Business in Brief
CIREBA helps humane society
The Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association recently made a donation to the Cayman Islands Humane Society’s Community Spay and Neuter program.
Because many members of the community are unable to afford to have their pets spayed or neutered, the Humane Society opened the community spay and neuter clinic in 2006.
Jeanette Totten, president of CIREBA, said CIREBA is pleased to contribute to the spay and neuter initiative. “This excellent program helps many pet owners in our community take care of their animals and helps to prevent the over population of stray and abandoned animals on our island.”
Terrie Farrington, shelter executive administrator at CIHS, said, “We are extremely grateful for the donation of $1,114 handed to us by Jeanette Totten and her team from CIREBA. This support is most appreciated and we look forward to being in a position to open the spay/neuter initiative to the community in the near future.”
In May this year, Cost U Less partnered with the Humane Society and offered a four day incentive, giving a $50 voucher from Cost U Less for every pet spayed or neutered. In total, 52 dogs and cats were spayed/neutered during the incentive period. The Humane Society deemed this one of their most successful spay and neuter events.
“The initiative also gave staff at the shelter the opportunity to educate community members on heartworm, ticks and fleas and how they seriously affect their pet’s health,” Ms Farrington said.
Eight Caymanian students, all at various stages of their legal education, spent three weeks of their summer break employed at Walkers’ Cayman Islands headquarters.
Each student was assigned to one of the firm’s key practice groups where they were individually mentored by experienced attorneys, gaining genuine exposure to meaningful legal work in the hedge funds, private equity, finance, litigation and trust groups within Walkers.
“Our Summer Legal Internship Programme is just one of many strands in the professional development of our sponsored students,” said Anthony Partridge, chairman of Walkers’ Trainee Committee and senior counsel in the firm’s trusts group. “We are committed to providing our interns with a rewarding experience, including tangible, practical opportunities to apply their studies to the kind of work they would be doing on a daily basis as attorneys.”
This year’s summer legal internship ran from 15 July to 16 August, with students split into two groups consecutively working for three weeks. In addition to shadowing Walkers’ attorneys, the interns all participated in a mock courtroom “moot,” which is a simulated court case requiring the students to prepare and present arguments on a “real world” dispute to the judges, who were played by Walkers’ partners.
Taking part in this year’s legal internship were: Thea Bush, who recently completed her undergraduate law degree with first class honours from the Truman Bodden Law School – ranking second among her peers – and will now undertake the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Manchester (U.K.); Arleth Ebanks, who recently completed the graduate diploma in law and will go onto the legal practice course this fall at BPP in Manchester (U.K.); Michael Testori, who is two years through his undergraduate degree at the University of Kent in the U.K. and will spend his next academic year abroad at the University of Hong Kong, as well as Yannick Whorms, who is going into the final year of his undergraduate studies at the University of Leicester (U.K.).
In the second phase of interns this summer were: Christopher Dibben, who recently graduated from the University of Exeter (U.K.) and will shortly begin his legal practice course at the University of Law (U.K.); Sarah Dombowsky, who was awarded a first class undergraduate law degree by the University of Kent; Renee Prendergast, who recently graduated from Cardiff University (U.K.) and is about to commence her legal practice course in Cardiff; and Rebecca Peck, who will now undertake the legal practice course at the University of Law after completing the graduate diploma of law last May.
All of the interns are sponsored by Walkers. The firm hopes that all of the students will progress to becoming articled clerks with Walkers and eventually fully fledged attorneys.
Walkers also announced the award of five new legal scholarships commencing in September. The recipients of the 2013 Walkers Legal Scholarship are: Abigail Drummond (University of Bristol), Alexandra Franklin (Newcastle University), Kimberly Smith (BPP – U.K.), Gemma Cowen (University of Bristol) and Zoe Nolan (Cardiff University). This will bring the number of students studying on Walkers scholarships to 13.