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Anna Bruce-Smith



Legal 500 Caribbean 2021

Anna Bruce-Smith is a Director in the Private Client & Trust department of Conyers Dill & Pearman in the Bermuda office. Anna joined Conyers in 2014 after practicing at a London law firm for over five years.

Anna’s practice covers all areas of private client and trust law with particular focus on international and local trusts and estate planning arrangements. Anna’s expertise includes advising on the establishment of international trust structures and private trust company structures, trust restructuring matters, providing advice to individual and corporate trustees about their duties and obligations and advising on general matters of trust law interpretation.

Anna is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and was recognised in the 2020 edition of Who’s Who Legal Private Client: Lawyers (Global Leader).

Experience Highlights

  • Advising private trust companies which act as trustees of a large group of family trusts with UK resident beneficiaries on general Bermuda trust law matters as well as advising in relation to a contested application to the Bermuda Court to approve a restructuring of the trusts
  • Advising the trustees on the re-organisation of a Bermuda law trust with US resident beneficiaries leading to a successful application to the Bermuda Court to approve the re-organisation.
  • Advising on the complex re-organisation of a series of Bermuda law trusts with local and international beneficiaries working closely with US and UK advisors on cross jurisdictional trust and tax issues.
  • Establishing a Bermuda private trust company structure for an Eastern European resident client involving complex family and corporate governance issues.
  • Advising cross-jurisdictional beneficiaries of a Bermuda law trust on a corporate property ownership structure of UK real estate liaising with UK and US advisors on trust and corporate tax issues.

Professional Background

  • Penningtons Manches LLP, London, Associate
  • Conyers Dill & Pearman, Bermuda (Secondment)


  • BPP Law School, London, 2004-2006
  • University of Sheffield, BA (Hons), 2000-2003

Bar Admissions

  • Bermuda, 2015
  • England & Wales, Solicitor, 2008

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2021 edition (and since 2019) of Legal 500 Caribbean (trusts/private client)
  • Recognised as a Global Leader in the 2020 edition of Who's Who Legal (private client)
  • Recognised in the 2018 edition (since 2015) of Who's Who Legal (private client)


  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Member of the Bermuda BDA Trust Focus Group
  • Member of the Private Client Practitioner Top 35 Under 35 Group in 2011, 2012 and 2013

Area(s) of Expertise

Legal Services

Upcoming Firm Events

11 Apr 2022
2022 London Ship Finance Forum

JW Marriott Grosvenor House, London, England

12 Apr 2022
IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2022

Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C., and Walter E. Washington Convention Center

28 Apr 2022
Trading Risk Awards 2022

The Savoy, London, England

8 May 2022
Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dublin

The RDS, Intercontinental & Clayton Hotels | Ballsbridge, Dublin

9 May 2022
Investing in African Mining INDABA

CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre)

11 May 2022
Bermuda Executive Forum

One Liberty Plaza,
New York, New York

11 May 2022
Asset Recovery International 2022

Conrad Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

18 May 2022
36th Annual: Transcontinental Trusts Geneva Forum 2022

Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva (formerly Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva),
Geneva, Switzerland