Wants to report lawyer for infraction

| 22/07/2016

What happens when a senior lawyer breaks client confidentiality? There is no independent authority to report them to because both societies are all entangled and friends. How do you report their actions which have caused great distress and be heard fairly?

Auntie’s answer: I have previously addressed a question dealing with complaints about legal services which should be helpful (See How to complain about a lawyer). While the specific question may be different, the process is the same. You mentioned “both societies” and I am assuming you are referring to the Cayman Islands Law Society and the Caymanian Bar Association.

You are right that neither is the correct outlet for a complaint, but they do not claim to be. In fact, the Law Society website outlines the proper process for lodging a complaint, which starts with contacting the chief justice.

A local attorney confirmed that discipline complaints against a lawyer in Cayman can be dealt with by any Grand Court judge. But he also warned that anyone lodging a complaint should be careful to have “appropriate and sufficient evidence” or the person complaining could be exposed to a lawsuit.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    From my own experience, some are as crooked as the crooks they normally represent.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hence why we need to pass the Legal Practitioners Law!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Although the real aim of the law is to protect inflated profits of the mediocre by limiting fair competition based on talent.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think we can safely assume that “appropriate and sufficient evidence” will be virtually impossible to come by. The legal(?) profession is a law unto itself!

    • A Nony Mouse says:

      How right you are! I had THREE different lawyers effectively “throw me under the bus,” two of them knowing full details of the first experience! I guess they thought if I was dumb enough to trust one, then they could get away with it (and my $3500!!) as well.


  4. anonymous says:

    I forgot to add that she is an expat who is married to a caymanian and is probably waiting for her PR. I would have let it slide had she apologized for her unethical behavior such as yelling, name calling and withholding my medical records, but she did not bother.