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Mark J. Pettingill, J.P, M.P

Director

Mark practises in all areas of general civil and criminal litigation, and has significant experience in the Supreme Court of Bermuda and the Court of Appeal. He has appeared in a plethora of high profile cases over a 23 year career including the Privy Council Appeals. He is a qualified mediator in addition to undertaking Tribunal work. He is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and locally has in depth knowledge in relation to the development of Bermuda Casino Gaming.

Mark was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1992 and subsequently the Bermuda Bar. He was a founding partner and later consultant of Wakefield Quin Limited and was appointed Attorney-General of Bermuda in 2012 during which time he guided important Legislation through Parliament, created the Civil Asset Recovery Authority and spoke on several occasions both locally and Internationally on Bermuda's Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/Know your Client (KYC) Regime. In 2014 he was a moderator at the Ukrainian Asset Recovery Forum in London.

He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1998 and also received a Judicial appointment as an Acting Magistrate in 2002.

In 2015 he was appointed by the Governor to the Electoral Boundaries Commission and is also the chairman of the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on the protection of children.

Mark has a reputation as a tenacious trial advocate and negotiator in addition to conducting advisory and private client work.

EDUCATION

Mount Allison University, Canada (B.A. History & English; B.Ed Education, 1987)

City University, London, UK (Diploma of Laws (Hons), 1990)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Bar of England & Wales (not practising, 1992)

Bermuda Bar (1992)

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

Member, Bermuda Bar Association

Notary Public and Commissioner for Oath

Member, One Bermuda Alliance

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Katie Richards

Director of Matrimonial & Family Law

Katie is head of the Matrimonial and Family department at Chancery Legal. She has a strong reputation locally and internationally and has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of divorce and relationship breakdown, both from her time in Bermuda and previously as a practising barrister in the United Kingdom.

Katie's practice includes appearing in multi-jurisdictional divorce disputes where she regularly represents high net worth individuals in complex property, trusts and financial proceedings. Within those proceedings, Katie's work often includes liaising with accounting and other business or tax specialists. She is also well-versed in difficult applications for maintenance for spouses and children and can also assist in the drafting of domestic contracts including pre-nuptial contracts, nuptial settlements and separation agreements.

In addition, Katie will routinely act for parents in challenging custody, care and control and access disputes including applications for permission for children to be removed from the jurisdiction, child abduction cases and Hague Convention proceedings. Katie is a formidable court room advocate and vociferously represents her clients to achieve the best outcome in each case.

As Secretary of the Collaborative Law Alliance Bermuda and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Katie believes that, where possible and appropriate and before litigation is embarked upon, divorcing couples should have an opportunity to explore alternative methods of dispute resolution in the hope that settlement can be achieved in a respectful and amicable manner. Throughout her career at the Bar, Katie has demonstrated this philosophy in her day-to-day dealings with clients and continues to strive to achieve the best results possible in a collaborative manner.

In 2002, Katie was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, London. Having successfully completed her pupilage at 33 Park Place, Cardiff, where she remained as a tenant for 5 years, Katie accepted an invitation to join the leading family law department at Temple Chambers in Cardiff, where she continued to enjoy a successful practice until she moved to Bermuda in 2009.

Katie was called to the Bermuda Bar in February 2010.

EDUCATION

Reading University, UK (LLB 2001)

University of Cardiff, UK (Bar Vocation Course, 2002)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Bar of England and Wales (not practising, 2002)

Bermuda Bar (2010)

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

Commissioner for Oaths

Secretary, Collaborative Law Alliance Bermuda

Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Committee Member, Legal Aid Committee

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Mathew Kelly

Director of Real Estate

Mathew is Head of the Real Estate department.

He has extensive experience in a broad range of property transactions covering both commercial and residential deals. He regularly advises on acquisitions and disposals, leasehold matters, development projects  and property finance.

Mathew acts for both local and international clients and has gained an excellent reputation in the field for his commercial awareness and in particular his responsiveness and ability to complete deals on time. He focusses on taking the client through every step of the transaction from beginning to end in a cost effective manner.

Prior to setting up the real estate department at Chancery Legal, Mathew studied in London, qualified as a real estate solicitor in England and Wales in 2002 and worked at an international law firm. He moved to Bermuda in 2010 to join Wakefield Quin Ltd as a senior real estate attorney.

EDUCATION

University of West London, UK (LLB 1999)

Chester College of Law, UK (2000)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Bar of England and Wales (2002)

Bermuda Bar (2010)

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

Member, Bermuda Bar Association

Commissioner for Oaths

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Dennis Dwyer

Senior Counsel

Dennis acts as senior legal consultant and brings over 45 years legal experience to the firm having served with Conyers Dill & Pearman for 12 years and thereafter founder/partner of the law firm of Wakefield Quin.

He has a vast wealth of experience in an extensive range of legal matters primarily in the areas of commercial and civil litigation including trust, financial services, insurance, reinsurance, maritime, employment, liquidation, property, planning as well as over 40 years handling matrimonial, personal injury and medical negligence claims.

Over the years, Dennis has acted for both local and international clients and has been involved in some of the biggest commercial litigation disputes handled in the Bermuda jurisdiction.  He has built up a network of contacts and a solid reputation in many jurisdictions within the legal fraternity. He prides himself on his awareness of client needs, providing honest and commercially sound advice in a prompt, professional and cost effective manner. 

Dennis qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1989 and was called to the Bermuda Bar as a Barrister and Attorney in 1990. Prior to that he practised as a fellow of the Institute of Legal executives from 1976.

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Grant Spurling

Counsel

Grant Spurling provides considered legal advice and counsel with respect to corporate authorisations and compliance, contractual preparation and analysis, corporate best practices including Director duties, and corporate structuring in relation to acquisitions and start-up businesses in Bermuda. In addition to general commercial matters, Grant regularly provides financial technology clients with tailored advice for entities seeking to leverage Bermuda’s digital asset business regulatory platform, including Initial Coin Offerings and Digital Asset Business licenses. Grant also advises clients with respect to general civil and commercial disputes, including contractual disputes and shareholder actions. Prior to joining Chancery Legal, Grant practiced as an associate at a large international offshore law firm, supporting significant transactions including complex insurance structures, cross-border corporate financing, and commercial dispute resolution.

In addition to his legal advice and representation services, Grant serves as Director of Corporate Administration at Chancery Legal’s affiliate licensed Corporate Service Provider; Harbor View Corporate Services Ltd.

Grant completed his legal education at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, graduating with First Class Honours and incorporating a year of study at Renmin University in Beijing, China. Grant was called to the Bar of England and Wales by The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London, and subsequently the Bermuda Bar. Grant also holds a B.A. Degree from McGill University, Canada.

EDUCATION

McGill University, Canada (B.A. English & Communication Studies, 2010)

University of Kent, UK (LLB, 2013)

Kaplan Law School, UK (Bar Professional Training Course, 2014)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Bar of England & Wales (not practising, 2014)

Bermuda Bar (2015)

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

Member, Bermuda Bar Association

Commissioner for Oaths

Notary Public

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Victoria Greening

Legal Counsel

Victoria's practice includes all areas of criminal and civil litigation. She has eight years' experience as a criminal attorney in Scotland, and has worked on a large number of criminal cases, including high profile murders and complex financial crime trials. Victoria often instructed and worked closely with forensic and other types of experts and specialists. Victoria was actively involved in changing the law in Scotland to allow legal representation at police interviews. She sat as a lawyer on the Justice Committee (Carloway Review, 2011) drafting law reform on corroboration, and was one of the first defence lawyers to make herself available to clients requesting legal representation before or in police interviews. She also prepared guidance for the Scottish Judges on the laws of corroboration and rape. Alongside her flourishing career in the courts in Scotland, Victoria worked as a Tutor in Criminal Law and the Laws of Evidence with the College of Law at the University of Edinburgh.

Victoria's background includes degrees in Psychology (BSc (Hons), Political Philosophy (MSc) and Law and a Diploma in Forensic Medicine. She called to the Bar in Scotland in August 2010 and in Bermuda in March 2014.

In 2014 when Victoria moved back home to Bermuda, she worked as Crown Counsel in the Specialist Team with the DPP's office. She has appeared regularly in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal prosecuting all types of cases, including many high profile murders, money laundering and complex financial cases.

Victoria moved into private practice in 2017 where she has successfully broadened the scope of her litigation to include constitutional, immigration, employment, child custody and trusts & estates matters, as well as continuing to work in all matters criminal.

In the summer of 2018 Victoria was appointed Temporary Assistant Registrar to the Supreme Court.

Victoria is diligent in the preparation and presentation of her cases and is fearless in the pursuit of justice for her clients.

EDUCATION

University of Edinburgh - BSc(Hons) Psychology (2002)

University of Edinburgh – MSc Political Philosophy (2004)

University of Edinburgh – Law/Legal Practice Diploma (2006/2007)

University of Edinburgh – Diploma in Forensic Medicine (2008)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Law Society of Scotland, 2010

Bermuda Bar, 2014

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Archibald B. W. Warner, J.P.

Consultant Senior Counsel

Mr. Warner was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 1984, the Bermuda Bar in August 1984 and the Barbados Bar in December 1994.

Mr. Warner having been 'called' as a Middle Temple Barrister began his legal career in the Bermuda Attorney General's Chambers as Crown Counsel and Legal Advisor (1984-1991).

s Crown Counsel his duties involved preparation and presentation for trial of all civil and criminal cases in the Magistrates' Court, Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal on behalf of the Crown.

He eventually specialized in criminal cases.

Mr. Warner was appointed an Acting Magistrate in 1991.

From 1991 to 1999 Mr. Warner co-founded and joined the law firm of Lord Simmons and was a partner. In this private practice he specialized in criminal litigation handling and representing clients in some of the most controversial and complex criminal matters of that period.

Lord Simmons and Warner were eventually assimilated into Juris Law Chambers where Mr. Warner continued to be a partner.

In 1999 Mr. Warner was appointed a full time Stipendiary Magistrate and in 2000 was promoted to Senior Magistrate (Chief Magistrate) where he served until his retirement from the Bench.

During his tenure as Magistrate, Mr. Warner was in April 2001 appointed an Assistant Justice in the Bermuda Supreme Court where he presided over criminal trials in an effort to clear the accumulating backlog of pending criminal trials. Mr. Warner served in this capacity for three years.

After reconsidering retirement, Mr. Warner joined the boutique law firm of Chancery Legal Ltd.

At the firm Chancery Legal Ltd, Mr. Warner is Consultant Senior Counsel and practices all aspects of law. He specializes in criminal and administrative law.

EDUCATION

University of London LLB 1982

Inns of Court School of Law (Middle Temple) Barrister at Law, 1983

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies – University of London, UK
Government Legal Advisers Course

Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute,
Intensive Study Programme for Judicial Educators (Fellow)

University of Halifax Nova Scotia - Canada

BAR ADMISSIONS

Bar of England and Wales, 1984

Bermuda Bar, August 1984

Barbados Bar, August 1994

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John Blackwood

Senior Corporate Attorney

John's areas of expertise include banking and financial services, senior, structured and mezzanine financing, secured and unsecured lending, development financing, investment funds and partnerships as well as more general corporate transactional matters.

John was educated in Scotland, graduating from Aberdeen University in 1989, completed his traineeship in Edinburgh and is admitted as a Solicitor in Scotland. In 2016 he relocated to Bermuda from the UK. He is a member of the Bermuda Bar Association, the Law Society of Scotland, a Notary Public and also a Writer to the Signet (WS). Since John's move to Bermuda he has become increasingly involved with the insurance industry, the regulators and the implications of the recently enacted Economic Substance regime. Before Bermuda, John held partnership positions with HBJ Gateley and McClure Naismith. He was head of the UK Banking Group at McClure Naismith from 2000-2015. Prior to partnership, he was a Director and "in house" Counsel within a leading UK financial institution.

John was heavily involved in one of the 1st mortgage securitization programs in the UK in the mid-nineties and also worked on the launch of a European internet mortgage fund. More recently he advised on the set up and launch of a private banking operation. During the course of the past 3 years he has advised a number of insurance companies and reinsurers on various transactional matters including regulatory approvals and updating Private Acts of Parliament in conjunction with the Bermudian Legislature.

Throughout John's career he has acted for a range of Banks, Insurers, SPV's, joint venture entities, institutional clients, investment funds, startups and individuals. Many clients commend John for his "unique clientside" perspective and his straightforward, commercial approach.

EDUCATION

Aberdeen University – 1989

BAR ADMISSIONS

Member, Bermuda Bar Association

Law Society of Scotland

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

Notary Public

Writer to the Signet (WS)