Appleby names Bermuda managing partner as incumbent returns to practice

Offshore giant Appleby has appointed Kiernan Bell as its new managing partner in Bermuda.

Bell takes over from Shaun Morris as office managing partner following an uncontested election. Morris has held the role for six years and will return to full-time fee-earning in the banking and asset finance team.

As well as the office head job, Bell will continue to act as the local head of litigation and insolvency.

Bell joined Appleby in 1994 and was made up in 2002. In addition to her firmwide management jobs, she acted as president of the Bermuda Bar Association between 2009 and 2011.

In a statement Bell said Bermuda was “an integral part of the Appleby Group”.

However, the jurisdiction has been a difficult one for some offshore firms recently and exactly a year ago both Appleby and Conyers Dill & Pearman confirmed staff and lawyer redundancies in Bermuda (19 January 2011).

In May Appleby revamped its management structure, electing then group managing partner Peter Bubenzer as its first chairman (16 May 2011).