Work experience leads to bar call

High school programme introduced Anthea Matthews and law firm to each other 


Anthea Matthews was admitted to the Bar of the Cayman Islands in a Grand Court ceremony on 28 June before a large audience of family, friends and colleagues. 

Maples and Calder partner James Eldredge moved her admission before Justice Alexander Henderson, listing her qualifications and achievements. 

He noted that Ms Matthews’ history with Maples and Calder began in 2002 at the age of 16 as a work experience student from John Gray High School. This in turn led to her employment as an intern when she returned home from university each summer. 

A beneficiary of the Maples and Calder scholarship programme, in 2008, Ms Matthews obtained her undergraduate law degree with honours from the University of Sheffield, UK. She joined the firm full time 
as a law graduate in 2008. 

She went on to complete the Professional Practice Course at the Cayman Islands Law School in 2010.  

During her training with the firm, Ms Matthews gained experience in the funds, finance, corporate, litigation and trusts departments. Upon completion of her articled clerkship with Maples and Calder, she took on the role of professional support lawyer. Her new position involves drafting precedents, legal guides and publications for the firm, as well as monitoring and summarising legislative developments and preparing and delivering legal training. 

“I would like to thank Maples and Calder for affording me the privilege, opportunity and experience necessary to accomplish a dream that was set from a young age,” Ms Matthews said. “Sincere gratitude is extended to many persons in my life, including my family, friends and supervisors, colleagues and the partners at Maples and Calder – all of whom provided immense support and encouragement during my journey.” 

Ms Matthews is a member of the Caymanian Bar Association, George Town Community Action Development Committee and George Town Sports Club. 

Paul Lumsden, managing partner of Maples and Calder’s Cayman office, described Ms Matthews as “a hard-working, committed, and bright individual”. He commented, “She approaches every project with enthusiasm and is always willing to go above and beyond. Anthea embodies all of the qualities that we look for in a new attorney and we wish her a long and happy career at Maples and Calder.” 

The firm has, through its Articled Clerk Scheme, enabled 22 Caymanian lawyers to be admitted since 2005, with another two in training.  

Maples and Calder is one of several international law firms in the Cayman Islands that provide opportunities for Caymanians to qualify as Cayman Islands attorneys without having to train in the UK or elsewhere. 

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