Appleby establishes Hong Kong litigation practice

Offshore firm Appleby is continuing its investment in both litigation and the Far East by setting up a dispute resolution team in Hong Kong.

Litigation partner Eliot Simpson is relocating to Hong Kong in July from the British Virgin Islands, accompanied by senior associate Joanne Collett.

Simpson is qualified in BVI, Cayman Islands and Jersey law, enabling him to provide advice for Asian clients on matters relating to all three jurisdictions.

Global litigation head Andrew Bolton said the firm had seen a “marked increase” in contentious work from Asia, leading to the need to set up a litigation team in the region. 

The relocations follow Appleby’s recent hire of Ogier’s Cayman litigation head Chris Russell (16 March 2012) and the announcement the firm was establishing an office in Shanghai (20 February 2012).