Kiernan Bell is the Bermuda office managing partner and has overall responsibility for managing the operations of Appleby’s Bermuda office. She is also Bermuda practice group head for the Litigation & Insolvency department.
She specialises in complex commercial disputes and has practice experience in shareholder disputes, derivative actions, professional negligence, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), contentious insolvency, international arbitration, insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Bell has experience working with multi-jurisdictional teams of lawyers on complex cases and deals. She has prepared cases for hearing at every level, including before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Bermuda’s highest appellate court. Bell joined Appleby in 1994, became a partner in 2002 and was elected Bermuda managing partner in 2012.
Clients interviewed by Global Chambers and Partners describe Bell as ‘dynamic, quick and aggressive’.
She is the immediate past president of the Bermuda Bar Council, which is the governing body of the Bermuda Bar Association. Bell was an elected member of the Bermuda Bar Council from 2000 and the president from 2009 to 2011. She is the former chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the bar. Bell is a member of the International Bar Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
She is a regular contributor to a number of publications, including Getting the Deal Through and Dispute Resolution Review. She is the author of the Bermuda chapter of the newly published Greene on Shareholder Claims (Jordans 2012).