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Legal practitioners elect association’s council

Cayman’s legal profession has completed its changing of the guard.

Legal amendments recognize Cayman’s new law association

The Legislative Assembly approved a bill that amended several laws as a result of the merger of the Caymanian Bar Association with the Cayman Islands Law Society.

Cayman Islands legal associations to merge

The two legal professional associations, the Cayman Islands Law Society and the Caymanian Bar Association, are completing a merger later this month following approval by both memberships in June.

Law association chiefs call for new Legal Practitioners Law

Attorneys Alasdair Robertson and Stephen Watler between them made a comprehensive case for Cayman’s legislature to pass a new Legal Practitioners Law this year.

Kipling Douglas passes away at 86

Kipling Ernest Douglas, author and longtime judge and magistrate in the Cayman Islands, passed away in Jamaica Sunday at the age of 86.

Chief Justice praises separation of powers

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie highlighted Cayman’s strides in separating government powers during a gala to honor the visiting chief justice of England and Wales.Roger John Laugharne Thomas, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, visited the Cayman Islands in early March.

Politicians squabble over who drafted Legal Practitioners Bill

Cayman Islands politicians argued Wednesday over who penned the draft of the controversial Legal Practitioners Bill, as the clock continued to tick on the final meeting of the current parliament.

MLA: ‘Commission of inquiry’ needed for lawyers’ concerns

George Town MLA Winston Connolly asked Monday for a full commission of inquiry into allegations made by a number of Caymanian attorneys concerning the lack of enforcement of local Immigration Law and “discrimination” within the legal profession.

MLAs: Law firms owe millions in fees

Opposition members of the Legislative Assembly alleged Monday that Cayman Islands law firms have denied the nation $50 million in fees over the past decade by averting local licensing.

Question remains: Who is actually a Caymanian?

Claiming the Cayman Islands immigration system needs a “drastic overhaul,” the head of one of the territory’s major lawyers groups said there is still considerable confusion in determining the legal definition of a “Caymanian.”

Legal heavyweights back controversial bill

Senior members of the legal profession urged the passage of the controversial Legal Practitioners Bill during the formal opening of court for 2017 on Wednesday.

Legal Practitioners Bill stalled, may return for vote in 2017

Another attempt to pass modern regulatory standards for Cayman Islands lawyers ahead of an international financial review failed Tuesday as the Progressives-led administration agreed to push back a vote on the Legal Practitioners Bill (2016) until the next Legislative Assembly meeting is held, possibly in January.

Last-minute meeting called over lawyers bill

A snap public meeting has been called for Thursday night over the controversial Legal Practitioners Bill, just days before the legislation was expected to come before parliament for a vote. Financial Services Minister Wayne Panton said the Progressives-led government still expects to bring the amendment bill for a vote during the current meeting of the Legislative Assembly.

Pressure mounts over lawyers bill; 75-80% of firms urge passage

More than 75 percent of the members of Cayman’s two major lawyers associations urged lawmakers this week to approve the Legal Practitioners Bill, seeking to update a regulatory code for the legal profession that dates to the 1960s. The Cayman Islands Law Society said Wednesday that more than 80 percent of its members back the legislation.

Business in Brief: Cayman Finance delivers Bar Association student chapter lecture

Tortuga Rum Company appoints new general manager; Hawksford appoints chief operating officer; Butterfield receives U.S. Captive Services Award; Walkers announces four new scholarship recipients; Caymanian litigator joins HSM Group; and Estera sponsors Cayman Touch Rugby at U.S. Nationals

Business in Brief: Law Society, Bar Association endorse anti-corruption statement

The Cayman Islands Law Society and the Caymanian Bar Association have endorsed the anti-corruption statement released by U.K. and Irish professional bodies including The Law Society of England and Wales, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

New courthouse closer to reality

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie announced on Wednesday the specific steps that have been taken to make a new courthouse a reality. He was speaking at the formal opening of Grand Court for 2016 after a ceremonial inspection of a police guard of honor outdoors.

Lawmaker wants 'non-legal' distinction between 'Caymanians'

A lawmaker wants a non-legal distinction between 'Caymanians' when it comes to hiring lawyers.

Third generation lawyer joins family firm

Travis Alan Ritch was called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands on Sept. 17 in a ceremony similar to one held 39 years earlier.

Law Society on 'Caymanian hiring'

The local attorneys association responds to MLA Winston Connolly's call for law firms to commit to hiring Caymanian lawyers.

MLA: Lawyers law must address Caymanian hiring

The Legal Practitioners Bill must promote Caymanian hiring at law firms, a George Town lawmaker says.

Five YCLA finalists chosen

The Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation on Friday named three women and two men as finalists for the top spot in 2015’s annual awards contest, choosing among musicians, health professionals and finance experts.

UK judge: Jurisdiction can decide a case

One of the most senior judges in the United Kingdom, speaking to Cayman’s judiciary and legal fraternities last week, said the jurisdiction chosen for a legal dispute can often be the deciding factor for many cases.

UCCI board of governors gets new members

Cabinet appointed Lemuel Hurlston and Andrea Bryan as chairman and deputy chairman, respectively, to the UCCI board of governors.

Business in brief

A roundup of local buisness briefs.

Caymanian Bar Association council reflects diversity

The Caymanian Bar Association's new council members come from seven law firms or sole practitioners.

Grand Court opening: Case management to be reviewed

The opening of Grand Court for 2015 revealed plans for a UK criminal justice advisor to assist with a review of prosecution support systems.

Business in brief

A roundup of local business briefs.

Student chapter elects three representatives to CBA

Three women have been elected to represent student members of the Caymanian Bar Association.

Cayman celebrates the Queen’s 88th birthday

George Town was transformed into a site of much pomp and ceremony on Saturday when it hosted a parade and awards ceremony in honor of the 88th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

Minimum wage committee members appointed

Members of the Minimum Wage Advisory committee have been appointed and will present their recommendations to Cabinet by the end of October.

Caymanian associate admitted to Cayman Bar

Ridhiima Kapoor, a Caymanian associate at Ogier, has been admitted to the Cayman Islands Bar.

Caymanian Bar Association elects new council members

Abraham Thoppil has been elected president of the Caymanian Bar Association.

Work experience leads to bar call

Anthea Matthews was called to the bar 11 years after a high school work experience programme introduced her to Maples and Calder.

Law librarians needed desperately

Over 30 regional librarians came to Cayman for the annual general meeting of the Caribbean Association of Law Libraries held 7-10 July.

Bar association elects council

Dale Crowley as president leads the Caymanian Bar Association council for 2013-14.

Comments on strata reform accepted until 31 May

The public now has until 31 May to submit comments on comprehensive strata titles reform.

Nick Joseph joins HSM Chambers

Law firm HSM Chambers has been joined by partner Nick Joseph on 1 March, 2013. A former partner of Appleby Cayman, Mr. Joseph will be leading the HSM Business Establishment, Employment and Immigration practices

Bodden & Bodden associate admitted

Bodden and Bodden associate Randall Martin admitted to Cayman Islands Bar

Kapoor joins Maples and Calder after admission to bar

Seema Kapoor attorney at Maples and Calder admitted to Cayman Islands Bar.

Harneys Cayman welcomes Ritch

Harney Westwood & Riegels has appointmented Travis Ritch, who has joined the firm’s Cayman office as an articled clerk.

Sharon Roulstone running in GT

Sharon Roulstone announces her candidacy in George Town.

Court space, lawyers law top concerns

Main concerns discussed at the opening of Grand Court on Wednesday were the lack of court space and the pending Legal Practitioners Bill.

Business in brief

Business in brief.

Business in brief

Business in brief.

Cabinet grants exemptions to non-Caymanian attorneys

Exemptions for non-Caymanians to article in the Cayman Islands were granted while Caymanian attorneys could not find a place to article.

Krista-Lynn Wight called to bar

Krista-Lynn Wight is working at Maples and Calder following her articleship at the firm and call to the bar.

Attorneys adopt code of conduct

Attorneys in Cayman are voluntarily adopting a code of conduct while they wait for passage of a Legal Practitioners Bill that will include one.LI

Legal aid clinic coming to Cayman

A clinic is being set up to assist persons who qualify for legal aid and to provide law students.

Grand Court opens with ceremony

At the ceremonial opening of Grand Court on Wednesday, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie thanked police for the guard of honour, which he said symbolised their support for the administration of justice.

More courtrooms urgently needed

The Bill of Rights, which comes into effect in November, includes the right to trial within a reasonable time, but lack of sufficient court rooms could be a problem.

Bench, bar salute magistrate

Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale was lauded for her innovative work in the Cayman Islands.

Cayman companies say equality bill costly

Cayman's business community is not in favour of the current Gender Equality Bill.

Editorial for 25 July: Common sense approach needed

Common sense is needed for putting together fair and workable gender equality legislation.

Mooting success for Cayman Islands Law School students

The Cayman Islands Law School returns from mooting competition.

Gender equality bill panned

The Cayman Islands’ first attempt at establishing gender equality in the workplace has apparently fallen afoul of the local business community.

Why Grand Court has six-plus judges


Cayman courts need judges.

Ogier promotes four

James Bergstrom has been named managing partner of Ogier's Hong Kong office.

Dead perp had Cabinet Status

Harryton Rivers-Valdespino, the man who was shot dead by a homeowner breaking into a house last week, was granted Caymanian status by the Cabinet in 2003.

Legal system wants changes

The ceremonial opening of Grand Court on Wednesday was used by many to highlight issues that affect Cayman's legal system and how justice is administered.

Brief comment period for legal aid

Cayman Islands residents have a brief period of time to put their two cents into the on-going controversy

New Year honourees named

Five Caymanians have been awarded Certificate and Badge of Honour for New Year 2010.

Review aims to streamline legal aid

A committee review of the system that provides government-paid lawyers for indigent criminal defendants and parties in some civil court cases will focus on seven separate areas, according to the terms of reference set out for the study.

Legal aid review sparks controversy

The Cayman Islands Government has begun a more comprehensive review of its legal aid system following promptings by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office earlier this year.

Legal aid delays cited

Changes to the Cayman Islands legal aid system have caused serious concerns among some defence attorneys who say delays are starting to occur in their court cases.

Lawyer groups pan legal aid plan

Two of Cayman's leading attorney groups have blasted a reform proposal for legal aid that would create a government-funded public defender's office and effectively cut private lawyers out of legal aid cases.

Update: Legal aid plan blasted

In a joint statement sent to Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush, both the Caymanian Bar Association and the Cayman Islands Law Society have sharply criticised a legal aid reform plan proposed by Mr. Bush earlier this month.

Life after white listing debated

Leaders in Cayman's financial services industry see Cayman's moving to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's white list only as a first step in addressing international pressures against offshore financial centres.

Law school team returns

The Cayman Islands Law School moot team has recently returned from competing in the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. team comprised of Silvia Powery, Alia Khan, Scott Jones, Bryan Little and Elkie Rose. accompanying the team was Law School lecturer, Mr. Andrew Woodcock.

Draft constitution slammed at UN seminar

A well-known Caymanian attorney criticised the constitutional development process employed by the Cayman Islands and the United Kingdom during a United Nations seminar held this week in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Differences on display

The first Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum took place in East End Wednesday night and showcased stark differences between incumbent Cabinet Minister Arden McLean and John McLean Jr.

CBA reviews draft constitution

The draft Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009, dated 10 February, 2009, was finalised on 5 February, 2009, between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Cayman Islands constitution delegation

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