With the addition of two partners and six lawyers, British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm Forbes Hare is climbing the headcount rankings steadily. Its London office has now been in operation for a full year, and in a particularly innovative move the firm launched a BVI contentious advisory practice in the City last year. The firm hired former barrister Alistair Abbott from legacy SNR Denton for the venture. This saw Abbott admitted to the BVI bar.
The London office now has two partners and another three lawyers, making it almost as big as Forbes Hare's Cayman practice. All private client work is now managed purely from Cayman.
Like many other firms, Forbes Hare has invested in technology. It implemented a new CRM system last year and is now implementing new trust administration software.
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