TUESDAY, JUNE 29: Appleby was named Offshore Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards held in London on Tuesday, June 22.

John Bisson, chairman of Appleby’s Executive Board, collected the award on behalf of the firm at a glittering awards ceremony held at Grosvenor House and attended by more than 1,000 top international lawyers.

The award is presented to the firm which has demonstrated superior strategic clarity, technical legal excellence, quality control and growth in market share across the offshore market.

In the last 12 months, Appleby has opened offices in the Seychelles, Bahrain and Guernsey, and in 2009 was joined by leading Isle of Man law firm Dickinson Cruickshank.

In 2009/10 the firm has added five lateral partner appointments, six partner promotions and 11 promotions to counsel to support growth across the Appleby group.

Shaun Morris, managing partner of the Bermuda office, said: “We are very pleased to accept this award.  Our strategic goal is to become the world’s leading provider of offshore legal and fiduciary services and we are pleased that our efforts have been recognised by our peers with this prestigious award.

“The award underscores our offshore market leading position and the breadth and depth of experience and expertise our practice groups provide.”

Appleby now has 12 offices worldwide in the key offshore centres of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, Seychelles and Guernsey, as well as the leading financial centres of London, Hong Kong, Zurich and Bahrain.