Maitland, a leading international professional services firm, opened a law firm in Cayman on 1 September, 2008.
Local managing partner and leading dispute resolution practitioner, Sara Collins, leads a growing team of highly experienced and well regarded legal professionals and recently announced the appointment of former Solomon Harris lawyer Magda Embury as a partner, heading up the finance and local business team. Bernadette Carey and Angelina Whiteman joined in 2008 as associates. The expansion of the firm will continue with the anticipated announcement of new hires in January 2009 from leading London and offshore firms, to head up the trusts and funds teams.
On making the announcements, managing partner Sara Collins commented, “I am delighted to have such talent on board in Cayman. I am excited at the opportunities that lie ahead for us here in Cayman as we establish and grow the law firm here. In spite of current market pressures, there are a number of ingredients that reaffirm Cayman’s strength as a jurisdiction and will ensure that we can weather the storm. One of the most important of these is the quality of professionals available to provide advice on setting up structures and managing structures in distress. We at Maitland are well placed to provide a first class service, drawing upon our combined knowledge and experience of the jurisdiction as a team.”
The opening of a Cayman Islands office was led by client demand and extends Maitland’s international footprint to twelve offices worldwide, boosting the firm’s strong reputation in cross-border work. In September 2008, Maitland was shortlisted for law firm of the year at The Spear’s Wealth Management Awards, which honours the achievements of those in the high-net-worth world.