New Queen’s Counsels appointed

Governor Duncan Taylor has appointed four attorneys practising in the Cayman Islands as new Queen’s Counsels.

Acting on the authority of the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague, Mr. Taylor, in one of his last acts as the governor of the Cayman Islands, appointed Colin McKie, a partner at Maples and Calder; Ian Paget-Brown, a senior attorney and the chairman of the Law Reform Commission; Eileen Nervick, a senior attorney at Nervik & Company; and Trevor Ward, the deputy director of public prosecutions as QCs.

According to a press release issued Wednesday morning, the governor made the appointments “on the recommendation of the Judiciary and with the approval of the Secretary of State”.

In the British overseas territories, the rank of Queen’s Counsel can be granted to a limited number of senior legal practitioners.

“The appointments having been made by the execution by the Governor of the Warrants of Appointment, the formal admissions to the Inner Bar will take place in open Court before the Chief Justice and judges of the Grand Court on a date to be announced,” the press release stated.

These are the first appointments of new QCs in the Cayman Islands since 2010.