Bernadette has a broad private client practice advising on wealth structuring and estate planning matters, including the administration, restructuring, and termination of trusts, as well as probate and testamentary issues. She also has significant experience in trust litigation, regularly appearing before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on multi-party contentious trust disputes, estate litigation, and other cross-border private client disputes.
Bernadette regularly advises trustees, beneficiaries, executors, institutional clients, and onshore legal teams on all aspects of trusts and estates law in the Cayman Islands. Bernadette is recognised for her trusts and private client work by Chambers, Who’s Who Legal, and Legal 500 with market sources describing her as 'incredibly hard-working' and 'really first class'.
Bernadette is ranked consistently by the independent legal directories and is quoted as "an exceptional talent and a pleasure to work with"; as someone who "stands out as being especially intelligent, considered and commercial"; and as having a "very proactive" approach. Bernadette's "perspective on both contentious and non-contentious matters is very beneficial" and "her background in litigation means she knows what works and what doesn't when it comes to trust structuring" (Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners HNW).
Bernadette is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand (2002) and Australia (2005), and as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands (2008).
She was formerly with Buddle Findlay (New Zealand), Henry Davis York and Colin Biggers & Paisley (both Australia) and Conyers Dill & Pearman (Cayman Islands).Recent Briefings