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Charles Moore

Counsel  |  Harneys

Cayman Islands


Contentious Trusts
Semi-contentious Trusts (i.e. a number of applications to the Court for directions on a range of matters)
Non-contentious international trusts and private client advisory work (work with a number of Cayman and international trustees and other intermediaries/advisors on a number of matters).


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

My practice is 60/40 between contentious and non-contentious trust work. I have been very lucky to work on a number of high profile confidential trust matters requiring Court applications/directions/relief and work with a number of leading counsel on these matters (and regularly appear on matters where other leading trust practitioners in Cayman appear). In the last 12 months I have been involved in matters requiring a range of relief: Public Trustee v Cooper; Benjamin orders; Beddoe relief and relief to resolve the ambiguity/construction of a trust instrument. I also act for a number of Cayman trust companies and international trust companies on a number of advisory matters. It is this mix of interesting advisory/Court work over the past 12 months that has been my highlight.

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

Work hard, play hard. Be straightforward, with clients, colleagues, courts and opponents alike. Integrity is an absolute prerequisite.

What is your favourite quote?

“However clever and learned a lawyer you may be, it means nothing, unless you also have humanity and common sense” Cicero ( attr.)

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Interest in most sports, participating and viewing. I competed in a famous multisport event in New Zealand - the Coast to Coast World Championships in 2007 and 2008 (and made the finish line both times in c.16 hours). I have also previously represented the Guernsey Men's touch rugby team at the European Touch Rugby Championships in Bristol, 2010. I now enjoy beach runs on Seven Mile Beach and spending time with my little boy, Freddie.

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

Morgan's restaurant (a lovely relaxed seafood waterfront restaurant where you can't go wrong with catch of the day).