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Building a reputation in the Bermuda market as the best trusts and estates litigator and the only true specialist.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Put client service above all else and subject to this, make every effort to write for publications as often as possible and no less than twice per year.

What is your favourite quote?

“To err is human; to forgive, divine,” Alexander Pope.


Fozeia Rana-Fahy

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Fozeia Rana-Fahy

Director  |  MJM Limited
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Bermuda
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Residency and domiciliation

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Helping to settle several large, complex international family trust restructurings and disputes. Bermuda has seen a host of such complex matters and I have had the opportunity to be involved in many of the disputes involving high net worth individuals in matters covering important and ground breaking points of law.
Published highlights have included the 2017 Supreme Court of Bermuda case, Meritus Trust Company Limited v Butterfield (Bermuda) Limited which confirmed that outgoing trustees do not have the right to retain assets in respect of known actual or contingent liabilities or to require a contractual indemnity unless expressly provided for. I have also recently represented a trustee in the first significant matter in Bermuda addressing the issue of ante and post nuptial settlements in divorce proceedings involving trust assets. Other highlights have included In the Matter of an Application for Information About a Trust in the Supreme Court of Bermuda which dealt with the restrictive veto power to withhold information from beneficiaries as well as In the Matter of the Estate of PQR which addressed the validity of a forfeiture clause in a will consisting of assets worth multi million dollars. It is always a highlight, as in the latter case, to be able to provide clients with the support they need to face difficult emotional as well as complex legal hurdles.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Know your industry inside out. Network with attorneys from all the main jurisdictions. Keep up to speed with developments (both case law and legislative development) and take the time to understand the psychology of generational family wealth.

What is your favourite quote?

“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend,” Hypatia.


Peter Pearman

Peter Pearman

Director  |  Conyers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Bermuda
England & Wales (non-practicing)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Trust Law Advice – Commercial & Private Trusts
International Estate Planning
Family Governance

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

What is your favourite quote?


Craig Macintyre

Craig Macintyre

Director  |  Conyers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales (not practising)
Bermuda

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

What is your favourite quote?


Jeffrey Elkinson

Jeffrey Elkinson

Director  |  Conyers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Ireland
England and Wales
Hong Kong
Australia
United States (NY, MA)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Dispute resolution
Contentious trusts
Trust restructuring

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Sitting as a judge in the Supreme Court of Bermuda.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Be patient and enjoy your work.

What is your favourite quote?

“You miss 100% of the shots you don't take,” Wayne Gretzky.


Alec R. Anderson

+1 441 299 4945

Alec R. Anderson

Director  |  Conyers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales
Bermuda
United States (NY)
British Virgin Islands

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Trust law Advice
Personal and estate planning
Family business governance

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

The appointment to a Board of Trustees for an old European family, which holds a $4 billion industrial group; successfully contributing to the dispute resolution and Court approved an amendment to a trust involving several billion dollars of assets and tax implication across jurisdiction.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Understand the big picture context and the culture of the client. Always be fastidious on the details, but deliver a friendly demeanor with solution oriented advice.

What is your favourite quote?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,” Winston Churchill.


Ben Adamson

+1 441 298 7824

Ben Adamson

Director  |  Conyers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales (non-practising)
Bermuda Bar

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Dispute resolution
Trust restructuring

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Various large contentious trust disputes and working with great teams as part of resolving them.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Never forget the beneficiaries – bear in mind what you would want to happen if you were the settlor.

What is your favourite quote?

“Where there is a will, I want to be in it.”


Siobhán Jey Laighléis

Siobhán Jey Laighléis

Associate  |  Conyers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Ireland
England and Wales
Bermuda

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Asset holding structures
Asset protection
Personal and estate planning

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

In the past year I have become quite involved with contentious trust work, which is not an area I had expected to be attracted to. But looking at things from that perspective is helpful when I cross back over to “the bright side” to advise clients on planning and structuring their affairs.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

First: Trust in your own judgment and have confidence that your opinion counts.
As Associates we tend to work behind the front line, but deep in the trenches of a case. It can be intimidating to voice contrary opinions when senior and prestigious colleagues are involved. I find it helpful to remember that trust advisory work, and strategies around potential or actual litigation, can be quite subjective and there is no solitary ‘perfect’ solution.
Secondly: Maintain strong collegial relationships - not least because it will make your working day more pleasant! It is invaluable to have reliable colleagues who are willing to make time when you reach out for pointers or a second opinion. It’s also a really gratifying feeling when the same happens in reverse.

What is your favourite quote?

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it,” Goethe.