Andrew Leggatt

Managing Director, Cayman Islands  |  Butterfield Trust
JURISDICTION

Cayman Islands

RECOMMENDED SPECIALISM

Exotic Assets
Multi-National Families
Simple Structures

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Trust and corporate governance, balanced against relationship building.

Enhanced Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

A successful application brought before the Cayman Court to consider and if thought fit, bless a momentous decision to distribute the entirety of a trust to a sole adult beneficiary, a concurrent variation of the trust and determination as to whether the proposed actions would be detrimental to minors and unborns.

How did you get into private client?

I started my life in financial services as a bank teller and over time moved through the various roles in retail banking, culminating in an IT role; this saw me join a trust company and become exposed to the intricacies of relationships and the importance of neutrality and fairness.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Reading, comprehension and relationships, not necessarily in that order are key building blocks to establishing and building long-lasting fiduciary relationships

What is your favourite quote?

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Amateur dramatics – I have been known to operate lights for shows; and occasionally tread the boards myself.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

We’ve been incredibly lucky in Cayman as most of our restaurants have remained open throughout. However, Steak 48 in Chicago, The Forge, Miami Beach, the Feijoada served at the Grand Hyatt in Sao Paulo on a Saturday, or for Scallops the Auberge in Guernsey, are all memorable and repeatable indulgences.