Appleby partner quits for membership at Wilberforce

Offshore firm Appleby has been hit by the exit of litigation partner Graeme Halkerston, who is rejoining the bar and taking up membership at Wilberforce Chambers.

Halkerston quit One Essex Court after 11 years to join Appleby in 2007. During his time at the firm he has developed a practice focusing on offshore, cross-boarder disputes.

His departure comes as Appleby looks to bulk up it dispute resolution practice, appointing Serle Court’s Peter McMaster QC in January (24 January 2012). This was followed by the appointment of Ogier’s Cayman litigation head Chris Russell in March (16 March 2012).

It is a rare addition for Wilberforce, which last year added one new tenant in the shape of Harris Bor, who joined the set from Radcliffe Chambers.

Halkerston has broad experience of litigation involving hedge funds, private equity structures and other alternative investment vehicles, Wilberforce said.

Head of chambers John Martin QC said of the appointment: “He has an outstanding reputation in commercial and insolvency litigation that is a natural fit with the work done at Wilberforce and his excellent links with Caribbean jurisdictions complement chambers’ strong presence in that region.”