Caymanian trainee Stephanie Adolphus admitted as attorney-at-law

Mourant Ozannes Partner Hector Robinson, Stephanie Adolphus and Justice Charles Quin.

Stephanie Adolphus was admitted as attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands on Friday, Sept. 23, following the successful completion of her articles of clerkship with Mourant Ozannes. The Grand Court ceremony was attended by her friends and family, including her husband, Rhymiech Adolphus, mother-in-law Jill McDonald, and her sisters Heidi Sony and Sarah Powery.

Ms. Adolphus attended the University College of the Cayman Islands, where she was awarded an AA Degree in literary studies, prior to studying law at the Truman Bodden Law School.

Prior to joining Mourant Ozannes, she worked as a senior analyst at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.

Ms. Adolphus has accepted a position as an associate in the finance and corporate team at Mourant Ozannes. “I feel privileged to be formally joining the team,” she said. “Mourant Ozannes’ commitment to supporting and developing Caymanians in their legal studies is fantastic. I am extremely proud to be staying with the team here.”

Mourant Ozannes Managing Partner in Cayman, Peter Hayden, said, “Stephanie is a great lawyer and we are excited that she has chosen to accept an associate position here on completion of her articles. Recruiting and retaining the best young talent is important to enable us to continue growing our practice. We congratulate Stephanie on her achievements to date and look forward to working with her in building a successful career.”

Ms. Adolphus is a member of the Caymanian Bar Association and participates in the Chamber of Commerce “Mentoring Cayman” program.

IP Office stages enforcement training for copyright law

The Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office staged training sessions with three government agencies regarding the enforcement of The Copyright (Cayman Islands) Order 2015.

Staff members from Customs, the Department of Commerce and Investment, and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service were educated on their powers under the law, which came into effect on June 30.

“The new law defines the extent of copyright protection in Cayman by stating the rights of persons who create original literary, artistic, dramatic or musical works. It also provides the framework for enforcement,” Minister for Commerce Wayne Panton said.

The Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office was created in May 2016 to register intellectual property, such as trademarks, that needs to be recorded as part of its legal protection. It will also provide information to the local and global public about IP protection in Cayman, in the form of copyrights, patents, trademarks, and design rights.

In regards to enforcement, the law gives the Department of Commerce and Investment and the RCIPS robust enforcement capabilities.

“Once probable cause has been established, DCI and the RCIPS will search businesses and seize products suspected of copyright infringement,” Minister Panton said.

A copyright holder also can facilitate Customs, DCI and RCIPS investigations, and possibly other enforcement actions, by issuing written notices to the aforementioned agencies alleging the presence of infringing goods and businesses.

In addition, a copyright holder can retain legal counsel and either use civil litigation tactics such as seizures and injunctions against the infringing party, or pursue a criminal case by issuing a formal complaint to DCI.

The training sessions were presented by Abraham Thoppil, who serves on multiple subcommittees that helped draft the copyright law and additional legislation covering other areas of IP.

CIIPA invites all to annual gala

The Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants is getting ready to host its 9th annual gala.

The gala was launched in 2008 to celebrate the accounting achievements of Caymanians. More than 30 young Caymanians have been nominated to receive an honoree award for attaining either a professional accounting designation, or an accounting degree.

This year, the event will also include a celebration of member achievements and recognize one of the pioneers in the industry.

“A great deal of unimaginable hard work goes into becoming a qualified accountant,” said Sheree Ebanks, the institute’s CEO. “It takes dedication to finish a degree and then go on to complete the extremely challenging exams that result in professional qualification such as the CPA, ACA, CA or ACCA. The gala is one way in which we welcome new accountants into their future careers.

“The gala also offers an opportunity to network with members of the profession as well as key members of the financial services industry and government officials.”

This year’s event will place at The Ritz-Carlton on Saturday, Oct. 15. The evening includes a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner and awards starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $175 per person, or $1,750 per table of 10. To book tickets online, visit, contact the CIIPA office at 749-3360 or email [email protected] All funds raised at the event go toward the ongoing development of Caymanians in the profession which include training, mentorship and educational opportunities.