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Robert Lindley

Head of Cayman and BVI Private Client and Trust practice  |  Conyers

Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
Isle of Man
England and Wales


Administration of trusts
Estate planning
Trust disputes


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

I have a good balance of non-contentious private client and trust dispute work which makes each day challenging, varied and rewarding. Highlights from this last year have included acting as an expert providing BVI trust law advice in US proceedings, and also providing Cayman trust law advice in London arbitration proceedings. On the non-contentious side, I have worked with a large European family, liaising with their Swiss based family office and dealing with complex trust restructuring, diverse asset classes, governance issues, philanthropic considerations and regulatory work.

How did you get into private client?

By having good mentors at the various law firms I have worked at along the way. Plus, I’m not afraid of dealing with family dynamics.

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

To remain personable, and don't be afraid to think laterally.

What is your favourite quote?

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning,” Benjamin Franklin.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I enjoy running and open-water swimming – not to an amazingly high standard, but I enjoy it! I also have 5 dogs – so lots of walking.

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

The Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside, Cumbria in the UK. Or if I’m in Cayman, then Bacaro.