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Vanessa is a partner and Group Head of the Private Client and Trusts department in Bermuda. Vanessa has extensive experience on a wide range of trust and estate planning matters. She regularly advises on the use of Bermuda private and commercial trust structures (including purpose trusts and unit trusts), pension trusts, trust restructuring often with a multi-jurisdictional element, the administration of complex and large estates and all areas of probate and equity matters in Bermuda, including applications to the Supreme Court of Bermuda. She drafts and reviews all forms of trusts and ancillary documentation, wills, enduring powers of attorney, health care directives and other estate planning documents and is responsible for general practice within the Private Client & Trusts team.

Her published works are numerous and include contributions to the Bermuda sections in:

  • The 2011 European Lawyer Private Client Tax
  • Cross-Border Private Client Guides, PLC
  • International Succession Laws, Tolley
  • Planning and Administration of Offshore and Onshore Trusts, Tolley
  • Foreign Tax and Trade Brief, LexisNexis
  • International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Client, Global Legal Group
  • OFC Reports and STEP Directories

Vanessa frequently contributes to the Legally Speaking column in The Royal Gazette, and often writes and lectures on trust and estate planning topics, both in Bermuda and internationally.

Vanessa has been awarded professional accolades throughout her career. She is listed as a Citywealth Leader in 2016 and 2017 in the 'lawyer' and 'powerwomen' category, being described as "professional, prompt, understanding, courteous and a pleasure to work with.She was named ‘Woman of the Year’ for the Leadership, Professional Services category at the 2017 Citywealth Power Women Awards. Recently, she has been nominated in the 'Women in Business Law' 2017 guide as one of the leading Trusts and Estates practitioners in the world.

She is consistently recommended by Legal 500 Caribbean where she is described as "particularly adept, very responsive and easy to deal with," and is listed in Expert Guides Women in Business Law's Trusts and Estates Bermuda section. Vanessa is also named on the Citywealth IFC Power Women Top 200 list, and in The International Who's Who of Private Client Lawyers 2016. 

Vanessa Schrum

"An excellent trusts and estates lawyer upon whom clients can rely completely."

Legal 500 Caribbean

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