Sasha Hunte called to the bar

Caymanian attorney joins Funds Department at Maples and Calder

From office assistant to law school student, Sasha Hunte took the next big step and completed her articles with Maples and Calder so that on 20 November she was called to the bar in the Cayman Islands.  

“The journey is not over, but the beginning of a new and exciting challenge,” she said. 

Maples global managing partner Henry Smith presented Mrs. Hunte’s qualifications to Justice Charles Quin in a Grand Court ceremony attended by family, friends and colleagues. 

Her early education was at Wesleyan Christian Academy, Red Bay Primary, George Hicks Middle School and John Gray High School. She did her A levels at St. Ignatius.  

Mrs. Hunte first joined Maples and Calder in 2003 as an office assistant, where she began the important process of learning the intricacies and inner workings of a full service, international law firm.  

In 2004, Maples and Calder sponsored her attendance at the Cayman Islands Law School and, upon graduation in 2007, she received her LLB with honours from the University of Liverpool. Mrs. Hunte entered the Professional Practice Course at the law school in 2009 and, with continued sponsorship from the firm, attained a commendation. 

“Maples and Calder has an excellent training programme that gives each trainee the opportunity to experience first-hand what each department within the firm has to offer. The supervising attorneys are keen to impart their wisdom on the budding lawyers-to-be,” Mrs. Hunte said. “I believe that the knowledge that I have gained from each of my supervisors during my articles is invaluable.” 

Speaking on Mrs. Hunte’s achievement, Mr. Smith added, “We are delighted that Sasha has realised such a commendable accomplishment as a result of our training and articles programme. Her success is due to her drive and ambition and a remarkable credit to the firm. We are fortunate to have a lawyer of her calibre and commitment to excellence and look forward to watching her develop her skills in the coming years.” 

Maples and Calder has been committed to recruiting, training and promoting aspiring lawyers in the Cayman Islands for many years. Through its articled clerk programme, the firm has enabled 19 Caymanian lawyers to be admitted since 2005, with another four in training.  

Maples and Calder is one of a number of international law firms in the Cayman Islands that provides opportunities for Caymanians to qualify as Cayman Islands attorneys without having to train in the United Kingdom or elsewhere. 

“In the last three years alone local law firms have funded the further legal education of some 49 Caymanian lawyers, with another 18 articled clerks presently in private practice training – a record number for this jurisdiction,” said Alasdair Robertson, president of the Cayman Islands Law Society, “This is quite a remarkable statistic considering that since 2008 we have been in a global finance crisis and while in many leading jurisdictions in the UK, qualifying numbers have gone down, ours have in fact gone up”. 

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Attorney Sasha Hunte, right, is welcomed to the bar by Justice Charles Quin, centre, and attorney Henry Smith. – Photo: Submitted
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