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Lord Mance Reception

Reception Photo

Photograph courtesy of the Cayman Islands Judicial Administration.

(Back row (l-r): Stephen Watler (CBA Council Member), Paul Ebanks, Lisa Donalds, Brett Basdeo (Former CBA Vice President), Erik Bodden (CBA Council Member), Alison Maxwell (CBA Council Member). Front row (l-r): Joni Ebanks, Ridhiima Kapoor (CBA Council Member) and Lord Mance.)

The Caymanian Bar Association and the Cayman Islands Law Society held a reception in honour of Lord Mance (a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom) on Tuesday 31st March at the Westin.  Lord Mance was introduced by Nick Rogers, Vice-President of the Caymanian Bar Association to members of both associations as well as to members of the Cayman Islands Judicial and Legal departments.

As part of his visit to the Cayman Islands, Lord Mance delivered a lecture on the topic of “Jurisdiction and Justiciability” at the Grand Court earlier during the day to a packed courtroom which was received with great enthusiasm.  Brett Basdeo, a key organizer of Lord Mance’s visit and former Vice President and Council Member of the Caymanian Bar Association, noted that “Lord Mance’s guest lecture was very insightful; underscoring a topic “Jurisdiction and Justiciability” that some may not have appreciated was of such importance to the Privy Council, our Islands’ highest appellate court, and his comments will surely be noted by practitioners.  His visit was also a reminder that the quality of cases and legal work emanating from this jurisdiction are very much on the Privy Council’s radar.”

The Caymanian Bar Association arranges and promotes such events as part of fulfilling the objectives set forth in its bye-laws formed over 25 years ago.  This includes promoting information on legal subjects to its members and providing facilities for social interaction.

About the Caymanian Bar Association

The Caymanian Bar Association was established in 1988 after senior Caymanian attorneys perceived the need for an organisation to address issues of particular relevance to Caymanian attorneys and effectively to represent the views of Caymanian attorneys who were, and are, a minority in the profession in the Cayman Islands.

To that end all Caymanians, as defined in the Immigration Law (2014 Revision), who are admitted to practise as an attorney in the Cayman Islands and possess a current practising certificate, are eligible to be members of the CBA.

Most Caymanian attorneys who are eligible have joined the CBA, and the organisation currently represents the interests of around 200 Caymanian attorneys.  The CBA also has a Student Chapter with around 100 honorary student members comprised of Caymanian law students and articled clerks.