Appleby welcomes two Caymanian attorneys

Two young Caymanian lawyers have been called to the bar after successfully completing their articles with law firm Appleby.  

Caymanian associate Keisha James will join Appleby’s fast-growing funds practice, while associate Selina Tibbetts will join the private client and trusts practice.  

Both women were sponsored by Appleby, whom have been assisting aspiring lawyers in the Cayman Islands through its education and mentoring programme for more than 36 years.  

Bryan Hunter, managing partner of the Cayman office, said, “It is fantastic to welcome Keisha and Selina to the team as fully qualified lawyers. I have observed their development through their studies abroad, internships and, most recently, during their articles here at Appleby. It is always an especially proud moment to witness the admission of young Caymanians whose studies we have sponsored and it is a pleasure to welcome them both to our leading teams of lawyers in both the corporate and commercial and private client and trusts practice groups.”  

Mr. Hunter added that, “Keisha joins our team of funds specialists during a period of growth for the corporate and commercial practice. Ian Gobin, group head of funds based in the Cayman office, will play a pivotal role in Keisha’s development as a young associate.” 

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Selina Tibbetts will work under the guidance of Carlos de Serpa Pimentel, the head of Appleby’s private client and trust practice.  

“Carlos will be instrumental in Selina’s development. His expertise in private client and trust is recognised worldwide and he is extremely well regarded and respected,” Mr. Hunter said. 

Keisha and Selina are but two of several young Caymanians Appleby has awarded scholarships to in support of their legal studies. Appolina Bent, Anthony Hurlston and Farrah Miller received Appleby scholarships last fall and are now studying at Keele University, Newcastle University and BBP Law School, respectively.  

The firm recently welcomed back scholarship recipients Sophie Benbow and Brigitte Tomascik, who have completed their studies abroad and joined the firm to commence their articles of clerkship.  

During the past five years, and through to the end of the firm’s current fiscal year, the Appleby scholarship programme has contributed about $1 million to help aspiring young Caymanians further their education and become lawyers.  

In the same period, the firm has invited 15 students who successfully completed their studies to participate in the Appleby Articled Clerk Programme. 


Selina Tibbetts, left, and Keisha James of Appleby were called to the bar recently. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED
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