Martin Davies joins Walkers

New attorney has financial background

An excellent academic record and
some very practical experience
should help Martin Davies succeed in his chosen profession, Justice Charles
Quin commented in welcoming the new attorney to the Cayman Bar on 31 March.

Mr. Davies’ background was set out
for the court by Walkers partner Diarmad Murray, who moved the application for

He said Mr. Davies is Caymanian.
His schooling included attendance at St. Ignatius High School, 1991-93, where
he sat his A Levels.  Mr. Davies subsequently
studied in Florida
and obtained a degree in political science.

In 1995, Mr. Davies began working
at CIBC in the trust department, later joining the Cayman Islands
monetary Authority in the investment services division. Between 1999 and 2000
he was self-employed in the restaurant business, and then rejoined the Monetary
Authority until 2003.

Mr. Davies began studies at the Cayman Islands Law School
in 2003, working with Walkers as a summer student. In 2006, he obtained an LLB
with First Class honours.

 He then went to London for a year, during which he completed
the Legal Practice Course at the
Inns of Court School of Law, which at that time was the only City-based provider
of such a course to be rated “excellent” by the Law Society. Walkers sponsored

In September 2008, Mr. Davies
joined Walkers as a full-time articled clerk and recently completed an intensive
18-month training period.

Subject to his admission to the bar,
Mr. Davies has accepted a position with walkers and will specialise in private
equity, Mr. Murray concluded.

After inviting Mr. Davies to sign
the roll and be admitted, Justice Quin noted the many people in the gallery who
had turned out fore the occasion. Among them, he commented, were Mr. Davies’
parents, Roger and Mavis Davies. “Your parents are highly regarded stalwarts in
the financial community,” he told the new attorney.

Mrs. Davies works at Butterfield
Bank. Mr. Davies worked at ScotiaBank and is now retired.

 In his first courtroom speech, the new
attorney used the opportunity to thank his parents and others who had helped
him reach this milestone.

He also committed himself to the
high standards of his profession.

“A modern just society needs a legal
profession which adopts high standards of integrity and professionalism,” Mr. Davies
said. “I will do my best to protect and maintain the outstanding reputation
that the legal profession of this jurisdiction
has built up over the years.

“I will serve both clients and
society. In serving society I will uphold the rule of law and the proper administration
of justice. In serving clients I will make the client’s business my first
concern,” he said.

Mr. Davies expressed appreciation
to Walkers for the firm’s financial support during his studies. But, he added, it
was “the diverse, creative, competitive yet collegial environment within the
firm that kept me motivated.”

He thanked his trainers, his training
principal Philip Paschalides, Vicki Hazelden and Diarmad Murray. “All of them have
taught me important lessons and given me the skills and confidence to now build
a successful practice,” he concluded.

 “We are delighted that Martin has completed
his articles and now joins the firm as a qualified attorney,” said Ms Hazelden,
partner and head of Walkers’ trainee committee, which is comprised of partners,
senior attorneys and former scholarship recipients. “The training of our
articled clerks is a considerable priority for Walkers and we are certain that
Martin will be a great asset to the firm.”