Corporate lawyers join Walkers

Three corporate lawyers were admitted as attorneys-at-law by Mr. Justice Alexander Henderson on the application of Walkers at a recent ceremony in the Grand Court.

The application for admission of Mr. Benjamin Benson, Mr. Damien Gervais and Mr. Jocelyn Morris was made by Mr. Angus Foster, partner and Head of Litigation at Walkers.

In introducing the applicants to the Court, Mr. Foster explained that Mr. Benson was educated at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he obtained both an arts degree and a law degree with First Class Honours. He trained with the well-known Sydney firm of Henry Davis York and was admitted as a solicitor and barrister in New South Wales in July 2001.

For a period after qualification Mr Benson served as a solicitor in that firm’s Commercial Disputes Group but for the past three and a half years he worked in the Corporate Advisory Group and Funds Management team where he specialised in investment funds, funds management as well as mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law.

Mr. Foster explained that Mr. Benson joins Walkers Corporate and International Finance Department, where he will continue to specialise in investment funds and related work.

Mr Gervais was educated in England at Oxford University, where he obtained an arts degree in English before undertaking the Common Professional Exams at the College of Law in London and then the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law.

Mr Gervais was admitted to the Bar of England & Wales, then joined the well-known London solicitors firm Lawrence Graham and was admitted as a solicitor in January 2001. He worked in that firm’s corporate department working on a variety of corporate transactions including shareholder agreements, share purchase agreements, licences, prospectuses etc.

In 2004 Mr Gervais moved to the London office of the Channel Islands firm Carey Olsen, where he joined the Investment Funds and Corporate Department working on loan facilities, investment management and general corporate matters. Mr Gervais also joins Walkers Corporate and International Finance Department and will also focus principally on investment funds and general corporate law.

Mr. Jocelyn Morris was also educated at Oxford University, England where he obtained both BA and MA degrees in Oriental Studies, specialising in Japanese. Mr Morris also spent six months in Japan.

He subsequently took the Common Professional Exam which he passed with commendation and then trained with Linklaters during which time he spent five months in their Paris office. Mr Morris was admitted as a solicitor in March 2001 and after qualification continued to work with Linklaters’ London office in their Corporate Department.

Mr. Morris then spent two years in Linklaters Corporate Department in Warsaw, Poland before returning to work in their London office as a managing associate. He specialised in corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, stock exchange listings and public takeovers. Mr Morris also joins Walkers Corporate and International Finance Department where he will work on structured finance matters in particular.

Mr Foster said he and his partners were very pleased to have lawyers with the qualifications and experience of Mr Benson, Mr Gervais and Mr Morris join the firm and they would add further depth and breadth to what are already flourishing practice areas.

The applicants were welcomed to the Cayman Islands Bar by Mr. Justice Henderson, who wished them well in their future careers in the Cayman Islands.