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Mark J. Pettingill, J.P, M.P
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.
Mount Allison University, Canada (B.A. History & English; B.Ed Education, 1987)
City University, London, UK (Diploma of Laws (Hons), 1990)
Bar of England & Wales (not practising, 1992)
Bermuda Bar (1992)
Member, Bermuda Bar Association
Notary Public and Commissioner for Oath
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- — Katie is an excellent solicitor. I found her to be extremely professional and diligent. Katie places her clients’ needs and concerns at the forefront at all times. She was tremendously helpful during negotiations and worked tirelessly towards an amicable solution, whilst always being well prepared to strenuously advocate for her clients. I would highly recommend Katie’s services without any hesitation whatsoever.
- — My divorce was a difficult one. I needed a lawyer who specialised in divorce, and who would be willing to work under pressure. Katie was excellent and had the skills and experience to represent me well. Katie was always available and was able to overcome attempts to delay, confuse and avoid settlement. My case required not just persistent, hard work but also composure and a sense of what is fair. I am very grateful to Katie for getting me through the hardest period of my life with a good result.
- — Katie Richards and her Chancery Legal office provided excellent service, demonstrating professionalism and personal attention to all details of my child access case. One of Katie’s greatest strengths is how she’s always planning ahead. She has the expertise to deal with any crisis . I found Katie and the Chancery team to be very informative by always giving me facts and appropriate advice . In my opinion child custody, support, and visitation decisions are among the most important aspects of divorce and family court proceedings concerning children. Katie was my biggest advocate during a very difficult time. I’m more than pleased that she was in my corner which enabled me to win my case.
- — Having worked with Katie and her clients directly, I have found her to be extremely knowledge in all aspects of matrimonial law. She has a detailed and compassionate approach which coupled with the breadth of experience, creative thinking and professionalism, results in a highly effective service to clients working through one of the most stressful time of their lives.
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.
Reading University, UK (LLB 2001)
University of Cardiff, UK (Bar Vocation Course, 2002)
Bar of England and Wales (not practising, 2002)
Bermuda Bar (2010)
Commissioner for Oaths
Secretary, Collaborative Law Alliance Bermuda
Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Committee Member, Legal Aid Committee