Trusts/private client in Cayman Islands


Appleby's 'outstanding team' is highly rated for its advice to high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients and global institutions on cross-border trust and estate matters. Group head Carlos de Serpa Pimentel is a highly respected trust litigator and international private client specialist with experience across trustee directions applications, Beddoes applications and trust variation and restructuring proceedings. Esmond Brown, who was recently promoted to senior associate, handles the establishment and administration of Cayman trusts and will and estate planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Carlos de Serpa Pimentel

Other key lawyers:

Esmond Brown


Appleby always gives clients the feeling that each lawyer’s view is consistent through the team, which provides great comfort when seeking advice‘.

Carlos de Serpa Pimentel is a very intelligent, approachable and professional lawyer, whose calm approach provides a level of reassurance he backs up with high-quality advice‘.

Senior associate Esmond Brown has the ability to understand issues as soon as they arise and provides sound advice under pressure‘.

The team in Cayman is a small but impressive one. Carlos Pimentel is a star individual whose charm and courtesy stand out in an increasingly aggressive trust litigation environment. His senior associate, Esmond Brown, is technically excellent and he is following in Carlos’ footsteps.

Key clients

Cayman National Trust Company

Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce Pension Plan

FFP (Cayman)

HSBC Hong Kong

Work highlights

  • Acted for the trustee of the Poulton Family Trust in hostile proceedings brought by the adult children of the settlor and beneficiaries, who were excluded from the trust by the settlor and protector.
  • Advised the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, as trustee of the Chamber’s Pension Plan for all Cayman-resident employees, on deeds of amendment.


Harneys' trusts team, which is led by Henry Mander, 'combines in-depth local knowledge with an understanding of the wider private client world, particularly the concerns and demands of high-net-worth clients in the Far East and South America'. The practice regularly handles estate and succession planning work including the establishment and restructuring of trusts, STAR trusts (a unique form of statutory trust), private trust companies, charitable trusts, unit trusts, and employee benefit and pension trusts. Jessica Williams is a contentious trusts specialist and Charles Moore is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Henry Mander; Jessica Williams

Other key lawyers:

Charles Moore


Very commercial and responsive – just what clients want from offshore counsel‘.

Henry Mander is the ideal private client lawyer: a perfect blend of charm, understanding, legal knowledge and intellectual ability. He is also a pleasure to deal with and has built a very good team in Cayman from scratch, which is not easy to do‘.

Senior associate Charles Moore is one of the up-and-coming players; he is quickly gaining the skills that will lead to him becoming a leading private client lawyer‘.

Harneys has some highly talented and well regarded private client practitioners in Cayman. They are responsive, well informed and highly regarded. An excellent team!

Henry Mander has great expertise and brings a reasoned, experienced mind to matters. He is user friendly but knows his onions and sticks to his guns when he needs to do so.

Maples Group

Maples Group's international trust law experts count global financial institutions, foreign governments, financial centres, and some of the world's wealthiest individuals as clients. The group assists with Cayman private wealth structures and contentious issues, and also advises on the use of trusts in the context of securitisation transactions, collective investment structures, special purpose vehicles, employee benefit and management schemes, and pension funds. Morven McMillan heads up the trusts and private client team, which also fields trust disputes expert Colin McKie QC and associate Maxine Bodden.

Practice head(s):

Morven McMillan

Other key lawyers:

Colin McKie QC; Maxine Bodden


Ogier 'provides a very personalised service to clients' and assists with all aspects of wealth structuring for succession planning and business purposes including asset protection, family governance work, trust litigation and wills and probate work. Giorgio Subiotto heads up the private client and trusts group and Anthony Partridge has particular expertise in cross-border succession and probate matters. The department also fields Rachael Reynolds, who leads the global dispute resolution team; and Jennifer Fox and private wealth specialist Fraser Allister, who were promoted to partner and managing associate, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Giorgio Subiotto; Anthony Partridge


The team is very knowledgeable about the law and jurisdiction‘.

Anthony Partridge is very responsive, reassuring, knowledgeable and easy-to-speak with – he is amazing to work with‘.

Managing associate Fraser Allister is always responsive and professional to deal with; he is an expert in private trust law, giving excellent advice that is always commercial and client centric‘.


The 'competent and professional team' at Walkers is experienced in matters relating to the preservation, investment and passing on of private capital, and also handles the relocation of wealthy families and family offices, litigation issues, commercial trust and foundation structures, charity and philanthropy work, and regulatory matters. Wealth and succession planning specialist David Pytches rejoined the group from Appleby's Isle of Man office, Shelley White​ heads up the trust litigation practice, and Monique Bhullar was recently promoted to the partnership. Lucy Diggle and Jo-Anne Stephens are experienced senior counsels.

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin, which merged with Solomon Harris, is 'very responsive to clients' needs and questions' and was recently bolstered by the recruitment of Andrew Miller from Walkers; he specialises in non-contentious Cayman and BVI international wealth structuring and leads the firm's Cayman and BVI international private client group. The team also advises on international trust, foundation, and private holding company issues and handles succession planning and probate work for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients. Other key practitioners include Cayman managing partner Sophia Harris, Ian Jamieson and Kai McGriele.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Miller


They are excellent in both the legal and business aspects of clients’ situations- they listen, ask appropriate questions and explain options‘.

Andrew Miller is one of a very small number of senior lawyers in the private client sector and very respected; he maintains this high status through hard work, commercial nouse and an unquenchable thirst to master new laws and their implications. He is also client driven and professional‘.

Sophia Harris is an excellent resource; she readily grasps problems, provides solutions and crafts complex wills and foundations that meet clients’ demands‘.

Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen advises high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients on the structuring and restructuring of family trust arrangements, and also assists trustees, protectors and enforcers with ongoing administration issues. Bernadette Carey recently joined from Conyers and leads the trusts and private wealth team, which also counts counsel Graham Stoute as a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Bernadette Carey

Other key lawyers:

Graham Stoute


The most valuable characteristic of the Carey Olsen Cayman private client team is its close link between contentious and non-contentious work. The team has a combination of excellent commercial instincts that is supported by outstanding technical capacity, and there is always an evident and overriding focus on achieving the best outcome‘.

Bernadette Carey is an exceptional talent and a pleasure to deal with; she stands out as being especially intelligent, considered and commercial‘.

Counsel Graham Stoute is a superbly technical lawyer with incredible depth of knowledge, both of local and comparative options. He is practical and always ready to put in the time to hit deadlines‘.

Head of the team in Cayman, Bernadette Carey is the driving force behind, and in front of, Carey Olsen’s growing reputation in the trusts/private client space. Dynamic, knowledgeable, experienced and personable, she is the ideal leader.

Collas Crill

Collas Crill fields 'a very strong team, which covers both contentious and non-contentious matters very well'. The international trust and private client department is led by Tom Mylott, who specialises in non-contentious private trust matters and wealth structuring issues for institutional trustees, family offices and high-net-worth individuals. Counsel Andrew Peedom and senior associate Sally Peedom joined from Mourant and Appleby, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Tom Mylott

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Peedom; Sally Peedom


The knowledgeable, experienced and capable legal team is well equipped to handle any situation, working in a timely and efficient manner. It works well together to provide high-quality advice and support to trustees‘.

Tom Mylott brings years of experience in international private client and wealth planning work, which give him a unique insight into what trustees are looking for‘.

Counsel Andrew Peedom is a very competent lawyer who thrives on taking on difficult situations, provides strong advice, and is not afraid to provide an opinion‘.

Senior associate Sally Peedom is a very knowledgeable lawyer with an approachable manner that makes her a pleasure to work with‘.


Conyers assists high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients with the design and restructuring of family trust structures and the related management and maintenance work. The team also has notable contentious trust expertise. Counsel Robert Lindley, who leads the private client and trust group across the Cayman and BVI offices, is experienced in estate planning and the administration of estates and also handles pensions work, the establishment of private trust companies, trust restructuring applications, breach of trust claims and rectification applications. Paul Smith heads up the litigation group. Bernadette Carey departed to Carey Olsen.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lindley

Other key lawyers:

Paul Smith

Key clients

BF&M Insurance Group

Conyers Trust Company (Cayman)

Work highlights

  • Advised a pension and life insurance provider on the establishment of a pension fund for employees in Cayman.