Crown Counsel joins private sector

Former Crown Counsel Marlene Smith has joined the private sector. She was formally called to the bar on 2 August. Attorney Sheena Frederick-Westerborg of Associated Advocates Chambers made the application for admission.

Mrs. Frederick-Westerborg, also a former Crown Counsel, set out Ms Smith’s qualifications and extensive experience for approval by Mr. Justice Alexander Henderson.

A native of Trinidad, Ms Smith graduated from the University of the West Indies in 1992 with an LLb (upper second). She then went on to graduate from Hugh Wooding Law School in 1994 with a legal education certificate. She was admitted to the bar in Trinidad and Tobago in October 1994.

From 1995-1997 she worked in the office of the Director of Prosecutions in Trinidad. From 1997 to 1999, Ms Smith occupied the position of Senior Counsel in Turks and Caicos. She was the officer in charge of the Attorney General’s office in Providenciales.

In 1999, she returned to Trinidad and took up employment as senior legal advisor to the Minister of National Security and thereafter with the national oil company of Trinidad as legal counsel.

Ms Smith came to Cayman in 2000 and commenced employment with the government’s Legal Department in the capacity of Crown Counsel, where she remained until recently.

‘My lord, Ms Smith is no stranger to the courts of the Cayman Islands, having spent the last five years appearing on behalf of the Crown in the Youth Court, Summary Court, Grand Court and Court of Appeal,’ Mrs. Frederick-Westerborg noted.

While with the Legal Department, Ms Smith was case controller for Cash4Titles, a successful money laundering prosecution. She also acted as Senior Crown Counsel on many occasions, was made responsible for administration and general purview of all Summary Court matters, and was a part of the international co-operation department.

‘Ms Smith is a former Legal Department colleague and a close personal friend of mine. As such, I can personally attest that she possesses all the attributes of a great attorney. She is conscious of the fact that as an attorney she is a servant of justice and accordingly has conducted herself to date with the highest ethical standards and undoubtedly will continue to do so,’ Mrs. Frederick-Westerborg told the court.

Mr. Justice Henderson welcomed Ms Smith in her new role as litigation attorney.