William Jones > Ogier > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Lawyer Profile

Ogier
89 NEXUS WAY
CAMANA BAY
GRAND CAYMAN KY1-9007
Cayman Islands

Work Department

Counsel Restrucuring and Insolvency

Position

Will advises on all aspects of commercial litigation, specialising in contractual disputes, insurance claims and contentious trust matters. He also has significant experience in contentious restructuring and insolvency matters and is a member of the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency Group.    

Will’s recent work includes acting for the joint provisional liquidators in the $3.7 billion Ocean Rig restructuring, acting for liquidators and liquidation committees on a number of insolvent liquidations and acting for trustees and beneficiaries in relation to high-value trust disputes. He has also recently advised on Norwich Pharmacal disclosure applications and on the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Will regularly appears in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, in both the Financial Services Division and the Civil Division, and is a member of the Court’s Financial Services Division Users Committee.

Career

Will joined Ogier as a trainee in 2003. He completed his articles of clerkship with the firm and was admitted to practise as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 2005.

Memberships

Will is a member of the Cayman Islands Law Society, the Caymanian Bar Association, the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association (Cayman) Limited and INSOL International.

Education

He obtained his Bachelor of Laws, with Honours, from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom in 2001 and his Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, with Commendation, from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002.

Admitted in:
2005 – Cayman Islands

Lawyer Rankings

Cayman Islands > Regulatory and compliance

With its ‘regulatory lawyers embedded across various practice areas’, the multi-disciplinary regulatory and compliance team at Ogier is praised as ‘extremely helpful and thoughtful’. Spearheaded by Joanne Huckle, the investment funds regulatory group underpins the firm’s overall regulatory and compliance practice. Recently, Huckle has guided clients through the new private funds law, engaging with legislators and the regulator, as well as industry bodies, through participation in technical committees. Beyond its investment funds specialism, the other core areas of expertise for the firm’s regulatory practitioners include Economic Substance advice, regulatory licence applications to the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, advice on anti-money laundering and data protection regimes, trusts regulations and beneficial ownership registers. Nick Rogers, James Heinicke, William Jones, Jennifer Fox, managing associate Fraser Allister and senior associate Praajakta Pargaonkar are adept at handling regulatory issues in their respective practice areas. Associate and data protection expert Cornelia Zhu is also a key name to note, and counsel Dave Sherwin joined from Maples Group in 2020 and works closely with the Cayman Islands Government and the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.

Cayman Islands > Dispute resolution

Jointly led by trusts disputes head Rachael Reynolds and restructuring and insolvency group leader Marc Kish, the team at Ogier handles a variety of disputes and claims in Cayman. Kish specialises in international insolvency, restructuring and financial services disputes, including large-scale fraud and asset tracing claims, while Reynolds is renowned for handling high-value international trust and estate disputes. The group is also seeing an increase in fair-value disputes as well as insolvent trusts work. Jennifer Fox is also a key name to note in the team, which has seen notable expansion as well as a spate of promotions: trusts expert Deborah Barker-Roye was promoted to counsel, Gemma Lardner was promoted to managing associate, and William Jones was promoted to partner. In the firm’s London office, Cayman specialists Jeremy Snead and counsel Anna Snead joined from Appleby in mid-2020.