Appleby hires founder of Bermuda’s Mello Jones & Martin

The founder of Bermuda firm Mello Jones & Martin, Michael Mello QC, has been snapped up by offshore giant Appleby.

Mello will join Appleby’s private client and trusts team in Bermuda as counsel next month. He left Mello Jones & Martin along with fellow partners Saul Froomkin QC and Juliana Snelling earlier this year.

Froomkin has joined local firm ISIS Law, while Snelling has set up a litigation boutique in partnership with barrister Paul Hershaw, according to local news reports.

Mello Jones & Martin has rebranded as MJM Barristers & Attorneys in the wake of the departures.

Appleby’s Bermuda private client head Vanessa Schrum said Mello’s experience would bring much to the firm.

“The team is excited to be welcoming not only an expert in his field, but also a great mentor. Michael will of course be a real asset in terms of client relationships, but he will also play a significant role in nurturing our junior lawyers,” said Schrum.