Two Caymanians called to the bar

Brigitte Tomascik and Sophie Benbow complete their articles with Appleby

Two Caymanian lawyers from Appleby’s articled clerk program have been called to the bar. 

Sophie Benbow and Brigitte Tomascik were admitted to the rolls of attorneys licensed to practice law in the Cayman Islands on applications moved by Appleby litigation partner Peter McMaster before Justice Richard Williams on March 18. 

The two young women joined Appleby in September 2012 as articled clerks following their legal studies. Both were awarded legal scholarships by the firm in 2010. 

Ms. Benbow’s early education was at Cayman Prep and St. Ignatius Catholic School, while Ms. Tomascik is a graduate of Triple C School.  

Ms. Benbow graduated from the University of Sheffield, England, with a Bachelor of Laws and Spanish. Prior to this, she completed a year of study at the University of Granada, Spain, where she studied Spanish Law as a part of the European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS) Program. She has secured a position as an associate with Appleby in the Corporate and Commercial practice group. 

Ms. Tomascik is a graduate of the University of Liverpool, where she obtained her Bachelor of Laws with honors. She went on to acquire her postgraduate diploma in legal practice with commendation, as well as her masters of laws degree, both from the BPP Law School in the U.K. She is now as associate with HSM Chambers. 

“We congratulate Sophie and Brigitte on their admission to the Bar,” said Simon Raftopoulos, Cayman partner in the corporate and commercial practice group, and principal to Sophie. “It has been a pleasure to witness their growth as recipients of the Appleby Legal Scholarship Program and we are proud to have helped them reach this important milestone in their career.” 

A courtroom packed with family and Appleby staff witnessed the ceremony. 

Appleby has welcomed in the last five years alone 17 students who successfully completed their studies; 11 of those students were called to the Cayman Islands Bar, including Sophie and Brigitte. Appleby also recently welcomed back scholarship recipients Victoria King and Lisa Donalds who recently completed their studies abroad and joined the firm to commence their articles of clerkship. 


New attorneys Sophie Benbow, left and Brigitte Tomascik accept congratulations from Justice Richard Williams.

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