Lawyers present trust dispute book

Local lawyers Morven McMillan, Sara Collins and Carlos de Serpa Pimentel presented a copy of a reference book “International Trust Disputes” to Chief Justice Anthony Smellie for donation to the Law Courts’ Library.

The book, which was edited by Ms McMillan and Ms Collins together with co-editors Steven Kempster and Alison Meek, provides a detailed analysis of particular issues which arise in the context of international trust disputes.

Jurisdiction specific chapters deal with the way that those issues are dealt with in a wide range of on and offshore jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands.

“International Trust Disputes provides an overview of the trust concept internationally as well as dealing with everything from trusts in divorce to charitable trusts and ways to vary the terms of a trust,” said Ms McMillan, partner and head of Trusts & Private Client with Mourant Ozannes in the Cayman Islands.

“We hope the book will give readers a greater understanding of this complex area of the law. I am delighted to have worked with Sara and Carlos on this project and particularly pleased that amongst contributors of such high quality from all over the world, three of the Cayman Islands’ foremost trusts practitioners are involved in this publication.”

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The chief justice, who was joined by Justice Charles Quin, Justice Alex Henderson and court administrator Kevin McCormac at the presentation, said: “I don’t know of any other book that pulls together and discusses in one volume so many cases with particular emphasis on international trust litigation. It is also very pleasing to see how many judgments from the Cayman Island Courts are referred to as important authorities – this reflects the high standing of our courts in the international community.”

“Given the calibre of the authors and the high standards of relevant litigation in the jurisdiction, I anticipate that it will not only be a timely book, but also a useful one – and I expect to be referring to it very often.”

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