Alasdair Robertson succeeds Charles Jennings as head of 400-member association
The Cayman Islands Law Society held its officer elections on 2 October, choosing Alasdair Robertson as president; Antonia Hardy, Kevin Butler and James Bagnall as vice presidents, and Huw Moses as secretary/treasurer.
Mr. Robertson, a partner at Maples and Calder, succeeds Charles Jennings, who served from 2001 to 2006 and again from 2008 to 2012.
Members thanked Mr. Jennings for his service and leadership over the years, having been president for a longer period than any of his predecessors.
“Charles has led the Law Society through a period of time which has seen many challenges to the profession and the Islands generally. It has required a lot of skill and countless hours to successfully guide the Law Society through those challenges. I wish to personally thank him for his selfless devotion and leadership,” Mr. Robertson said.
He said he felt honoured to accept the role of president. “I look forward to working closely with my fellow officials and indeed the membership as a whole to represent the legal profession to the best of my abilities.”
He previously served as secretary and treasurer under the presidency of both Mr. Jennings and Charles Quin, now Justice Quin.
“We are very focused on the core mission of the society, which is to make representations on matters of concern to the profession as well as contribute our legal expertise in matters which benefit the Cayman Islands and its community,” Mr. Robertson said. “We aim to constructively engage with all stakeholders to achieve this mission. The Cayman Islands legal profession boasts a talented pool of individuals and it is important that we continue to utilise our people to the betterment of the Islands.”
Mr. Robertson is global head of the finance practice of Maples and Calder and sits on the Cayman office management committee.
Antonia Hardy is the managing partner of Walkers’ Cayman Islands office and a member of the firm’s global management committee. She has been a leading contributor in the Law Society sub-committee dealing with the Legal Practitioners Bill.
Kevin Butler joined Conyers Dill & Pearman in 1997 and is a director and Head of the firm’s Cayman Islands office. Mr. Butler has been involved in many sub-committees for the Law Society. He was admitted to the Cayman Bar in 2004, bringing with him experience as an attorney in both Canada and Bermuda.
Ogier partner James Bagnall joined the firm in 1993. In addition to his role with the Law Society, where he has been a council member since 1995, he also teaches the exempted limited partnership law course for the professional qualifying exam at the Cayman Islands Law School.
Huw Moses OBE, former managing partner of Appleby, has now set up HSM Chambers, a new law firm, with Derek Jones, former managing partner of Higgs & Johnson. He is currently the chairman of the Labour Appeals Tribunal, and is on the Board of Directors of Trustees of the Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund.
Outgoing President Charles Jennings said of the elections, “I would like to thank everyone for their help over the years, particularly past presidents Michael Alberga and David Ritch for their staunch support, Peter Broadhurst, vice president James Bagnall, former treasurer George Giglioli, and my friend and successor, Alasdair Robertson. I wish the best of luck to Alasdair, Antonia, Kevin, James and Huw in their roles. They are an excellent team and the Law Society will benefit greatly from their leadership.”