Alicia Thompson called to the bar

| 03/07/2018 | 0 Comments
CNS Local Life

(L-R) James Eldridge and Andrew Keast of Maples and Calder, Alicia Thompson and Justice Richard Williams

(CNS Local Life): Alicia Thompson has completed her articles of clerkship with Maples and Calder and was admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands by Justice Richard Williams last month. She attended Truman Bodden Law School (TBLS), where she received a bachelor of laws in 2015, and completed the legal practice course with commendation at the University of Law in 2016.

Thompson, a Caymanian, first joined Maples and Calder in November 2016 as an articled clerk and will now be practising in the firm’s finance group, stated a press release.

During her studies at TBLS, Thompson received the Dillon Eustace Award for top Caymanian student. As an active member of the law student community, she was the 2014-2015 undergraduate representative for the Cayman Islands Bar Association, a member of the Student Society of TBLS and was the third-year representative for the school.

“The opportunity to train with Maples and Calder was a blessing,” said Thompson, who was called to the bar 8 June, before an audience of family, friends and colleagues. “Maples and Calder is filled with some of the best associates and partners you can work with and learn from. I received top training that has provided me with the requisite tools for the next chapter of my growth as a young Caymanian lawyer. I look forward to growing with the firm and developing my skills as a lawyer and becoming an asset to my community.”

Mark Matthews, partner and global head of the law firm’s finance practice, said, “The finance group is delighted to welcome Alicia to the team. We know she will be a valuable resource to the team and we look forward to working with Alicia as her career progresses.”

Maples and Calder has been committed to recruiting, training and promoting aspiring lawyers in the Cayman Islands for many years, said the firm in the press release, adding, “Its scholarship programme 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 over 30 Caymanian lawyers to be admitted since 2005, with another three currently in training.”

Maples and Calder is one of a number of international law firms in the Cayman Islands that provide opportunities for Caymanians to qualify as attorneys here without having to train overseas.

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