FCO gives nod to four new Cayman silks

| 07/08/2013

(CNS): Four local attorneys have been appointed as Queen’s Counsel following recommendations from the local judiciary that were approved by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The UK’s secretary of state for foreign affairs, William Hague, and Governor Duncan Taylor confirmed Colin McKie, a partner at Maples and Calder; Ian Paget-Brown, a senior attorney and chairman of the Law Reform Commission; Eileen Nervik, a senior attorney from Nervick & Company; and Deputy Director of the public prosecution’s office, Trevor Ward (left). These are the first appointments of new QCs in the Cayman Islands since 2010, officials said Wednesday.

In each of the Overseas Territories, the rank of Queen's Counsel may be granted to a very limited number of senior legal practitioners.  The formal admissions to the Inner Bar will take place in open court before Chief Justice Anthonie Smellei and judges of the Grand Court on a date to be announced.

The four attorneys will now be able to add QC to their moniker and, if they choose, wear black silk gowns in court, hence the informal term of ‘taking silk’. Appointments are made on the basis of merit and not necessarily on experience but most QC’s have at least fifteen years experience at the bar.

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  1. ACRULI says:

    This is getting as bad as the appointment of JPs!   Or the doling out of OBEs & MBEs.

    At one time these titles meant something.  NOW IT'S LAUGHABLE!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    When was Paget Brown last in Court?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Where is Steve McField's name?

    • Anonymous says:

      He certainly achieve the standards of the others on the list.  What a joke.

    • Anonymous says:

      He is more deserving than some of these. He wins many of his cases.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good point. He is more deserving than some of these.

    • Anonymous says:

      Tough question 21.53. I tried to call someone in CS to find out. CS was closed.

    • Knot S Smart says:

      After today's decision in the Tara Riverscase – I think your question should be subtly answered?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh wow!

  5. The Golfer says:
    The following is an excerpt from the requirements as stated by the Queens Counsel Selection Panel: 
    The award of Queens Counsel is for "EXCELLENCE in ADVOCACY IN THE HIGHER COURTS". It is made to "EXPERIENCED ADVOCATES" both barristers and solicitors who have RIGHTS OF AUDIENCE in the HIGHER COURTS of ENGLAND and WALES and have DEMONSTRATED the COMPETENCIES in the competency Framework to a STANDARD  of EXCELLENCE. 
    Advocacy includes both written and oral advocacy before the higher courts arbitration and tribunals and equivalent bodies. The advocacy may be in written or oral form but must relate to developing and advancing a clients or employers case to SECURE  the BEST OUTCOME for THE CLIENT in a dispute. That outcome may for example be secured through arbitration court determination or a settlement agreement. Oral advocacy includes advocacy in a court or tribunal mediation arbitration or in negotiation. There is no specific requirement as to the amount of written advocacy or in the  court so long as  there is sufficient evidence for the Panel to reach a conclusion as to "EXCELLENCE" in respect of each aspect of advocacy.
    To see all of the requirements and the application forms for becoming a QC please go to:  
  6. Anonymous says:

    The only one in this lot that I consider worthy of my congratulations is Mr. Ian Paget-Brown. My sincere congratulations Sir. I pray that you will continue to speak up on issues that affect these Islands as you have done in the past. You are deserving of this honour. Others have spoken of the remaining appointees and I will refrain for adding any further comment.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am sure he is grateful for your congratulations. And the wisdom you bring in judging the others.

  7. Catcha Fire says:

    Only in Cayman do we celebrate and recognise incompetence. although any man who get into a confrontation with the Catron and survives should be recognised .saying that Congrats Ian this is well over due my friend. well over due.

  8. supporter says:

    All these negative comments prove one thing… Haters gonna hate.

  9. Anonymous says:

    A few unimpressive picks andone gimme to the only big law firm on the island without its own QC. 

  10. Anonymous says:

    Ok Sandra you can stop posting now…….Geez !!! Trevor Ward is an excellent lawyer and well deserving of the designation of Queen's Counsel.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Has to be a winner and a loser in every case…if they won all the time one might suspect some kind of rigged system!

    • Anonymous says:

      How about the majority of the times? Remember he gets to decide which cases to bring, but defence attorneys don't really get to choose which cases to defend.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Trevor Ward??? Are they now handing out QC in a happy meal??? WTF? Look how many simple cases this man has lost in court and tell me that is the credentials to look for in this title. To whomever approved this,I say, making the Queen the butt of a joke is disrespectful!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you even read the article? People are always quick to pull a man down. Just AMAZING with your negativity.  My word! Congratulations Trevor!

      • SSM345 says:

        Article? Its a paragraph at best.

        While they were at it why didn't they submit a nomination for Steve "The Sacred Vessel of Good Ol' Caymanian Common Sense" McField while they were at it?

  13. Smart person says:

    What a joke!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Where do I apply? I can read and write and generally understand most things. Perhaps I am overqualified?

  14. Anonymous says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to all – what an honour. Special wishes to Ian Paget Brown who I have known all my life. So very happy to see you get this award/appointment for hard work and dedication to your profession.

    • Anonymous says:

      …from overseas. Seriously, how many Caymanian lawyers has he trained over the years, whether from his Virginia retreat or here?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Paget Brown practices overseas doesn't he?

    This is one of the last remaining bastions of judicial patronage. Utterly opaque, utterly personal. 

    The Chief Justice shouldn't complain about others seeking to bring the administration of justice into disrepute. These appointments by him do the job perfectly adequately.

    • Anonymous says:

      @ Anon Wed, 08/07/ – 15:04:

      You must be one of those disgruntled big firm partners that Ian put in their place at the Grand Court opening on the16th of January of this year with his damning indictment of all that you have done to promote yourselves at this country's expense. 

      Judicial patronage?? You must be insane, or insanely dishonest. The man did nothing of the sort. He simply presented the facts that everyone knows but are afraid to talk about, less their own skeletons come flying out of their closets. That unforgettable speech at the opening of the Grand Court, with all of you charlatans in attendance, in and of itself, is an indication of the measure of the man as an advocate and an officer of the Court. The fact that he was willing to fearlessly stand up and condemn wrong in the face of such resistance and thereby subject himself to such disparaging propaganda as you are spouting here, commends itself.

      You should wish that one day you could be a man of such calibre and character, rather than a whining wannabe self importantant wretch, one of many that would never have made it so good as you have made it for yourself here, but nonetheless have the temerity to complain.

      People like you are a blight on this jurisdiction, quite the opposite of Mr. Pagent-Brown. Yet you have the nerve to speak of bringing the administration of justice into disrepute? Why don't you shut the hell up and go and count your millions and see if that can help to assuage your deflating ego?

      Or maybe, in typical fashion, you can call in all of your little drones on the CBA and direct them to give this a thumbs down, if that makes you feel bigger.

      In my humble opinion, there is no more deserving member of the Cayman Bar to be bestowed with such esteemed status than Ian Pagent-Brown. Many less deserving ones have made it before him, but that should not detract from his appointment as Queens Counsel. Congrats, Ian!

    • Anonymous says:

      dont be silly…..Chief Justice does not decide on these honours.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Trevor!


    • Anonymous says:

      Well done Trevor!

      Can anyone list all of the QCs we now have in Cayman?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Are they scraping the barrel now?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Trevor Ward?? What's his success rate with winning cases?

  19. Charles Dodgson says:

    So many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Aunt Eileen!!  Jewel

  21. The spirit of Pierre LaMontage lives says:

    Dear Justice Smellie

    I thought becoming a QC was an honor and something difficult to achieve not a reward for friendships. 

    This is a mockery and an insult to the profession. 

    A CBA member

    • Anonymous says:

      The only issue you house slaves have with Trevor is that he is not white.

      The persons appointed to decide if he merits being a QC have spoken.

      • Anonymous says:

        Um….no actually. "We" do not have an issue with him. The fact that this man has the success rate of a dead sloth, makes it very interesting that he would actually become a QC.

        But, here in lala land, it only takes knowing the right person and not actually knowing.

      • Rorschach says:

        hmmm You use the word "slaves" in your comment, but I bet you had a much  "N"icer word in mind when you wrote it, didn't you…

      • Anonymous says:

        Please educate us. What is a house slave

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps fair points, but then it says "A CBA Member".  The CBA is a pathetic club itself which has done great harm to the provision of legal services in the Cayman Islands and beyond because some members simply want to make money because of their passport rather than any talent.

      • Anonymous says:

        Some members don't want to be discriminated against and marginalised because they are Caymanian. But you are right. The CBA has become pathetic now that both societies are run by partners in the same firm and it marches in lock step with Law Society.

  22. Lord Denning says:

    Give one to Sandra Catron instead of Trevor Ward she makes the DPP office look like amateur hour on a monthly basis and actually wins her cases.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thats why that DPP office was replaced with an outside lawfirm to represent the Govt., they can't even stand up to one lil Caymanian? Hilarious.

  23. Weapons Grade Bollocks says:

    Wow. What are the qualifications? A faint pulse?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Trevor Ward – Isn't he the one who lost the dog theft case against Sandra Catron?! LOL