A record year for Appleby’s women

Offshore firm Appleby promoted eight lawyers to its partnership, with a record number of women being made up.

Six out of the eight new partners are women though the firm said that this is not due to Appleby having any sort of positive discrimination policy.

“It so happens that they’re the best men or women for the job,” said a firm spokesperson.

Appleby’s Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Island and Jersey office all gained two partner promotions. Bermuda and the Caymans also took one counsel each.

Corporate and commercial practice groups were the big winner this year, with all but one partner – Vanessa Lovell Schrum – having a foot in at least one of these camps.

Peter Bubenzer, Appleby’s global managing partner, said the number of promotions reflects the strong growth the firm’s international business.

Commenting on those who have been promoted, Bubenzer said: “Their extensive experience, commitment and talent will ensure that we offer the highest levels of service to our clients across our global network.”

The promotions come in a year where Appleby has 46 new lawyers in total to it’s international network.

The new partners:

Janita Burke (corporate/insurance, Bermuda)
Sally Cox (corporate, commercial and property, BVI)
Michael Cushing (corporate and commercial litigation, Jersey)
Valerie Georges-Thomas practises (corporate and commercial, BVI)
Sabrina Leacock (corporate, commercial and trusts, Cayman Islands)
Vanessa Lovell Schrum (trusts, Bermuda)
George Cook (commercial property, Jersey)
Sherice Arman (corporate and commercial, Cayman Islands)

The new counsel:

Robin McMillan (commercial litigation, Cayman Islands)
Sarah Moule (corporate/finance, Bermuda)