UK barristers set up chambers in Cayman

| 24/05/2011

(The Lawyer): A duo of English barristers has established a set of chambers in the Cayman Islands in a first for the jurisdiction. Shân Warnock-Smith QC and Andrew De La Rosa have launched International Chancery and Trusts (ICT) Chambers in response to an increasingly international client base and work flow. The pair also remains associated with London set 5 Stone Buildings, where Warnock-Smith is a tenant and De La Rosa a door ¬tenant. Warnock-Smith and De La Rosa both specialise in trusts, private client and wealth management issues. Many clients using trusts investment ¬structures opt for Cayman as their preferred domicile and the jurisdictioncontinues to flourish despite the financial crisis.

“While London is, of course, the centre of excellence as far as legal services are concerned, as our clientele becomes even more mobile than they have before we started to conclude that we too needed to be more international than we have been,” Warnock-Smith said.

She said Cayman was the logical jurisdiction to establish ICT Chambers as it has been the most frequent international destination for both De La Rosa and Warnock-Smith in recent years. Last year Warnock-Smith acted English ¬counsel Court. on two notable disputes before the Cayman Grand routinely appear in Cayman courts as well as advising on Cayman-related cases in the English courts.

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