Firm Profile > Bedell Cristin > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Bedell Cristin
Cayman Islands

Real estate Tier 2

Bedell Cristin, which merged with Solomon Harris in 2018, regularly advises major Cayman-based developers, investors and retail banks on high-profile real estate matters. Inward investment group head Ian Jamieson is a real estate finance expert, and Sophia Harris' expertise includes advising property developers on real estate transactions including local licensing issues.


The team is very knowledgeable about the laws in Cayman; it is also very responsive and always returns calls or emails within 24 hours, if not immediately‘.

Ian Jamieson is an excellent attorney and deserves his reputation of being a leader in this field; his approach to client relationships is excellent, he is incredibly easy to deal with, and he goes out of his way to be helpful and get things done‘.

Key clients

FirstCaribbean International Bank

Scotiabank & Trust

Cayman National Bank

Butterfield Bank

Fidelity Bank

RBC Royal Bank

Grand Harbour Properties

Trusts/private client Tier 2

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.


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‘.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The 'extremely knowledgable and accessible team' at Bedell Cristin has been particularly active in matters involving distressed oil and gas commodities, shareholder actions, M&A-related claims, high-value commercial property disputes, distressed positions in the insurance industry, Cayman-related commercial disputes, and challenges to administrative decisions. Laura Hatfield leads the litigation and corporate insolvency and restructuring practice in Cayman, which also includes Kai McGriele and managing associates Tom Wright and Richard Parry.


As a smaller firm, it is extremely client friendly, providing a great service.’

Laura Hatfield is fantastic – she leads cases with calm expertise and is totally engaged‘.

Kai McGriele and managing associate Tom Wright are both impressive; they clearly have a good knowledge of the local court system and their advice is pragmatic and commercial‘.

Managing associate Richard Parry is an amazing lawyer to work with. Not only are his response times immediate, he also takes the time to give tutorials to clients’ staff‘.

Key clients

Citco Global Custody


Ernst & Young

Deloitte Cayman

KPMG Cayman Islands

Duff & Phelps

Grant Thornton

Krys Global

Kalo Advisors

FTI Consulting

Scotiabank and Trust (Cayman)

FirstCaribbean International Bank

Saba Capital Management

SMP Partners

Artex Risk Solutions

Chris Johnson Associates

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Bedell Cristin 'makes every effort to understand clients' issues and offer solutions'. Ian Jamieson focuses on banking and real estate finance work and leads the inward investment product group, and Jonathan Fitzgibbons' practice spans secured lending, stock exchange listings and debt financing work. Richard Addlestone has retired from the practice.


Ian Jamieson is always available to help resolve issues and address new concerns that arise‘.

Key clients

Advantage International  Holdings

CDC Corporation

Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development

KPMG (Cayman)

Marsh Management (Cayman)

Policy Selection

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Cayman)

TMF Group

Daemon Investment Fund

Corporate and commercial Tier 4

Following its 2018 merger with long-established Cayman-based law firm Solomon Harris, Bedell Cristin has notable transactional insurance expertise alongside substantial general corporate and commercial experience, and counts financial institutions, public and private corporates, and high-net-worth individuals as clients. The principal advisers are managing partner Sophia Harris, inward and domestic investment practice leader Ian Jamieson and investment fund specialist Nick Reid. Richard Addlestone retired.

Investment funds Tier 4

Bedell Cristin, which merged with legacy firm Solomon Harris in late 2018, regularly advises on the establishment of new funds. Nick Reid specialises in the structuring, formation, operation, regulation and wind-down of investment funds. Richard Addleston retired.


The firm is very effecient and responsive, with fees that are reasonable‘.

Key clients

Advantage International Holdings

CDC Corporation

Daemon Investment Fund

KPMG (Cayman)

Marsh Management (Cayman)

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Cayman)

A full service commercial law firm specialising in international offshore work with a number of niche specialisms. Standing among the leading law firms in the Cayman Islands, its mission statement is to provide effective offshore legal solutions, promptly and efficiently. Clients include international financial institutions, public and private companies, high net worth individuals, major onshore law firms, accountancy firms and other advisory firms. The firm has been consistently recommended in <i>Legal 500, Chambers Global, Global Counsel 3000 and IFLR 1000</i>.</p><p>Main practice areas are: banking, capital markets and SPV’s, captive insurance, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, e-commerce, investment funds including hedge funds, private equity funds and real estate funds, local licensing, mergers and acquisitions, real estate (including construction law, leases, development, timeshares and financing), regulatory compliance, restructuring/insolvency, structured finance (including securitisation), wealth management (including trusts), wills, probate/estate matters.