Law firm cofounder dies in United Kingdom

Lord John Maples practised in Cayman 1960s-70s

British Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes and senior attorneys in Cayman mourned the loss of Lord John Maples, a United Kingdom politician and co-founder of Maples and Calder law firm.  

Lord Maples die on 9 June of cancer. He was 69. 

“The partners and staff of Maples and Calder are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of one of our founding partners, Lord Maples, and we wish to extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family,” said Global Managing Partner Henry Smith. “He was indeed the cornerstone of the Maples and Calder legacy and his integrity and work ethic continue to be the core principles from which we set all standards within the firm.” 

Educated at Marlborough College as well as Cambridge University, Lord Maples read Law at Downing College and received an MA in 1964. He studied at the Harvard Business School and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1965. 

In Cayman, Lord Maples first partnered with fellow lawyer James MacDonald in the 1960s. Mr. MacDonald retired from the firm a few years later and attorney Douglas Calder joined to form the partnership of Maples and Calder, now a well-known international law firm. 

Lord Maples’ contributions and impact on the legal profession in the Cayman Islands were notable, Mr. Smith said.  

His involvement in UK politics was equally impressive and widely respected. Following his retirement from the firm in 1975, he returned to his native England, eventually taking up the honourable post of Deputy Chairman of the British Conservative Party. He held such prestigious positions as a member of Parliament, including Parliamentary Private Secretary, Treasury Minister responsible for Debt and International Issues and various Shadow roles including Health, Defence and Foreign Secretary. 

He served as MP for Lewisham West 1982-92, then re-entered Parliament as MP for Stratford-upon-Avon in 1997. He stood down from the House of Commons in 2010 and entered the House of Lords.