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CHW corporate team soars in international poll

Cox Hallett Wilkinson's corporate team has been recognised in an international poll as one of the top three firms on the Island.

The five-strong practice came in alongside legal Goliaths Appleby and Conyers, Dill and Pearman in the survey, by the International Financial Law Review IFLR), of financial and corporate legal expertise.

The firm earned its mention in the “IFLR 1000 — the guide to the world's leading financial law firms” for 2014.

Cox Hallett Wilkinson (CHW) lawyer Jonathan Betts said: “We always like to think we do the same quality of work as these other guys.

“This latest ranking has borne that out in terms of how we are perceived by our clients and our competitors.”

CHW came in as a Tier 1 firm, together with the two larger firms.

The firm also notched up two mentions in the Leading Lawyers category, Mr Betts and colleague Ernest Morrison, while Natalie Town was named in the rising star category.

According to the publication, the corporate team is praised both by its clients and its competitors, with one client commenting that Morrison “is the best connected lawyer in Bermuda”, whilst Betts is “praised by clients and competitors for good business and legal sense.”

Mr Betts said: “As a firm, we've been trying for some time to build a good client base, particularly internationally and it's nice to be recognised for the firm and for the individuals involved.”

The CHW corporate team makes up about a quarter of the firm's total strength of 20 lawyers.

Mr Betts said: “It's not about how big you are, it's the quality of the work that matters.”

He added: “One client mentioned ‘value for money' and, given the way the world has been the last five years, people are always looking for good value legal advice.”

In the past, the firm has acted for A&A, owned by the Green family, over its buy-up of the Hamilton Princess Hotel and also for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Attride-Stirling & Woloniecki and MJM were recognised as a Tier 2 firm, while Wakefield Quin was listed in the Tier 3 category.

Trott & Duncan earned a mention in the “other notable” section of the survey.

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Published October 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 18, 2013 at 10:38 am)

CHW corporate team soars in international poll

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