Attorney Anna-Lise Bailey was called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands on 30 August. Application for her admission was moved by Attorney Colette Wilkins, senior litigator for Truman Bodden & Company.
Ms Wilkins presented Ms Bailey in a Grand Court ceremony before Mr. Justice Seymour Panton.
She advised the court that Ms Bailey was awarded her Certificate of Legal Education from Norman Manley Law School (Jamaica) in 1999, and was admitted to practise as an attorney-at-law in the British Virgin Islands in the same year.
While there, she worked with O’Neal Webster and Farara Kerins, carrying on general corporate/commercial, investment funds and banking practices, acting for major banks, trust companies and investment advisors.
Ms Bailey holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Arts (French/Spanish) with First Class Honours and in Law from the University of the West Indies, and a Master’s Degree in Corporate and Securities Law from University College London.
She was recruited by Truman Bodden & Co. to complement the funds department and assist with general corporate/commercial work, Ms Wilkins explained.
Her previous experience has been in advising clients in relation to the establishment of offshore investment vehicles, particularly mutual funds and hedge funds.
In welcoming Ms Bailey to the Bar, Mr. Justice Panton referred to Truman Bodden & Company as an extremely reputable firm. While reminding her of her primary responsibility to the courts, he told her she could always turn to the legal fraternity and the Bench in Cayman for support.
Ms Bailey was grateful to Justice Panton for the fatherly and professional advice he gave in addition to granting her the right to practise law in the Cayman Islands.
She said it was an honour for her to practise in the Cayman Islands and she would carry out her duties to the best of her abilities and hold fast to the ideals of the profession.