New appointees at LRC

The Law Reform Commission has enhanced its expertise through the services of two legal luminaries.

Cabinet approved the appointment of Langston Sibblies as chairman on 18 July. Mr. Sibblies, who has been a commission member for more than a year, is the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s general legal counsel.

Cabinet also approved the appointment of Ian Paget-Brown of Paget-Brown & Company[a1] as a commissioner, said a GIS press release.

‘The Cayman Islands is extremely privileged to have Mr. Sibblies and Mr. Paget-Brown serve in these capacities,’ Attorney General Samuel Bulgin said in the release.

Describing Mr. Sibblies and Mr. Paget-Brown as legal luminaries, the Attorney General noted that they have practised law for a combined total of more than 60 years in several jurisdictions, including Canada, the UK and Cayman.

Mr. Sibblies was educated in law in Jamaica and Canada. Previous posts in the public sector include crown counsel (Cayman), senior crown counsel (British Virgin Islands), legislative policy counsel (Ontario), and director of public prosecutions (Grenada).

In the private sector, he has worked as a law editor with a leading Canadian tax and business law publisher, and practised as a private lawyer in Jamaica and Toronto.

‘I am honoured to have been asked by the Attorney General and the Cabinet to take on the role of chairman at this time,’ said Mr. Sibblies.

The post of commission chairman had been vacant since the 28 April retirement of Nigel Clifford. Mr. Clifford headed the commission since its inception in 2005.

Mr. Paget-Brown, who has practised law in Cayman for nearly 35 years, was educated in law in the UK and the US. He now divides his time between Cayman and the US, working in the areas of company and banking law (including insolvency); trusts; civil litigation; anti-money laundering and terrorist financing controls; and regulatory laws.

The commission’s other members are Solicitor General Cheryll Richards, Andrew Jones and Eileen Nervik.

[a1]It’s OK to abbreviate “company,” unless the full word is part of the company’s style.