Chancery Legal provides advice on a broad range of general civil, matrimonial, real estate, corporate and criminal matters. Its mandate is to provide fresh and innovative solutions to clients' complex and often unique legal and business challenges.
Our lawyers possess a wealth of experience in the successful resolution of complex and high value domestic & international disputes, regularly appearing before courts at every level Summary Jurisdiction to the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and Privy Council.
Our litigation lawyers are both formidable advocates in Court and tough opponents with proven track records in major litigation – locally and internationally. We understand that each of our clients' needs are unique and we stake our reputations on obtaining the best results for them in an efficient and expeditious manner.
Matrimonial & Family Law
Stalwart and resourceful advocates in Court, our attorneys exercise circumspection and finesse to achieve optimum outcomes in relation to all facets of matrimonial and family law.
We have an outstanding reputation in Bermuda and abroad. Our lawyers offer sound advice to our clients in all aspects of family law including divorce, complex financial settlements, custody, care and control and access disputes. Whether seeking protections within a new relationship or structured dissolution from a current arrangement, we understand that each client's situation requires unique consideration and discrete, sober advice. We strive to create the best end results for our clients and their families.
Our dynamic team is lead by one of the leading practitioners on the island, Katie Richards.
- Secretary of the Collaborative Law Alliance Bermuda and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Katie Richards is our Collaborative Law Specialist.
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We advise our clients of the full range of dispute resolution options that can be pursued, encouraging non-contentious resolution where possible.
The collaborative law process is a system of negotiation that can be utilised to resolve a range of legal disputes amongst families from pre-nuptial agreements to divorce settlements. Each party appoints their own lawyer and then all parties meet, with their lawyers present, with a view to resolving the dispute.
In using this method of dispute resolution parties, with the guidance and support of their lawyers, are able to reach a settlement in a less contentious manner than going to Court.
The real estate department provides specialist property advice on all types of property transactions including both residential and commercial acquisitions and disposals, mortgages, hotel fractional sales, hotel and condominium developments and also landlord and tenant matters.
We act for a wide range of clients ranging from first time homebuyers to high end developers and banks. Every client receives a personal and partner led service. Communication is a key value to the firm and we take time to understand our client’s needs in order to provide tailor-made and cost effective solutions.
Our goal is to build a strong reputation for exceeding our clients’ expectations, whether it is by completing transactions on time and on budget or thinking of innovative solutions to complex property issues.
Bermuda is home to an affluent community with diverse legal needs. The Firm includes specialists in all areas of corporate and financial services, and is expert in advising on the establishment and administration of a wide range of bespoke corporate and investment structures.
We offer a unique and outstanding range of legal services for personal wealth and international asset structures, multi-jurisdictional tax planning, and commercial investment issues.
We aim to foster a positive rapport with our clients, developing strong and lasting relationships built on confidence in our consistent results and well-earned reputation.
Casino Gaming Law
Mark Pettingill played a leading role in the development of Bermuda's new casino gaming laws. His direct involvement in the creation of this legislation provides our clients with access to unique insight and an unrivaled level of related expertise. Mark is a member of the international Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and has access to an international network of industry contacts.
Home to some of the world's most prominent insurers, Bermuda possesses a legal clientele who are amongst the most discerning and demanding.
Chancery Legal takes a pragmatic approach in the resolution of insurance disputes. The Firm utilizes considerable resources at their disposal and can assist clients with advice on all facets of insurance business.
We provide legal representation services for clientele including private and public companies, international business executives, investors and individuals on elaborate and contentious immigration matters.
Shipping & Aviation
At Chancery Legal we can assist and guide our clients in all aspects of shipping and aviation registration and transactions including pragmatic advice on corporate, trust and other ownership structures.
Bermuda is a global leader for the registration and financing of ships and aircraft. Its administration has a strong international reputation for quality and are well-respected for the high standards of their fleets.
At Chancery Legal we can not only represent clients in all aspects of shipping and aviation registration and transactions but also advise on corporate, trust and other ownership structures.
The Chancery Corporate offshore team advises on a broad range of corporate / commercial matters. Our collaborative culture and results driven ethos are particularly pertinent in the offshore arena.
Whether it be forming your 1st exempt company, navigating a complex joint venture, setting up a segregated accounts structure, a purpose trust or a continuation or discontinuance to or from another jurisdiction, we’ll go the extra mile to understand your specific business needs, your structures and your ultimate goals and objectives.
We work alongside our "in house" corporate services provider, Harbor View Corporate Services Ltd., and are able to provide a full range of corporate services on a one stop basis alongside the more traditional legal advisory role.
Our corporate offering includes:
- Incorporations, continuances and discontinuances
- Banking, financing, re-organisations and restructurings
- Investment Fund incorporations and administration
- Initial Coin Offering advice and representation
- Digital Asset Business advice and representation
- Joint Ventures and Collaborations
- Bermudian Legal Opinion Work
- NDAs and commercial contracts
- Guidance on Private Acts of Parliament and the Bermudian Legislative process
- An incisive awareness of the legal and regulatory backdrop in Bermuda
Our aim is to build strong collaborative relationships with a number of key client connections who will value our services and turn to us for the reassurance and support that timely, measured corporate advice can bring.