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Henry Mander

Partner  |  Harneys

Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales


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

The new types of roles and positions I am being instructed to take on. I have given expert witness evidence on Cayman trusts in foreign proceedings and in the last year I have also been appointed by the Cayman Court as the representative for the unborn beneficiaries in trust proceedings concerning an extremely valuable trust. It is strange to be named as a party on the Court proceedings and actually to be the client of my law firm! But actually it is very interesting to see things from the other side and to take on the duties and responsibilities which come with these different positions.

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

Never judge a book by its cover. You never know when what looks like a really weird or unimportant client inquiry will turn into a massive and very interesting matter. It is always worth spending a few minutes on any inquiry because some gems really come out of nowhere. High Net Worth clients often keep a low profile and just because someone is not smartly dressed or has an odd email address, it does not mean they still can’t be your next billionaire client.

What is your favourite quote?

“I intend to live forever, or die trying” – Groucho Marx