Offshore Department

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Conyers is a "powerhouse in the Caribbean and across all offshore jurisdictions," says one interviewee; others say the firm is "peerless in this jurisdiction" and "hands-down the number one firm in Bermuda." The firm's "truly excellent lawyers" provide "very practical" trust advice to high net worth individuals, families and corporate clients. The team is said to "dominate the market for both corporate and structuring work."

A source says the firm has "a lot of depth" and is "our first choice for Bermuda matters." Another adds that "the private client team is the biggest by miles in terms of size and scale. No one compares to them in terms of volume and complexity of work."

Notable practitioners

Alec Anderson "has decades of experience," says one of his peers, adding: "He is one of the best offshore lawyers and one of the top international private client lawyers. He is a go-to person in Bermuda." Another source says: "Alec is a titan of the international trust world - he is one of the most recognised international trusts lawyers. He has a great stamp of authority in all he does. He is a highly impressive person and a lawyer of great international stature not just within Bermuda itself but across the international trusts stage." Sources also praise his technical and client skills. "He has good ability for lateral thinking on the subject and is a stickler for being technically proper," says one interviewee, adding: "He knows how to handle big cases and is very good at untangling and mediating across families and clients who are at odds with each other."

Craig MacIntyre "handles massive cross-border issues" and "has a strong relationship with London firms," say market insiders. "He handles some very significant court proceedings involving trusts and always does a good job," adds a private client lawyer; "he is first-rate and strong on both contentious and non-contentious matters," Another source confirms that "he knows what he doing. He understands very complex structures and can work with them easily. He understands the international issues brilliantly."

Helen Cooper is a "fantastic individual," is "very well respected" and has a "stunning client base," according to market insiders. "She is first-rate," says a private client lawyer, adding: "She's got lots of experience and is very thoughtful and decisive - which is important. She has great judgement." Another source notes that "she has huge experience and is one who can actually make things happen - she gets things done."

The "very knowledgeable" Peter Pearman has a "wealth of experience" in handling complex estate planning and trust matters. Market insiders say he is "very impressive and always on the ball," adding: "He is held in high regard and is vastly experienced. He will be in the trenches when cases get tough."