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Walkers Takes on Title Sponsorship of Cayman's Marathon

Leading international law firm Walkers has signed on as title sponsor of the Cayman Islands Marathon for what will be at least a three-year partnership. The event, which takes place on Sunday 5 December this year, will now be called the Walkers Cayman Islands Marathon.

Although new to the sponsorship family, Walkers has been connected to the race for many years through the participation of its employees. Individuals from the firm have been competing in the four-person relay event since 2007. When the relay team classifications – all female, all male, corporate and mixed – were introduced in 2011, the Walkers Running team became the team to beat, placing in the top three for the corporate and overall categories almost every year. The 2020 edition of Team Walkers Running – Peter Kendall, Christian Bourke, Christopher Brett Young and Theo Lefkos – finished first in the corporate division and second overall while Team Walkers Running A, consisting of Hugh Anderson, Helen Green, Martin Davies and Andrew Barker, placed third overall.

“We are thrilled about this new partnership with Walkers. We have worked hard over the years to make this race a first-class, international running event by listening to our participants, getting feedback from our sponsors and learning from previous years and other races. For an organisation of Walkers’ status to see the value of the Cayman Islands Marathon, recognise the quality and reputation of the event, and want to get involved is both validating and encouraging for our team. We are grateful for the investment and the confidence which they have placed in us,” said Race Director Rhonda Kelly of KHL Events & Communications.

Walkers' Cayman Managing Partner, Tim Buckley, stated, "We are delighted to be the new headline sponsor of this fantastic sports event, which draws a huge amount of international interest and highlights all that the Cayman Islands has to offer. For the avoidance of doubt, we are faster than our name suggests and will be out in full force at the marathon to prove it later this year. I would also like to take this opportunity to invite walkers and runners at businesses and firms throughout the region to sign-up and support the event. See you on race day!"

The new sponsorship is a welcomed one after the race’s 10-year relationship with its previous title sponsor recently concluded.

Registration for the 2021 Walkers Cayman Islands Marathon, half marathon, four-person relay and Milo Kids Fun Run is open online at caymanislandsmarathon.com. There is also a virtual option for the full and half marathon events.

For more information about the race, call Rhonda Kelly at KHL Events & Communications on 623.8823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit caymanislandsmarathon.com.

Walkers Honours Dedicated Cayman Employees

Walkers' Cayman Islands office recently recognised thirty-four employees for their devotion to the firm during a long-service award ceremony on 31 March. The awardees celebrated five, 10, 15 and 20-year anniversaries, spanning all areas of the firm, including its law practice, Walkers Professional Services, and business support teams in IT, marketing, finance, facilities and human resources.

Among those recognised were Sandra Corbett, Pauline Lambert and Debbie Robinson (20 years); Carol Adams, Micton Bedasse, Stacy Bounds, Jordana Clarke, Debra Garnham, Caroline Heal, Robert Jackson, Rolf Lindsay, Shinette Rhoden, Karen Scott and Horace Walters (15 years); Fiona MacAdam, Neil Martin, Neil Sherlock, Benicha Tyndale and Shelley White (10 years); and Brett Basdeo, Matthew Bernardo, James Burch, Darren Cato, Anne Dolan, Sarah Dombowsky, Kimberly Ebanks, Dianne Farjallah, Desmond Harris, Leonard Lewis, Thea Maitland, Steven Manning, Nadia Martinez and Este Rabey (five years).

Awardees were invited to share a few thoughts on their time with the firm and it was evident the resounding theme was "people and culture". Insolvency & Dispute Resolution partner Shelley White said: "Walkers has brought me everything I've ever wanted in my career, a supportive culture, interesting and challenging client work and opportunity for progression" while Shinette Rhoden, a professional support manager who celebrated 15 years with Walkers, added, "Walkers feels like family and I am grateful for all the support and encouragement I have received over the years while advancing my studies and professional development."

Tim Buckley, Cayman Managing Partner, shared their sentiments by saying: "Walkers' firm culture is all about our people; they are at the very core of our business. This exemplary group of employees is an excellent representation of the shared values, strong leadership and collegial environment that Walkers prides itself on and we thoroughly appreciate their hard work over the years."

Walkers Named 'Offshore Law Firm of the Year' for Second Time at Chambers Awards

Leading international law firm, Walkers, is pleased to announce that it has been named "Offshore Law Firm of the Year" for the second consecutive year at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2021.

Chambers and Partners introduced the offshore category to its accolades in 2020, with Walkers securing the prestigious award in both 2020 and 2021. This latest recognition solidifies the firm's position as the clear leader in offshore legal services for the Asia-Pacific region.

The Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards honour the work of international and national law firms across the region and nominations are based on research carried out for the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide. They recognise a law firm’s pre-eminence in key jurisdictions in the region and also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

John Rogers, Walkers' Managing Partner in Singapore commented "Winning Offshore Law Firm of the Year for the second consecutive year is a testament to the hard work and quality of our outstanding team."

Hong Kong managing partner Andy Randall added: "Being the largest offshore law firm in Asia, Walkers is committed to delivering tier-one legal advice for Bermuda, BVI and Cayman Islands in the region."

The event, in accordance with current global sensitivities and the internationality of the delegate list, was conducted digitally on Thursday 15 April.

Walkers Ireland LLP receives top tier rankings across multiple practices areas by Legal 500 2021

Walkers Ireland LLP is pleased to announce high rankings across Legal 500 2021, being ranked across ten practice areas and 12 senior lawyers being recognized by the guide.

Commenting on the recently released rankings, Managing Partner Garry Ferguson, said: "The ongoing support and positive recognition from our clients in relation to our high performing teams, is greatly appreciated. I am delighted that once again our market leading financial services offering has been recognized across a broad range of practices in the 2021 Legal 500 guide and would like to congratulate all involved."

For the fifth year running, our Capital Markets team has been ranked Tier 1 with partners Noeleen Ruddy and Andrew Traynor listed as 'Leading Individuals', and partner Matt Hedigan has been given the 'Next Generation Partner' distinction. Once again capital markets lawyer and managing partner, Garry Ferguson, has been listed in the 'Hall of Fame' category. Our Corporate team has moved up to Tier 2 in the Commercial, Corporate and M&A ranking table, with Ireland head of Corporate and partner Brendan O'Brien again being listed as a 'Next Generation Partner' and senior associate Eoin Ryan now earning a 'Rising Star' distinction.

Our Data Privacy and Data Protection team led by Of Counsel Shane Martin and who work closely with our Regulatory group led by partner Eoin O'Connor, has been newly ranked Tier 3 in the recently launched Data Privacy and Data Protection category. Our Asset Finance, Banking & Finance, Employment, Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring, Investment Funds, Real Estate and Tax firm rankings have been retained, with partner and Ireland head of Asset Management and Investment Funds, Nicholas Blake-Knox, being listed as a 'Leading Individual' for Investment Funds, partner and Ireland head of Asset Finance, David McGovern, and of counsel Killian McSharry retaining their 'Leading Individual' and 'Rising Star' distinctions respectively in Asset Finance, and our Tax group maintaining individual rankings with partner and Ireland head of Tax, Jonathan Sheehan, listed as a 'Leading Individual', partner Aisling Burke as a 'Next Generation' partner and of counsel Eimear Burbridge as a 'Rising Star'.  

Client testimonials from the 2021 Legal 500 guide include:

‘This practice is uniquely commercial, sensible and smart. The key players are comfortable with dealing with tight deadlines and large transactions. The key point of distinction with other firms is the availability, agility and affability of the key players.’ (Commercial, Corporate and M&A)

'We have found Walkers unique in their ability to not only explain the “what” of data protection legislative and regulatory requirements but also the “how” to apply it. Whilst the data requirements and principles do not change, applying the principles/legal requirements in day to day examples and understanding the particular industry/client is not easily obtained.’ (Regulatory – Data Privacy and Data Protection)

'Great insights on cases, how other companies are operating and what other law firms are advising their clients which enables them to identify issues and propose solutions quickly. Excellent practice notes and guidance issued quickly especially relating to the new implications around employment law, health and safety during Covid-19.’ (Employment)

'Precise, available, supportive, collaborative and diligent.’ (Banking and Finance)

‘David McGovern and his team are very professional, competent, accessible and pleasant. This is an impression from working alongside them and as opposing counsel.’ (Asset Finance)

Great energy and focus on transactions and the surrounding developments in the industry; very proactive and responsive; seamless integration with their corporate services and listing teams.’ (Capital Markets)

'The funds team is exceptional in its deep understanding of the intricacies of asset management and investment funds. Nicholas Blake-Knox is a star who offers exceptional client service and innovative solutions to thorny issues.’ (Asset Management and Investment Funds)

The real estate tax team is exceptional. They provide clear, articulate and highly commercial advice on complex cross-border transactions and restructurings.’ (Tax/Real Estate)

Regulatory Expert Juliana Tang Joins Walkers' Team

Walkers' Global Regulatory & Risk Advisory Group recently welcomed regulatory specialist, Juliana Tang, who has joined as a senior counsel based in Walkers' Cayman Islands office. Bringing with her 20 years' experience in financial services regulation and compliance, with more than 10 years specifically in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Juliana's substantial professional expertise further strengthens Walkers' existing market leading regulatory and compliance practice.

Juliana’s experience prior to joining Walkers includes serving as legal advisor at Aon in London, the global insurance and reinsurance intermediary and risk management firm, where she became Aon’s dedicated regulatory lawyer advising the businesses and corporate functions on a broad range of legal and regulatory matters. Juliana also served as Head of Legal and Compliance for a global loss adjusting company that focusses on large and complex claims in aviation, energy, marine, property, casualty and special risks sectors.

Juliana has also spent time working at the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, as well as at KPMG.

Commenting on the growth of the Global Regulatory & Risk Advisory team, group head Lucy Frew said: "Juliana is an excellent senior addition to the team. Her insurance and reinsurance regulatory experience is second-to-none and we are delighted to welcome her to the practice."

News of Juliana's hire comes only two months after Walkers received a 'Tier 1' ranking in Regulatory and Compliance in the prominent legal directory Legal 500, where the firm scored the highest rating possible and was described as being at the top of the industry.

Walkers Admits Caymanian Attorney Aoife Murphy

Walkers is pleased to announce the admission of Caymanian Aoife Murphy, who was called to the Cayman Islands Bar on Wednesday 24 March after successfully completing her legal training with the firm.

Aoife was a recipient of the 2016 Walkers Legal Scholarship and in 2018 completed her LLB degree at Durham University where she was awarded an Upper Second Class Honours degree. She completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Moorgate in London in 2019 and was awarded a Distinction.

During her studies, Aoife participated in the Walkers Internship Programme, spending three summers interning with the firm in different practice areas including Investment Funds, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution and Real Estate, where she gained practical, hands-on experience and familiarised herself with the teams, practice groups and the firm's culture.

Walkers' Global Managing Partner Ingrid Pierce moved Aoife's application before the Hon. Justice Richards and shared: "Aoife pursued every opportunity to learn at Walkers. She was more than a model student during her legal training and was a star articled clerk."

Aoife also spent four weeks participating in the Judicial Clerkship Programme, an initiative offered by the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioner's Association which enables articled clerks to receive in-depth exposure to the court's work, apply learned skills, understand the inner workings of the courts and learn about the process of judicial decision-making. It was during this time Aoife was first introduced to the Hon. Justice Richards, who granted her application for general admission as an Attorney-at-Law. Aoife said: "The Judicial Clerkship Programme was such an invaluable experience."

Aoife thanked her friends, family and the team at Walkers for all of their support and guidance, and specifically acknowledged the counsel she received from her Principal, Partner David Collins, who himself was a Walkers Scholarship recipient and Articled Clerk and has used his time at the firm to mentor other Caymanian lawyers.

In her free time, Aoife mentors students at the John Gray High School through the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation Mentorship Programme. She is also a member of 100 Women in Finance.

Aoife will join Walkers' Investment Funds Group and is the 57th articled clerk to have trained in the firm's Cayman Islands office.