Five attorneys received the title
“Queens Counsel” last week Friday in a full court session, after letters were
patented on their behalf by former Governor Stuart Jack and the order was made
by the Queen.
Cheryll Melanie Richards, Angus
Elliot Foster, Langston Richard McKenzie Sibblies, Richard Frederick Charles Timms
and Kenneth John Farrow had the motion for their ascent to silk( the honour of
Queen’s Counsel) moved by the Senior Attorney of the Cayman Islands Bar Association
Raymon Alberga QC. The motion was seconded by the Attorney General Sam Bulgin
Mr. Sibblies is the first attorney
of direct Caymanian descent to receive the honour, while Mrs. Richards is the first
woman to receive the honour in the jurisdiction.
In his remarks, Mr. Alberga told
the panel of presiding Justices, including Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, that
the eminent stature attained by the attorneys in the practice of law was
deserving of the honour of Queen’s Counsel.
Mr. Alberga also read an excerpt
from the letter written by Mr. Jack.
Attorney General Sam Bulgin
remarked that the honour of Queen’s Counsel came with several privileges
including sitting in the inner sanctum of the court. He joked that not the
least of these perks was greater compensation, which would no doubt be
Mr. Bulgin also praised the
attorneys for the “pro bono” work they had done and continue to do.
Attorneys who qualify for the
Queens Counsel honour must have a minimum of 15 years of bar call experience,
in addition to displaying the highest standards of integrity, honesty and
understanding of the law and its application.
According to Mr. Bulgin, QC’s tend
to take on cases of considerable public interest and fewer but more complex
The tradition of the “Queen’s
Counsel” or “Silks,” as they are also referred to – because of the silk that
adorns their robes – began at the end of the 16th Century.