Firm Profile > Ritch & Conolly > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Ritch & Conolly
Cayman Islands

Real estate Tier 1

The team at Ritch & Conolly is praised by clients as ‘very approachable, works hard for its customers, makes itself available, and delivers great customer service’. Headed up by vastly experienced senior partner David Ritch OBE JP, who has ‘extensive knowledge of the real estate industry in Cayman’, the department’s expertise spans major real estate developments, investor-driven property and office acquisitions, and high-value loan facilities; the group also handles the sale and acquisition of high-end properties for private clients. Elsewhere in the team, experienced senior associate Angus Charlton possesses ‘excellent knowledge of local law and conveyance laws, rules and regulations’, and Jacqueline Conolly is a highly active senior associate.

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‘I am impressed by David Ritch’s extensive knowledge of the real estate industry in Cayman, and his ability to analyse the finances of a deal. I also like his candour and honesty. Finally, David is extremely professional and deals with privileged consultations himself.’

‘The team at Ritch and Conolly are very approachable, work hard for their customers, make themselves available, and deliver great customer service.’

‘David Ritch, Partner – Very knowledgeable, easy to get hold of, quick response times and very thorough, you rest easy when recommending a customer to David that they will be very well taken care of.’

‘Jackie Conolly, Partner – Very knowledgeable and thorough, the attorneys at this firm know their stuff and are very customer service oriented.’

‘Because this firm is a small boutique firm any customers I have recommended to them, or even in my daily dealings with their Partners and Associates, you feel like you have their full attention. They are hands on and clients feel like they are getting the service from them unlike some of the larger firm where the personal element has been taken out.’

‘Dedicated to see the project through to the end.’

‘Excellent follow up and communication, very high quality of work and knowledge.’

‘David Ritch and Angus Charlton are both ethical and diligent in their due diligence. Communicate very well and have tremendous contacts and knowledge to get transactions closed.’

‘Having dealt with the firm for well over 25 years I firmly believe that they are the number one firm in Cayman when it comes to conveyancing and the development of real estate projects.’

‘I have been dealing with David Ritch and Angus Charlton for over 25 years and find them both to have practical solutions to complex situations. With their guidance we have managed to avoid protracted litigation with innovative solutions.’

‘Angus Charlton- Excellent knowledge of local law and conveyance laws, rules and regulations.’

Key clients

Stone Island Limited (Cayman Overseas Group)

The Watermark Limited (Cayman Overseas Group)

Cayman Islands Airports Authority

Port Authority of the Cayman Islands

Argus Developments Ltd.

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Cayman) Limited

Cayman National Bank

Cayman Grand Harbour

Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Coldwell Banker Cayman Islands Realty

REMAX Cayman Islands

Dispute resolution Tier 4

The litigation and dispute resolution department at boutique firm Ritch & Conolly is headed up by Cherry Bridges, who is a ‘seasoned lawyer with significant experience in cross-border insolvency and dispute resolution matters’. Aside from the group's insolvency expertise, the team also acts for a variety of clients in fund disputes, shareholder claims, trusts litigation, contractual issues, asset-tracing mandates, and handles the enforcement of foreign and domestic judgments. Senior associate David Collier is another name to note.

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‘David Collier is a very astute and canny individual who combines legal nous with financial acumen.’

‘Small boutique practice with highly experienced lawyers who have worked and litigated in the Cayman for over 20+years. They have acted for many clients on high profile, complex engagement to achieve successful results. Very capable firm for handling medium and large complex matters for commercial rates.’

‘Cherry Bridges is a seasoned lawyer with significant experience in cross border insolvency and dispute resolution matters. She is tough minded, aggressive and goes the extra mile for her clients. She is lovely to work with and brings to bear sound judgement and practical advice.’

‘Ritch & Conolly have a first class dispute resolution practise with a deep understanding of government processes and requirements.’

‘David Collier is the stand out senior associate who is trusted by clients for his pragmatic and commercial approach.’

‘A boutique firm covering a range of specialities but well able to compete with the lead players in the Cayman Islands.’

‘Cherry Bridges is utterly relentless, never giving up on a point and carrying arguments by sheer force of will.’

‘Cherry Bridges is friendly caring and diligent. She work hard to deal with all issues and has extremely high standards.’

‘Since 2009, Ritch & Conolly has been the only firm on which I will call in the Cayman Islands. They are exceptionally clever and remarkable in court. Furthermore, their ability to carefully explain legal concepts unique to the Cayman Islands to clients from around the world, as well as to foreign lawyers, must be noted.’

‘Cherry Bridges has been my go-to lawyer in the Cayman Islands. She is clever and she is kind, proving one can be a standout lawyer and do it with class.’

Key clients

Cayman Islands Airports Authority

The Port Authority of the Cayman Islands

IGCF Fund and the Conflict Director of the IGCF Fund (Abraaj liquidation)

Oriental Knowledge Tank Ltd.

First Caribbean International Bank Ltd.

Cayman National Bank

Borrelli Walsh

Cayman Islands Civil Service Association Credit Union


The firm


Ritch & Conolly was established in 1983 and undertakes a wide range of legal services for domestic and international clients.


The firm has a respected international commercial litigation practice with extensive experience in cross-border litigation in trusts, corporate disputes, insolvency and asset recovery, enforcement of foreign judgments and conflicts of law.


Other areas of our litigation practice include banking, commercial fraud, anti-money laundering, contract, negligence, construction, administrative and public law, shipping, property, employment and arbitration.


We also undertake extensive non-contentious work including company, real estate development and structuring, conveyancing, insurance, banking, wills and estates, licensing, immigration and trademarks.


The firm has established links with other law firms and institutions worldwide. The Senior Partner, Mr David Ritch, is highly regarded in the region, having served on numerous Government statutory boards over the years as Chairman and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of both CIBC First Caribbean International Bank and Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd., the latter being the sole provider of electricity on Grand Cayman.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner David Ritch, OBE, JP +1 345 949 7366
Litigation Partner Cherry Bridges +1 345 949 7366
Photo Name Position Profile
 Cherry Bridges  photo Cherry Bridges Litigation Partner
 Angus Charlton  photo Angus Charlton Senior Associate
 David Collier  photo David Collier Senior Associate
 Jacqueline Conolly  photo Jacqueline Conolly Senior Associate
 David Ritch OBE JP  photo David Ritch OBE JP Senior Partner
English (fluent)
INSOL International
Law Society of England and Wales