Maples and Calder articled clerk, Katrina Watson was admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands by Hon. Justice Charles Quin, QC on 19 May 2016 before an audience of family, friends and colleagues.
Ms Watson joined Maples and Calder in September 2010 as a law student, working part-time while obtaining her law degree. She attended the Truman Bodden Law School where she received her Bachelor of Laws in 2013 and completed the Professional Practice Course in 2014, with Distinction, upon which she returned to the firm full-time as an articled clerk. She has chosen to join Maples and Calder’s Investment Funds group.
During her studies, Ms Watson was the recipient of the Attorney General’s Trophy for best performance in the Qualifying Examination in 2014 and was awarded the O.L. Memorial Award for best performance over the Professional Practice Course in 2014.
“Maples and Calder is an extraordinary law firm that has provided me with a supportive environment for my professional development. Articles of Clerkship at Maples has exposed me to complex transactions and afforded me the opportunity to be trained by the top lawyers in their respective practice areas,” remarked Ms Watson. “The legal training that I have received from Maples and Calder has provided me with the skills and confidence that I need to begin my new journey as an associate with the firm.”
“I am delighted that Ms Watson has successfully completed her Articles and will be joining the firm as an attorney-at-law,” said partner Matthew Crawford, a member of the firm’s Litigation and Insolvency group who moved Ms Watson’s admission. “We have complete faith in her abilities and wish her every success.”
“We are very pleased to welcome Katrina to the Investment Funds group,” commented partner and head of the Cayman Investment Funds practice, Jonathan Green. “She will undoubtedly be a great asset to the team and we look forward to working with Katrina as her career develops.”
Maples and Calder has been committed to recruiting, training and promoting aspiring lawyers in the Cayman Islands for many years. Its scholarship program is one of the largest and most successful on the island; consistently fielding some of the most outstanding students the jurisdiction has to offer and has, through its Articled Clerk scheme, enabled 30 Caymanian lawyers to be admitted since 2005, with another five currently in training.
Maples and Calder is one of a number of international law firms in the Cayman Islands which provide opportunities for Caymanians to qualify as Cayman Islands attorneys without having to train in the UK or elsewhere.