Lawyers aim to host global event

Lawyers from the Cayman Islands competed in the Lawyers Rugby World Cup in the U.K. last month and did so well that they are looking forward to the next one, in 2019, and even hope to host it. 

The Cayman Islands Law Society is reaching out to other national teams to gauge interest. 

The Lawyers Rugby World Cup is held every four years to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, which in 2019 will be held in Japan. 

It’s an event that allows law societies from around the globe to network in a social setting and also play the game they love. This time the lawyers had a chance to actually watch World Cup matches as well. 

The Lawyers Rugby World Cup, hosted by the Law Society of England & Wales, was held at the Richmond Athletic Ground in London. 

For the first time, the Cayman Islands Law Society participated. Alasdair Robertson, President of the Cayman Islands Law society said, “It is gratifying for the Cayman Islands to be selected to play in this tournament alongside significantly larger jurisdictions such as England and the USA, and reflects in large part the international recognition of the jurisdiction and the role its lawyers play on the global legal stage. 

“I am glad to say that our boys played hard, worked as a team and did us proud.” 

The Cayman Islands Rugby committee, comprised of Anthony Akiwume, Paul Murphy, Jacob MacAdam and Paul Parker, set to work recruiting a suitable squad and developing a fundraising brochure for the event to raise the profile of the Cayman Islands Law Society. 

“A huge thanks goes out to all our sponsors who took advertising in the brochure, which helped to ensure that the Cayman Islands Law Society team could both participate and have the best possible platform on which to perform,” said Parker, coach and manager of the team. 

The Cayman Islands Law Society rugby team included lawyers from member firms in the Cayman Islands as well as Caymanian law students at university in the U.K., who spent many hours training for this event. 

The tournament opened with a reception at The Law Society on Chancery Lane, providing an opportunity for the players to meet and the group draw to be made. 

There were also teams representing the Scottish Law Society, the Irish Law Society, the U.S., Australia, Italy and France. 

The first match for the Cayman Islands team saw them dominate in the scrums and lineouts and ultimately score an impressive win against the USA 48-3. 

The next match saw Cayman facing the defending champions, Scotland, in a hard fought game. 

The Scots out-played Cayman to continue their winning streak. The final game against the English proved a close and physical game with the English defeating Cayman by seven points. 

At the end of the week there was a playoff game against the U.S. team in the Shield Final, resulting in a 33-8 win for Cayman, and a crystal trophy, accepted by Akiwume, president of the Cayman Islands Law Society rugby team. 

The overall tournament was won by the Irish lawyers, who fought hard against the English in the final. 

The presence of the Cayman team was well received and comments from other teams were favorable, with the Scots claiming Cayman “had the best pack in the tournament with a hugely effective scrum.” 

The English Law Society praised Cayman for its contribution to the tournament. 

Parker said, “The Cayman team worked tirelessly together on the field showing professionalism, strategic team-work and patriotism. 

“It was great for our boys to interact with the other law societies, and we have already had interest from the law societies of England, the USA and Italy in visiting the Cayman Islands. Congratulations to the team for their valiant effort.” 

The CILS rugby team
The CILS rugby team, back from left, Dan Bond, Andrew Dean, Peter de Vere, Ben Blair, Richard Lewis, Chris Kennedy, Jacob Macadam, Jarladth Travers and Tom Black. Front, Michael Mulligan, Morgan Hayward, Iain Currie, Dan Hall, Andy Hall, Bryan Little and Dusan Parker.