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Walkers Funds Lawyer a Finalist in "Rising Star" Award

Walkers Associate Joseph Barker-Willis is a finalist in the Jersey Finance "Rising Star" awards to recognise emerging talent in the Island's financial services sector.

Joseph, an Associate in the firm's Investment Funds & Corporate practice group, has been recognised by Legal 500, and has worked on pioneering funds involving film finance and cryptocurrency, as well as more typical fund structures in the VC, PE and real estate sectors.

He has also represented Jersey at the 2019 Commonwealth Youth Parliament in India, along with only 50 others across the Commonwealth, and has been active in efforts to introduce equal marriage in Jersey, submitting a briefing to the States of Jersey Scrutiny Panel arguing against discriminatory 'conscience clauses'.

Group Partner Christopher Reed supported Joseph's nomination for the award in the legal category.

He said: "Joseph is a valued member of our firm and an integral part of our Jersey Funds & Corporate team, a very diligent and talented lawyer who is also a pleasure to work with.

"His dedication and technical acumen make him stand out amongst other funds lawyers in the local market. He is a credit to the firm and would be a very deserving recipient of the Rising Star Award."

The online voting link for Jersey Finance's Rising Star Awards is - https://www.risingstars.je/voting/

Walkers Dispute Resolution Lawyer a Finalist in Future Leaders Awards

Walkers senior associate James Turnbull is a finalist in Citywealth's Future Leader Awards in the "IFC Senior & Managing Associate of the Year" category.

James, a Jersey Advocate who is part of the firm's Insolvency & Dispute Resolution team, is nominated alongside lawyers from Cayman, Guernsey, Hong Kong and Zurich.

James trained as a Solicitor with Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy and has spent more than a decade offshore, specialising in trusts disputes and cross-border commercial disputes. His cases since working at Walkers include an appeal to the Privy Council which created new law on backwards tracing.

Partner Marc Seddon said: "We are all very pleased to see James' well-deserved recognition in this impressive list of international talent.

"As our team continues to grow with the recruitment of new lawyers, James is playing a leading role in bringing some of our newest members up to speed with our work, as well as continuing to develop a thriving practice of his own.

James is an Overseas Member of the Chancery Bar Association and a member of ConTrA, the Contentious Trusts Association.

Voting for the Citywealth Future Leaders awards is now open at this link.

Walkers Trusts Lawyer Included in List of Top Young Onshore and Offshore Professionals

Walkers associate Carla Plater has been included in ePrivateClient's "Top 35 under 35" list of the top young professionals in wealth management from the onshore and offshore worlds.

Carla, part of Walkers' Jersey Private Capital and Trusts team, has been included in the list which covers lawyers, trustees and accountants, and which includes lawyers from Charles Russell Speechlys, Macfarlanes and Farrer and Co.

Carla advises on a range of issues relating to Jersey trusts and foundations and regularly works alongside the firm's Investment Funds and Corporate and Insolvency and Dispute Resolution teams.

She has also been included in the eprivateclient top 35 under 35 list for the Channel Islands for the last three years running.

Partner Robert Dobbyn, who leads the Jersey Private Capital and Trusts team, said: "We are delighted at Carla's recognition in this list, and congratulate not just her, but all of those included. I am always impressed by the calibre of the successful nominees and it is particularly pleasing to see recognition for one of our team in a list that covers both onshore and offshore jurisdictions."

Walkers recognised by STEP for commitment to training and skills

Walkers has been granted accreditation by STEP as an "Employer Partner" for its commitment to training, professional skills and career development in its global Private Capital and Trusts Practice Group.

The accreditation recognises the firm's support of the skills of team members and follows a rigorous application and review process.

Partner Rupert Morris, who leads Walkers' Guernsey Private Capital and Trusts Group, and who also sits on the STEP Worldwide Council, said: "We are delighted to have been accredited across all ten of our international offices in Asia, the Caribbean and Europe as a STEP Employer Partner.

"STEP is the global watermark for professional skills in the area of family inheritance, and with succession planning forming such a significant element of our work in the global Private Capital and Trusts Group, this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to client service and to technical excellence in an area that is right at the heart of our work."

Walkers Private Capital and Trusts Group is based in the firm's BVI, Cayman, Guernsey and Jersey offices, but works closely on private capital/trusts matters with colleagues in and clients of the firm's offices in Bermuda, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, London and Singapore.

The Employer Partnership Programme accreditation requires that firms have a clear Learning & Development policy that outlines provisions and expectations, that employees are guided throughout the study process and both financial and time support are provided for study.

STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. STEP works to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promotes education and high professional standards among its members. STEP members help families plan for their futures, from drafting wills to issues surrounding international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving. Full STEP members, known as TEPs, are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience.

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Walkers Professional Services Welcomes Daniel Booth to Lead its Asia Pacific Operations

Walkers is pleased to announce that Daniel Booth has joined the firm as Senior Vice President to lead the Walkers Professional Services ("WPS") group in the Asia Pacific region. Daniel will be based in the firm's Hong Kong office.

Daniel brings significant commercial and strategic leadership to the firm with over 25 years' experience based in the Asia Pacific region, most recently as the Head of Commercial, Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area, at a leading global trust and corporate services provider.

WPS was launched in 2015 and provides Corporate, Corporate Governance, Regulatory and Compliance and Fiduciary services to corporate and institutional clients across global financial centres.

Anne Dolan, Director of Corporate Services said, "We see the Asia Pacific region as central to the success of WPS globally. Daniel will be instrumental in driving the growth and expansion of our professional services offering in the region."

Hong Kong Managing Partner Andy Randall adds, "Over the past five years, we have seen increasing demand in Asia for the quality of professional services that a firm such as WPS can provide. The addition of Daniel, a senior operational and commercial hire, comes at a time when we are looking at moving into the next phase of our business growth. We are excited to have Daniel join us and look forward to working closely with him to deliver best-in-class services to our clients."

Daniel Booth comments, "I am delighted to be joining Walkers Professional Services. I have worked in the industry for over 15 years and Walkers has always impressed me with the stellar reputation they have in the market. I look forward to working with colleagues across the legal and professional services teams in the region."

Ireland Update – Use of Electronic Signatures on Regulatory Documents and Forms

In a statement published on 24 August 2020, the Central Bank of Ireland (the "Central Bank") confirmed to regulated firms that its policy regarding the use of electronic signatures is that, in the absence of any specific legal provisions to the contrary, regulated firms may use electronic signatures in submitting regulatory documents and forms to the Central Bank.

The Central Bank advised that it reserves the right to request a "wet ink" signature where the Central Bank deems it appropriate. In addition, the Central Bank expects regulated firms to continue to meet their regulatory and statutory obligations on an ongoing basis including the requirement to have adequate internal systems and controls.