At a ceremony in the Grand Court on 2 June, Tricia McDoom of West Bay was admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands by Justice Karl Harrison.
The application for her admission was made by Angus Foster, Partner and Head of Litigation at Walkers, where Ms McDoom trained.
After setting out Ms McDoom’s qualifications to the Court, Mr. Foster said it was always a pleasure to see a young Caymanian trained and admitted as an attorney and he emphasised the importance of this for the future of the Cayman Islands. He said it was particularly pleasing to see someone of the evident commitment of Ms McDoom succeeding in this way.
He noted that she obtained four ‘A’ Levels at Grade A at the University College, Cayman (formerly the Community College), following which she was granted the Cayman Scholar Award by the Cayman Islands Government.
This enabled her to further her tertiary education in England. Ms. McDoom initially attended the University of Manchester, where she obtained a degree in Accounting and Law. Mr. Foster explained that at that stage, Ms McDoom was undecided whether to follow a career in accounting or in law and he was pleased to say that he had successfully persuaded her to follow law.
Ms McDoom then undertook a Masters degree in Banking and Finance Law, which she passed with merit at University College, London.
She then joined Walkers as a trainee for two years. During that time she followed the Walkers training programme and obtained experience in structured finance, investment funds, general corporate law, trusts, property and commercial litigation.
During this period Ms McDoom studied as well for the New York Bar. Having passed the exams successfully she was admitted to the New York Bar in October 2004. Ms McDoom subsequently successfully sat the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test and in October 2005 she was admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales.
Shortly afterwards, Ms McDoom joined the Banking and Structured Finance Group at the well-known American firm of White & Case in their London office.
Mr Foster pointed out that Ms McDoom has had an outstanding academic career and that she had impressed everyone who had worked with her, by her commitment and ability. Mr Foster said he was delighted to have had her articled to him and he and all of his partners and professional colleagues were very pleased and proud to see her admitted as an attorney. He observed it was to her great credit that she had been recruited by a firm like White & Case.
The ceremony was attended by many family members, friends and professional colleagues from Walkers. After being admitted and welcomed to the Cayman Islands Bar by Mr Justice Harrison, Ms McDoom thanked all those who had assisted and supported her, including the Cayman Islands Government, all those involved in her training at Walkers and friends and colleagues.
She particularly mentioned her father, Mr Carlton McDoom; her uncle, Mr Tyrone Leslie; her grandmother, Mrs. Mary Smith; and above all her mother, Mrs Donna Welcome of West Bay.