New attorney joins Walkers SPV

Judge commends work ethic

Charlotte
Abrahams Cloete, who was praised for her work ethic, was called to the Bar of
the Cayman Islands on Tuesday, 22 June, after Walkers partner Diarmad Murray
set out her qualifications.

“It
is always a pleasure to see a local attorney called,” said Justice Alex
Henderson, who examined the documents for her admission. “It is particularly
impressive to see someone complete the academic work with distinction while
holding down a full-time job. That sort of work ethic will serve you well in
the profession in which you are now embarking.”

Mr.
Murray said Ms Cloete is rejoining Walkers SPV as senior trust officer, with
responsibility for overseeing and administering a portfolio of trust vehicles,
special purpose companies and partnerships.

“We
are delighted to have Charlotte returning to Walkers SPV now that she has
completed her articles,” said Richard Ruffer, senior vice president. “With her
in-depth knowledge of the local legal environment and administration
experience, we are certain she will be a huge asset to the firm.”

Ms
Cloete, the daughter of Derek and Debra Abrahams of Grand Cayman, began working
full-time with the Walkers Group in 2004 while studying for her degree at the
Cayman Islands Law School. She was personal assistant to Nancy Lewis, then head
of operations of Walkers SPV and now chief executive officer of Walkers Global
Holdings.

After
earning her law degree, Ms Cloete attained an Upper Second Class with Honours
from the University of Liverpool. She returned to the Cayman Islands Law School
to complete the professional practice course, which she passed with commendation.

She
completed her Articles earlier this month with partner Vicki Hazelden at
Walkers, having begun that process in 2008 after leaving Walkers SPV.

Ms
Cloete noted the number of people who are involved in a new attorney’s
training, even beyond law school teachers and tutors.

She
thanked Arthur Hunter and his family, sponsors of the Clifton Hunter Memorial
Scholarship, for their generosity to the youth of Cayman. “Without this
financial support I would not be standing here today,” she said.

Her
professional practice course was sponsored by Walkers Global Holdings, and her
period of articleship was arranged by the Walkers Trainee Committee. Ms Cloete
said the committee had provided her with an environment conducive to learning
and development. She singled out for thanks her mentor Nancy Lewis and her
principals, Nick Rogers and Ms Hazelden.

Final
thanks were to her family, including her husband Wayne “for endless patience
and encouragement…Your daily support and confidence has made a difference.”

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