6 November 2014News

Legislative reform hot topic at Appleby seminar

Bermuda should contemplate opportunities to solidify its industry-leading position, such as the introduction of a law providing for foundations.

This is one of the topics discussed during ‘Tempestuous Trusts’, a trust litigation seminar hosted by Appleby on Thursday October 30, 2014, and presented in partnership with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ (“STEP”) Bermuda branch, international law firm Baker & McKenzie and London Barristers’ Chambers XXIV Old Buildings.

The seminar featured overseas speakers Baker & McKenzie partner Anthony Poulton and associate Henry Garfield, and XXIV Old Buildings barristers Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Stephen Moverley Smith QC and Andrew Holden. Bermuda presenters included STEP Bermuda chairman Jonathan Dunlop and Appleby partners Keith Robinson and Vanessa Schrum, and senior associate Ashley Fife.

Over 80 delegates attended the full-to-capacity event. Delegates included local trust professionals, lawyers, regulators, private bankers, investment brokers and family office managers, who heard views on reserved powers, ideas to improve Bermuda’s market position and to enhance its legislation, how to deal with compliance risks and regulatory authorities, and how the island as a top trust jurisdiction can remain a leader in a competitive market.

Keith Robinson, who spearheaded the seminar and is also vice-chair of STEP’s Bermuda Committee, said: “This is the third year that Appleby has hosted a trust litigation seminar, designed to provide Bermuda trust practitioners with first class overseas speakers on the most important legal issues currently facing the industry.

“Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from both the delegates and visiting speakers, whom I’d also like to thank once again for their willingness to contribute their time and expertise.”

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC added: “Members of XXIV Old Buildings were privileged to take part in such a prestigious and successful event, which has already earned a well-deserved place in the trusts and estates conference arena.”