On Wednesday, 18 March, Maples and Calder sponsored Caymanians Kerry Ann Phillips and Sophia Scott for admission as Attorneys-at-Law in the Cayman Islands. Both applications were presented before Justice Charles Quin by Colin McKie, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department.
Mr. McKie spoke of the firm’s ‘delight to have both Sophia and Kerry Ann continue with the firm as members of our commercial group’ since both had undertaken their Articles with Maples and Calder.
Maples and Calder’s Articles programme requires trainees to do an 18-month rotation through the firm’s practice groups. This allows the articled clerks to train under the supervision of senior lawyers and get first-hand experience of various legal disciplines.
Justice Quin commended Ms Phillips and Ms Scott on their achievements and their excellent academic records. He reminded them that they were ‘now the most junior of the firm’s associates and it’s a long road ahead.’
Ms Scott, who said she was humbled by the trust and responsibility being placed on her, thanked her family, friends and colleagues for their support. She gave special thanks to Maples and Calder for the chance that has been given to her and promised to take full advantage of it.
Ms Phillips described the day as the biggest accomplishment of her life and the start of her professional career. She noted she was aware of the responsibilities of her profession and that she would aim to serve proudly. She thanked Mr. McKie, her parents and sister for their support. She also thanked Maples and Calder for the scholarships and other opportunities they have provided her with.
Sophia Scott attended Trinity College in Ontario, where she was named an Ontario Scholar, and then studied at the University of Western Ontario where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies.
In 2005 she graduated from BPP Law School in London, England with a Graduate Diploma in Law, followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the same institution. Upon graduation, Ms Scott began her career with CIBC as a Corporate Officer for a year before beginning her Articles with Maples and Calder in September 2007.
Ms Phillips graduated from Oxford Brooks University, where she earned a Graduate Diploma in Law and then went on to complete her Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (with Commendation) from The College of Law of England and Wales (London) in 2007. She began her Articles with Maples and Calder in September 2007.