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Carlos De Serpa Pimentel

Partner, Group Head Private Client and Trusts  |  Appleby

Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales


Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Asset holding structures


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

We have been involved in several reported cases in Cayman this year. We have had two that stand out and reinforce the capacity of the Cayman court to deal with complex family trust situations. Additionally, in response to COVID, we have set up a specific Cayman Islands charitable foundation company to assist in Cayman’s response.

How did you get into private client?

I spent the first ten years of my career at the Bar in England and Wales, in Lincoln’s Inn. When I was a junior, I did a broad range of chancery work, but gradually veered into private client, trust and estates.

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

Strive to make a human connection with your clients, be yourself, work hard and do the best job you can for your clients, make sure you keep your sense of humour at all times and keep things in perspective. The rest will take care of itself.

What is your favourite quote?

"You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her." Winston Churchill.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Keeping fit! I love the theatre and have a play reading group, which we I am a member of. I also enjoy competing in sporting events for charity.

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

In Cayman, the restaurant Bacaro. The food is great, it has a fabulous view and the atmosphere is fun.