Social worker is now an attorney

A former social worker has appeared before Justice Priya Levers for admission as an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands.

Shari McField-Bell was sponsored by Maples and Calder and presented by Colin McKie, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department.

Ms McField-Bell attributes her decision to pursue law to the time that she spent working with the Department of Children and Family Services and her subsequent involvement with the family court.

‘Laws affect everyone and being in the legal profession, I am now in a better position to help guide people,’ she said.

Ms McField-Bell obtained her BA (Hons.) from the University of Tampa and worked in the Department of Children and Family Services for ten years, rising to the position of adoptions and foster care co-ordinator.

In 2001 she enrolled at the Cayman Islands Law School and received her LLB (First Class Honours) from the University of Liverpool. She was later awarded the Chevening Scholarship and went on to obtain her Diploma in Legal Practice from the Inns of Court School of Law in June 2006.

Ms McField-Bell joined Maples and Calder in August 2006 as an Articled Clerk and during her eighteen month term of Articles rotated throughout the firm’s practice groups, gaining hands-on experience in a variety of legal sectors.

At the ceremonial bar call, Justice Levers expressed her admiration of Ms. McField-Bell, noting that she had had the privilege of watching Ms. McField-Bell’s career develop from a contributor in family court to an attorney.

As a leading law firm in the Cayman Islands, Maples and Calder is well known for its commitment to providing scholarships, training and employment opportunities for Caymanian attorneys. ‘It is a great pleasure, to have Ms McField-Bell join our firm,’ concluded Mr. McKie. ‘We are confident that she will make the firm, as well as the country, proud.’

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