Hector Robinson QC

+1 345 814 9114

Hector Robinson QC

Partner  |  Mourant
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Cayman Islands

Q&A

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

I have advised and appeared successfully as leading counsel on three significant Beddoe applications for the trustee of the Stingray Trust, two of which were hotly contested, and one of which involved the court granting a Beddoe Order retrospectively, which appears to have had no precedent in any reported case. The matter is a multi-jurisdictional cross-border matter with proceedings currently ongoing in three jurisdictions.

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

This area of the law is as challenging as it is intellectually rewarding. You will have the opportunity to work among some of the brightest lawyers in the world both on the contentious side and on the advisory side. Embrace the opportunity, as success in this field will invariably be recognised as a major achievement.

What is your favourite quote?

"I may be wrong, and often am, but I never doubt." – Sir George Jessel.


Charles Moore

+1 345 815 2942

Charles Moore

Senior Associate  |  Harneys
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Cayman Islands

Q&A

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

Being involved in wide variety of non-contentious and contentious matters which has made my practice very interesting. In particular, working with leading onshore firms and advisors to establish Cayman structures for high net worth clients, as well as advising Cayman trustees in some very delicate and sensitive situations that have required applications to be made to the Cayman court to seek directions and guidance.

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.)


Shân Warnock-Smith QC

Shân Warnock-Smith QC

[email protected]  |  Queen's Counsel
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Cayman Islands
England and Wales
British Virgin Islands
Trinidad and Tobago

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Succession planning
Dispute resolution
Asset holding structures

Q&A

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

Working with Hong Kong solicitors and counsel on an appeal in a complex case in which Hong Kong trustees of a Jersey law trust were found liable for breach of trust for an alleged failure to supervise an investment manager.

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

Communicate! The most important characteristic of a first class private client lawyer is the ability to communicate with and relate to lay and professional clients and other advisers.

What is your favourite quote?

"Dignity, always dignity," Singing in the Rain.


Rachael Reynolds

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Rachael Reynolds

Partner, Global Head of Dispute Resolution  |  Ogier
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Cayman Islands
England and Wales (non-practising)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution

Q&A

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

Acting as a trusted adviser to a prominent HNW and finding a solution to an issue which had been unresolved for a decade.

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

Lean in and offer your view - you have something valuable to offer.

What is your favourite quote?

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do," Steve Jobs.


Andrew Miller

+1 345 949 0488

Andrew Miller

Partner  |  Bedell Cristin
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales (non-practising)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Asset holding structures

Q&A

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

Acting in connection with the estate and trusts of a deceased Middle Eastern royalty involving assets and many billions in numerous jurisdictions.

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

Focus on both the big picture and the details in achieving the client's aims.

What is your favourite quote?

“If you are going through hell keep going,” Winston Churchill.


Robert Lindley

+1 345 814 7360

Robert Lindley

Head of Cayman and BVI Private Client and Trust practice  |  Conyers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
Isle of Man
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Succession planning
Dispute resolution
Asset protection

Q&A

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

Building up the Cayman and BVI Private Client & Trust practice at Conyers and working with a fantastic team of lawyers. Acting for the trustee in a multi-billion dollar Public Trustee v Cooper application in the Cayman Islands which involves multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring, tax complexities and family governance issues.

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.


Carlos De Serpa Pimentel

+1 345 814 2082

Carlos De Serpa Pimentel

Partner, Group Head Private Client and Trusts  |  Appleby
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Asset holding structures

Q&A

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

There have been two. The first is working for a new client who is based in Beirut, Lebanon and advising him on the establishment of a new Cayman Islands STAR Trust, involving a visit with other advisers to progress this in Beirut. The second has been working on a substantial Public Trustee v Cooper matter in Cayman which is ongoing and involves numerous leading QCs, Cayman counsel and Cayman Islands law firms.

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.


Andrew De La Rosa

+1 345 926 5214

Andrew De La Rosa

Independent Counsel  |  ICT Chambers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Cayman Islands
United Kingdom

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Succession planning

Q&A

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

Twice in my career I have had the privilege of helping restore the professional standing of individuals who were unjustly targeted by regulatory sanctions.


Bhavesh Patel

+1 345 949 0699

Bhavesh Patel

Senior Counsel  |  Travers Thorp Alberga
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Dispute resolution (including contentious trusts and insolvency)
Asset protection and holding structures
Restructuring

Q&A

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

Assisting and advising a Cayman Trust company in its efforts to resist the disclosure of materials relating to the estate of a HNW individual that were being sought in the Cayman Courts following applications in the US Courts by some of the aggrieved parties.

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

Listen, learn, and be inquisitive and never forget that relationships are the most important part of any business - both internal and external.

What is your favourite quote?

“Worrying is like a rocking chair – it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere,” Van Wilder.


Lucy Diggle

+1 345 914 4250

Lucy Diggle

Senior Counsel  |  Walkers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales
Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Succession planning

Q&A

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

Advising in relation to the establishment of one of Cayman's first foundation companies!
Advising on the possible ways to remove the gender disparity inherent in the roles of the power holders of a Cayman Islands STAR trust established by the family's (now deceased) patriarch.

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

Private Client work is vast. Get as much experience in as many different areas of specialism as possible as early as you can: it will help in the long run.

What is your favourite quote?

"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito,” Dalai Lama.