Kiernan is a partner and former Managing Partner of the Bermuda office. She specialises in complex commercial disputes, and has practice experience in shareholder disputes, derivative actions, professional negligence, M&A, contentious insolvency, international arbitration, insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Kiernan routinely works with multi-jurisdictional teams of lawyers on complex cases and deals. She has prepared cases for hearing at every level, including before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Bermuda’s highest appellate court. Kiernan joined Appleby in 1994, became a partner in 2002 and served as Bermuda Managing Partner between 2012 and 2015.
Chambers Global consistently ranks Kiernan as a “Leader in her Field” since 2006, noting her key role in some of the firm's most complex commercial disputes. Most recently, in 2016, Kiernan is recognised for her expertise in insolvency, professional negligence and fund disputes. Sources regard her as "an effective, intelligent solicitor and very clever lawyer." Kiernan is also consistently recommended by Legal 500 Caribbean with her most recent ranking in the 2017 edition.
Kiernan is currently the Chair of the Bermuda Business Development Agency and the Chairman of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal. Kiernan is a former President of the Bermuda Bar Association.
Kiernan is a regular contributor to a number of publications including:
"An effective, intelligent solicitor and very clever lawyer."