Former Crown Counsel joins CIMA

Cayman Islands Monetary Authority Legal Counsel Gail Johnson-Goring was admitted to the local Bar on 10 September by Justice Charles Quin.

In presenting the application for admission in the Grand Court ceremony, CIMA Deputy Managing Director and General Counsel Langston Sibblies outlined Mrs. Johnson-Goring’s qualifications..

Mr. Sibblies told the court she came to Cayman from her native Jamaica in April 2003, joining the Attorney General’s Chambers as Crown Counsel in the Criminal Division. A year later, she was promoted to Senior Crown Counsel and, in 2005, was given the portfolio of International Cooperation, Asset Forfeitures & Confiscation.

Mrs. Johnson-Goring, who joined CIMA on 1 September this year, said she was honoured to be chosen by CIMA and is looking forward to the challenges ahead. In her brief remarks, she also thanked the Attorney General and Solicitor General for their mentorship over the past five years and noted the support she has received from her husband, Tarik Goring, and from her friends.

In admitting the attorney to the Cayman Bar, Justice Quin noted Mrs. Goring-Johnson’s experience, indicating it will assist in her contribution to CIMA to which he expected her to be a great asset. He also lauded her attainment of a Masters in Law, specialising in International Business Law, from the University of London.

Mrs. Johnson-Goring was called to the Bar in Jamaica in November 1997, having completed her LLB degree (honours) at the University of the West Indies and her Certificate of Legal Education at Norman Manley Law School. She spent her 11 years as an attorney practising briefly in the private sector and then as a prosecutor, working in the Resident Magistrate’s Court and in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Jamaica prior to moving to Cayman.

While serving in the Attorney General’s Chambers in Cayman, she spearheaded the Crown’s role as the gate-keeper for the Drug Rehabilitation Court, while maintaining her prosecutorial skills in the Grand Court by handling complex fraud matters which often involved confiscation hearings.

A press release from CIMA notes her interest in commercial law and the fact that her varying responsibilities have exposed her to a number of international symposiums on economic crime. In addition, she has earned certification as a Qualified Evaluator for the Caribbean Action Task Force and a Designate for the Commonwealth Secretariat Contacts Network Office.

Mrs. Johnson-Goring also lectures annually for the University of Illinois in their exchange programme with Cayman Islands and assists the Cayman Islands Law School’s advocacy training programme.

Attorneys-at-law who are called to the Bar in a recognised foreign jurisdiction, and who come to the Cayman Islands to work for the Attorney General’s Chambers, are not required to be called to the Cayman Bar. However, they must be admitted to the Bar if they move to another organisation, hence the need for Mrs. Johnson-Goring to have done so, now that she is working at CIMA.