Business in brief: Appleby partner receives Lee Freeman Award

Appleby Partner Benjamin Woolf has received the Lee A. Freeman award for volunteering his legal services to the local community, as part of the Family Resource Centre’s Legal Befrienders program. Appleby also donated a new laptop to the center to help with the program.

Mr. Woolf, who is a partner in the law firm’s Corporate team, said, “The FRC and its dedicated staff work tirelessly on a daily basis to bring meaningful assistance where it is most needed. It is both a privilege and an honor to be involved with such a tremendous organization whose contribution to the local community should be recognized and applauded.”

The Legal Befrienders service award recognizes volunteer attorneys for dedicating their time and providing services to those in need of legal advice.

Mr. Woolf has been volunteering for this program since 2014 and has assisted a multitude of clients during that time.

Miriam Foster, program coordinator for the FRC said, “The Lee A. Freeman Service Award was created following the passing of attorney and tireless volunteer Lee A. Freeman …. Lee gave his time generously and with compassion – and Benjamin has exemplified this equal dedication.”

Caymanian lawyer admitted to Bar

Ogier’s Paul Ebanks has been admitted to the Cayman Islands Bar.

Mr. Ebanks, an associate in investment funds and corporate practice, joined the firm in 2014 as an articled clerk and completed his legal training with the firm.

Ogier’s regional managing partner James Bergstrom said, “Paul is the third Caymanian trainee lawyer from Ogier to have been called to the Bar in the past 12 months. We are pleased he has accepted a position in Ogier’s investment funds team, joining fellow Caymanian admissions from 2015, Cline Glidden in the local practice team and Nicosia Lawson in the dispute resolution team.”

Mr. Ebanks has more than 10 years’ experience in the Cayman Islands financial services industry, with seven years in the investment funds arena.

Appleby Cayman Managing Partner Bryan Hunter, third from left, presented donations to five charities, as part of the firm’s annual Charity Day Program.
Appleby Cayman Managing Partner Bryan Hunter, third from left, presented donations to five charities, as part of the firm’s annual Charity Day Program.

Appleby donates to multiple charities

Following its annual Charity Day Program on March 15, Appleby Cayman has awarded donations to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, the Bridge Foundation, Cayman Islands Red Cross, the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and Lighthouse School.

“Our corporate philosophy at Appleby has always been to support the local community through contributions in education, social welfare, animal welfare and the arts,” said Managing Partner Bryan Hunter. “This Charity Day program has been a fantastic way to meet and strengthen relations with members of various nonprofits in Cayman. We are delighted to continually offer our support and wish them well with ongoing events and programs that benefit the local community.”

Cumber-Forget rejoins Cayman Villas

Juliet Cumber-Forget
Juliet Cumber-Forget

Juliet Cumber-Forget has returned to Cayman Villas as the new business manager and partner. She previously worked with Cayman Villas from October 1997 to December 2010 as the accounts and marketing manager. She was born and raised in the Cayman Islands and has worked in the hospitality industry from an early age, in various family businesses. She will be primarily responsible for the business development and marketing initiatives at Cayman Villas, as well as overseeing the Property Management division.

Cayman firms join cleanup effort

Intertrust and Harneys were two of the firms that joined around 1,500 people for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Earth Day cleanup.

“This event not only works to benefit our community aesthetics, but sets a positive example about caring for our island and giving back,” said Warren Keens of Intertrust. “Some of our staff members remember doing this cleanup with their parents and their work colleagues when they were children. We’re pleased this tradition continues as it is essentially the future of our community’s youth that we are protecting.”

Harneys associate James Elliott, organizer of Harneys Cayman cleanup volunteers, said, “It was great to see such incredible commitment and team spirit from everyone who participated in this important initiative ….”

Simone Foster, a member of Harneys Green Team, organized a similar event in the BVI.

FNSports donates to Special Needs Foundation

FNSports recently donated $700 to the Special Needs Foundation Cayman. The money will benefit the community efforts and summer camps.

Kendall Ebanks, director of FNSports, said, “We love to give back and I always feel it’s the best thing to do. It’s a good feeling being able to help out the children of our community.”

Susie Bodden, the foundation’s executive leader, said, “We are truly appreciative of FNSports’s efforts to assist children in need. Due to their generous donation, we will be able to continue to improve lives throughout our community.”