Caymanian banker is now a lawyer

Mrs. Charmaine Diane Lawrence Richter was called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands on Thursday, 30 April, in the presence of relatives and colleagues helping to mark the occasion.

Attorney Charmaine Richter

Attorney Charmaine Richter is congratulated by Appleby partner Nick Joseph, who moved the application for her admission, and Attorney Nicole Bucher, who assisted her with the donning of wig and gown. Photo: Carol Winker

Attorney Nicholas Joseph, a partner at Appleby, presented the application before Justice Alexander Henderson.

He advised the court that Mrs. Richter graduated from Cayman Islands High School and then attended the International College of the Cayman Islands, where she earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in Business Administration.

She had a varied career in the local banking industry before moving to Austria. While there she became fluent in German. On her return to Cayman, and while working at a German bank, she was approached by Appleby with an offer to study law, Mr. Joseph summarised.

In July 2006 she graduated, again with honours, from the Cayman islands Law School and completed her professional practice course in July 2007.

Mrs. Richter then undertook her articles with the firm, gaining considerable experience especially in Mr. Joseph’s field of litigation and insolvency.

She brings to the Bar extensive commercial banking experience, especially in the areas of international banking and mutual funds, Mr. Joseph indicated. Her immediate concentration will be on distressed funds before reverting to a commercial role, he said.

Appleby was proud to have sponsored another Caymanian, Mr. Joseph concluded, noting that she would hopefully be appearing in court.

Justice Henderson examined the papers before him and declared Mrs. Richter to be a good and qualified candidate. After she signed the rolls, he welcomed her and reminded her of her obligations as an officer of the court.

The judge said it was always a pleasure to have someone of Caymanian status or citizenship joining the profession. He hoped she would have a rewarding experience working with one of the premier firms in the Caribbean.

After the formalities, Mrs. Richter expressed gratitude to the law school lecturers ‘for their patience and diligence in teaching not only the principles of law but also the high ethics expected of officers of the court.’

The daughter of Mr. Gossett Lawrence and Mrs. Jane Lawrence, she thanked her family and friends for their encouragement in making the decision to pursue a law degree and support throughout her studies.

‘I would like to thank Appleby for investing in me and enabling me to follow an entirely new path in this noble profession,’ she concluded.