Ben Adamson is a Director in the Litigation department in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Ben specialises in contentious trust, commercial, employment and regulatory. Ben frequently appears in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. He has been consistently recognised as Tier 1 in Chambers & Partners for dispute resolution.

Ben has appeared in many of the leading trust cases in Bermuda and regularly advises and acts for trustees and beneficiaries in contentious matters. As regards his commercial practice, Ben has a particular focus on commercial fraud. Ben also has a broad employment practice, having specialised in contentious employment disputes and administrative law (judicial review) while a barrister in the UK. Ben regularly appears in Employment Tribunals and regularly advises employers and government quangos on all aspects of employment law and administrative law. Ben has been involved in many of the leading employment and judicial review cases in Bermuda.

Ben was educated at Cambridge University (Gonville & Caius) and practiced at the London Bar as a barrister at Devereux Chambers during which time he was appointed to the Treasury Panel.

Ben currently sits on the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He is a former chair of the Bermuda branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and former Human Rights Commissioner.

Jurisdiction

Experience

  • Acted for the Mutual group in their successful defence of fraud claims relating to the renewal of a complex rent-a-captive scheme.
  • Acted for Mr. Masri in his multi-jurisdictional battles against Consolidated Contractors.
  • Acted for majority shareholders of an internet service company, Fort Knox, in their successful defence of minority oppression petitions.
  • Acted for the majority shareholders of Goji in obtaining cross border anti-suit injunctions.
  • Acts for various employers in defending high value employment claims in the Supreme Court.
  • Acts for the Tremont group in Madoff related claims.

Qualifications

Professional Background

  • Barrister, Devereux Chambers, London

Education

  • City University, London, Dip Law, 1997
  • Cambridge University, B.A. (First Class), 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Bermuda, Barrister, 2004
  • England & Wales, Barrister, 1999 (not currently practising)

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2021 edition of Chambers HNW (Offshore: Trusts)
  • Recognised in the 2023 edition (and since 2016) of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2021 edition (and since 2013) of Chambers Global (dispute resolution – Band 1)

Associations

  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Publications

Offshore Cases

Unveiling Bermuda’s New Bribery Act, Commercial Dispute Resolution, December 2017

Lost in Translation: International Sanctions in Bermuda, Euromoney, March 2016