Cayman has two new attorneys after Caymanian civil servant Gavin Blake Dixon and former U.K. lawyer Oliver Edward Goodwin were called to the Bar on Thursday.
Mr. Dixon and Mr. Goodwin’s applications to practice law in the Cayman Islands were accepted by Justice Charles Quin.
Mr. Dixon, 38, who was born in the U.K. to Donnell Dixon of Cayman Brac and Patricia Dixon of the U.K., graduated from the Truman Bodden Law School in 2011 with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). A year later, he received a commendation in his professional practice course.
He completed his articles at the offices of the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Director of Public Prosecution.
A civil servant for more than a decade, Mr. Dixon is employed in the government’s Department of Commerce and Investment.
Mr. Dixon, who is also a former immigration officer, said that experience was the catalyst to acquiring his law degree.
“I was enforcing laws as an immigration officer and wanted to understand the principles in order to be more aware of what I was doing,” he said. “I also wanted to know how the laws were properly applied and created.”
Mr. Dixon’s admission to the Bar was applied for by Attorney General Samuel Bulgin, who in his speech, said, “Mr. Dixon’s ultimate goal is to become a public prosecutor within the offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions and then be elevated on to the bench to become a judge.”
Mr. Goodwin practiced as a lawyer in England and Wales as a real estate associate. His admission was applied for by attorney Cline Glidden on behalf of the Ogier law firm.