Offshore top 30 position: 16
BVI firm Forbes Hare added two partners in 2012 to bring its partner headcount to eight which, with a total lawyer headcount of 25, sent it up the rankings to 15th place.
The firm’s biggest move was the opening of its London office, joining most of its larger rivals in the City. Forbes Hare picked up Walkers partner Catherine Ross to head the office. Ross also became global head of funds. Meanwhile, litigator Robert Nader was promoted to the partnership in the BVI.
The firm also made several hires below partner level. Michael Pringle, formerly of Barker Adams, joined as a consultant in February and several associates were hired, mainly in the BVI.
Forbes Hare also launched a sports and media team in 2012, led by managing partner William Hare alongside partner José Santos.
The firm’s litigation team had a particularly good year, advising on the Madoff-related Fairfield Sentry litigation in the BVI, while the corporate team ended the year with an instruction on the listing of a Russian company in the BVI.
Qualified lawyers: 25