Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited > Hamilton, Bermuda > Firm Profile

Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited
Cedar House, 3rd Floor
41 Cedar Avenue
Hamilton, HM 12

Bermuda > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited possesses ‘the strength in depth to handle the big-ticket litigation’. With regards to multijurisdictional litigation, the department, which is spearheaded by ‘class actCraig Rothwell , is particularly active in trust and estate disputes, shareholder and director disputes, insolvency and restructuring matters, and other corporate and commercial disputes, particularly in the financial services space. In domestic work, the team excels in medical claims, employment litigation, property disputes, and divorce and financial ancillary relief matters. Experienced senior counsel David Kessaram and director Matthew Watson (who is ‘a good up-and-coming advocate who is able to step into the breach’) are further names to note.

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‘The ability and stamina to sustain long-term engagement fighting very complex international high-value cases on a multiplicity of fronts, maintain good relations, and carry out focused and effective work under the time pressure, stress and distractions of large team litigation.’

‘Matt Watson is available for his clients at all times of day and night, week and weekend until the job is done, and retains an easy-going manner while reaching balanced decisions as to how to fight aggressive high-value litigation.’

‘CHW have a great balance of work in the offshore sector. It is clear that they possess the strength in depth to handle the big-ticket litigation.’

Very impressive practice with excellent client skills, unwavering dedication to excellence and total commitment to the case. Matthew Watson, in particular, is incredibly hard-working, a first-class lawyer with superb tactical litigation skills.’

‘Matthew Watson is a pleasure to work with. He is very commercial in his approach, user-friendly, transparent and is particularly good at managing client expectations both in terms of budget and success.’

CHW has provided consistent and sound support and representation on contentious matters for many years. Highly experienced, pragmatic and cost-sensitive. Very effective advocates, exceptionally organised and extremely reliable.’

Craig Rothwell is a class act attorney with a very eloquent and effective style of advocacy. Extremely helpful and proactive in terms of exploring all options available and providing in-depth analysis accordingly. Highly reliable and genuine.

Cox Hallett Wilkinson are an extremely user-friendly and accessible firm. Matthew Watson is a good up-and-coming advocate who is able to step into the breach. Matthew is very responsive to client demands and gives good commercial advice.’

Key clients

Advanced Lithium Electrochemistry Cayman Co. Limited

Senior Noteholders of Goldin Financial Holdings Limited

Various Policyholders of Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Limited (In Liquidation)

Substantial Policyholder of VL Assurance (Bermuda) Limited (In Liquidation)

KRyS Globa as Joint Liquidators of San Antonio Oil & Gas Services Limited

KPMG Advisory Services Limited as the Joint Liquidators of Par-la-Ville Hotel and Residences Limited (in Liquidation)

Bermuda Hospitals Board and Medical Protection Society

Colonial Insurance, Freisenbruch-Meyer Group, Ascendant Group (including BELCO)

Work highlights

  • Representing minority shareholders in fair value appraisal litigation arising out of the $5.5bn acquisition by Jardine Matheson of minority holdings in Jardine Strategic Holdings Limited.
  • Acting for creditors in cross-border insolvency/restructuring proceedings arising out of financially distressed HK listed companies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bermuda > Real estate Tier 2

Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited’s private client and real estate department assists domestic and international clients with an assortment of residential and commercial property transactions. Commercial and residential freehold and leasehold property acquisitions and disposals, property financings and infrastructure projects are key areas of strength. Lorren Wilson heads up the department.

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Bermuda > Trusts/private client Tier 2

Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited’s well-respected litigation department has a proven track record in high-value trust and estate disputes in Bermuda, attracting praise for its deep understanding of ‘the specifics and nuisances of trust litigation versus commercial litigation’. Senior counsel David Kessaram frequently represents trustees, executors and beneficiaries, both domestic and international, in complex estate and trust litigation with multi-jurisdictional considerations.  Providing key support to Kessaram is Matthew Watson, who is recognised as a ‘good up-and-coming advocate who is able to step into the breach’.

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Very impressive practice with excellent client skills, unwavering dedication to excellence and total commitment to the case.’

Matthew Watson is incredibly hard-working, a first-class lawyer with superb tactical litigation skills.’

‘Experience, judgement and unfailing hard work in achieving results for clients in complex high-value cases.’

‘Matt Watson is unfailingly charming and relaxed with clients while ensuring that his relentless hard work and experienced insight achieves the results they need.’

‘I have been impressed by Matthew Watson. He is very communicative and responsive and it is a pleasure to work with him.’

Cox Hallett Wilkinson are an extremely user-friendly and accessible firm.’

Matthew Watson is a good up-and-coming advocate who is able to step into the breach. Matthew is very responsive to client demands and gives good commercial advice.’

Bermuda > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Particularly active in the aviation and shipping sectors, Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited has experience assisting clients with IPOs and other fund raisings, structured financing matters, as well as general banking and asset finance work. Managing director Ernest Morrison  and senior associates Janice Gutteridge  and Kathleen Moniz are among the key names.

Bermuda > Corporate and commercial Tier 3

Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited acts for local and global clients on the full range of corporate and commercial mandates. Firm managing director Ernest Morrison  is the key name to note.

Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited (“CHW”) is one of Bermuda’s leading commercial law firms and provides an extensive range of legal services to a diverse local and international clientele, focusing primarily on corporate and commercial, litigation and dispute resolution, private client, estate planning, real estate and intellectual property related matters in a practical, cost effective and timely manner. Our business approach is to provide a high standard of professional advice delivered by a core team of attorneys and to develop close working and, in many cases, long-standing relationships with our clients and overseas counsel around the globe.


CHW is a member of the Meritas international law firm network, a global alliance of more than 183 independent law firms spanning over 86 countries. Meritas members provide high quality legal services worldwide and work together to provide clients with a local legal partner with in depth international resources.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate and Commercial

CHW’s Corporate & Commercial department is presently recognised as one of the leading corporate and commercial practices in Bermuda. Our attorneys have developed a broad corporate skill set and together we advise on a wide range of matters, including:

  • mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies
  • IPO’s and public company fund raisings
  • structured financing & private equity
  • the establishment, operation and regulation of insurance and reinsurance companies
  • corporate governance and regulatory issues
  • the formation, listing and regulation of investment funds
  • Pension trust funds
  • share option schemes
  • global restructuring projects involving Bermuda entities, both private and public
  • banking and asset financing, including aviation and shipping finance
  • the registration of aircraft and shipping vessels in Bermuda
  • the incorporation of Bermuda companies and the formation of limited liability companies, purposes trusts, partnerships and the registration of overseas partnerships.


CHW has one of the leading litigation practices in Bermuda led by experienced advocates with between 20-40 years experience at the Bermuda Bar and supported by a talented team of Senior Associates and Associates. The department is equally adept at servicing high net worth individuals, directors, shareholders, and companies globally and locally whilst also facilitating important access to justice. The department prides itself on client service; cost efficiency; and providing effective strategic advice that achieves positive results. The attorneys in CHW’s litigation team have specialised experience in the following areas:

  • trust matters including disputes between beneficiaries and/or with the trustees (e.g. removal of trustees or breach of trust actions) and variation or setting aside of trust settlements
  • contractual, investment and shareholder disputes, including of a cross-border nature
  • contentious probate
  • directors and officers liability suits
  • insurance/re-insurance disputes
  • insolvency and restructuring
  • professional malpractice matters
  • banking including in respect of mortgages, loan facilities and guarantees
  • employment law
  • personal injury matters
  • family and matrimonial law including divorce, children and financial matters
  • landlord and tenant disputes
  • construction disputes.

CHW’s litigation attorneys have provided expert evidence as to Bermuda law in foreign proceedings, working closely alongside foreign counsel, and also act in mediation and arbitration matters either as advocates or as a nominated or sole arbitrator.

Private Client and Real Estate

CHW’s private client attorneys advise on a range of commercial and residential real estate transactions, offering advice on all aspects of freehold and leasehold property matters, acquisitions and sale of commercial and residential property.

Our private client attorneys also advise on matters including

  • estate planning and general estate advice
  • formation of special purpose trusts, pension plan trusts, charitable and other trust structures
  • trust management and administration
  • wills and probate matters.

Coson Corporate Services Limited

Its affiliated company, Coson Corporate Services Limited (“Coson”), a licensed corporate service provider regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority, provides corporate administration services to a variety of local and exempted companies, including those in the insurance, reinsurance, mutual funds, investment holdings, international trade, shipping and aviation industries. Coson also offers a full range of administrative services to local and exempted partnerships and LLCs established in Bermuda.

State House Trust Company Limited

CHW is also affiliated with State House Trust Company Limited, a licensed trust company regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority, providing trustee and related private client services including:

  • acting as trustee of trusts
  • acting as executor and trustee of wills
  • implementation of international estate planning and management of family assets
  • administration of private trust companies.
Corporate Ernest 294-1503
Litigation Craig 294-1533
Private Clients Lorren 294-1511
General Enquiries General 295-4630
Janice Gutteridge  photo Janice Gutteridge Senior Associate
David Kessaram  photo David Kessaram Senior Counsel
Kathleen Moniz photo Kathleen MonizSenior Associate
Ernest Morrison  photo Ernest Morrison Managing Director, Head of Corporate & Commercial Department
Craig Rothwell  photo Craig Rothwell Director & Head of Litigation Department
Matthew Watson  photo Matthew Watson Senior Associate
Kim White  photo Kim White Director
Lorren Wilson photo Lorren WilsonDirector and Head of Conveyancing and Private Clients
Directors : 4
Attorneys : 8
Paralegals : 1
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