Cayman Islands law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman is pleased to announce the addition of John Epp to the firm’s litigation department, effective July 2009, as it continues to expand its Cayman Islands capabilities.
Prior to joining Conyers, Mr. Epp served as the first ever Complaints Commissioner (Ombudsman) in the Cayman Islands. Appointed by the Governor for a five year term and reporting to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Epp was a high profile figure in the community during his tenure.
His notable investigations and reports included: Sunrise Adult Training Centre: Does the government provide adequate day-care facilities and education for adults who are mentally and physically disabled?; Allegations against Cayman Airways in the wake of hurricane Dean; and Cayman Turtle Farm and Waste Discharge into the Marine Environment.
Prior to that, he was senior tutor and deputy director at the Cayman Islands Law School. He started his legal career in Saskatchewan, Canada where he practised as a civil litigation specialist, a position which left him with considerable trial and appellate advocacy experience.
Mr. Epp holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Comparative Jurisprudence from the University of Texas, a PhD in Law from the University of Liverpool and a National Institute of Trial Advocates Teaching Certification. Mr. Epp was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1983 and as an attorney at law in the Cayman Islands in 2004.
Mr. Epp taught trial skills at Hofstra University, New York, Nova South Eastern Law School, Florida and Advanced Tort Law at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Mr. Epp has also authored numerous articles and commentaries published in leading journals such as the Law Quarterly Review, Modern Law Review, Journal of Business Law and the Canadian Bar Review.
He is the author of the book titled Building on the Decade of Disclosure in Criminal Procedure (2001). Further, he served as chairman of the Access to Justice Committee of the Organization of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations and he is also is a Charter member of Habitat for Humanity in the Cayman Islands and a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman – Sunrise.
‘The current economic climate has driven an increased demand for litigation services, a trend which is likely to continue,’ said Nigel Meeson QC, head of litigation and restructuring in the Cayman Islands litigation.
‘As clients look to firms with superior strength and depth of expertise, our reputation for delivering timely, responsive and thorough advice has seen our litigation practice gain continued momentum. The addition of John to the team will enable us to further expand our reach in the Cayman Islands.’
Richard Finlay, Managing Partner of the Cayman Islands office, added: ‘We continue to grow our Cayman Islands practice and have trebled the number of lawyers in our litigation department since its inception two years ago. John has established advocacy experience and has demonstrated his independence and tenacity during his tenure as Complaints Commissioner. He brings a wealth of valuable experience to the litigation team which will add significant value to clients and we are proud to welcome him to our team.’
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Epp said: ‘I am impressed with the high standard of expertise that Conyers provides and by the firm’s track record of providing expert advice on Cayman Islands Law. I look forward to bringing my experience to bear on Conyers’ Cayman litigation practice and delivering the high standards that our clients expect.’
Conyers entered the Cayman market five years ago and has an established Cayman Islands practice. The practice provides specialist advice on banking & finance, investment funds, insurance/reinsurance, IPOs, M&A, partnerships, private equity, shipping and aircraft, commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency.