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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's practice encompasses corporate and commercial advice, including corporate structuring and management protocols. Grant also serves as Director of Corporate Administration of Harbor View Corporate Services Ltd., Chancery Legal’s associated licensed corporate service provider, leading Harbor View’s suite of incorporation, corporate administration, directorship and shareholder nominee services.

He strives to give clear and practical guidance tailored to clients’ particular business needs, favouring forthright advice over passive exposition.

Grant’s litigation practice covers general civil and contractual claims and administrative actions.

A former journalist, Grant was called to the Bar of England and Wales by The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London, in 2014 and subsequently the Bermuda Bar. Prior to joining Chancery Legal Grant trained and then worked as an associate in the Bermuda office of a leading international offshore law firm.

Grant advises on general civil and commercial matters including contractual drafting and analysis, corporate action, licensing and compliance. Grant's eye for detail is complemented by his compelling advocacy skills.

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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