Terry-Ann Arch and Liesel Richter were admitted as attorneys-at-law of the Cayman Islands on 17 March by Justice Charles Quin during a ceremony in the Grand Court with families, friends and a group of A-Level students in law in attendance.
The motion for their admission was moved by Appleby Partner Nicolas Joseph. He told the court that both women had received bachelor of law degrees (with Honours) in 2008. Miss Arch earned her degree from the University of Liverpool, having studied in the Cayman Islands.
She also earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Atlanta College of Art. Ms Richter’s degree is from the University of Exeter.
Ms Arch did her formal legal education at the BPP Law School in London, where she undertook the LPC and received her diploma in legal practice in 2010 (with Commendation).
Ms Richter’s legal education was undertaken at the College of Law in London. She also received a diploma in legal practice in the summer of 2010 (with Commendation).
“Appleby is proud to have sponsored them through their legal educations and to have accepted them into Articles, since September 2009,” said Mr. Joseph.
Miss Arch articled to Andrew Bolton of Appleby’s Litigation Department; Ms Richter to Sherice Arman in the firm’s Corporate Commercial Department.
Mr. Joseph said, “Both have worked hard with their principals and formally concluded their Articles at the end of February.”
He added that, “Although they were exposed to all major areas of practice, it is anticipated they will both be qualified into Appleby to grow the Corporate Commercial Department and most particularly into the banking and asset finance team.”
Born in the Cayman Islands, Ms Arch is the daughter of Heber Arch and the late Beryl Arch.
She attributes much of her success to the solid grounding her mother instilled in her. Ms Arch, who attended St. Ignatius High School, said she also benefited from the support of her father and her stepmother Ret Arch.
A noteworthy distinction for Miss Arch is that she began studies for her bachelor of fine arts degree at the Atlanta College of Art in the United States on full scholarship when she was 15.
Upon returning to Cayman, she became a teacher at the Triple C School before moving on to work in the Human Resources Department of a construction firm.
She later began studies at the Cayman Islands Law School, where she was president of the Student Society.
Her role in the corporate commercial team will be most directly in relationship to aircraft and shipping finance.
Ms Richter, a native of South Africa, moved to the Cayman Islands with her parents, Dr. Barry Richter and Yvonne Richter as a young child.
She received her formal education at Trinity College School in Canada before proceeding to the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. She then began studies at the College of Law in London.
Mr. Joseph said, “Though Ms Richter’s path to becoming a lawyer was far more direct, she also has significant interest in the arts and is a musician who plays the saxophone.”
In making his final submissions on behalf of the women, Mr. Joseph said the Chief Justice had confirmed that each applicant has complied with Regulation 25 of the Legal Practitioners (Students) Regulations and both were entitled to apply for admission as an attorney at law in the Cayman Islands.
In accepting the women’s application to be admitted, Justice Quin said it was his pleasure to do so, and he then invited the women to sign the registry.
In her remarks, Miss Arch said, “I find myself being overwhelmed emotionally. The truth is, I never imagined this for myself. I am thankful to the Lord for paving the way.” Miss Arch also expressed thanks to the partners at Appleby and to her father, whom she referred to as her “rock and strength”.
During here address, Miss Richter said she wanted to thank the firm for their support, as well as all who had come to wish her and Miss Arch well. “I am honoured and thankful to all who have assisted along the way,” said Miss Richter.
Justice Quin said it was “a pleasure to see a firm paying more than lip service. You have taken your role seriously at Appleby’s and are developing young professionals in the Cayman Islands”.
He told the women that the only standard in law is the highest and anything less would be unprofessional. “You both have come far and have farther yet to go,” said Justice Quin, who added that he regretted that the new attorneys would not be before the courts.