Two young Caymanian attorneys from the law firm Walkers were called to the bar on 21 March in a ceremony in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
Nadine Watler and Nikhil Jah will join the firm after having completed their articles. Both attorneys were praised for their diligence and commitment shown during their scholastic careers.
Nikhil Jah commenced his articles of clerkship at Walkers in September 2011 and was articled to Rob Jackson. Though born in Montreal, Canada, Nikhil was raised in Grand Cayman. He attended boarding school in Ottawa, Canada, where he completed his secondary education at Ashbury College.
He commenced his legal studies at the Truman Bodden Law School in 2006 and obtained his LLB Honours degree from the University of Liverpool in 2009. Nikhil went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Morgate in London in 2010. Whilst at the College of Law, he studied a variety of corporate specific courses including banking and debt finance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial and business.
After completing the LPC, Nikhil worked at Harmonic Fund Services in Cayman, where he was exposed to institutional clients such a Highbridge Capital Management and Union Bancaire Privee, which sparked his interest in investment funds. During this time he began obtaining a certificate and diploma in fund administration.
In the summer of 2011, Nikhil participated in the firm’s Legal Internship Programme and sat with partner Ben Benson in the Investment Funds group.
On Monday, March 4, Mr. Jah completed his articles of clerkship and has since accepted an offer to join the Investment Funds group as an associate.
Nadine Watler is a recipient of the 2010 Walkers Legal Scholarship.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms Watler worked for 16 years at First Caribbean Bank, where she held various senior level positions, including manager small business and medium enterprise, commercial manager, acting head of retail lending, and business support manager, where she assisted the bank’s director to manage the operations of nine retail branches, retail and wealth management sales teams and small business teams in BVI, Cayman and St. Maarten.
Ms Watler has a strong background in corporate banking and wealth management and is an associate member of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
However, she decided to change careers, and while working full time and raising two daughters, she commenced her legal studies at the Truman Bodden Law School, Grand Cayman in 2006 and obtained an LLB Honours degree from the University of Liverpool in 2009.
Ms Watler completed the Professional Practice Course with distinction in 2011 and was valedictorian of her graduating class. In the PPC, she was the recipient of the Attorney General’s Trophy for best performance in the qualifying examination, as well as the O.L. Panton Memorial Prize for best overall performance.
Articled to partner Philip Paschalides, Ms Watler commenced her articles with Walkers in September 2011. After obtaining special permission from the Legal Advisory Council, she was seconded to the Walkers’ Singapore office for two months in 2012.
She completed her articles on 4 March, and has accepted an offer to join the Corporate and Finance Group as an associate. She will continue to work alongside Mr. Paschalides and focus primarily on structured finance transactions, capital markets transactions, asset financing, banking and general corporate matters.
In accepting the motion to call the two young attorneys to the bar, Justice Alexander Henderson offered congratulations and wished them well.
“You are well suited for practice in the Cayman Islands,” he said. “Walkers is one of the premier firms. Remember that law is not necessarily about brilliance, but rather hard work over an extended period of time.”