Summer interns gain legal experience

| 23/08/2019
CNS Local Life
Managing partner Hayden Isbister (left) and partner Hector Robinson (right) flank summer interns (L-R, back row) Andy White, Christiana McMurdo, Jaswindha Singh, Leah Archibold and Michael McLaughlin; (L-R, front row) Christina Rankine, Nalani Bodden, Cristal Garro and Deandra Whiteman

(CNS Local Life): A group of 11 Caymanian students have spent the summer interning with law firm Mourant. The internship programme provides hands-on learning opportunities for students interested in a career in the offshore legal industry, enabling them to work alongside lawyers in various departments. The students spent time in funds, finance and commercial litigation, or within the governance services, human resources, and business development and marketing teams to gain an understanding of how the business operates on a day-to-day basis.

The interns also had the opportunity to practice and polish their presentation skills in front of more than 35 employees from the firm, presenting the “Case for Offshore”, stated a press release.

Returning intern Leah Archibold said of her experience, “I have completed three consecutive summers as an intern at Mourant. During this time, I’ve worked alongside the business development and marketing team. One of my main reasons why I re-apply to be a summer intern, is not only the warm and friendly atmosphere, but also to have the opportunity to work hands-on in the field where I am studying and with a team where they are passionate about their work. I highly recommend students to join the summer internship programme, not only for the work experience but to also be a part of team Mourant.”

The firm also once again partnered with Cayman Finance on its fifth annual student education and work experience programme, which has been completed by approximately 250 students over the past four years. The two students who joined from the programme are enrolled at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) and the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre.

The remaining nine students were either completing a degree internationally or enrolled locally at Truman Bodden Law School or UCCI, two of whom are expected to graduate later this year.

Hayden Isbister, Cayman Islands managing partner at Mourant, said of the internship programme: “We’re dedicated to supporting the young people in our community. It’s great to see so many familiar faces with our five returning summer students, and we’re delighted to see a number of new joiners as well.

“We hope that our summer internship programme has provided these talented individuals with a different perspective of the financial services industry and we certainly hope to see them again next year.”

Cristal Garro Prado, an intern from the Cayman Finance programme, said, “My experience with Mourant was amazing. I got to work with very knowledgeable and kind people, and I have learned so many things with what happens behind the scenes with a successful business. Team work and determination are two things I found really valuable, and I believe that the skills I have developed here at Mourant are transferable to my near future life and career.”

Mourant’s annual summer internship programme spans 12 weeks between June and August. Applications open each year on 1 March and close on 15 April.

For more information on the internship programme, email  


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