Bella Ward

Group Partner

Bella specialises in banking, finance, corporate and commercial real estate transactions.  She has a significant practice leading cross-border corporate, banking and capital markets (securitisation and DCM) transactions at top tier offshore and onshore firms. Bella has particular experience in insolvency, restructuring of credit facilities, distressed debt, conduit level lending, securitisation (RMBS/CMBS – including oil/gas/steel pipes and commercial real estate), aircraft financing, debt capital markets and project finance.


Bella has over 13 years’ experience as a lawyer, including 8 years as an Associate in Magic Circle firms in Australia, Frankfurt, Moscow and London. She is also a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Institute of Directors.

She holds 3 degrees in Law, Business and Exercise Science.  Bella is a former Queensland Police Officer and qualified as a Queensland Solicitor in 2006 with King & Wood Mallesons (formerly Mallesons Stephen Jacques).

In 2007 Bella moved to Clifford Chance, Frankfurt as part of the Project Finance and Capital Markets team during which time she qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 2008. Bella moved to the Moscow office of Clifford Chance in 2008 as an Associate in the Corporate Restructuring & Finance team, before moving to the White & Case Capital Markets & Securities team in Moscow in 2010.

Bella moved back to Frankfurt in 2011 as part of the Allen & Overy International Capital Markets team and was based between the Frankfurt and London offices, until she moved offshore to Jersey in 2015.

Bella has worked for two large offshore firms in Jersey for the last 5 years, before joining Hatstone as a Group Partner in 2020.


Bella enjoys skydiving, motorbiking, shooting, rock climbing and participating in adventure sports, often involving charitable fundraising. During the last 16 years, she has also been a Guide Dog Puppy Trainer in Australia and is actively involved with the Jersey Guide Dog Association.


“Have had the pleasure of working with Bella on complex Real Estate acquisitions and would highly recommend her as legal counsel for offshore structuring, financing and securitisation. An extremely honest, pragmatic approach to “getting the job done” effectively and efficiently, ensuring the client’s requirements and expectations were met and exceeded.”

Trina Channing-Rudd – Executive Director, Whitmill

“Bella is intelligent, hardworking, responsive and reliable. She is a pleasure to work with and my first point of contact when looking for offshore advice.”

Siba Diger – Investment Manager, LCM Capital Management

“It is her authenticity that enables people to build an immediate sense of trust and rapport with her. She is always willing to help, acknowledges everyone for their efforts. Bella is a team player in addition to having a high personal drive in getting the deal done.“

Joulia Fraser – Vice President, Barclays

“Bella is a highly professional, diligent and focussed lawyer who consistently delivers premium, timely and, most importantly, commercially driven solutions for her clients. Her tier one technical skill set is coupled with her innate ability to build and maintain a broad network of commercial relationships that ensures Bella is able to draw together the right team to deliver on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions.”

Simon McPhee – General Counsel, Perth Airport