Two new Walkers lawyers were recently admitted as attorneys-at-law by Mr Justice Alexander Henderson in the Grand Court.
The application was made by Mr. Angus Foster, Head of Litigation at Walkers, who introduced Ms Sheryl Dean and Ms Janine Eddy to the court.
Mr. Foster informed the Court that Ms Dean was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in 1999 and as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 2004. She was educated at Otago University in New Zealand where she obtained a law degree with First Class Honours and also a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Ms Dean trained with the well-known New Zealand firm of Russell McVeagh and following her admission in 1999 joined that firm’s Corporate Advisory Group as an associate solicitor. In August 2003 Ms Dean moved to London and joined the corporate group at Slaughter & May where she worked for some two years.
She then moved to the London office of the American firm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, to work in that firm’s Corporate Advisory Group. Mr Foster explained that Ms Dean had considerable experience in corporate transactions of many types including corporate takeovers, corporate restructuring, joint ventures and schemes of arrangement. He said that Ms Dean was joining Walkers Corporate & International Finance Department where she will specialise in general corporate law and all types of investment funds.
In introducing Ms Eddy to the court, Mr Foster explained that she too was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand but in 2002. She was educated at Auckland University, New Zealand where she obtained both arts and law degrees. She trained with the New Zealand firm of Simpson Grierson in Auckland and after admission continued with that firm as a solicitor in their Commercial Litigation Group. She was involved in all aspects of general commercial and banking disputes and regularly appeared in court in interlocutory and other matters.
In January of 2005 Ms Eddy joined the Commercial Litigation Group at Bell Gully, the largest firm in New Zealand. While there she worked on various commercial litigation and arbitration matters and regularly appeared as junior counsel in the New Zealand High Court, including in disputes involving constructive trusts, injunctions and corporate matters.
Mr Foster said Ms Eddy was joining Walkers Litigation Department where she will practise in all aspects of general commercial litigation. He said that he and his partners were delighted to welcome to the firm lawyers with the qualifications and experience of Ms Dean and Ms Eddy.
Mr Justice Henderson welcomed the new lawyers to the Cayman Bar on behalf of himself and his fellow Judges of the Grand Court.