High praise for Mourant in Legal 500 Caribbean
12 November 2020
Teams from across Mourant's British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands practices have been recognized in the 2021 edition of Legal 500 Caribbean, maintaining consistently high rankings achieved in recent years.
22 of the firm's lawyers have also been individually recognised for their expertise in this year's guide.
Legal 500 is one of the world's leading legal directories, which ranks law firms following a thorough independent research process, including interviews with clients and peers as well as information provided by the firms themselves.
In the BVI, the "highly dedicated and professional litigation team" climbed up a rank from tier three to tier two in Dispute Resolution and achieved a tier three ranking in the newly-added Regulatory and Compliance section.
Clients stated that the BVI Dispute Resolution team is "one of the most approachable in the jurisdiction…[with] long standing practitioners in the jurisdiction who have vast experience of dealing with the nuances of BVI commercial litigation", while the Corporate team are "knowledgeable, well-experienced practitioners with depth of understanding. They are at the top of their game in the BVI/Caribbean." Other clients noted that the team "brings the well-established professional London-standard level of services" to the jurisdiction.
In the Cayman Islands, the Mourant Dispute Resolution practice maintained its top tier ranking, a position it has held since 2015. Clients praised the team as having "Superb client care, top legal capabilities" and being "exceptionally thorough and top of their game", overall "fantastic to work with".
Tier two rankings were maintained across the board by the Cayman Banking, Finance & Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial and Investment Funds teams. In the Regulatory and Compliance section, the firm debut in tier two.
Clients spoke highly of the "very responsive and commercial minded" Banking and Finance team, who "understand the complexities of cross-border transactions". The "very knowledgeable team of professionals" in the Corporate and Commercial practice was recognized for its "personable approach to a relationship" and "responsiveness to inquires and proactive approached to identify issues real time, or even before they emerge". One client commented that "the care that is put into knowing their client beyond just the work arena, which creates a high degree of trust that facilitates a sense that we are working together to create a success for both Mourant and the client".
The Investment Funds team was praised as being "a team of offshore advisors that can provide cutting edge resources, market views and solve complex structural issues", with clients noting that "this team provide excellent legal advice and client service". The Regulatory and Compliance practice offers "professionalism, competence, practical approach to solving problems" with a "very strong team that can be relied on to work through any issues".
Partners Eleanor Morgan, Hayden Isbister, Alex Last, Hector Robinson QC, Neal Lomax, Peter Hayden, Rachael McDonald, Ramesh Maharaj, Sara Galletly and Simon Dickson were all listed as 'Leading Individuals', while Alexandra Woodcock, Catherine Pham and Nicholas Fox were listed as 'Next Generation Partners'. Finn Howie, Gemma Cowan, Nathaniel Luker and Shane Donovan were all recognized as 'Rising Stars'.
Read more about our Caribbean practice areas and lawyers in Legal 500 here: