Walkers hosts alumni evening to mark firm’s anniversary

As part of Walkers’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the law firm hosted a special alumni evening for the many articled clerks who have undergone legal training with Walkers over the years. 

A large number of former and current articled clerks at Walkers gathered at the firm’s offices for the celebrations on July 10. Alumni included now retired practitioners, those still practicing law in the Cayman Islands, as well as many others who have gone on to successful careers in other fields.  

In addition to Governor Helen Kilpatrick, guests included Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Minister for Financial Services Wayne Panton, the latter two both former articled clerks at Walkers. 

Mr. Panton, who was the firm’s second articled clerk, said, “The articled clerk program at Walkers is something that certainly I was proud of, and seeing the people that have come through here, seeing the immense contribution that they have made to the firm, in the wider community and other organizations, service clubs and of course in government, is an incredible tribute to the firm and its commitment to that training program.”  

Charlie Kirkconnell, a former Walkers trainee and funds lawyer and now the CEO of Cayman Enterprise City, said, “It was difficult for me to step away from an established career to pursue a career in law, but the knowledge that I would receive first-rate training through Walkers’s articled clerk program and then exposure to high-quality transactional work as a Walkers associate made the decision easier.  

“Ultimately I chose to return to the world of business, but over the course of five years I acquired skills and experience that I continue to use on a daily basis, although in a different context.” 

Walkers began training and developing Caymanian lawyers in 1983 and has worked with more than 50 trainees over the past three decades. In 2002 the firm established a formal training committee.  

Over the years Walkers’s articled clerk training program has trained 30 Caymanian articled clerks, who all went on to be admitted as lawyers in the Cayman Islands.  

“As we celebrate Walkers’s 50th Anniversary, we felt it was important to recognize the many individuals who completed their legal training with the firm over the years,” said Ingrid Pierce, Walkers’s global managing partner. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their contributions to our growth and to the development of the legal profession here. We wish them every success, wherever their individual paths may take them.” 

Walkers’s Cayman-based partners, along with the firm’s current intake of four Caymanian articled clerks, who are due to be called to the Bar in 2015, also attended the alumni evening. 

Partner David Collins, who completed his articles with the firm, said he was extremely proud of Walkers’s reputation as a leader in the training and development of Caymanian lawyers.  

“It has been wonderful to share stories with so many talented individuals that also completed their legal training with the firm,” he said. “It is particularly pleasing for me to see such quality in the younger lawyers as they progress through our ranks. Many of our Caymanian associates now spend time working in our overseas offices, gaining vital international exposure. We are also delighted that Dorothy Crumbley, another Caymanian who articled and spent her entire legal career at Walkers, has now been promoted to partner here in Cayman. She is a great example and inspiration to our current articled clerks.”  

Among the former Walkers trainees currently posted across the firm’s international network, Martin Davies, who specializes in private equity, has been working in Walkers’ Singapore office for the past year. Finance lawyer Shamar Ennis recently began a one-year secondment in Hong Kong. Nadine Watler, who was called to the Bar in Cayman in 2013, completed a portion of her articles in Walkers’s Singapore office, while David Collins has just returned to the Cayman Islands, having spent the past five years working in Walkers’ Singapore and London offices. In addition, Terry-Ann Arch, another young Caymanian lawyer, is currently in Walkers’s Dubai office, gaining overseas experience in her field of asset finance. 

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From left, Anthony Partridge, Walkers senior counsel and chair of the Trainee Committee in Cayman, Shelley White, Walkers senior counsel, Mark Lewis, Walkers senior partner, Governor Helen Kilpatrick and Ashley Gunning, Walkers partner.

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