Bedell Cristin strengthens experienced litigation team with two Partner appointments

10 Sep 2013

Bedell Cristin has appointed Rob Gardner and Edward Drummond as partners to further strengthen the firm’s top ranking litigation group in Jersey.

Rob Gardner, who joined the firm in 2006 from a large firm in the Caribbean having previously worked at Lawrence Graham in London, is a very experienced commercial litigator and insolvency expert. Most recently he has been involved in a number of trust applications to set aside transactions for mistake or under the rule in Hastings-Bass, as well as heavily contested trust litigation cases. In the insolvency field he regularly acts for liquidators, directors and creditors in distressed situations and has been involved in various cross-border applications for recognition and assistance including most recently the letter of request to the UK court in the Tambrook matter.

Edward Drummond is also an experienced commercial litigator who joined the firm in 2008. He began his career at Norton Rose LLP in London as a solicitor advocate before moving to the Cayman to practice Cayman and BVI law. He has extensive experience in commercial litigation and contentious insolvency cases and acts for a range of clients in high profile cases including the receivers of Mr Mukhtar Ablyazov, whose role is to locate and preserve the assets of the defendant to multi-billion dollar proceedings in England, and the liquidators of the Belgravia group of companies, a Jersey-based financial services and fund management business. He sits on the executive committee of the newly created Channel Islands body, the Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts (ARIES).

Both lawyers co-edited the fourth edition of the leading insolvency publication, Dessain and Wilkins on ‘Jersey Insolvency and Asset Tracking’, which is co-authored by Bedell Cristin Senior Partner, Anthony Dessain.

Bedell Cristin Partner, Anthony Robinson, head of the litigation group, commented:

The quality of our people matters to us and to our clients and so we have attracted some outstanding senior individuals from leading City and international firms, including Rob and Edward who are both experienced, high quality commercial litigators. Their appointment as partners recognises their extensive specialist cross border knowledge which has helped make them leading lawyers in their field.

The firm’s award winning litigation group continues to appear in the top tiers of the leading legal directories and remains one of the largest, most experienced teams in Jersey. It has been described as providing ‘the best results for its clients and the best value for money’ and ‘absolutely top notch for its efficiency, the quality of service is that of a top London firm’.