Two Bermudians Called to the Bar on the same day
Two Bermudian women shared the spotlight after they were Called to the Bar on the same day.
Kaisha Wilson and Zantae Dill, both 23, were welcomed into the legal profession on October 15 after they each completed a year of their two-year training with Appleby.
Ms Wilson said: “I am truly thankful for Appleby for being there every step of the way, from a law student to now a lawyer.
“I am excited to be a part of this esteemed profession as well as hopeful that I will be able to contribute significantly to the profession.”
Ms Dill added: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank Jerome Wilson and Lalita Vaswani for challenging me and building my confidence as a lawyer, as I wouldn’t be where I am without their kind mentorship.”
Ms Wilson attended De Montfort University in Leicester, England, and graduated in 2019 with first-class honours.
She completed her legal practice course at BPP University in Manchester with distinction and started her pupillage at Appleby in September last year.
Ms Wilson was the recipient of the Appleby Legal Education Bursary in 2018 and 2019 and worked as a summer student with them shortly after she graduated.
She first worked in the corporate team under the tutelage of David Clarke, where she helped draft legal opinions and company resolutions for Appleby, as well as working on letters to the Bermuda Monetary Authority and registration matters with the Registrar of Companies.
Ms Wilson was also mentored by Jerome Wilson, who helped hone her skills in business law, and wrote three articles about company law and digital asset business that were published in The Royal Gazette.
She is working in Appleby’s dispute resolution department.
Mr Wilson called Ms Wilson a “joy to work with” and commended her for completing her pupillage during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He added: “While it may seem like a small thing, the dedication that Kaisha has shown to learning and understanding her craft has been remarkable – even more so given in inauspicious times during which she started.
“On behalf of the partners and staff of Appleby I would like to congratulate Kaisha on her call.
“May she never lose the desire and dedication she has shown to the perfection of her profession.”
Ms Dill received a bachelor’s degree in law and psychology in 2019 from the University of the West of England in 2019 and completed her legal practice course at the University of Law in Bristol.
She interned at Appleby as a summer student in 2018 and 2019 before starting the firm’s two-year trainee programme last year.
Ms Dill, who was also mentored under Jerome Wilson, worked in Appleby’s corporate department and took on several responsibilities such as drafting resolutions and helping with bond issuances and other transactions.
She also worked in Appleby’s dispute resolution department under Lalita Vaswani and took part in various matters regarding insolvency and restructuring.
During her time in the dispute resolution department, Ms Dill completed large amounts of legal research and attended the Supreme Court, as well as assisting in two privatisation schemes and various voluntary liquidations.
She is working in the firm’ insurance team, where she will remain until next March.
Mr Wilson said: “Zantae is a wonderful and welcomed addition to our local fraternity of legal practitioners.
“I am delighted to have had a front-row seat to her growth and development as a professional over the last 12 months.
“On behalf of the partners and entire family of Appleby, I’d like to congratulate Zantae on being called to the Bermuda Bar.
“This is but the beginning of her journey and I am glad that she has chosen to chart the path of her success with us.”
Ms Vaswani added: “Zantae is an extremely dedicated and dynamic professional.
“She is passionate about realising her potential in the practise of law and demonstrates a truly inspiring level of resilience and integrity in any task which she undertakes.
“She has all of the hallmarks of a true team player and I am so excited to witness her journey in this profession.”
Ms Dill, like Ms Wilson, is a two-time recipient of the Appleby Legal Education Bursary.
She said that she was “honoured” to have received a legal bursary and training contract and that she had built “invaluable relationships” within the firm.