Appleby (law firm)

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Appleby (previously Appleby Spurling Hunter) is an offshore legal service provider. It has offices in the key offshore locations of Bermuda,[1] the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Mauritius and Seychelles as well as the financial centres of Hong Kong and Shanghai. It is referred to in the Paradise Papers, and included in the assemblage of law firms known as the offshore magic circle.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The original firm of Appleby was founded by Reginald Appleby in Bermuda in 1898.[3] Appleby had passed his final law exams in England in 1887[4] and had been in partnership with Reginald Gray, later Sir Reginald Gray, attorney-general of Bermuda, from 1893 to 1897 in Bermuda as Gray & Appleby.[5]

In 1938 Appleby and Dudley Spurling (later Sir Dudley Spurling) merged their practices to establish Appleby & Spurling.[6] In 1949, that firm merged with William Kempe to become Appleby Spurling Kemp (or Kempe). Dudley Spurling was the senior partner of the merged firm until 1981.[7] In 2004 they merged with Cayman Islands' law firm Hunter & Hunter and with Jersey based firm, Bailhache Labesse in September 2006.[8]

Appleby announced on 15 June 2008 that it was to merge with Isle of Man based Dickinson Cruickshank & Co, enabling it to become the largest offshore law firm in the world with 73 partners and 200 lawyers.[9] On 11 January 2010, Appleby announced that it would be opening an office in Guernsey in Spring 2010.[10] On 20 February 2012, Appleby announced that it would be opening an office in Shanghai in April 2010.[11] In 2014, Appleby worked with the company Apple Inc. in a function similar to a general contractor to provide offshore offices on the island of Jersey in co-operation with the law firm Baker McKenzie.[12]

Until 2016, Appleby operated in partnership with the corporate services provider Estera until Estera split to become independent.[2]

Paradise Papers[edit | edit source]

On 24 October 2017, the firm confirmed that it was subject to a "data security incident" the previous year.[13] Appleby is linked to a 2017 leak of documents known as the Paradise Papers.[2][14]

Rankings and Recognition[edit | edit source]

Appleby is ranked in Band 1 global-wide offshore in a 2015 client's guide to the legal profession.[15] Appleby's ratings include:

Jurisdiction: Practice area: Ranking position:
Bermuda Corporate and finance Band 2
British Virgin Islands Corporate and finance Band 2
Cayman Islands Corporate and finance Band 2
Isle of Man Corporate and finance Band 1
Mauritius & Seychelles General business law Band 1

Appleby has won multiple awards for its practice of offshore law.[16][17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Appleby headquarters, 22 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Bermuda. interactive Google street view image and map". Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fitzgibbon, Will et al. (5 November 2017). "The 1 Percent - Offshore Trove Exposes Trump-Russia Links And Piggy Banks of the Wealthiest 1 Percent - A new leak of confidential records reveals the financial hideaways of iconic brands and power brokers across the political spectrum.". International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  3. Appleby, the offshore law firm with a record of compliance failures. Will Fitzgibbon, The Irish Times, 5 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  4. "The Incorporated Law Society", The Times, 19 November 1887, p. 4.
  5. Who's Who in Canada, Vol. 25. International Press, 1936. p. 350.
  6. Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: Vol. 2: North America, South America, Central America, & the Caribbean. Martindale-Hubbell, New Providence, 2003. ISBN 9781561605897
  7. "SPURLING, Hon. Sir (Arthur) Dudley". Who Was Who, online edition, Oxford University Press, 2014 . Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  8. Our History. Appleby, 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2017. Archived here.
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  12. Drucker, Jesse; Bowers, Simon (6 November 2017). "After a Tax Crackdown, Apple Found a New Shelter for Its Profits". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  13. Klein, Michael (24 October 2017). "Appleby confirms data breach". Cayman Compass. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  14. "Offshore law firm Appleby's response: 'no evidence of wrongdoing'". The Guardian. 5 November 2017. ISSN 0261-3077. 
  15. "Appleby: Firm Profile". Chambers & Partners. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  16. "The British Legal Awards 2010 Winners". The British Legal Awards (Legal Week). 
  17. "The Lawyer Awards 2010: Winners" (in en-GB). The Lawyer. 23 June 2010. 

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