Caymanian completes long road to Bar call

From left, James Stenning, Judge Richard Williams and Clayton Phuran at Friday’s bar call.

Cayman’s newest lawyer ran a long road before being called to the Bar in Grand Court by Justice Richard Williams’s courtroom Thursday morning.

“This is a Caymanian attorney that wants to be a litigator both in criminal and civil court,” said attorney James Stenning, supporting attorney Clayton Phuran who has joined the Stenning & Associates law firm. “I have great joy in making this application.”

Mr. Phuran graduated from the Cayman Islands Law School, completing some post-graduate work at the U.K. Bar and also receiving a certificate from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica, Mr. Stenning said.

“He completed his law degree … course at the law school,” Mr. Stenning said. “He managed to complete that full time while also working full time to support his family.”

For much of that time, Mr. Phuran’s family was not able to be on island, but stayed in the U.K., Mr. Stenning said.

“He has shown an incredible determination and resolve,” Mr. Stenning said.

Justice Williams welcomed Mr. Phuran and said his admission was for the general practice of law, meaning he could work in both civil and criminal settings.