With his father, an uncle and cousins on both sides of the family prominent lawyers, law was a natural fit for Henry Orren ‘Orrie’ Merren IV, who was called to the bar last week.
Mr. Merren was admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands by the Justice Alexander Henderson. His admission was moved by Mr. Philip Boni, a partner and Head of the Litigation Department of the local law firm Higgs Johnson Truman Bodden & Co.
The son of Attorney Orren Merren and Joy Bodden Merren, a nurse and genetic counseling, coordinator, Orrie attended Triple C for both primary and high school. He went on to the Community College of the Cayman Islands and earned an associate degree in 2003.
Deciding on a career path, he realized that his father’s background and that of his uncle, Attorney Truman Bodden, made the legal profession more enticing. ‘It was always around me,’ he said after his admission ceremony. ‘I was able to get good guidance from them along the way.’
He noted that relatives in the profession include Attorney Zena Merren on his father’s side and, on his mother’s side, the late Miss Annie Huldah Bodden, pioneer law agent and Cayman’s first woman legislator.
After his associate degree, Mr. Merren entered Cayman Islands Law School, graduating in July 2006 with an upper second LLB (Hons.) degree from The University of Liverpool.
He then attended and completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London, England, and was scored Very Competent. This led to him being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional and Legal Skills by The City University in June 2007 and to his Call to the Bar of England and Wales four months later at a ceremony held in the ancient Temple Church.
In presenting these credential to the court, Mr. Boni noted that Truman Bodden and Orren Merren were, respectively, the first and third Caymanians to be called to the Bar of England and Wales. Both attended the Inns of Court School of Law, as did the younger Mr. Merren, and all three were called to the bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
Upon his return to Cayman, Mr. Merren was articled to Mr. Chris Narborough of Truman Bodden & Co (now Country Managing Partner of Higgs Johnson Truman Bodden & Co from) 1 July 2007 to 31 December 2008. On 19 January this year, he received an Attorney-at-Law Certificate from the Legal Advisory Council certifying that he had complied with the relevant regulations under the Legal Practitioners Law and was entitled to apply for admission as an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands.
Mr. Merren thanked Mr. Boni for moving his admission and Judge Henderson for approving his application.
He expressed appreciation to the partners of former Truman Bodden & Company for the opportunity to article with the firm. He added particular appreciation to Nettie-Ann Bodden for taking him under her wing when he first came to work for the firm.
In addition, he thanked his family for their love and support. He acknowledged God’s help in giving him the strength and ability to reach this milestone in his career.
In welcoming Mr. Merren to the legal profession, Justice Henderson reminded him of his duties as an officer of the court. He said in hearing about Mr. Merren’s studies he relived just how long a road it was to become an attorney. He said Mr. Merren could look forward to a challenging and fascinating career with his firm – ‘one of the preeminent law firms in the Cayman Islands and this region.’
Mr. Merren plans to sit for the New York Bar exams in July this year.