Rupert Bell

Rupert Bell


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Rupert is a partner in the firm's Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group. He has extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters, corporate rescues and restructurings/refinancings and other distressed situations (often involving cross-border elements). He regularly advises financial institutions, investment funds, insolvency practitioners, debtors, creditors, shareholders, directors and financial advisors.

He has particular expertise in advising in respect of distressed investment funds and investment funds' disputes from the investor, management and professional service provider perspectives and is a member of the firm's Distressed Funds Group.

Rupert is also extremely active in advising in relation to appraisal rights under the statutory merger regime that is contained in the Companies Law. He has been involved in various cases before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in respect of appraisal rights.

Following completion of his Bachelor of Laws, Rupert worked as associate to the Honourable Justice Dowsett of the Federal Court of Australia in 2003. He then practised as a solicitor in the Litigation Group of Clayton Utz for three years prior to joining Walkers.​

Admitted In:
Cayman Islands
Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia (not practising)
High Court of Australia (not practising)

First in Law, University of Queensland
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology
Masters of Laws, Queensland University of Technology

2021 Chambers and Partners - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "He is a very well-established and experienced partner who is well versed in cross-border issues."

2021 Who's Who Legal - Recommended - Restructuring & Insolvency - Rupert Bell “works relentlessly for his client and always gets the job done right” note sources, who distinguish him as “the genuine article of an insolvency and restructuring lawyer”.

2021 Legal 500 - Next Generation Partner - Dispute Resolution - 'Legally and commercially astute and one of the most strategic minds around.’

2020 Who's Who Legal - Restructuring & Insolvency 

2020 Chambers and Partners - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "One source stated: "His strength is his technical ability and knowledge of law. He has a really great grasp of any legal issue arising on Cayman litigation or contentious liquidation." A client added that he is "phenomenally bright and very, very responsive."

2020 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets - "Rupert Bell is extremely responsive and available, and quickly gets up to speed on matters"

2019 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Asset Recovery

2019 Who's Who Legal - Investigations - Future Leaders - Partners

2019 Chambers and Partners - Up and Coming - Dispute Resolution

2019 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution - "Rupert Bell is 'very responsive and experienced in complex insolvencies'"

2018 Chambers Global Guide - (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner. "Thorough and diligent. He has lightning-fast reactions and can deal with issues as they arise. His responsiveness is amazing."

2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution - "Rupert Bell is ‘an excellent insolvency technician with commercial acumen and the appetite to fight hard on the points that matter’."

2017 Who's Who Legal - Asset Recovery

2017 Chambers Global Guide - (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner. "Rupert Bell makes his debut in the rankings this year, having been highlighted by a number of sources as a lawyer who is both 'very bright and very good on his feet'. Clients in particular note that he is 'an assertive lawyer who will go in to fight for you'."

2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution

2016 International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers

2014 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution - Rupert Bell is ‘very easy to work with’."