A degree in computer science and
years of field experience will be an advantage in legal work, Justice Alexander
Henderson predicted when he welcomed Leroy Whorms Jr. to the Cayman Islands
“I am particularly impressed by
your background in information technology,” he said.
The judge predicted that litigation
will continue to increase in this field. “The more you know about computer
systems, the better off you are.”
Mr. Whorms was admitted on 27 May
on application by Andrew Bolton, partner and head of the litigation and
insolvency practice group at Appleby. Mr. Bolton said it was a pleasure to move
the admission of a young Caymanian of Mr. Whorms’ qualifications and
experience. He advised that Mr. Whorms would join the litigation group and
hoped he would appear in court from time to time.
Mr. Whorms is the son of Leroy
Whorms Sr. and the late Maria Agustina Whorms nee Gale, who died in 2007.
In a speech prepared for his bar
call ceremony; Mr. Whorms paid tribute to his parents for the family values he
had learned and for their encouragement to be the best he could be. He thanked
friends and family members, especially his wife, Kendra, for her support and
encouragement in tough times.
“My journey began nine years ago
when I began studying part-time at the Cayman Islands Law School, juggling
full-time work and supporting my family,” he said.
In 2007, he reversed his schedule,
studying full-time and working part-time. After completing 18 months’ service
as an articled clerk, he confirmed the journey had been challenging.
“However, I have shown a person can
successfully fit in work, study and family in their schedule. I therefore
encourage anyone considering this route to qualification to not be afraid of
such a challenge, but to embrace it.”
Mr. Whorms began his formal
schooling in Jamaica and continued in Grand Cayman, where he attended St.
Ignatius Preparatory School and the Cayman Islands High School and Sixth Form. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in
applied mathematics and computer science, and later a diploma in honours
standing in computer science, all from the University of Western Ontario in London,
Back in Cayman he worked at Cayman
National bank, KPMG and Walkers. It was while at Walkers that he became
interested in law. The firm gave him the flexibility to work and study
Mr. Whorms said the law school
teachers and tutors deserved special recognition for encouraging him and
showing compassion. He thanked Maples and Calder for sponsoring him for the
professional practice course, which he completed in 2008, and then giving him
the opportunity to gain experience in the various areas of legal practice as he
served his articleship.
During the Grand Court ceremony,
Mr. Whorms was assisted in donning his gown and wig by Colin McKie, partner at
Maples and Calder, as an acknowledgement of the firm’s role in his career.