Young Caymanian earned degree with honours
Krista-Lynn Wight was called to the bar in a Grand Court ceremony before an audience of family, friends and colleagues on 25 April. The turnout was so great that proceedings had to be moved to a larger courtroom in order to accommodate everyone.
Ms Wight, the daughter of Brian and Ronna Wight, received her foundation education at St. Ignatius Primary School and High School. She attended the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA, obtaining a BA in Business Administration. During her time at Notre Dame, she was named to the dean’s list and was accepted into their London semester abroad programme.
Aristos Galatopoulos, global head of Maples and Calder’s litigation and insolvency practices, moved Ms Wight’s application for admission before Justice Charles Quin. He said she was a beneficiary of the Maples and Calder and MaplesFS scholarship programme, graduating from The College of Law of England and Wales, London, where she completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course. Upon her successful completion of the course she was granted an LL.B with honours.
Ms Wight first joined Maples and Calder as a summer student in 2008 and was subsequently articled to the firm’s global managing partner, Henry Smith.
During her training with the law firm, Ms Wight gained experience in the funds, finance, trusts and corporate departments as well as in the litigation group, where she will take up her new role as an associate attorney-at-law.
Ms Wight thanked Maples and Calder for the firm’s support with scholarships, summer placements and the opportunity to complete her articles. “The quality of the training, the patient guidance and the support that I received from all of the staff, associates and partners that I have worked with have been invaluable,” she said. “I truly appreciate the time, effort and energy expended on behalf of my training. I am extremely proud and grateful to be able to consider most of the Maples family not only as my colleagues but also as my friends.”
Mr. Galatopoulos described Ms Wight as a hard worker, excellent scholar and a pleasure to work with. “She approaches every project with enthusiasm and a smile. Krista exhibits all of the qualities that we look for in a new attorney and we wish her a long and happy career at Maples and Calder,” he said.
Ms Wight is a member of the Caymanian Bar Association, Cayman Islands Law Society and National Trust for the Cayman Islands.